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How do I go about upgrading my hard drive on a Samsung lap

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    How do I go about upgrading my hard drive on a Samsung lap


    How do I go about upgrading my hard drive on a Samsung laptop type NP355V5C A-06UK. I have an old 'ish SSD I want to use. This laptop uses UEFI. How can I get to transfer my info on my HDD 750GB to my SSD 120GB it needs to be compressed a little bit...
    Hi guys and gals any Ideas?

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    If your data on your hdd is more than 120 gb you will not be able to do it. If your data is less than 120 gb you have a chance and hope you have no data past 120 gb on the hdd. you will have to shrink the main partition so it will fit on the ssd.
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    Why can't you use a 250 GB or the like.
    How do I shrink the main partition?
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    Shrinking a partition is not for the novice as you can hose your windows.
    You can use any size SSD that will hold your system the price of ssds per gb really gets out of hand when you pass 512GB and you can find them for about $400.00 +-.
    You will also need cloning software and most of them will shrink your partition for you.
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    I have used Minitool before. But, if I use Minitool it shrinks partitions down to the effective size used in the partitions. The question is after I have done this shrink can I expand the partitions after they have been transferred to the SSD.
    An Idea I have (don't Know if it will work) is to put 80GB of rubbish on the C: and then delete the 80GB after it has been transferred!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarka Dal View Post
    I have used Minitool before. But, if I use Minitool it shrinks partitions down to the effective size used in the partitions. The question is after I have done this shrink can I expand the partitions after they have been transferred to the SSD.
    An Idea I have (don't Know if it will work) is to put 80GB of rubbish on the C: and then delete the 80GB after it has been transferred!
    You can expand the partition to the amount of free space on the disk without having to put rubbish on the drive. The more rubbish on the drive the longer it takes to transfer to the new disk. Windows has a tool for doing that I think it is diskmgmt.msc.
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    Sorry I don't think you understand what I mean.
    In the pic attached I have 5 Partition sections. In each of these they will compress down to their bare minimums with minitool.
    For instance 500mb will decrease to its minimum of around 135mb and so on. all five partitions will decrease. The problem is expanding them. How can I do that? Minitool does not have this facility and you cannot do this with Disk management.
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    If there is free space right after the volume you can if there is no space and another volume is there you cannot expand. Select the main volume and right click it will allow you to shrink and if there is free space after it will allow you to expand.

    more info here Extend a Basic Volume

    If you shrink the other volumes you will run into trouble and windows will not boot.
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    On a small SSD you do not want 5 partitions. You want 2 partitions at most - 1 for the OS and 1 for the data. If it were a desktop, you would move the data to a spinner, but on a laptop your only option is an external disk.

    If you have many partitions, the small space on the SSD is not used very efficiently. If your current setup on the spinner has a tools partition, a recovery partition and a system partition, I would get rid of them. In case of the system partition I transfer the bootmgr to C:.
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    I found a problem. I have the OS 441gb at the mo but, the Diskmanagement will only shrink to 373gb. I tried to shrink it smaller with Minitool but I am afraid that the OS maybe unusable.
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