Is there a way to move installed system to another drive, without reinstalling everything?

Is there a way to move installed system to another drive, without reinstalling everything?

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złotedoznanie

I want to buy a new ssd for my laptop, but will that mean that I'll have to reinstall windows to move it?

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elpitaya

Never done it but I think these should help:

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/362776/how-to-copy-your-windows-installation-to-an-ssd/6

https://www.easeus.com/backup-utility/ssd-to-ssd-cloning-software.html

Alienware 15 R3 i7-6820HK @4.1Ghz GTX 1070, 8 Gb DDR4 @2400, 512 GB SSD + 1 TB @7200 RPM

jim_survak

Cloning software will do that, easily. Acronis is the program I've used extensively & it works perfectly. Norton Ghost is also an option. I think Gparted works on Windows, but I've only ever used it for Linux partitions.

Alienware 13 R1: Core i5-4510u, 12GB, PNY XLR8 480GB SSD, nVidia 860M, Graphics Amp: EVGA 9880Ti 6GB

hirschy19

I used Clonezilla (on a burned boot CD) for quick backups and restores of system drives. It's free even though it looks archaic it works as advertised. It can't change the size of the partition unfortunately so if you restore an image of an 128 GB drive to a drive that is 512 GB, it will still create a system partition that is 128 GB in size.

It's so easy: you can take someone's PC, clone it to a backup image on an external drive, then wipe said PC completely reinstall OSes benchmarks, crappy shady software  do whatever you want with it, when you need to return it restore it from the image in 15 minutes, as though it was never touched.
 


Dragunfyr

Like hirschy19, I've used Clonezilla extensively for cloning. I wrote a process for our company to use Clonezilla for all server imaging (it was used for the past 7 years), so it has been thoroughly tested. Works great disk-to-disk, partition-to-partition, etc. And, it's free.