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Windows Best way to clone old OS on to new SSD

Discussion in 'Software' started by N17 dizzi, 5 Dec 2018.

  1. N17 dizzi

    N17 dizzi Well-Known Member

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    I am still in the process of helping a friend's son get his PC up to scratch. He is running upgraded Windows 10 64bit on a spinning platter. The RAM is inadequate (has been and still being upgraded to 8GB). Currently it swaps out current memory use to the paging file leading to crippling performance. I bought a cyber Monday SSD so I can switch him over to something more modern.

    TL DR: Can anyone recommend software (or native in windows) that will clone his entire drive, saving us tons with a reinstall?

    I did a bit of googlefu but it seems a minefield of different opinions. I'd like some bit-tech insight if possible.

    Thanks
     
  2. bawjaws

    bawjaws Well-Known Member

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    Macrium Reflect has a free version that should be able to do this no problem.
     
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  3. Zoon

    Zoon Hunting Wabbits since the 80s

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    I've used EaseUS Partition Manager free edition for this a few times, although if you're moving from a bigger to a smaller disk you'll have to buy the home edition for £18. Same size or smaller to bigger is available for free.
     
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  4. dynamis_dk

    dynamis_dk Grr... Grumpy!!

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    I believe clonezilla is free still too, I've used that in the past
     
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  5. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    +1 for clonezilla, you can create a bootable CD or USB with it and it just works, no need to install any software etc.
     
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  6. yuusou

    yuusou Well-Known Member

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    I've used Clonezilla pleeenty.
    If you're copying to a smaller or equal size SSD, reduce your partition size and move it to the beginning of the platter (use something such as gparted on a live Ubuntu or just windows disk management if the main partition is the last one).
    Then use Clonezilla without modifying the partition table (from this point on it's the same for copying to larger drives).
    Finally fix up the partitions, again with gparted or windows disk management.
     
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  7. N17 dizzi

    N17 dizzi Well-Known Member

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    Thanks a lot, very helpful. Glad I asked ^^
     
  8. silk186

    silk186 Canadian

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    EaseUS Partition Master is the best I've found for managing partitions.
    I've never cloned a drive before so can't make any recommendations but I've seen a lot of recommendations for Macrium Reflect.
     

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