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easy fastest way to install w10 onto a 2nd drive?

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hddtosdd    0

problem: the 'cloning' softwares does not let me 'clone' the hdd to the sdd

 

question #1: why?

 

the disks looks like this:

 

https://imgur.com/a/bDw1QSf

 

- hdd with w10 installed, is activated

- hdd is disk 1

- sdd is disk 0

- did the windows updates

 

is laptop, nothing really on it yet

 

dunno which is faster, to do clean install on ssd and do updates again, or just clone

 

question #2: has anyone done this kind of thing recently?

 

question #3: are there any good articles or youtubes that tells us what we're suppose to do?

 

the general sites just says one option is to use the cloning software, but they dont tell explain to us what we're suppose to do

another option seems to be 'system image' but that seems extremely complicated with so many steps

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Jim K    15,477

EaseUS has a good write up on how to do it.  It really isn't the complicating nor does it involved many steps.

 

https://www.easeus.com/backup-utility/migrate-windows-10-to-ssd.html

 

I've done it before, many years ago, without issue. 

 

Though if you have a fairly clean install on a HDD and just want to use the SSD ... it probably would be best just to clean install on the SSD.

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PGHammer    1,742

If you can't remove the first drive, format the second drive - but leave it blank; then do a custom install from the Windows mounted media/ISO image.  This also makes sense if the new target - such as an SSD, is smaller than the first drive.

 

If the second drive is LARGER than the first drive, or will replace it, use a drive-migration tool. (All SSDs, and any platter drive, either includes them or makes them available via download.)

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RottGutt    85

If you can get your hands on a USB to SATA Adapter, then download this (Free) software:

 

https://apricorn.com/ezgig

 

I got mine in a Corsair Cloning Kit, and it has never once failed on me. Make sure you select ALL the partitions on the Source hard drive when doing the clone.

 

Tim

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Nerd Rage    547
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For the issue, I'd create a bootable media from your cloning software and try it that way if you aren't already.

If you aren't having any issues with Windows, I'd definitely clone.  I've used Acronis and Aomei in the past, current Aomei.  Both, with that amount of data, will complete the task SUPER fast.  I'd say 10 minutes maybe if that.

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hddtosdd    0
23 hours ago, Nerd Rage said:

definitely clone

 

why clone? is it faster or something?

 

 

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hddtosdd    0
On 3/6/2020 at 5:05 PM, PGHammer said:

can't remove the first drive

 

why would you want to remove any drives? 

 

cant you just set bios to boot from ssd?

 

 

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hddtosdd    0

 

does anyone know which drive is the os currently running on?

really important to know this

 

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hddtosdd    0

what's on the ssd? is there anything needed for w10 on the ssd right now?

 

are we able to reinstall with clean install on ssd, and the w10 on the hdd would still work?

 

 

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