- Oct 20, 2014
I have a 1TB NVME SSD coming in today and am wondering what's the best free way to clone everything from my ancient 250GB SATA SSD from 2015 so I can use my NVME SSD as the boot drive.
No can do, that 250Gb ssd has an OS made for very different hardware which will cause issues and also you would lose your license, which you might be able to restore with a phone call to MS.I have a 1TB NVME SSD coming in today and am wondering what's the best free way to clone everything from my ancient 250GB SATA SSD from 2015 so I can use my NVME SSD as the boot drive.
Never had an issue with this sort of thing.you would lose your license
I've done this sort thing at least a half-dozen times, upgrading laptop HDD to SSD. Windows licenses are typically tied to the motherboard, not the drive. This should work 100% for the OP.No can do, that 250Gb ssd has an OS made for very different hardware which will cause issues and also you would lose your license, which you might be able to restore with a phone call to MS.
If you still want to try look at google for "clone to dissimilar" plenty cloning tools have this feature and it takes care of any driver issues at least.
That's mainly an issue because people search for specialized cloning software while (mostly) any random partition manager has the capability to clone partitions and almost always has an menu item for cloning the whole disk(system) as well so you don't have to manually create and copy several partitions.Clonezilla can't handle cloning from a large disk (say a HDD) to a smaller disk (like an SSD). It's a nightmare when cloning the multiple partitions that make up a bootable system these days from a spinning disk to an SSD. And you have to use it from a bootable thumb drive, which is an extra step.
Other software, like Macrium Reflect, puts basic system cloning behind a paywall. I looked long and hard for something that would let me clone a live system disk from a big, mostly empty drive to a smaller drive without choking.
And then I discovered Disk Genius. It's marketed as a data recovery tool, but it offers a full set of partition management and disk cloning features as well, and those features work perfectly in the free version of the software.
Do let us know if it works on your AM5 build too.If you're logged in the main Microsoft account, you can keep your license.
I’ve used it tens of times in these situations, has to be closing in on a hundred and it has worked every time. Back in the day I had to be sure the partition on the source disk (like a 2TB hd with 200 GB used) was resized to smaller than the target SSD (like a 500 GB one) but now I think that is handled.Thanks everyone. Macrium Reflect turned out to be exactly what I needed.
Will do, just in case though I saved my License key serial using a program called ShowKeyPlus.Do let us know if it works on your AM5 build too.
Loaded up the new cloned Samsung 980 pro and Windows was active on first boot.Do let us know if it works on your AM5 build too.
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