Outgrown SSD with OS on it. Now what?
January 27, 2015 6:30 PM   Subscribe

My SSD running Win7 is full. I've bought a new one. What's the easiest way to copy the contents of the original to the new one? I do not want to reformat.
posted by anthropomorphic to Technology (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: um, and by that I mean I don't want to reinstall Windows.
posted by anthropomorphic at 6:37 PM on January 27, 2015

Is this a desktop or a laptop?
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 6:52 PM on January 27, 2015

Normally I use clonezilla in situations like this, but you can just use the built in system image tool:

posted by Calloused_Foot at 7:19 PM on January 27, 2015

Response by poster: desktop.
posted by anthropomorphic at 6:33 AM on January 28, 2015

Best answer: EaseUS Backup will do this for free, so will AOMEI backupper. If the new drive is a Samsung, they actually ship with really great software to do it.
posted by TomMelee at 8:15 AM on January 28, 2015

Best answer: There are a number of disk imaging apps you can use. Last time I did this I used Macrium Reflect which worked well.

Note that you're going to need another system to actually clone the drive on, unless you use Clonezilla. Also, if the two drives are different sizes then you need to resize the NTFS partition, which is kind of an advanced process.
posted by neckro23 at 10:35 AM on January 28, 2015

Best answer: Most of the drive manufacturers offer free drive cloning software, which will resize partitions proportionately and copy your data in essentially one step.

Intel: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?DwnldID=19324

Samsung: http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/SSD/global/html/support/downloads.html

Seagate: http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/discwizard/

The Seagate software a free version of Acronis imaging software, and the last time I used it it only checked for the presence of a Seagate drive in the system - it didn't care if the drives you copied to/from was made by Seagate or not.
posted by DanielK at 11:09 AM on January 28, 2015

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