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Migrating Windows to SSD, theory...

I'm buying a 480GB Crucial m500 SSD, but don't want to reinstall windows. I've read that migrating windows requires a backup HDD so that you can have your personal files safe, but after all the cleaning up I've done, I currently only have ~300GB of data on my HDD. So could I not just clone that HDD onto the SSD (all files) and then format the HDD afterwards. Of course I will create a backup just to be safe, Is this a possible solution?
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    My experience... I used Norton Ghost (come with my Samsung 830Pro) to make a backup of C: (where the O.S. is installed) to an other HDD (or partition). Then plugged the SSD. Boot up with a boot CD from Norton Ghost, and then installed the backup to the SSD, maybe the size of SSD and HDD aren´t exact, but the program can continue reinstalling the backup in the SSD. And it works fine for me. But for the backup you will need a partition or other HDD. I hope it helps.
  2. aerocool said:
    My experience... I used Norton Ghost (come with my Samsung 830Pro) to make a backup of C: (where the O.S. is installed) to an other HDD (or partition). Then plugged the SSD. Boot up with a boot CD from Norton Ghost, and then installed the backup to the SSD, maybe the size of SSD and HDD aren´t exact, but the program can continue reinstalling the backup in the SSD. And it works fine for me. But for the backup you will need a partition or other HDD. I hope it helps.


    Thanks, I've got a backup hdd sorted, so cloning my partition and files to the ssd won't be an issue. Thanks once again.
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