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How to change hard drive

Hi, I have just bought a ssd as my current hard drive was slowing down but i am finding it hard to install windows 8 on it. If I have windows 8 on my old hard drive is there a way to transfer it across or do I need to but windows 8 again?
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  1. You can 'clone' the drive that has Windows 8 on to the SSD. Just make sure that the SSD is large enough to hold the OS as well as whatever programs (MS Office) that you have on it.
  2. I picked up Paragon's Migrate OS to SSD V4. $20USD. Works like a charm. As long as the C: will fit on the SSD, it will manage the difference in partition sizes for you. If it is too large you can mark files and folders not to migrate within the program.
  3. IrvSp said:
    I picked up Paragon's Migrate OS to SSD V4. $20USD. Works like a charm. As long as the C: will fit on the SSD, it will manage the difference in partition sizes for you. If it is too large you can mark files and folders not to migrate within the program.


    Try EaseUS (free) - It too will clone from a smaller to larger, and vice versa; as long as there is sufficient room on the destination disk. So will Apricorn's EZ Gig software (needs their device).
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    Ubrales said:
    IrvSp said:
    I picked up Paragon's Migrate OS to SSD V4. $20USD. Works like a charm. As long as the C: will fit on the SSD, it will manage the difference in partition sizes for you. If it is too large you can mark files and folders not to migrate within the program.


    Try EaseUS (free) - It too will clone from a smaller to larger, and vice versa; as long as there is sufficient room on the destination disk. So will Apricorn's EZ Gig software (needs their device).


    I had problems with some free versions. uEFI BIOS and Secure boot give some troubles. Some I tried only supported that with the paid versions.

    EaseUS tells you to remove the cloned drive which I did NOT want to do. I suspect that is because they copy over the drive ID, but a simple hex editor can fix that.
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