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October 27, 2013 3:39:04 PM

Hey guys,

I just ordered a SSD and before it gets here I want to know the best way to move Windows 8.1 from my current HDD to my SSD. How would I go about doing this?

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October 27, 2013 7:50:11 PM

You can try backup Windows 8.1, and then restore it to SSD.
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October 28, 2013 11:24:43 AM

You have 3 choices.
1: Install windows to the SSD fresh with no other drives attached and then attach the HDD and reinstall all your applications.
2: Clone the HDD to the SSD. First you would uninstall applications that you want to run from the HDD in an attempt to get the currently used space on the harddrive small enough to fit onto the SSD.
3: Purchase the only program I know of that will actually move only windows, to the ssd:
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/migrate-OS-to-SSD/...
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October 28, 2013 4:21:44 PM

popatim said:
You have 3 choices.
1: Install windows to the SSD fresh with no other drives attached and then attach the HDD and reinstall all your applications.
2: Clone the HDD to the SSD. First you would uninstall applications that you want to run from the HDD in an attempt to get the currently used space on the harddrive small enough to fit onto the SSD.
3: Purchase the only program I know of that will actually move only windows, to the ssd:
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/migrate-OS-to-SSD/...


I think I'll do a fresh install. After I hook my hard drive up what do I do with the Windows files on it? Can I safely delete them since they'd be on my SSD also?
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October 31, 2013 2:01:22 PM

Paragon version is not working for windows 8.1 fully yet. (only works for 8).
Their customer support emailed me they expect to have a new release at the end of November) which I guess will be working for windows 8.1
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January 5, 2014 3:13:53 PM

Use Easus Partition Manager v9.3 (free for home use and Win 8.1 compatible).
I recently migrated Windows 8.1 from a 1TB HDD to a 128GB SSD. Windows occupied around 20GB of the total 1TB Drive.( I have Win 8.1 Media Center and Office as well as some 3D software installed).Just make sure the total space occupied by Windows is, at the very least, a few GB smaller than the SSD total capacity. Keep in mind that the Windows install will also require some breathing room for a swap file. If you need to, move user files to Skydrive (Make the files Unavailable offline to save more space).
Now, use Easus to shrink your Windows Primary partition to a size less than total SSD capacity. Apply the resize to Partition and move on to next stage. (Most probably a reboot by Easus to run process/script to shrink your Windows volume).
Now Start Easus and choose Partition from the launch screen. Select Wizard > Clone Disk Wizard > Copy Partition. Make sure to hit the apply icon when entering each disk change made under Easus. You can leave your original HDD in place and change your boot drive to the new SSD via BIOS. Reclaim the HDD by formatting AFTER you've got the SSD up and running. I allocated the existing HDD as a repository for documents and downloads. You can try to minimize space occupied by Windows by installing programs to the HDD (secondary drive). Office worked fine for me but my 3D software wouldn't launch. It's worth trying out the install to HDD and if the program fails to launch than uninstall and reinstall to the SSD. Done and Done... I know, lengthy response but... I'm trying to make this easy and explain, in full details, the How and Why. Enjoy your new SSD and bring on the AWESOME! LOL
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February 23, 2014 1:45:26 PM



It is my understanding, Easus has an 'advanced' mode when cloning a HDD with 8.1 to another drive that allows you to enter the Windows key so the new drive will boot up on the 8.1 PC. I was fortunate enough the Magical Jelly Bean worked on my Asus and pulled the code from the BIOS. I've never done it, and only read about it once, and was curious if anyone else has tried it before I dive in.
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February 23, 2014 1:48:22 PM

sorry for the dupe.
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April 7, 2014 11:01:21 AM

popatim said:
You have 3 choices.
1: Install windows to the SSD fresh with no other drives attached and then attach the HDD and reinstall all your applications.
2: Clone the HDD to the SSD. First you would uninstall applications that you want to run from the HDD in an attempt to get the currently used space on the harddrive small enough to fit onto the SSD.
3: Purchase the only program I know of that will actually move only windows, to the ssd:
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/migrate-OS-to-SSD/...



NOT TRUE. Paragon is a piece of junk. I purchased the 4.0 version & tried to move my 8.1 OS to a SSD. The SSD would not bootup & there is no tech support available within 24 hours. So you are stuck with a piece of junk that does not work. Also, I downloaded the $49.95 version with a free 30 day trial. I tried to use it to migrate my OS but the program will not allow you to use the migration feature unless you buy it first. Probably because it does not work & they know it. I SPENT SEVERAL HOURS TRYING TO GET THIS TO WORK BUT PARAGON FAILED EVERY TIME!!!
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April 9, 2014 3:30:06 PM

some SSDs come with migration software for copying HDD to SSD. My Samsung 840 PRO had software with it in the box.
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April 9, 2014 5:42:36 PM

lwprit said:
popatim said:
You have 3 choices.
1: Install windows to the SSD fresh with no other drives attached and then attach the HDD and reinstall all your applications.
2: Clone the HDD to the SSD. First you would uninstall applications that you want to run from the HDD in an attempt to get the currently used space on the harddrive small enough to fit onto the SSD.
3: Purchase the only program I know of that will actually move only windows, to the ssd:
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/migrate-OS-to-SSD/...



NOT TRUE. Paragon is a piece of junk. I purchased the 4.0 version & tried to move my 8.1 OS to a SSD. The SSD would not bootup & there is no tech support available within 24 hours. So you are stuck with a piece of junk that does not work. Also, I downloaded the $49.95 version with a free 30 day trial. I tried to use it to migrate my OS but the program will not allow you to use the migration feature unless you buy it first. Probably because it does not work & they know it. I SPENT SEVERAL HOURS TRYING TO GET THIS TO WORK BUT PARAGON FAILED EVERY TIME!!!


Nope, your right,, the trial wont do it. You need to spend the $20 and buy the migrate software. often you can find $5 off coupon codes on the net to make it $15 and I know for a fact it works on win8.1

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May 11, 2014 3:46:50 AM

First of all, the best program hands down is Acronis. Google it.

Secondly, ALL the major HD makers offer a limited version of it for the express purpose of cloning your drive. Seagate, WD, etc. It is downloadable from their web sites. You MUST have at least ONE drive from that particular manufacturer for it to work.

I usually just hook up both drives to another machine I have laying around (need 2 SATA cables).and run the program. It has an easy mode where it will auto resize the partitions for you, etc etc.
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July 8, 2014 1:05:46 PM

Hello all,
As a followup to this thread, I'm having an impossible time migrating my Windows 8.1 500G HD (Acer laptop - Aspire E1-472P-6860) to SSD. SSD is a Crucial MX100, 512gb SSD. I have tried both Acronis True Image (came with SSD), and Paragon Migrate OS to SSD (paid version). Neither one produces a bootable SSD. All I get is the spinning dots when I insert the SSD into the laptop It never gets any further, OR I get "Preparing Automatic Repair", which never runs either. Just hangs. The HD light comes on for about 10 seconds, then goes out.

An engineer at Paragon suggested I do the following after running Migrate OS to SSD:

Boot into recovery;

Then:
DISKPART> list disk
DISKPART> select disk #
(replace # with the number of SSD in the list, should be 0 if other disks are disconnected)

DISKPART> list partition
DISKPART> select partition 3
(it should be small ESP partition) (THIS FAILS: THERE IS NO SMALL PARTITION 3, JUST THE MAIN OS PARTITION IS NUMBER 3)

DISKPART> assign letter=Z
(this partition should be now mounted as Z)

DISKPART> list volume

Remember the letter of partition where OS is installed, probably it is C

DISKPART> exit

After exit from DISKPART, type:

bcdboot c:\Windows /s z: /f: UEFI


Running EASEUS Partition Manager reveals the cloned SSD is not the same as the original HD after Paragon runs. The partitions look the same after Acronis, but the SSD does not boot either way.

Also, I cannot get the recovery USB stick to run no matter what I do. I promote it to the top in the bios. Zip. I hit F12 and select it as the boot drive. Zip. The system boots from the USB stick, gets part way, then apparently switches over to the SSD. FAIL.

Anybody have any words of wisdom? I'm about at the end of my rope.
Thanks, Dan

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July 8, 2014 2:12:41 PM

As an addendum to my last post:
I booted WinPE and was able to successfully do what the Paragon engineer suggested, with the SSD mounted in a USB3 to SATA drive box. I thought I had it licked until I put the SSD into the laptop. Another FAIL. With the SSD in the laptop, I cannot boot WinPE either. So, with the SSD in the laptop, NOTHING will boot from a USB stick... Huh??
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July 28, 2014 1:46:48 PM

Farstone drive-copy, does it with 3 clicks. (free)
and then boots, (old HDD removed after copy)
if you leave in the old HDD, you now have to HDD (SSD) with same drive signatures.
and it gets confused.
so, use Partition-wizard, and hide the old, HDD boot partition, bam, now you have a working SSD (boot again)
and tons of space on the Old HDD. (and can be regressed!)
i was able to trick my new HP laptop in to seeing the old D: recovery partition, on the old HDD.
my HDD is in a DVD caddy, inside LT. DVD kicked to the curb for ever.

farstone allows copying only the C:/ boot partition and all that it needs to boot, the EFI and other parts , GPT style.
The farstone also defrags the data to the new SSD. on the fly, beat that huh? (not sector copy mode, )
The Farstone knows what you want, simple, a boot-able system.no matter what.
the Paragon failed. $40 down drain.

On some systems here is a ploy: (small SSD, say 100gb) your backed up... sure... as always.
both SSD and HDD plugged in. SSD is empty.

1: Defrag the C: and remove unused programs from C: program files, , in future put all Prog. installs on HDD partitions.
then if necessary shrink the partition below SSD size. (any partition tool can do that)
2: run far stone. clone it, done.
3: remove old HDD.
4: boot, see it work, happy feet, nice.
5: now put back in old hDD< and set the old C: to hidden. Partition Wizard is free. google it.
6: reboot, now 2 drives working, and SSD C: active.

GOOD LUCK TO YOU !
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July 28, 2014 2:01:03 PM

one more hint
the newer lap top has Boot security on , in the BIOS
i hand to flip 2 bios bits or 3
1: SATA legacy on, 2014 HP LT.
2: Boot security off.
3: set boot order as you want, if you are using a stick, set it to first.

remember BIOS is dumb and easy to fool. its just Bios.
if it thinks a bad drive is bootable and cant , it gets lost.
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July 28, 2014 2:07:51 PM

hint 2,
no DVD needed
no Win PE , no boot mem sticks, nada
must install FARSTONE and run it, ontop of the desk top.
can't be more easy.

Dan post system spec, full. and year. made.
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July 28, 2014 5:59:49 PM

gfarber said:
Paragon version is not working for windows 8.1 fully yet. (only works for 8).
Their customer support emailed me they expect to have a new release at the end of November) which I guess will be working for windows 8.1


Thank you for the update, I was not aware of that.

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