Picked myself up an SSD to replace my mechanical boot drive alongside my 2TB SSHD. I want to 'clone' Windows 10 from this drive to my new SSD. What software will be most reliable/make this process as simple as possible?
Thanks for any help!
Reminder that if you're using GPT, you have to move and not copy partitions (otherwise you'll have two partitions with the same UUID and Windows will cry), and you can't just image a disk (or it will be a different size than the partition table says it is, and Windows will cry.
It's okay to copy partitions on GPT temporarily, but long-term you need to change the UUIDs in the partition table and the filesystem, or your OS will think they're the same partition, and all hell will break loose.
Rather than trying to second-guess the computer as to what's hot data and what isn't, though, you'd be better just putting your swapfile on the SSD, and using the rest as a persistent disk cache, with something like eBoostr.
I guarantee you you'll get better performance, because the SSD will contain the actual data you actually use, rather than the data you think you'll probably use.
That you set it up once and can then forget about it forever is gravy.
With this in consideration, would it be better to just do a fresh install of the OS to the new drive to avoid potential problems?
I don't really have any sensitive data on that drive, I keep important stuff elsewhere.
I had a 1 TB drive with Windows 8 that came with the Notebook. When Win 10 came out I first upgraded and then used Todo Backup by EaseUS to migrate to a 128 GB SSD. Worked like a charm.
I had previously used the migration tool by Samsung (the SSD manufacturer), but it didn't work with Win 10 yet at the time. If they have updated it and you have a Samsung SSD I would go with the official tool.
Because that's the size your drive bay is.
Manufacturers that care about size (Apple, Zalman) use M.2 instead.