Is it possible to copy a Windows boot partition onto a new SSD HD?
December 26, 2011 11:46 AM Subscribe
Is it possible to copy my Windows boot partition (C:) onto the new SSD hard drive I got without needing to reinstall Windows and everything else?
posted by Nelsormensch to computers & internet (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Currently I've got a 1 TB HD that is divided into a 100 GB Windows boot partition (C:) and the rest for everything else (D:). I picked up a 120 GB SSD HD for cheap at a Boxing Day sale and I'd like to basically make it my C: drive instead. However, if possible, I'd like to avoid having to reinstall Windows, every application I've got, etc.
It seems like there should be a way to directly copy everything on C: onto the new drive, remap the drive letters, reboot and it should just work. Of course, whenever you're thinking something "should just work," it probably won't. Is this at all possible, and if so, any pitfalls to watch out for?
I've got Linux live CDs if something like dd the old C: onto the new HD would do the trick.
As a bonus, once the new HD is installed, is it possible to fold the old 100 GB partition back into one larger partition without needing for format the entire old HD?