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Switching from a laggardly hard drive to a modern SSD will make a huge difference to the responsiveness and performance of your gaming PC. But starting from scratch is a pain, so here's our simple guide to cloning your existing Windows installation to a new SSD without missing a beat. WinDirStat [https://windirstat.net/download.html] Macrium Reflect [https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree] ► Subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/user/PCGamesN ◄ Visit us at: https://www.pcgamesn.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PCGamesNetwork Twitter: https://twitter.com/PCGamesN
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Em M (11 hours ago)
Jesus Christ 1:30 to get to the fucking point
famousfive (19 hours ago)
excellent - really clear tutorial. thanks
Derrie T (1 day ago)
Will this work with a OEM version of windows? I want to double check before trying this
Derrie T (1 day ago)
Ta very much, I'll post whether it was a success or not.
PCGamesN (1 day ago)
It depends on whether you've been provided with a single use license. But hopefully even then it should just see it as a continuation of the same license.
Steellocker (1 day ago)
how would one copy an ata drive? would I need to make it an external hardrive and use a usb cable? any info would be helpfull!
PCGamesN (1 day ago)
Not 100% sure this will work with an old PATA drive but you can quickly check. The software is free so download it and see if you old drive appears with all its partitions in the software. If so then you're good to go.
Nikita Dubrovskih (2 days ago)
Cloned SSD will not boot :(
Nikita Dubrovskih (1 day ago)
Thanks, but that is something I've already tried, trying the recovery disk now.
Anonymous diaries (1 day ago)
go to bios and change the boot order...
Ask Moral Carry (2 days ago)
Works like a charm. Thank you!
jadhoguah 2x17 (2 days ago)
3 questions.. 1: will I be able to clone my ssd even if its from another brand and has less capacity? 2: is there a difference between cloning to an nvme ssd or an m2 ssd? 3: can I clone my version of windows (windows 7 pro 64 bit)? and are the sata drivers on the sata ssd (my ssd is an ocz vector 180 480gb) usable for booting from my new ssd I bought (samsung 970 pro 1tb)?? thanks for any answers.
Test Test (4 days ago)
does this work while cloning one m.2 to another m.2?
Vašek L. (4 days ago)
I did this exact process, but after booting from ssd, i end up on blue screen... anyone knows how to fix this?
Dark Phoenix (5 days ago)
great vid guys thanks, you made cloning seem easy.
Hamish Wilson (6 days ago)
so will this program only transfer windows 10 from my HDD to my SSD?
Hamish Wilson (6 days ago)
cool thanks
PCGamesN (6 days ago)
No, you can use it to clone partitions from any kind of storage drive to another.
Kolzr (7 days ago)
does not work im trying to transfer over 2TB into a 220GB ssd and it doesnt let me shrink anything :^(
PCGamesN (7 days ago)
So long as you have less than 220GB of data on that 2TB drive then you can shrink the partition at the point where you drag the individual partitions over in Macrium Reflect.
Aliaksandr Bortnik (10 days ago)
Got broken both HDD & SSD OS. Recovery point helped to return. Everything was fine, but OS wasn't started anymore.
MeetWagon22 (10 days ago)
Would it affect the clone if I had programs running? Like can i sit in discord while it copy's ? Or would that cause bad things to happen
MeetWagon22 (10 days ago)
+PCGamesN holy crap you replied quick, but as I only had 100gb on my HDD to transfer so I'm actually already done had discord up the whole time talking to the mates, that's again for the helpful video and fast response
PCGamesN (10 days ago)
I'm pretty sure you should be okay. Anything disk intensive might struggle as the software will be accessing the drives a lot, but something like Discord should be okay.
Thorinox (11 days ago)
This made my day but the only issue I'm having now is the fact there is now two drives, one is what I cloned and the other is system reserved. Why did system reserved pop up?
Scott Eckart (12 days ago)
Hi all, I need some help here. So I recently purchased an upgrade from my original 256 gb SSD that originally came with my ASUS ultrabook to a nicer 1tb SSD (samsung evo). Both are the same form factor (2.5" SATA), so I recognize it won't be a huge performance upgrade as I'm not moving to an m.2 SSD (or whatever is the best around today) because I don't have the port for it on my computer. I did it to get more integrated, high speed storage without needing to use an external hard drive. But that is aside the point... I used Macrium reflect to clone my old SSD onto my new one, and because my new one has more space, I knew I wouldn't need to adjust the partitions and memory at all for it all to fit on the new one. I wish I had recorded my each and every move, but I am still fairly certain I did it right-- I cloned the C drive (with Win 8.1 OS), and all the other partitions. After the cloning was completed, I replaced my new SSD into the [ONLY] 2.5" port that my old one was in. But it didn't boot. It seems like it couldn't find windows or the exact system image or my previous boot settings. Please help! My next step is to try some windows rescue hardware in an external drive, as I want to avoid doing the whole process again of undoing all the tiny screws and worrying about sneezing on my motherboard.
Bloody JMF (13 days ago)
So I cloned my 256gb drive to an 1tb drive. everything works but I cant enlarge my c partition over 245gb. How do i use it fully?
PCGamesN (12 days ago)
If you hadn't expanded the partition during the cloning process there might be a chance in Windows. Right click on the bottom left of the task bar and select Disk Management. Find your new drive and right click on the main partition, there might be a chance you could expand the partition there. Otherwise I think the cloning process may have to be redone I'm afraid. This time, when you're dragging the partitions over to the new drive, you will need to expand the main partition here before you drag over the final small partition (click Manage Partiton) making sure there is enough space left for final one.
Joe Boudreault (13 days ago)
Many SSDs come with free cloning software.
MrDobleagent (14 days ago)
BLUE SCREEN during the cloning ... is there some waring to do this task without a risk?
Aason Ponce (14 days ago)
thank bro this is verry helpful
Loren Forslund (15 days ago)
Great Idea !! Save all of the old, corrupted, malware and no longer needed files to your new SSD. STUPID !! Do a fresh install of your operating system with all new current drivers. Now install your games and storage to the D:\ HDD leaving your SSD for the OS and program loading instructions.
✓уeet✓ (16 days ago)
Do you have to disconnect your old drive?
Skyline CTV (16 days ago)
Thank you for a well done video that will definitely help me out.
Hemanth (16 days ago)
What about windows license
PlantPot 88 (17 days ago)
I cloned my HDD to my SSD but when i disconnect my HDD and boot up with only the ssd installed it says im missing system 32. Why?
glock man (17 days ago)
Your material would be more helpful if you would slow down what you are doing so we can follow you.
System32 (18 days ago)
Clean install is the best way in my opinion, you should have everything you need to keep uploaded to a cloud or any online storage or even your own raid backup server at home like i have in combination with cloud storage so you don't need to clone, I tend to do a clean install of windows every 4-6 months just to keep everything in a clean fresh state with no hidden viruses and stuff, I just bought 5 samsung 970 pro 2TB M.2 SSD 4 is going into a ASUS hyper m.2 x16 RAID card and 1 for my motherboard I know it's expensive setup haha, Its faster than cloning especially with internet that's fast like mine 300Mbps, takes me around 60 mins from start to finish
Byperrr (21 days ago)
So I am really stupid and I have no clue what a partition is or what you're doing at all, could you explain this stuff to me in English?
Spehmaster G. (22 days ago)
How do I get access to the Bios?
✪ vyx (24 days ago)
Finally got it to work had some issues with the sector size of my ssd but 4 hours later got it to work
✪ vyx (19 days ago)
+Kryptonlte best of luck in getting it working
Kryptonlte (19 days ago)
+✪ vyx I figured out theyee different bit sizes so I have to transfer via back up and restore
✪ vyx (19 days ago)
+Kryptonlte I got my drive to work by formatting it again.
Kryptonlte (19 days ago)
How did you get it to work? Trying to transfer data from an old 512 bit drive to a 4000 bit ssd making it not compatible
Just ME Onlyme (27 days ago)
I Don't recommend you use this program. Processes running in the background even when your done using the program? Bugged old SSD boot up times. I had to redo both SSD's the old fashioned way and it was not fun. IF you have a Samsung SSD use the Samsung Migration tool they offer on there website for free. This video is 1 year old. Either they aren't up to par how this works...(There are a lot of comments saying the same issue, no boot option ), or... Why would services be running in the background after you used the program? After rebooting, removing SSD's etc, services are still running in the background. I just want to clone a drive not use the program as some kind of maintenance tool or SSD monitor.. ( IF that is what the services are for related to that program ).
PCGamesN (27 days ago)
We just recommend using it to clone your drive. Once you've completed the clone you can just uninstall the program. You don't have to use it as a continuous backup if you don't want to.
Yandere Mode Dubstep (28 days ago)
my big question is how to change clonned SSD to be C drive or system, hmmm how how how and thanks
PCGamesN (28 days ago)
Nip into your motherboard's BIOS (press Del on boot) and go into the boot settings and set the SSD as the priority boot device and priority hard drive. Then it should just boot from your new drive. You could make sure by unplugging the old hard drive from the motherboard.
treetoplake (28 days ago)
Really really helpful info .. and it works! Thank you :)
treetoplake (28 days ago)
For sure it worked like a dream! I’m having to take the old drives out to format .. but that works too then rebuild formatted drives back in. High five! Thanks again
PCGamesN (28 days ago)
Yay, glad we helped!
yamo (28 days ago)
Is it possible to clone only the partition where system files are? I have a 1TB HDD with a 60Gb partition with Windows 10 Pro installed, with the remaining space acting as simple storage for files, programs, etc. I just want to clone the system partition into a new SSD (a 240Gb SATA3 SSD), while leaving the rest of my HDD as it is?
PCGamesN (28 days ago)
If you have a dedicated partition for Windows then yes that should be possible. Just make sure you copy over all the partitions except the big data partition (I assume that's your D: or similar). You'll need the other, smaller system partitions on the drive in order to boot from the new SSD.
Travis 3 (1 month ago)
thank you!
Ahmad Khamas (1 month ago)
I fucked my hard drive completely, it was a 500 gb SSD, but now it has somehow split into two and i can’t extens the volume. What do i do?
MrDrainDoc (1 month ago)
Great informative video....but for whatever reason, after cloning from hhd to ssd and making the ssd boot drive, I keep getting black screen with white lettering. Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key So by that I can only presume that the cloning of Windows 10 was not successful? Not sure.....Even though it was not successful for me. Thanks for the video anyway.
MrDrainDoc (29 days ago)
I am currently typing this from my New SSD booted PC!....I tried using a Windows 10 download to a USB drive. It kept saying, no version of Windows exists on that particular drive...or something to that affect. As my PC is going thru it's bios/start-up phase, I start pressing F12....the next thing I see is the Windows icon with little spinning wheel, and about 2 seconds later(if that) I'm looking at my desktop. Wow!.....Sweet Jesus!....lol!
Just ME Onlyme (1 month ago)
I am getting MBR warning screen .." recent hardware change,....put in Windows Restore disk to repair "
MrDrainDoc (1 month ago)
Thanks for the quick reply. I have installed a Samsung 860 EVO 2TB SSD and yes, I moved over all of the different partitions. There were only two. I'm having a feeling that the MBR was left out of the cloning. About a month ago or so, I finally upgraded to Windows 10 Pro from Windows 7 Pro. No disc, just from offline. Bitten off more then I can chew I think....lol.
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
Sorry it hasn't worked for you. What kind of SSD have you switched to. If it's an NVMe drive it's possible that your motherboard might not support it as a boot device. It's probably not this, but when you were dragging across the partitions in Macrium Reflect did you make sure to move over all of the different partitions?
B (1 month ago)
OK maybe I missed something but I just did everything on the video and when I looked at the space available on the new ssd it has the same space as the old ssd. So basically I have my old ssd 250Gb and the new one 500Gb. So now the New 500Gb says I only have 10Gb left just like the old one. What did I do wrong and how can I fix it.
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
If you're lucky you'll be able to go into Disk Management in Windows (right-click on the Windows icon in the bottom left and select it from the menu) and then right-click on the main C: partition on your drive. You should have the option to expand your partition to fill the rest of the space. If not I'm afraid you're going to have to redo the clone :( But this time, when you're dragging the partitions over from your old drive to the new one, take the time to expand the main partition (I think it's 'manage partition' in Macrium) to take up the excess capacity. Just remember to leave enough space for the final, small partition you've still got to drag over. Hope that helps!
Jairo The Pyro (1 month ago)
welp time to take a shower while its loading..
Anthony Ventrella (1 month ago)
It says pick a proper boot device
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
Did you clone every single little partition from your boot drive to your new SSD? And have you specifically told your BIOS to boot from it?
Jared Biggs (1 month ago)
I'm am having endless issues with this, I have a 500gb evo, I cloned it just like you said, and I changed it in the bios as well, when it turns on the windows logo comes up, disappears, then the key bored num lock flickers and so does the mouse
Bo Ek (1 month ago)
Why have disturbing music in the backround, so disturbing. because what you say is interesting not the music
Nikos Metaxotos (1 month ago)
20 minutes for about 100gb ssd to ssd, cool
SJW Tactics (1 month ago)
Windir is awesome. I love it. Such a great little program. PC master for life.
CAAARRRLL (1 month ago)
If I just buy windows 10 again and install a new windows 10 onto the ssd would my other windows 10 copy on the hdd conflict with the one on the ssd or will the ssd just overwrite it. And will I lose anything just installing a new version of windows 10 on the ssd instead of cloning?
Jerry Yeo (1 month ago)
On a laptop, can I clone the current SSD (Boot) to a HDD, and then change the SSD to a bigger one, and clone back the HDD to the SSD and boot from this new SSD? Thanks lots.
Jerry Yeo (1 month ago)
Thank you very much.
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
Yes, so long as you copy all the partitions across from your original boot SSD that will work.
Jake77 (1 month ago)
thanks for telling me to check if the new drive has enough storage...
The Baphomet (1 month ago)
So IV but an SSD in and it shows up on setting creating storage pool but it don't show up on disk management anyone have any ideas
WankerBlossom (1 month ago)
What if i only want to transfer wondows 10? which partitions would i move? My ssd is only 250 gigs
David Bolha (1 month ago)
Hi, I'm having really big problems with trying to clone my Win XP Pro SP3 32-Bit OS (with additional partitions) from my original 2.5" Hitachi 320 GB SATA2 HDD to my new Samsung 860 EVO 250 GB SSD. 😣 I'm using an older laptop though (HP Compaq nx6325). So it's not a newer machine or a desktop type of a computer alltogether. Prior I used Norton Ghost 15 to create images of each of the 5 partitions that I have on my original drive. I had problems restoring the OS & 2 more OS-related partitions to my new SSD using the Norton Ghost Recovery Disc. I kept getting a specific error that might have been related to improper cluster size(s) of the restored partition(s). 😑😐🤔 So instead I used Norton Ghost 15 as an installed program to carry out the restore process. Which did fine. However when I put in the new SSD in my laptop it was working even slower than my original HDD ! Not to mention that I barely logged in to Windows. After I did some research it was suggested that the cluster size of the partition(s) could be the culprit. Because 4 partitions (in the extended partition; logical drives ergo) had 512 bytes (0.5 KB) of thereof. I first thought that the OS partition had the same cluster size as the rest of the 4 partitions. But I was wrong (it did have 4 KB). 🤔 So I decided to convert the rest of the partitions to 4 KB cluster size as well. Then I also used the 4K partition alignment in MiniTool Partition Wizard program 10.2 too. But that still hasn't solved by extremely slow performance of my new SSD. 😑😐 Any further ideas ? Should I use a different backup (& restore) program perhaps/alltogether ? Thanks ! Best Regards,
thebushcraftdude (1 month ago)
This video helped me a lot. Thanks!
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
That's great to hear! Thanks for letting us know, we really appreciate it. If there's anything else you'd like to see us cover let us know.
Warren Thomas (1 month ago)
can i clone my hdd to my ssd with the free version??
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
Yes you can :)
ExPoSeD x Apxcs (1 month ago)
I have just got a 120gb ssd and my Windows (C:) is 231gb how do I just out the os on it and not all my stuff?
ExPoSeD x Apxcs (1 month ago)
ok, thanks
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
Afraid you can't unless your OS is on a separate partition on your old HDD. This is a method for completely cloning a drive and retaining boot program links. Your best bet is probably to temporarily copy half your data/games to an external drive so there is less than 120GB on your HDD, then the clone process is simple.
gamepro9505 (1 month ago)
Will this work on an older windows 7 pc as well?
gamepro9505 (1 month ago)
Thank you for the fast reply!
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
Pretty confident it's the same process with Win7.
Sales McSaleson (1 month ago)
Works perfectly. Thanks.
Kiwi (1 month ago)
Hello I was just wondering if it is possible to only clone the OS and certain other programs/games? If so could you let me know how, thanks
SxC_ PnY- (1 month ago)
Connected my 860 evo now my pc turns on but no usb or display. Gg
SxC_ PnY- (1 month ago)
PCGamesN I will try when I get home 😊 Will update you guys. Honestly I didn’t expect you guys to respond Thank you so much
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
If you disconnect the SATA cable from your SSD do you still have the same issue? It's also possible something was nudged inside your PC when the new drive was installed. Try turning the PC off at the plug and reseating your RAM in its slots. 9 times out of 10 it's the RAM being a pain ;)
eric shun (1 month ago)
what if you are using a laptop and the thing only has one drive slot?
XxBloodyRainxX (1 month ago)
buy a sata to usb cable and connect the new drive that way.
DomiTastyVideos (1 month ago)
I cloned my sdd to a new SSD But when i startup with the new SSD it says blue screen with WINLOAD.EXE missing
DomiTastyVideos (1 month ago)
PCGamesN Well i only copied the C system Windows drive i thought the system reserved drive was not important its only 500 MB
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
When you copied the partitions across to your new SSD did you make sure to copy every one of the little partitions too?
Ogrodii (1 month ago)
Awesome video covering everything on how to exactly do it good job
twogluon (1 month ago)
doesn't macrium reflect (or windows) require your clone to be assigned a different drive letter than C? Wouldn't this mean that removing your original drive (C:) then rebooting would cause all sorts of nasty problems... since the programs on your clone will reference a missing C: drive?
twogluon (1 month ago)
Thanks! Sadly I use Grub2 to boot, which prefers my old drive over the new clone. Works fine if i physically detatch the old drive
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
The drive letters are assigned by Windows but not baked into the actual drive itself. When you physically swap the drives it will see the clone as the C:
nps inder (1 month ago)
Dave is looking like Kevin Owens 😀😀
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
Fight Dave, fight!
Fish Republic (1 month ago)
Is Macrium Reflect a free software?
instructions unclear.. Bacon not cooked properly :(
Dark Phoenix (5 days ago)
Once you made the bacon crispy, it slides into m.2 slot, secure with a screw.
Great video! But, I connected my ssd, i cloned my data from the old hdd to the new ssd as you recommended, i changed the boot priority to the ssd, and then black screen appears with this notice: "Reboot and select Proper boot divice" All recommendations said to change boot priority, but i already did that. Any other solution would be most welcomed. Thanks in advance :) Samsung SSD 860 EVO 500GB Win 10 Asus M5 A99FX Pro R2.0
Just ME Onlyme (27 days ago)
I did the same thing. For some reason, that downloaded program on the original SSD caused the SSD to slowly boot up. I noticed 2 services running related to that program even though I was done using the program. When I went to uninstall the program, there was 3 other options it asked me to remove, I chose yes. I noticed after that the original SSD was acting strange. Not only did I have to redo the new SSD the old fashioned way, but I had to do it with the old SSD as well. On top of it all, the new SSD didn't align correctly.. so I had to do it again. 3 windows installs the old fashioned way. Windows from a USB drive ISO is a breeze, the updates are SLOOOW. Not happy.I would recommend this program if it didn't run services in the background when the program is done being used, and didn't bug out my first SSD...other then that. NO. Waste of time. Backing up your work, paranoid if there is a virus, windows installs.. NOT good.
Just ME Onlyme  thanks for the reply! :) What happened was that the SSD was cloned but not bootable. So i did it the old fashioned way :D Wiped everything and installed it again manually. No problems now ^^
Just ME Onlyme (1 month ago)
Forget that clone, go back to windows... disk management and format that drive. Then do it again. THEN it will give you a Different error screen or work!
S Cramer (1 month ago)
This clone software(free version) is very bad. To start with it downloads a ton of extra stuff (900k at least). Installing after that seemed to be okay.....BUT the clone is not a clone and is not bootable. Windows 10 and my ASRock 970A-G3.1 EUFI / (BIOS) doesn't see the new clone as 'boot-able' at all. A complete mess and failure. The home version is $70 to buy (NOT in this life-time baby).
metalperslfx (28 days ago)
at least give a better alternative will ya
Just ME Onlyme (1 month ago)
THANK YOU, This is exactly what I thought. I can not boot off this clone. Win 7 64. says recent hardware change, install windows disk to repair..
Dick R (1 month ago)
I have been cloning laptop windows onto new SSD's for several years now with Macrium Reflect. I struggled a little today with a new Dell laptop with 6 partitions in it and it was 1 TB. My SSD was 500GB so I had to use Gparted a Linux program to shrink the C: partition that was way too big for Macrium reflect. Actually I just learned from your video exactly how to easily shrink down a partition as you demonstrated in this very excellent video. Had I known this shrinking inside Macrium Reflect I could have saved a lot of time. This has to be the very best Windows migration video on YouTube. You guys have done a great job, with your clear presentation. I SUBSCRIBED of course 👍🏻
Kevin Noury (1 month ago)
Thanks for the low tone low voices video I was happy to crank my volume to the max and still bot hear you well
krazye (1 month ago)
Debating on if I want to wait 1 year before I upgrade my last years Razer blade to a newer razer blade, or buy the 2tb evo 970 right now as i'm hurtin on more game space hm.
Jintaro Kensei (1 month ago)
Why would you partition and SSD lol, just get another ssd...
Michael Chan (1 month ago)
This was the simplest explanation on video I've seen on cloning a HDD drive to a SSD drive esp. when each respective drive is different in size (Bigger HDD to smaller SSD or vice versa). ^ This is the main issue that is the most concern for people esp. those who want to clone the original HDD contents onto a newer but Smaller SDD then use the latter as the main drive while using the former as a file drive, if a secondary drive slot available in their PC/laptop. You forgot to mention that if one is to upgrade their PC drives, a SATA/power cable and drive adapter May have to bought Separately as it may Not be inside their PC. Never seen anyone demonstrate on HOW to use Cloning software or WHICH Cloning software. Read and heard some bad reviews about Acronis' free cloning software but better news about the Free cloning software from EaseUs or Macrium but never SEEN it in action until now. Makes it look so easy! Thank you!
Biem Leichel (2 months ago)
So I've got W10 on my SSD, and a clean HDD (working) but how do I set it up so that the HDD is for everything except the OS Cuz now all the downloads and apps are installed on my small 240Gb ssd, instead of my 1Tb HDD
Lloyd Repton (2 months ago)
Does this apply to installing a new (bigger) hard drive? I've been looking for advice for literally days and I haven't managed to do it. It's starting to get on my nerves now, I had to cancel my podcast last week because I hadn't sorted the issue, please help!
Lloyd Repton (2 months ago)
Errm.. how do I do that haha xD I've cloned from an 80GB drive to a 2TB drive but it's telling me I only have 80GB on the new HDD
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Lloyd Repton Yes absolutely, you just need to resize the main OS partition when you pull it over to the clone drive so it will soak up the extra capacity.
j jones (2 months ago)
Worked brilliantly . Thanks
Dre Dre (2 months ago)
I think my computer has a major problem, not booting. Will a new SSD and Windows install fix it?
Ben (2 months ago)
Can I do this if my C: drive is a RAID0 config? Since my 2 SSD's are slowly dying it's time to get a new one.
Fire Toad (2 months ago)
My cloned ssd is not booting and is not showing in the boot menu. Any explanation why its happening?
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Fire Toad Have you switched to an NVMe SSD? If so it might be that your motherboard doesn't support booting from that kind of drive.
Carlos Rodriguez (2 months ago)
I'm able to start the process but at the first stage of the cloning it displays an error Disk 3 [000000000] - Disk not found, Im not able to find it any more, not at the Macrium, Comp. Management, anyware, unplugged and plugged back. It initially requested to be GPT, done it... I'm in a loop, any wisdom?
Kurt Montgomery (2 months ago)
if I clone my game drive will I have to re run the setup or will they open like nothing ever happened
CubeGamer 6 (2 months ago)
I've got this to work somewhat. First, after the cloning process, I restarted my pc and both drives could not boot windows. Somehow I've got the new ssd to boot windows, but the original hdd is still useless. I know I don't need it anymore and can simply format it, however I wanted to compare boot times, etc just for a comparison. Is anyone getting the same problem?
HARNESS84 _ (2 months ago)
it comes up with an error, i have tried swapping things around but still no good, what about bios boot prioirty? or doi just plug the SSD in to where the old HDD was? then replace it whee the SSD was?
Justin Lim (2 months ago)
I almost thought I saw Thor
Resticle (2 months ago)
When i try to move my partition it says there is insufficient space but i dont want to delete anything because i will have to re install a lot of things is there anyway i can copy the partition without deleting my files
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Resticle if you get an SSD that's the same size as the disk you want to clone then you won't have to delete anything.
kuldeepak katwal (2 months ago)
hey what if I only want to clone only the C drive?
kuldeepak katwal (2 months ago)
Thank-you mate :)
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
kuldeepak katwal if the C: drive is your boot drive (and you have other data partitions on that drive named D: or E: etc.) then you can just pull the system partitions over during the clone along with the main OS partition and expand the C: partition to fill the rest of the space on the target drive.
Not Santa (2 months ago)
Now my new ssd doesnt work. I keep getting the windows recovery loop whenever I try booting into my new drive. Finally fixed it after reformatting the ssd, clearing all partitions, and re-cloning the c drive.
coolradio123 (2 months ago)
if i do not fill up the entire ssd when i clone will i still be able to use the remaining storage after setting it up as boot device?
coolradio123 (2 months ago)
PCGamesN did everything got everything working. Turned off pc last night and now it is saying insert a boot device. Looked at my msi bios and made sure the ssd was first in boot priority and still doesn't work. Sometimes it starts up and says "recovery your pc needs to be repaired error 0x000000e" any thoughts on how to fix?
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
coolradio123 yes, though you do need to make sure when you're moving the partitions over to expand the main OS partition to take up the rest of the space.
That Bosnian (2 months ago)
So I have a 1TB HDD that only has 250GB free left on it because I have games etc. Will this method transfer only the OS and not all my games and stuff? The SSD I have is 120GB so I don’t have room to transfer it all
lazer gorrillas (2 months ago)
How do you format the old drive??
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
lazer gorrillas if you want to delete everything from your old drive just locate it in Windows Explorer, right click on it and hit 'Format'
Yato (2 months ago)
doesnt work for me, just says somethings missing from ssd when i try booting from it
Hai Pham (2 months ago)
What if I wanted to go to a 512GB SSD m.2 to a 1TB m.2 with Macrium Reflect, will that let me merge the existing free data into the primary drive?
Ikue P (2 months ago)
You guys really do keep up answering more recent questions even though this video was from a year ago. Great job!
jastheacenz (2 months ago)
Don't reuse the old drive with your operating system on it , Put it away for when the SSD craps out and you need a back up , just swap drive over again and your back in business. ( less everything from the install date but its better than losing everything) It saved my life already after I got a nasty virus. Great video anyway thank you guys !
YaBoiBranBran (2 months ago)
I did everything in the video correctly and the SSD isn’t considered a bootable source, any help or if you need extra info please comment, I’ve been at this for 12 hours
Evan Watty (1 month ago)
I used Disk Management in windows 10 to delete and reformat my SSD before cloning it. That’s the only thing different that I did. Worked great
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
YaBoiBranBran are you installing an NVMe drive? If so it's possible your motherboard either doesn't allow booting from the M.2 socket or you need to enable it in your BIOS.
Daniel Rice (2 months ago)
When i connect the ssd and set it as the boot drive after doing all the cloning stuff i am met by a screen telling me to select an appropriate boot drive
Daniel Rice (2 months ago)
it is a sata ssd
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Daniel Rice Hmmm, if you've cloned all the partitions from your original drive the new one should just act the same. Have you tried the boot override function in your BIOS to force it? That will tell you if there is a valid boot sector on there. Is it an NVMe drive? It's possible either your board won't let you boot from the M.2 socket or you need to enable it in the BIOS.
Gustav Agerbo (2 months ago)
I have spent over 3 hours trying to solve this. God bless you!
mgmg (2 months ago)
I'm trying to clone my old HDD from my Gateway (since it is my boot drive) to my new m.2 SSD inside my new custom PC, but the HDD boot drive from my Gateway will not boot in my new PC :( Sata power/data cables are connected, the HDD LEDs work just fine, and the HDD even shows up as a boot drive in my BIOS - in the boot menu, it is also selectable as a boot device. But I just get a blue screen error with Refresh this PC/Reformat this PC/Advanced Options, etc... I can't figure out why it won't boot but I'm unable to put the m.2 in my Gateway because it doesn't have an m.2 slot :( pleaaaaaaaase help :(
Leevi Ojanperä (2 months ago)
Not sure, if anyone reads these comments anymore, but i guess i can still try. So I tried copying my windows to a SSD, but the software doesnt let me copy my NTFS Primary from my C-drive but it still copies the NTFS active, and the other NTFS primary. If anyone knows a solution, it would be a great help
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Leevi Ojanperä No worries! Hope it works out.
Leevi Ojanperä (2 months ago)
PCGamesN Yeah the problem was that my 700 gig clone drive was too big for my SSD. Thanks guys!
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Is this happening when you're dragging the different partitions over to the target drive for cloning? And have you made sure that there is enough space on your target SSD to take all the used capacity of your clone drive? It might be that it can't fit that large partition over as there is too much used space on it as I thought the software was okay with cloning NTFS partitions.
And what about the windows installation keys ? When the windows are cloned,are they activated ?
Chris B (2 months ago)
I keep getting a msg saying incompatible disk selected - the target disk has an incompatible sector size for this operation. Please choose a different disk. It's a brand new ssd that im migrating windows too. Need help. Does this just mean the ssd wont work?
INFAMOUSxMUFASA (2 months ago)
I followed the steps and all, everything worked, but a little something happened. My ssd now thinks it has the same amount of storage as my hdd that holds the os. I got 178gb of storage I cant use, can somebody plz help?
Just ME Onlyme (1 month ago)
Diana 2 weeks ago "did u go into disk management and click the properties of the unallocated space?" that doesn't work
Just ME Onlyme (1 month ago)
5:07 - 5:15 but you have to redo it, chose this when doing it.
Diana (1 month ago)
did u go into disk management and click the properties of the unallocated space?

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