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How to Upgrade from HDD to SSD

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Hi, this is how to upgrade your computer's main HDD (Hard Disk Drive) to SSD (Solid-State Drive) without data loss.

This will work from Windows Vista to Windows 10.

Please download The Windows Repair Disk (3rd party) and burn it to a CD or write it to a USB (Make sure its bootable).

MAKE A COMPLETE BACKUP OF YOUR COMPUTER!!! (REQUIRED).

***Disclaimer***  ***I am not responsible for whatever you do and whatever goes wrong by following this guide.***

1. Boot up your computer.

2. Disconnect all external storage (Just to be safe) and connect the SSD to your computer.

3. Install a  (Any) Hard Drive Cloning Software (If not already)

4. Launch cmd.exe as administrator.

5. Type in DISKPART.

6. Type in LIST DISK

7. Choose and remember your SSD (Normally Disk 1).

8. Type in SELECT DISK (Number of the SSD)

9. Type in CLEAN to remove everything from that disk (Be sure that you have backed up all your data).

10. Launch the Hard Drive Cloning Software that you have installed.

11. Select your HDD as your source disk and your SSD as your destination disk.

12. Manage your partition size (It depends on your disk and partition size) 

13. Select Optimize for SSD and Sector by sector clone options is exist.

14. Start the cloning process.

15. Once done, exit the software and eject your SSD.

16. Disconnect your SSD from your computer and power off your computer.

17. Go and read how to replace hard drive section from the computer's manufacturer's guide.

18. Replace the HDD with your new SSD.

19 .Power on your computer and boot from The Windows Repair Disk (3rd party).

20. Resize your partitions to your desired size (If not already).

21. Delete your Boot Entry (Don't worry, sometimes your Boot Entry corrupts after the cloning process.) using BCD Manager and exit to main screen.

22.  Use Repair Boot to scan for installed Operating Systems.

23. Select your version of Windows and hit Repair button.

24. After its done, press exit and select Command Prompt.

25. Type in BOOTREC /FIXMBR

26. Type in BOOTREC /FIXBOOT (To be sure that it works)

27. Close Command Prompt and run Computer Repair to repair other issues (i.e drivers).

28. After done, go to main screen and shutdown your computer.

29. Remove The Windows Repair Disk.

30. Power on your computer again, if it tells you to choose boot options because your computer did not shutdown correctly, choose Start Windows Normally.

31. Logon and see if everything works (Recommended to run SFC even if everything is fine).

32. Done! Enjoy the performance of your new SSD.

Thanks for reading,

SnowBall

Edited by SnowBall

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