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Migrating Win 8.1 to new SSD

  1. #1

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    Win 8.1 64 bit

    Migrating Win 8.1 to new SSD

    Trying to migrate my system from HD to new SSD. I have system image saved to an external HD via USB 2.0, and also to DVD's.

    When I try to restore from the external HD, the recovery window gives me only the option to restore to C: (system), when I want to restore to the SSD.

    Restoring from the DVD doesn't work either.

    Is migrating possible without 3rd party software? If not, any suggestions as to which will work with 8.1?

    Win 8.1 64-bit
    HP ENVY TouchSmart 17-j043cl Notebook PC


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  2. #2

    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1 pro with Media center

    Why don't you install a fresh copy of windows 8.1?
    The other thing is restoring an image is good for the same material only.

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  3. #3

    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1

    Quote Originally Posted by Lievre View Post
    Why don't you install a fresh copy of windows 8.1?
    I second that motion! However, be advised that a clean install will remove your current partition structure and replace it with either a standard Legacy or UEFI structure so I'm hoping you made your OEM recovery discs during setup just in case you need to go back. Now, as far as trying to restore an image to your SSD, there could be issues (even if the entire OEM partition structure is imaged and restored). Specifically, the restoral process may not set the partition starting offsets properly for optimum SSD operation (can't say for sure because I've never done it that way). Also, your new SSD must be larger than you existing hard drive or the restoral won't work anyway. However, if you don't see any roadblocks, I can tell you that Macrium Reflect Free will create the proper image structure for you and restore it to the SSD as well. It also has a drive cloning option that I've never used. Anyway, if you want to try it, you can get it here:

    Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

    Here's what it looks like:
    Click image for larger version

    Good luck with your decision,

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