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How To Move OS To SSD Without Lossing Data?

  1. #1


    Kolkata, India
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    Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-Bit

    How To Move OS To SSD Without Lossing Data?


    Hello recently I have brought a Dell Inspiron 17R SE. It came with a 1.5TB HDD With a rotating speed of 5400 RPM.
    As the day is passing the Laptop is becoming slow and slower. So I have thought to buy a Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SSD and install it along with my HDD. So my question is that is there any way to move all the files from my C: drive to that SSD and make that SSD as boot drive without losing all my files. Then my 1.5 TB HDD would be my data storing drive.

    Samsung 840 Pro 128GB
    Specs - Solid State Drives MZ-7PD128 | Samsung Memory & Storage

    Please help.....

    Thanks.........

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  2. #2


    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    I suggest that you download a free version of Macrium Reflect Free - CNET Download.com


    1. Install Macrium and do a clean up your C drive (Windows OS) such as remove temp files, restore point etc...
    2. Run Defrag on C Drive,
    3. Connect 128 GB SSD and run Macrium
    4. Select 1.5TB disk as source and 128 GB SSD as destination.
    5. Click on clone
    6. Disconnect 1.5 TB and try to boot it with your 128 GB SSD
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  3. #3


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    I would look for a 3rd party Partitioning,Backup & Cloning software, which fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
    Which is signed by Microsoft.


    How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.
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  4. #4


    A lot of good info here.
    How to Migrate to a Solid-State Drive Without Reinstalling Windows

    There are some issues that might need to be addressed when moving from a platter drive to an SSD via cloning. That article discusses those issues and gives suggestions on how to correct things.

    I did some research on that laptop model. It looks like some owners who purchased the laptop with single drives did not get an empty HD caddy in the second HD slot and some did. You might want to check and see if you have the empty caddy for the second drive to mount into.
    Some info on the HD caddy here:
    Dell Inspiron 17R SE Second Hard Drive - Laptop General Hardware Forum - Laptop - Dell Community

    The way I would go about this, because I like clean installs, would be to download all the drivers from Dell for the laptop ( Dell Drivers ). Do a clean Windows install onto the SSD. Install the drivers ( install the drivers and software for the new SSD as well). Plug in the old hard drive and move all of your data over. Reinstall the programs. You might want to install some programs to the spinning drive and some on the SSD for improved performance/load times. I put all my important games onto my SSD, everything else goes on other drives as I am not concerned about load times for anything but gaming.Space is a premium and you wont have this option when cloning. Once everything is moved, format the old drive or leave the data there as a backup.
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  5. #5


    Kolkata, India
    Posts : 127
    Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-Bit


    OK now I am going to buy it so which one should I take

    Intel SSD 520 120GB
    ARK | Intel® SSD 520 Series (120GB, 2.5in SATA 6Gb/s, 25nm, MLC)
    Or
    Samsung Pro 840 128GB
    Specs - Solid State Drives MZ-7PD128 | Samsung Memory & Storage

    I have experience of using Intel SSD before in my desktop but I have never used Samsung.

    Please suggest me which one should be better??
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  6. #6


    Quote Originally Posted by Narayan View Post
    OK now I am going to buy it so which one should I take

    Intel SSD 520 120GB
    ARK | Intel® SSD 520 Series (120GB, 2.5in SATA 6Gb/s, 25nm, MLC)
    Or
    Samsung Pro 840 128GB
    Specs - Solid State Drives MZ-7PD128 | Samsung Memory & Storage

    I have experience of using Intel SSD before in my desktop but I have never used Samsung.

    Please suggest me which one should be better??
    They are both great. Intel is known to be reliable. I use an Intel SSD at home and it's working great.
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  7. #7


    Kolkata, India
    Posts : 127
    Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-Bit


    OK Thank you Very Much I am going to buy the intel....
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  8. #8


    Quote Originally Posted by Narayan View Post
    ... is there any way to move all the files from my C: drive to that SSD and make that SSD as boot drive without losing all my files.
    If the collection of those files takes up more than 128GB of space -- the anser is no.

    Paragon makes Migrate OS to SSD -- which allows you to OMIT specific filetypes from the migration, thus shrinking down the space needed to fit the space available. IT costs $20, but I used it to do my migration and found it to be well worth the price.
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