Upgrade From HDD To SSD Questions.


Mitch

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Hello, I recently did my first PC upgrade by replacing the RAM Modules, which went well. The invaluable advice I received from Forum members is much appreciated and helped greatly. I was advised that to get the best speed increase I should also upgrade the HDD to SSD, which is what I'm planning to do. The PC is a Windows 11 23H2 Dell Inspiron 15-5570 laptop with a 1TB HDD and am planning to replace this with, possibly a Samsung 1TB SSD. I have the paid version of Macrium Reflect which I use often, and would like to use this to clone the HDD disk before installing the new SSD. There is an option to delete partitions in the target disk in the cloning setup, but is it the case that everything on the new SSD, including partitions, is wiped as part of the cloning process, so do I need to do this before starting the process?

Can I also ask a question about Macrium Licence? If I want to remove the Macrium Licence from the PC temporarily in case I needed to do a Clean Install and the Licence would still be shown as "Used", does Reflect need to be uninstalled, or can I keep the program on the system, remove the Licence temporarily and re-licence it when finished, and if so, how is the Licence added back?
Would be grateful for any advice. Thanks.
 
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Windows 11 23H2

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System One

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    Windows 11 Home
Hello, I recently did my first PC upgrade by replacing the RAM Modules, which went well. The invaluable advice I received from Forum members is much appreciated and helped greatly. I was advised that to get the best speed increase I should also upgrade the HDD to SSD, which is what I'm planning to do. The PC is a Windows 11 23H2 Dell Inspiron 15-5570 laptop with a 1TB HDD and am planning to replace this with, possibly a Samsung 1TB SSD. I have the paid version of Macrium Reflect which I use often, and would like to use this to clone the HDD disk before installing the new SSD. There is an option to delete partitions in the target disk in the cloning setup, but is it the case that everything on the new SSD, including partitions, is wiped as part of the cloning process, so do I need to do this before starting the process?
As you are using Reflect already, the simplest way would be to make one last image of the system with its HDD, replace it with the SSD, then boot from a Macrium rescue usb and restore the image to the SSD. The restore will wipe existing partitions (if any) on the target drive and overwrite them with the ones from the image.

Can I also ask a question about Macrium Licence? If I want to remove the Macrium Licence from the PC temporarily in case I needed to do a Clean Install and the Licence would still be shown as "Used", does Reflect need to be uninstalled, or can I keep the program on the system, remove the Licence temporarily and re-licence it when finished, and if so, how is the Licence added back?
As the machine will still be exactly same device after the SSD upgrade there is no need to worry about the licence. Reflect will not see the upgrade from an HDD to an SSD as being a significant change.

Only if you were moving the image to a completely different PC would it be sensible to remove the licence from the source machine then install it on the new one. When you remove the licence key by default this will uninstall Reflect. If you un-tick that box what will be left is a 'Restore Only' version, no longer capable of making images.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
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    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
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    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
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    Laptop
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    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
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    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
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    1366x768
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    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
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    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.
You can use Macrium Reflect to clone the old SATA HDD to a new NVMe SSD, directly, as the Dell Inspiron 15 5570 can actually support both a SATA drive and an NVMe SSD at once.

As you probably know, Macrium Reflect can automatically shrink/extend partitions to fill the target disk:

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There is only one small caveat. Before the cloning starts, you need to run the below command from an elevated command prompt to make Windows load the StorNVMe driver instead of the StorAHCI driver:
sc config stornvme start= boot
(If you choose to reboot from the old SATA HDD after that, but before you start the cloning, then this setting will be reverted back so, then, you will need to run the command again, before the cloning starts.)

Finally, you should be able to change the boot order to make the laptop boot from the SSD instead of the HDD.
 

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    11 Home
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    i7 13650HX
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    GeForce RTX 4060 Mobile
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    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
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    11 Home
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    Medion S15450
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    i5 1135G7
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    16GB DDR4
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    Intel Iris Xe
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    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
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    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
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    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
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    Li-ion
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    Logitech G402
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    Logitech K800
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    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
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Thanks very much for your replies. I think I will remove the HDD and replace it with the SSD - the HDD has become a bit noisy and I fear the worst. If its a straight swap, do I need to change anything in the BIOS/Boot Menu or should it boot directly from the SSD once installed?
Thanks again.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
Thanks very much for your replies. I think I will remove the HDD and replace it with the SSD - the HDD has become a bit noisy and I fear the worst. If its a straight swap, do I need to change anything in the BIOS/Boot Menu or should it boot directly from the SSD once installed?
Thanks again.
The easiest fastest solution by far is to not remove the HDD until after you have successfully cloned it to the SSD like how I described. You don't necessarily have to put all the little screws back into the bottom cover of the laptop before the old HDD will finally be removed from it. (If you are lazy like me you can just leave the laptop standing on its lid with no bottom cover until you have verified that you can boot into Windows from the new SSD, lol)

Even if you already have an external drive with an image or clone that you could decide to restore or clone back onto the NVMe SSD, if you do that instead, then, after that, you'd still need to make Windows load the StorNVMe driver instead of the StorAHCI driver. Else, Windows won't be able to boot from the NVMe SSD due to the fact that you will have migrated Windows from SATA to NVMe. Granted, that would be just an easy fix. However, there's still not much point futzing around with an external drive when you don't really need to, as it is so much more convenient IMO to just clone the internal HDD directly onto the internal SSD, and remove the HDD only after everything works.

The Dell Inspiron 15 5570 can also support M.2 SATA SSDs, though, BUT... NVMe has been around for so many years by now, an M.2 SATA SSD is no longer really worth buying excepting only maybe if you can get one almost for free.
 

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    11 Home
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    Asus TUF Gaming (2024)
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    i7 13650HX
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    16GB DDR5
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    GeForce RTX 4060 Mobile
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    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
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    2× Arc Flow Fans, 4× exhaust vents, 5× heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
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    Logitech G402
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    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
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    11 Home
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    Laptop
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    Medion S15450
    CPU
    i5 1135G7
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    16GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
Hi @hdmi Thanks very much for replying. I will take your advice. It seems that both Kingston and Crucial, who I've also been looking at use the Acronis software to clone the drive, but I use Macrium Reflect, which has always been solid, so I'll probably use that instead. As long as it gets the job done that's all that matters. Thanks again for your help. Jim.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
I don't know what specific 1TB model you had in mind from Samsung, but right now IMO you'd be better off getting the 1TB WD Blue SN580 at £68.57 instead. It's cheaper, and, it will generate less heat and consume less battery power than the 1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus (or the 1TB Samsung 980 PRO) will. In addition to this, due to the fact that your laptop's internal M.2 NVMe slot is limited to PCIe 3.0, the difference in speed between these aforementioned NVMe SSDs will be pretty much negligible. These factors all add up, much to the point where the Samsungs can't really justify the price difference anymore currently.

Another worthy contender IMO right now would be the 1TB Crucial T500. However, even after you apply the £8 voucher from Amazon UK on it, it still costs more than the aforementioned WD Blue SN580. The only real advantage IMO would be if you are planning to upgrade your computer to PCIe 4.0 in a not-too-distant future, as doing that would vastly improve the sustained sequential read/write speed that you'd effectively be getting from the T500, whereas with the SN580 this improvement would be noticeably much smaller then.

Even so, "sustained sequential read/write speed" only actually starts to matter noticeably during certain specific tasks, like, e.g., copying (very) large amounts of data to/from something like, e.g., another internal SSD that also is characterised by the ability to sustain similar (high) sequential read/write speed. That is, the kind of large data transfers that tend to take a bit longer than just the blink of an eye, and that aren't held back by anything much besides the maximum sequential read/write speed that the storage hardware in question is capable to sustain. So, mainly as a result, for most users, either it doesn't matter at all usually or it only matters to a small degree. Especially for laptop users, power and heat very often tend to be among the (comparatively) much more important variables to want to take into consideration here, albeit right now the T500 certainly is among the absolute best possible choices in that department as well. Still, the same also holds true about the SN580.
 

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    11 Home
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    Asus TUF Gaming (2024)
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    i7 13650HX
    Memory
    16GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX 4060 Mobile
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Cooling
    2× Arc Flow Fans, 4× exhaust vents, 5× heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
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    11 Home
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Medion S15450
    CPU
    i5 1135G7
    Memory
    16GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
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    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
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    Logitech K800
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    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
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    FF
I confirm that the Crucial T500 NVMe is a great choice. It runs pretty cool in my laptop- around 32°C. The performance is nearly the rated one around 7000 MB/s for both sequential read and write.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
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    Laptop
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    ASUS ROG STRIX G513RC
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    AMD Ryzen™ 7 6800H 3.2-4.7 GHz
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    32 GB DDR5 4800MHz Dual Channel Crucial
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    NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 3050
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    15.6 inches FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Display
    Hard Drives
    Crucial T500 2TB
    Western Digital Black SN770 2TB
    Keyboard
    RGB Keyboard
Thanks for the reply. I was looking at using Macrium Reflect to clone our existing HDD to SSD (which I have). One thing I'm not clear about is when the existing HDD is cloned to the new SSD which is connected by SATA to USB, the C drive in the HDD is replaced by Drive F in the cloned SSD in the Macrium tutorial. I would imagine that's because both are connected to the laptop. Once the SSD is installed do we need to change the OS drive letter from F back to C and if so, what's the best way to do this? Thanks. Mitch.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
Once the SSD is installed do we need to change the OS drive letter from F back to C...
No, Windows will always give the drive it has booted from the letter C, regardless of any letter it may have had while you made the clone.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 & 11 Pro 24H2 & LTSB Enterprise.
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware PC
    CPU
    Intel i7 4790K
    Motherboard
    ASROCK Z97 EXTREME4
    Memory
    32GB DDR3 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 7770 2GB GDDR5
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SAMSUNG UE57 Series 28-Inch 4K UHD
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2
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    EVGA 850 watt
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    Alienware Area 51 Black Tower Case
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    HyperX - Alloy Elite 2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.
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    Microsoft Wireless
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    1.2 GHz
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    Chrome
Thanks everyone. This PC is our 4th machine that we just use for general use so doesn't need to be blisteringly fast (just faster than now!) so we opted for Crucial BX500 which is a decent price, at least here in the UK. Thanks @Bree for clearing that up. I suppose the drive letter F to C is done automatically so one less thing to do. I imagine in Reflect I should select "delete partitions on target disk" before starting the clone to get rid of anything pre installed on the drive.Thanks again. Appreciate your help.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
That drive in the 500 Gig is $59.00 in the US. :oops:
On Amazon US, the 1TB Samsung NVMe SSDs are like this:

990 EVO$89.99
980$93.90
970 EVO Plus$97.00
980 PRO$106.13
990 PRO$110.08

...whereas the 1TB WD Blue SN580 is $71.38 so, it definitely is cheaper AFAIK.
 

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  • OS
    11 Home
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus TUF Gaming (2024)
    CPU
    i7 13650HX
    Memory
    16GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX 4060 Mobile
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Cooling
    2× Arc Flow Fans, 4× exhaust vents, 5× heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
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    11 Home
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    Laptop
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    Medion S15450
    CPU
    i5 1135G7
    Memory
    16GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
I imagine in Reflect I should select "delete partitions on target disk" before starting the clone to get rid of anything pre installed on the drive.Thanks again.
Not needed, Macrium takes care of all of that...
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 10, Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Z2 G5 Workstation
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700
    Motherboard
    HP Model# 8751
    Memory
    32gB (DDR4)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Realtek basic audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" UHD (Viewsonic)
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    (3) NvME SSD, (1) SATA3 SSD
On Amazon US, the 1TB Samsung NVMe SSDs are like this:

990 EVO$89.99
980$93.90
970 EVO Plus$97.00
980 PRO$106.13
990 PRO$110.08

...whereas the 1TB WD Blue SN580 is $71.38 so, it definitely is cheaper AFAIK.
Yeah, I'm a Samsung "Fan Man" :D haven't been able to break the habit, may not be able to do this on my own, may need some help from a psychiatrist...
 

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System One

  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 & 11 Pro 24H2 & LTSB Enterprise.
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware PC
    CPU
    Intel i7 4790K
    Motherboard
    ASROCK Z97 EXTREME4
    Memory
    32GB DDR3 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 7770 2GB GDDR5
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SAMSUNG UE57 Series 28-Inch 4K UHD
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2
    PSU
    EVGA 850 watt
    Case
    Alienware Area 51 Black Tower Case
    Keyboard
    HyperX - Alloy Elite 2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.
    Mouse
    Microsoft Wireless
    Internet Speed
    1.2 GHz
    Browser
    Chrome
I always do HDD to SSD transfers in Reflect using imaging rather than cloning as discussed in post 2.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self build
    CPU
    Core i7-13700K
    Motherboard
    Asus TUF Gaming Plus WiFi Z790
    Memory
    64 GB Kingston Fury Beast DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G
    Sound Card
    Realtek S1200A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VP2770
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Kingston KC3000 2TB NVME SSD & SATA HDDs & SSD
    PSU
    EVGA SuperNova G2 850W
    Case
    Nanoxia Deep Silence 1
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D14
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Digital Media Pro
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    50 Mb / s
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Defender
I completely agree with some of the others...restoring an image to the new drive is the way to go. Macrium does it all for you. Remove the hdd, install the ssd, boot from Macrium recovery media and restore the image by dragging each partition from the image file onto the new drive . Once completed, if the system will not boot, boot back into the Macrium recovery media and select "Fix Boot Problems" If your ssd is the same size as your hdd, recovery is a snap.

Note: If your ssd is larger than the hdd, and you want to use all the extra space for your C: partition, you can manually resize your C partition to include the extra space during the recovery process and then drag the C : partition from the image file into it. Another option is to leave the partitions the same size and create another partition in the unallocated space after recovery.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
That's great. Really appreciate all the help.
My first attempt at PC upgrade so I'll take on board all the comments and suggestions. Thanks again.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home

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