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Migrating Windows 10 from SATA HDD to SSD

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It all depends, if TRIM is supported or not. Way back then, it was a good idea to completely copy over the SSD to another device, format, copy back - without TRIM.
Defragmentation before copying the device is pointless; you don't do a block copy but a file copy when moving to another device (i.e. HDD->SSD).
(Way back then, still somewhere buried on a disk I don't remember, I had that cool SCSI copy program for MacOS, which really did a low level block copy. Great for all kind of workstations, like SUN, SGI...)

But: I usually only copy the data, keep the old disk (just in case) and do a fresh install. That has never done me wrong in about a zillion computers.


--- Quote from: DC1MC on April 30, 2022, 07:22:27 pm ---Here, all done in three relatively easy steps.

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You forgot removing the old drive before booting, windows hates two drives with the same ID which I can't remember the exact name of.

If the SSD is a Samsung one, Samsung provide an utility that works very well for this. It can clone your whole Windows OS and make it immediately bootable without pain.

Dunno if it works with other brands of SSDs.

The Samsung software works well but doesn't work with other brand of SSD and can't clone a larger HHD to a smaller SSD.

AOMEI Backupper can do both bigger to smaller, smaller to bigger etc as long as used space can fit on destination SSD sata or nvme. i think Macrium Reflect also can do the same, i use AOMEI because its cuter and no reason to use 2 same tools at the same time, but i keep the installation file just in case. files also will not be exactly block to block placement, they are all will be rearranged accordingly afaik on destination SSD, so its pointless to defragment source HDD, its the thing of the past along with the low level format or block copy. why use generic tools that can be used on any brands rather than brand specific tool that wont work on others? the golden rule to any of this, any tool you use, is that you dont destroy your source disk just yet once you've made the backup copy like a confident hero, you need to test the target disk first (bootnessable and data integrity) before doing so, ymmv.


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