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How to transfer my OS to an SSD without losing data on my HDD.

I'm running windows 8.1 and hear that file history will be very helpful. has anyone done this successfully, and do you have any tips.
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  1. You can use software that will clone your data to your SSD. It's better to use a clean install though IMO. Maybe use something like Macrium Reflect to image your drive and then copy the files off the image when you've installed windows to your SSD?
  2. First you will need two drives in addition to the SSD you want to install as the system disk: your old HDD and a second drive on which to create a system image. Next, you have to use something like Partition Wizard to shrink the partition size for your HDD so that it will fit on the SSD. Next, you make a system image in Windows backup using the blank (or extra) drive. Then you unplug your system HDD and get your installation disk for Windows. You boot off the DVD/CD and get past the first screen and choose repair. When you are given the option use restore system from system image onto the SSD. This will clone your OS to the new SSD and you can then use that one as your system disk. Replug in your HDD and you can resize the partition with Partition Wizard.
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    chesteracorgi said:
    First you will need two drives in addition to the SSD you want to install as the system disk: your old HDD and a second drive on which to create a system image. Next, you have to use something like Partition Wizard to shrink the partition size for your HDD so that it will fit on the SSD. Next, you make a system image in Windows backup using the blank (or extra) drive. Then you unplug your system HDD and get your installation disk for Windows. You boot off the DVD/CD and get past the first screen and choose repair. When you are given the option use restore system from system image onto the SSD. This will clone your OS to the new SSD and you can then use that one as your system disk. Replug in your HDD and you can resize the partition with Partition Wizard.



    Or you can just use a cloning program that will resize the partitions for you if needed. Your directions are very complicated.

    Macrium Reflect (free version) works perfectly for cloning or imaging of your drives. Also most SSD's come with a cloning program or links to one from the manufacturer.
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