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Can You Transfer An OS

So right now I have a HHD. Soon, I am planning on getting a SSD. I wanna put the OS on the SSD so my pc can boot up faster. Is it possible to transfer a OS to a ssd from a HHD? (Im pretty sure you can transfer other data.)
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  1. You can clone it, but if you HD is full of games and things and bigger than the SSD, then you can't clone it. And you can't only transfer the OS. You should a windows disc or key to be able to reinstall it if want to use the SSD for the OS and keep the HD for games and storage.
  2. I would reinstall the OS on with only your new SSD plugged in (if you're using Windows and have already installed it on this machine with your HDD, it should validate itself automatically). Then plug in your HDD and you'll have access to all your old files (although you'll likely have to reinstall programs).

    You'll still have Windows installed on the HDD as well, so if it were me I'd copy over anything from the HDD you want to keep and then format the HDD to get a clean slate, and then copy stuff back onto it as you want.
  3. Nabdu said:
    So right now I have a HHD. Soon, I am planning on getting a SSD. I wanna put the OS on the SSD so my pc can boot up faster. Is it possible to transfer a OS to a ssd from a HHD? (Im pretty sure you can transfer other data.)


    Assuming sizes are correct, it can be done.

    How large is the new SSD?
    What size and how full is the current drive?
    What, exactly, is taking up the space on the current drive?

    You can't transfer 'only' the OS.
  4. I have nothing on the drive because I just built it. Ant it is 1TB i thing im gonna get a 250GB SSD
  5. Nabdu said:
    I have nothing on the drive because I just built it. Ant it is 1TB i thing im gonna get a 250GB SSD


    How much total space is consumed on the current HDD?
  6. None because I havent used it yet.
  7. Nabdu said:
    None because I havent used it yet.


    OK...so nothing on the HDD, and obviously nothing on the yet to be bought SSD.
    Correct?

    If so...what are you thinking might need to be 'transferred'?
  8. The OS and a couple of games.
  9. Nabdu said:
    The OS and a couple of games.


    OK...so you HAVE used it.
    Correct?

    Again....how much total space is consumed on this drive?
  10. No I have not used it but I will really soon and I just want to transfer a couple of games and the OS to the yet to be bought SSD.
  11. Nabdu said:
    No I have not used it but I will really soon and I just want to transfer a couple of games and the OS to the yet to be bought SSD.


    You're really not making this easy.

    1. If you have not used it, there is nothing to 'transfer'. Just install things on the new SSD when you get it.

    2. If you have used it...installed the "OS and a couple of games" (your words)....that is a different story.

    So...Simple question from me, and simple answer from you:

    Yes or no...is there anything at all installed on the HDD?
    Yes or no


    Or, #3...
    You have the HDD, but have not yet installed anything on it. However, you will do that before the SSD arrives.
    And you wish to transfer things from the HDD to the yet to be bought SSD.
  12. Im am sorry for the confusion here: The hard drive has nothing on it yet. Pretty soon I will get the OS and a couple of other downloads (Including 1 or 2 game(s).) on it. In a couple of months I will get a SSD. I want to transfer the OS and a couple of files for a game and a couple of games from that HHD to the new SSD. Is that possible.
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    Nabdu said:
    Im am sorry for the confusion here: The hard drive has nothing on it yet. Pretty soon I will get the OS and a couple of other downloads (Including 1 or 2 game(s).) on it. In a couple of months I will get a SSD. I want to transfer the OS and a couple of files for a game and a couple of games from that HHD to the new SSD. Is that possible.


    OK...assuming you are buying a 250GB SSD in the near future, and assuming that your total used space does not exceed 200GB before then....this:
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    Verify the actual used space on the current drive is significantly below the size of the new SSD
    Download and install Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration, if a Samsung SSD)
    Power off
    Disconnect ALL drives except the current C and the new SSD
    Power up
    Run the Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration)
    Select ALL the partitions on the existing C drive
    Click the 'Clone' button
    Wait until it is done
    When it finishes, power off
    Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD
    Swap the SATA cables around so that the new drive is connected to the same SATA port as the old drive
    Power up, and verify the BIOS boot order
    If good, continue the power up

    It should boot from the new drive, just like the old drive.
    Maybe reboot a time or two, just to make sure.

    If it works, and it should, all is good.

    Later, reconnect the old drive and wipe as necessary.
    Delete the original boot partitions, here:
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/4f1b84ac-b193-40e3-943a-f45d52e23685/cant-delete-extra-healthy-recovery-partitions-and-healthy-efi-system-partition?forum=w8itproinstall
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  14. Thanks so much.
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