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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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David Zilz (15 minutes ago)
It doesn't say "clone this disc", but instead "copy dynamic drive" and I have to upgrade the software to a full version in order to use that tool.
Pete Barber (10 hours ago)
Is there a discord you guys are on I could join? I have a couple more questions. Thanks!
melcnodnarb (12 hours ago)
The video helped a lot! Thanks!
Cole Banville (2 days ago)
This kinda killed my SSD. Idk what the problem was I followed everything in the video but it failed to transfer and my ssd crashes my pc now. Does anyone know how to fix this?
WarriorofChaos20 (3 days ago)
I currently have Windows on a 120GB SSD and just ordered a 250GB SSD since I'm running out of room. I have most programs on a 2TB HDD already. When I clone using this technique, will it mess with registry keys or give me any problems accessing files/programs on my HDD?
Xustis (6 days ago)
The first program that i finfd and not give me problems, much thanks!
DankQuaza (7 days ago)
Hey could anyone help me understand what my problem is? I have a b350 strix, ryzen 1600, and I just bought a new 970 256Gb m.2 , when i put the SSD into the m.2 slot and turned the computer back on it goes straight to the boys and doesn't detect my 1tb hard drive. Does anyone know what my problem is?
clipsXD (7 days ago)
I got a Windows recovery error any ideas?
likes2fly (8 days ago)
My new ssd is showing the same size as the original ssd. I'm upgrading from a 250g to 1 TB. I've cloned twice with same results. I made sure the second time to expand the last portion to include the rest of the drive and clicked maximum size. I've read the comments and seen where others have had the same problem. One found a solution but did not explain. can someone explain how to fix this please?
likes2fly (8 days ago)
that makes since. I ended up using MiniTool Partition Wizard Free and that worked. Next time I will try expanding the OS partition. Thanks
PCGamesN (8 days ago)
likes2fly It might be that you are expanding the wrong partition when you expand during the cloning process. When you're dragging and dropping over the partitions during the cloning the main C: partition will likely be the third one you bring over. After that, but before you pull the last one, over expand the C: partition to take up ALMOST all of the rest of the space. Leave enough spare to drag over the final partition (likely between 500MB and 200MB) and you should then fill the capacity of your new SSD.
Big Daddy (10 days ago)
thank u love u
Cliff P (10 days ago)
Guys I need help please. I need to read a m.2 m key drive via usb or? What ever. I need to be able to put an image on it from another computer? And I can’t find something that would let me read a m.2 m key drive external?
XML studios (11 days ago)
so if ive got a 3tb HD do I need a 3TB SSD or does the ssd just contain windows
XML studios (11 days ago)
right got it so how far can you go with shrinking it
PCGamesN (11 days ago)
XML studios this is about cloning the entire boot drive over, so if you have 3TB of data on your HDD you won't be able to clone it onto a smaller SSD. But if you can cut down the used capacity of your boot drive to the same as your target SSD then you can easily clone it across.
://SyCx1 Productions (12 days ago)
you have got to get rid of that horrible background music
PrimyFritzellz (14 days ago)
Do I really need to do this if I'm going to change both the old boot drive and add a new SSD?
PrimyFritzellz (13 days ago)
PCGamesN alright. It's a stupid question, but since it's my first time doing something like this it's better to be safe than sorry.
PCGamesN (13 days ago)
PrimyFritzellz If you're just doing a fresh install of Windows onto your SSD then no you don't. This is just if you wanted to copy everything from your old boot drive and carry on as normal.
Trap Junky (14 days ago)
Super helpful guys, thank you so much!
Daniel Mihalache (14 days ago)
well done, it worked well for me, brilliant video guys keep it up 👍🏼
LooneyBoyGamer (15 days ago)
This worked wonders. Thank you so much!
Dipanjan Biswas (16 days ago)
too boring video.
DaBull (17 days ago)
If you’re getting the reboot and select proper windows boot screen. same thing happen to me. Just Change your boot mode from legacy UEFI to just “UEFI” in the boot menu
Custom HTML (17 days ago)
I'm trying this after trying EaseUS and hoping it works better. For some reason EaseUS did not work. It didn't allow me to select the partitions like Macrium did. I wonder if this has something to do with it not working.
Glenn K (17 days ago)
Possible to do this on a portable HP computer trough USB? I have the SSD in a drive-rack with a USB 3.0 controller.
ttiization (18 days ago)
Now I can buy my new notebbok, install an extra SSD and clone the old slow HDD. PERFECT
To Kai (20 days ago)
How do i install a nose ring?
Venonymous (21 days ago)
this fucked up my SSD sooooooooooooo hard. took up all the space and wouldnt let me delete it, this video just cost me $100 pal thanks for the help
̇ ReallySkylxr (22 days ago)
god! im an 11 year old at this moment and climbing my way to learn computers. I have the SSD plugged in with the power supply and the motherboard but what about the BIOS thing? what if you have a drive plugged in that has windows 10 (for me) and how do i load the windows 10 on the SSD?
Tee ShK (23 days ago)
I only want to clone my windows to my 120gb ssd.. how to do that? please reply
Max Gaglio (24 days ago)
Ok so I cloned my hard drive to my new ssd, and then I went into the bios and switched the boot priority to the ssd. Then it said reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media and press a key. Did I do something wrong?
DaBull (17 days ago)
Max Gaglio same thing happen to me. Change your boot mode from legacy UEFI to just “UEFI” in the boot menu
Omstertron (24 days ago)
I cannot format my HDD. It says something along the lines of: Windows cannot format this drive, quit any disk utilities etc etc.. I have everything from my HDD cloned onto my SSD but it still don't let me do it
Tim Wesselman (25 days ago)
Thank you so much for this video! Everything worked well for me except my extra signal port wasn't working so I disconnected my dvd drive temporarily to perform the cloning process. After installing my new ssd drive it's only showing the same amount of disk space that the previous hard drive had available, but the new one is 130 gb larger. Maybe it will reset after a few reboots. I cannot state how helpful this video was to me because i have been working on another laptop for over a week and still haven't worked everything out. I did a system image onto an external hard drive and when I went to restore it, windows couldn't find the image that took literally 12 hours to back up. So had I seen this before, it would have saved me hours and hours! I think I can do the same thing, I just have to get a different cable. Really, thanks again, I have probably watched 30 videos before stumbling into this one, so great work! Definately subscribing!
Mr Nickel (26 days ago)
This worked great and everything went well! But now I have a question, now that I have everything copied over to my 500gb SSD can I delete everything off of my old 1TB Hard drive? Currently I basically have 2 copies of everything with one copy being on the SSD and one on the Hard Drive, so can I delete all the stuff of my hard drive now that everything is cloned?
PCGamesN (26 days ago)
Mr Nickel Glad it worked out for you and you found it helpful! We'd probably recommend leaving your original hard drive intact for a few days to make sure that everything is completely stable with the new SSD, but when you're confident everything is 100% okay you can go ahead and wipe the HDD to use as extra data storage.
I am not going to do this. I will reinstall windows 10 on my ssd some time in the future. For now, I just leave it in sleep mode when it's not active.
S Daniels (28 days ago)
Instructions unclear. Dick stuck in SATA-port... No seriously guys great video, I replaced my HDD with an SSD and I couldn't have done it without this tutorial. Thanks a lot!
Vraag ́t Suus (29 days ago)
The first video that doesn't want you to buy some shady company's unwieldly software for ridiculous prices and, whilst keeping the video to a normal length, explains everything perfectly. Great video.
Ciprian Constantinescu (1 month ago)
Hello and thanks for the tutorial. I have some questions. I need to clone my Win 10 partition C (198 GB capacity 78 used, the rest free)to an smaller SSD ( 111 Gb ). How do I proceed? And after the cloning process how may I put my laptop to boot from the SSD and to erase the old partition I just cloned, from the HDD? The programs that were installed on the other partition (D, not C - with the OS) will work after I do this? Thank you very much!
Tebin (1 month ago)
I can't say I can recommend Macrium Reflect. Trying to clone a Win 7 OS, and Macrium's software keeps assigning the wrong uniqueid leading to an inaccessible boot drive. This means you need some sort of USB/CD-DVD rescue media to repair the boot sector, or some how repair the uniqueid conflicts manually. Through a quick google search this issue doesn't seem to be uncommon. I just used Samsung's own software for their SSD's and the clone works flawlessly now.
Delet this (1 month ago)
How would i free up more space. It says i have 112.52 GB to go but my destination only has 111.24 GB left. I tried the way you did and nothing is happening.
MrGr8productions (1 month ago)
Do I have to clone my HDD before I install my SSD?
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
dnessa franklin franklin if you're working on a laptop then it's probably advisable to do it that way around, but not necessarily for a desktop machine.
Liam Van (1 month ago)
It won't let me clone NTFS PRIMARY (4) and keeps saying insufficient space even though I have enough space
Todd Preston (1 month ago)
I did what you told me to do, but when I go check the hard drive, it is saying that there is only 223 GB of total space, but the new drive should be a 480 GB? please help me. the 223 gb is the same size that the original ssd drive was that i cloned.
Xu Damage (1 month ago)
Thanks for the video. I would like the new/replacement boot drive to have the same drive letter (C:) as the old/replaced boot drive. How to accomplish this?
MrTHELODE (1 month ago)
Typing this on a pc with its OS freshly moved onto a ssd ;)
wakeboner (1 month ago)
love how none of these videos show what to do in bios
MasterGaming234 (1 month ago)
I did everything in the video and ssd does boot up the os. But it won't let me for the C drive because the os is running on it
TheRangeControl (1 month ago)
What if I need to clone from a HDD to another HDD (non-ssd to be super-specific).
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
TheRangeControl you can use the exact same method. The software will work on both.
AsianPro513 (1 month ago)
What could we do it the system says "incompatible disk selected"?
Jacob (1 month ago)
So I currently have a 1 tb hdd in my laptop. I want to move my operating system onto an nvme ssd but the nvme ssd only has 256 gb. Am I able to move just my operating system onto the ssd and keep my hdd as storage for large games? And if so how can I do that? Cuz in the video you guys said to make sure that what I had could fit onto the ssd. But I don't want to move everything over, I just want to move the operating system, my browser, and a few other apps.
Critzy (1 month ago)
Dante Jay (1 month ago)
And I am Chris Hemsworth
Exotic Eagle (1 month ago)
i dont see my drive...
Mudpaws Voom (1 month ago)
thank you .
Nicole Burrell (1 month ago)
Can u clone a hard drive for defunctioning laptop and then put the cloned hard drive into a non-function laptop (corrupted windows boot files) and run it simultaneously with the other laptop on the same Windows licence??
iGoHam (1 month ago)
dude im not even gay but i couldn't keep my eyes off the red shirt guy.
Rahfy (18 days ago)
he cute
Anton Deckman (1 month ago)
...i wasn't until you said something, lol
iGoHam (1 month ago)
Anton Deckman lol don’t lie you were lookin at him too
Anton Deckman (1 month ago)
dude, ... your gay
Nicolai By (1 month ago)
Mine fucking failed. ''Clone failed - Read failed - 13 - Permission denied - 32'' What am I supposed to do now? I hope I haven't ruined my brand new 250GB SSD...
Jared Champion (1 month ago)
Jonathan Nilsen (1 month ago)
By far the most helpful video on this subject I have come across. Thank you guys so much!
xt3100 (1 month ago)
thanks you! I was able to mirgrate the os! But now I need to make the Documents folder to be moved
BG Loscar (1 month ago)
Hey guys I followed all of the steps but when I got to booting up the PC with the SSD ( after unplugging the HDD to ensure that the PC reads the SSD, also set the BIOS order of boot to SSD ). I got an error message saying "reboot and select proper boot device windows 10"... Please help. P.S. I returned the HDD and plugged the SSD as well just so that I can still use my PC while waiting for your answer...
JohnnyZenith (1 month ago)
Totally utterly baffled. Ive cloned to a larger SSD and set it to top of boot priority and now I cant format the old drive.
JohnnyZenith (1 month ago)
I did redo it all again. It is the same result. There is no formatting the original drive.
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
JohnnyZenith the cloned drive should have the same number of partitions as the original drive. For a Windows boot drive it should have three partitions. If you're having problems potentially the clone has not been successful so it might be worth redoing it from scratch. And giving it a little time before trying to format the second drive.
JohnnyZenith (1 month ago)
I have rechecked. Yes I definitely have the new SSD higher in boot priority. I still cannot uninstall the old drive.
JohnnyZenith (1 month ago)
Thanks for the swift reply. I changed the boot priority yes. I will try again. Another problem is that I have 3 partitions. I have 1 called system reserved at 32.7mb of 500mb, one called C: (which is my windows drive) and a 3rd called 3 none which is 309mb of 473mb. When I clone these the 3rd drive comes up as a separate drive after which took effort to get rid of. I am baffled by all of this. Oh and I refuse to open my PC again to unplug any drives. It seems the 3rd partition is Healthy(recovery partition), the 1st is System reserved, Active).
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
JohnnyZenith are you definitely booting from the new drive? That might stop you from formatting the boot drive. In the BIOS you could always override the boot priority and choose the new SSD.
Xtenchen (1 month ago)
Macrium reflex will download a whole bunch of virus's to ur pc
IamtherealDirty (1 month ago)
Can't get windows to boot
Smurf Masher (1 month ago)
Great tutorial.
Ghosty (1 month ago)
Does this work if I am transferring from one ssd to another?
Todd Preston (1 month ago)
Thank You Ghosty.
Ghosty (1 month ago)
Todd Preston it does I went ahead and tried and it worked so it’s safe to do go ahead
Todd Preston (1 month ago)
Ghosty I am wondering the same thing, I have a smaller SSD that I want to put on a larger SSD.
Lew_Dawg (2 months ago)
Macrium Reflect kept saying I had an incompatibility issue and could not clone my old HDD with a 512 sector size, to my new Samsung 960 EVo M.2 which has a 4096 sector size. Tried everything. I ended up downloading Samsung's own Data Migration software and it worked flawlessly. No compatibility issues. If you have a Samsung SSD save yourself the headache and just use their software instead of Macrium. The Macrium software is nearly 1 whole GB in size as well, Samsung's was less than 50 MB.
Kasey (2 months ago)
Would this be similar to using Samsungs data migration software? Or to be more specific, which one would be better to use? I've never done something like this before and I'm going to be swapping my OS to a NVMe SSD soon.
dompaPro (2 months ago)
My HDD IS 1TB- i will delete all garbage so that there is under 500 gb data on it - so it could fit my new 500 GB SSD that i plan to buy. What i really dont understand is next: Will i be able to clone : 1TB HDD ( 450 USED SPACE + ~550 FREE SPACE ) to the 500 GB SSD. Does that free space on HDD count as something thats being cloned? Or i simply need to press clone HDD and then those 450 gb of DATA will be cloned to the NEW 500 GB SSD? PLEASE FOR THE LAST TIME SOMEONE HEEELP :D.... I cant take this googling, youtubing anymore, its been days lol *ALSO* Can i clone only 1 partition ( i got 2 ) from my HDD, the one that has WIN10 on it? And leave the other partition as it is cuz ill be using that HDD in the future to run games and stuff from it.
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
dompaPro No worries! Starting from scratch will be the cleanest approach for sure. When it comes to deleting the HDD Windows partition though it may still need to live as a separate one to your data partition even when it's formated. You might be able to delete it and extend the data one, in Disk Management, to soak up the space, but that might not work :(
dompaPro (2 months ago)
Thank you for the reply :) I'm actually thinking now to just install the new copy of win10 ( i have the retail version ) on the SSD, and go to bios and make it a boot drive. Ill use HDD as a storage, and then just delete the :C partition where my current windows10 is, and leave :B (storage) as it is. Thank you for your effort :) Also, if you think or know that this stuff that i just wrote wont actually work that way, please let me know :DD Subd :]
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
dompaPro Yes, so long as there is less data on the source drive than free capacity on the target drive then the cloning software will just resize the target partition to remove the excess space from your 1TB HDD's partition. You can also just copy over individual partitions, but you will have to take over all the small OS system partitions if you want it to boot in the same way.
starfiremale (2 months ago)
I'm looking for a vid on how to copy my old HHD to my new NUC SSD, can anyone recommend??
starfiremale (2 months ago)
Wow!! thanks for such a fast reply,, impressed so I subbed to show my thanks, so I can by one of these adapter cables?? I do have one of those docking station thingys that's how I started to get my head round the headache, where does the power come from then?? I can take my old HDD out of my PC, I've done that before and the NUC seems even easier to take apart, again, thans very much for the help,,
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
starfiremale You can use the same steps in this vid if you connect your old HDD to your NUC via a SATA to USB adapter. Then you should be able to boot from the old drive and use that OS to carry out the cloning process.
Tiny (2 months ago)
How do i transfer ONLY the operating system and none of the other files?
Andrew Noonan (2 months ago)
do i have to unplug all my other drives when migrating operating system to destination drive??
Fredrik Lundberg (2 months ago)
i give up. useless.
Simcow Games (2 months ago)
Just wanted to let you know. I'm just done with step 3 waiting the 3+ hours or so. This has been useful so far. :) I went from a 10 year old computer with a 2TB HD. to a new computer but left the old HD (because I figured "hey I have 2TBs...) Clean install. Wiped the old HD (I was a high schooler with that drive while limewire was in its prime. I probably had viruses on viruses) After 20 minute boots for 6 months I decided to upgrade to Samsung 960 Evo. Installed it. Noticed 0 change in boot time. Found this video and am thrilled I don't have to lose my saved games. My first thought was to clean wipe the HD again and start from scratch. I hope this saves me tons of heart ache in lost saves and streaming settings :)
Simcow Games (2 months ago)
Start up time from ten or fifteen minutes to under one. Useful video.
Alexandre trépanier (2 months ago)
How do i add another ssd to make it raid 0 , is it possible ?
Alexandre trépanier (2 months ago)
I don't understand very well the cloning part ?
Alexandre trépanier (2 months ago)
i can barely view the macrium reflect part :/
Ken (2 months ago)
If I clone my HD to a SSD to include all partitions with the recovery partition is included, will if needed some day will the Recovery Partition work? The music your playing for me made it hard to hear all your words.
Ken (2 months ago)
OK thanks, I am getting mixed messages on this. I was told the Recovery Partition would not work but the rest of the Cloning would allowing a bootable working Windows system after cloning.
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Ken yes, it will be an identical drive if you have space to copy over every one of the original drive's partitions.
Jeffrey Barros (2 months ago)
Hello, Ive got a question. I have followed all the steps which shown in the video and i am booting of my new 250gb SSD, which i check by naming it NEW and the older one OLD. cause now when i have both plugged in i have 2 drives called windows. but when i plug the old one out, i only see windows New. my problem is this, my harddrive is C and D all in one. the C is 150gb and the D is 780 gb. and i wanted faster speed so i wanted a SSD. but my SSD is 250gb but when i click on properties on it, it says it only has 150GB of space in total. How come this happends since when i cloned it, it said for sure 250gb. Did i clone it wrong or did something wrong? Also how do i format my old C without destroying my D since its 1 harddrive? greetings.
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Jeffrey Barros Yes, you'll have to start afresh in that case. Go into your BIOS when you start your PC (Del or F2) and override the boot drive by selecting your old HDD. Then you can do the clone from there.
Jeffrey Barros (2 months ago)
PCGamesN Oh my bad. I went to it and clicked on the windows part of the new ssd. But I could only shrink it. There was no option to expand it. So my guess is I have to redo the clone? If so how do I do that? Since I made the SSD the one it boots up with etc.
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Jeffrey Barros sorry, you need to go into disk or drive manager, not device manager.
Jeffrey Barros (2 months ago)
PCGamesN Hello i went to the Device manager and went to disk drivers. I right clicked on the driver and only options i have are: update driver, uninstall driver, scan for hardware changes and properties.
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Jeffrey Barros did you only copy over the 150GB partition, leaving the 780GB partition out of the clone? If you copied over the 150GB partition without resizing it beforehand then it won't have taken up the full capacity of the SSD. You should be able to go into drive manager (right click on the Windows icon on the far left of the taskbar and select it from the pop up menu) and then on the 150GB partition of your SSD you should be able to right click and select resize/expand or manage partition to fill out the rest of the space. Otherwise you might have to redo the clone from scratch.
Grady Gilchrist (2 months ago)
What if your laptop only has space for one hard drive? How to u clone it then?
Grady Gilchrist (2 months ago)
PCGamesN thank you
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Grady Gilchrist no worries, glad to help :)
Grady Gilchrist (2 months ago)
PCGamesN ok that clears it up thanks guys..
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Grady Gilchrist There are specific USB 3.0 cables which split into both power and data SATA connections. They're the most useful adapter in the world! You can also do the clone with just the new drive plugged into the adapter and the old one still on your laptop, just in case you're worried about taking it apart first.
Grady Gilchrist (2 months ago)
PCGamesN like a splicing sata cable? But wont I need another splice for the power too?
DoyJimenez (2 months ago)
What if its a partition instead of a full drive? Can i clone that to an ssd?
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
DoyJimenez Absolutely, the software will allow you to just clone sections of the drive so long as there is space on the target drive. You'll need to shrink any existing partitions on that drive to free up unpartitioned space to drop your copied partition into.
DragX Gaming (2 months ago)
Im pretty sure I have an ssd right now with all my programs and windows on it, This will work?
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
DragX Gaming sure, you can clone one SSD onto another drive too.
Lextra Gaming (2 months ago)
start at 4:01 if you've already connected your ssd
Joe Hernandez (1 month ago)
thanks homie
frynaut (2 months ago)
Hello, I got a new HDD and did exactly what was told, however when I try booting the new hard drive, it says somewhere around the lines of "please reboot and select proper boot device" Can you help me?
DaBull (17 days ago)
Happen to me. I had to change my boot mode from legacy UEFI to UEFI. Worked for me then
Wizard Lizard (2 months ago)
frynaut go to your BIOS and select SSD as primary boot device.
Larissa Müller (2 months ago)
thx helped a lot
ShockGlove (2 months ago)
Hey, so I just bought an SSD and I wanted to do pretty much a clean install of ONLY windows to my SSD without touching any other HDD cause I share this pc with my family and Its kind of a mess, so I just wanted to leave their stuff how it is and have the ssd be my boot drive and to be able to install some games on it. I have 2 HDDs, the first 1 TB HDD has 2 partitions (Not sure how it got partitioned, and there's important files in both partitions) and the 2nd HDD is a 500gb HDD that ALSO has 2 partitions and there's important files there too... If anyone could help me in my situation, it'll be appreciated.
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
ShockGlove Are you essentially trying to make the PC dual boot - so it can boot from your SSD when you want it to, and from the family's when they want to use it? You'll need a separate Windows license key and you can them simply install that from scratch onto your own SSD, using a USB installation disk (download the Windows media creation tool and fill the USB with whatever your Windows license is for).
Battle Toad (2 months ago)
I really appreciate this a lot I love you
TheYairisan (2 months ago)
I'm still not sure about whether I can simply connect a destination SSD to a USB port on my laptop, and then clone over to the destination SSD from the existing boot drive in the laptop). I thought this was possible (and would be super straightforward), but it seems that the destination drive has to reside in the computer. This is a pity, as it scares me to have to create disks and trust that will boot from the disk drive, and having to pull out the existing drive and god knows what. I thought it was a bit easier, but obviously not.
GamePlayRaja (2 months ago)
I am having a huge issue with my bloody ssd. My first windows 10 USB install was with hdd now I have big fucking problem I need to format my ssd but only my ssd has windows my hdd has my personal data but it now has my fucking system reserves. How do I reinstall windows 10 on my USB because my computer is not starting at all not the windows 10 or my USB install if I have only my ssd connected.
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
GamePlayRaja is your computer not starting at all, or is it just not booting? If it's starting but not booting you could see if a friend can download the Windows 10 USB install tool, and get the correct install for your license key, onto your USB drive and reinstall it on your SSD from scratch.
companymen42 (2 months ago)
Can you just clone partitions and not the drives?
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
the process of cloning the drives essentially is cloning the individual partitions, so you could clone a data partition onto a separate drive if you weren't looking to take the boot partitions too.
Piotr Młodzianowski (2 months ago)
Best vid about hdd to ssd clone i have watched. Thanks guys. :)
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Piotr Młodzianowski glad to be of service!
EpicHawk (2 months ago)
Chris Hemsworth?
Apache Sakai (2 months ago)
is the cloning software free?
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Apache Sakai yes, it's a free download.
Suhail Greene (2 months ago)
bro i looked all over the internet for a working method and i finally found one thanks
XABY (2 months ago)
big help!
Tommazz Masi (3 months ago)
well I followed your instruction and after cloning mi Samsung 960 Evo m.2 it would not boot up unless I reattached my original drive, I even tried a new Windows install and it wouldn't allow me to pick my Samsung SDD it is recognized in the bios and Windows setup any help would be appreciated. I have a ASRock Z370 Taichi Thanks
Tommazz Masi (3 months ago)
opps i Mean't it has to be GPT Partition to install windows
Tommazz Masi (3 months ago)
Well I updated the bios, the sdd card does show up in the hdd option but when I boot up with it won't load windows. I also have tried to update windows no luck than I tried to do a full install and it won't because it says the ssd drive is a GPT partition, after I cloned the drive it says that it succeeded but the source has a difference of 6 gigabytes from the source (56.20) compared to the destination (48.92). any help would be appreciated Thank You
PCGamesN (3 months ago)
Probably an obvious question... but does it show up in the BIOS boot / HDD options? And is the BIOS fully updated?
PCGamesN (3 months ago)
Tommazz Masi Hmm, very strange. The Taichi is specced as being able to support NVMe boot drives. Have you tried it with no other SATA cables plumbed in and just the Sammy 960?
Tommazz Masi (3 months ago)
Anyone know which M.2 slot to use on ASRock Z370 Taichi for Windows 10 Plus 6 hard drives and Samsung 960 500MB Thanks great video
PCGamesN (3 months ago)
Tommazz Masi They should all support NVMe drives as they offer x4 PCIe 3.0 support across the board, though this is a caveat from the specs sheet: "M2_1, SATA3_0 and SATA3_1 share lanes. If either one of them is in use, the others will be disabled. M2_2, SATA3_4 and SATA3_5 share lanes. If either one of them is in use, the others will be disabled. If M2_3 is occupied by a SATA-type M.2 device, SATA3_3 will be disabled." That may only be if import if you're using a SATA M.2 in the slot, but it might be worth noting if you're plumbing in lots of drives into the SATA slots.
cbrmango (3 months ago)
Thanks so much this helped me so much
Billy Badass (3 months ago)
hey if somebody could answer this. does anybody have their Steam running thru their SSD while their games are running thru their HDD if so how did they get that to work?
Brandon Avellano (3 months ago)
Spent 6 hours between yesterday and this morning testing and making sure i dont mess up the migration of OS! YOUR video has been the simplest, easiest and straight forward tutorial i have seen! also thank you for recommending Macrium Reflect, will purchase product int he near future for my other 3 desktops!
Pugglus Vk (3 months ago)
one question my ssd is only 250 gb, I have a 2tb hdd for main storage how would I get program files (x86) to the 2tb hdd, pfx86 is where steam is stored, or should I just move the steam folder into the new hdd
James Welch (3 months ago)
I currently have a 111gb ssd and I will be replacing it with a new one that is 512 gb ssd. Should I worry about the software messing up the partition?
ToxRozzx (3 months ago)
Thank u so much this was the best tutorial i've done!

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