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Moving OS 3x Win 10 Pro from 1TB SSDs to 1TB NVMEs, and 1TB NVME to 2TB NVME ?


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...No sooner did I think that my Ravens nests' builds were finally complete, Christmas rolled around and I ended up with some little stocking stuffers - a 2TB WD SN850 NVME and a  2x 1 TB Samsung 980 Pro NVME....

 

Currently, this might affect three systems (all Win 10, separate/legal licenses):

1.) A 5950X / CH8 Dark Hero currently on a 1TB WD SN750 boot drive (plus multiple M.2 and 2.5inch SSDs as other drives)

2.) A 3950X / CH8 Hero Wifi on a 1TB WD blue M.2 SSD boot drive (plus multiple M.2 and 2.5inch SSDs as other drives)

3.) A 2950X TR / X399 Creation on a 1TB WD blue M.2 SSD boot drive (plus multiple M.2 and 2.5inch SSDs as other drives)

 

- I would like to put the new 2TB (PCIe 4.0) WD SN850 into the 5950X system with the current 1 TB (PCIe 3.0) WD750

- I would like to put the new 1TB (PCIe 4.0) Samsung 980 Pro into the 3950X with the current 1 TB WD blue M.2 SSD

- I would like to take the 'freed-up' 1TB WD SN750 from 1.) and make it the new boot drive for the 2950X TR that currently has a 1 TB WD blue M.2 SSD as boot drive. 

 

I have moved OS drives before (Win 7 Pro) but it was always to a new drive with the same capacity - and I don't want to partition the 2TB WD SN 850...so 1TB NVME PCIe 3.0 to 2TB NVME PCIe 4.0...

 

I know of this thing called Google and have done a fair amount of read-up, but from what I recall from earlier OS move exploits, it was never trouble-free. I'm also aware re. UEFI settings in the bios, ditto for PCIe 3 vs 4 vs Auto.

 

Finally, system 1.) and 3.) have the most programs and info on the drives I like to replace...while I'm on a 1 Gbps up/down 1ms ping connection, 1.) and 3.) also each have MS FS 2020 premium deluxe on it...download for that is a 140GB, plus another 100++GB in 'patches' 😞 ...the fastest I have ever downloaded from their serves is around 100 Mbps, and when it is busy, their servers can drop down to 5 Mbps (if you know what I mean).  

 

What 'cloning' software in your opinion is the best / easiest to use to accomplish the above ? What extra steps to make 'sure of' / 'watch out for' ?

 

Thank you in advance 🙂

 

 

 

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Macrium reflect. Works great for cloning, pretty easy to use. You can resize partitions in windows when you're done if you need to make any of them bigger because the new drives are bigger. Windows has no problem making a partition bigger. 

 

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Macrium Reflect Free allows you to back up your entire computer and schedule backups. For a free...

 

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Tx - I had read about Macrium but never used it...I'll give it a shot

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I personally use EaseUS Partition Manager. I have cloned so many drives with it. It also allows you to create a pre-boot environment USB so you can undertake cloning and partition alterations outside of Windows which I have found useful.  

 

Drawback is it's not free but IMO the price is well worth it. Never had any hiccups.

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7 hours ago, ENTERPRISE said:

I personally use EaseUS Partition Manager. I have cloned so many drives with it. It also allows you to create a pre-boot environment USB so you can undertake cloning and partition alterations outside of Windows which I have found useful.  

 

Drawback is it's not free but IMO the price is well worth it. Never had any hiccups.

 

I also have good experiences with EaseUS software. I used to use EaseUS Todo Backup Free to clone, but it looks like they took that away from the 2022 free version and made it a paid feature. An old version of the software should still have the cloning feature though. Looks like Macrium Reflect Free that UltraMega linked does the same thing now with cloning and partition upsizing.

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46 minutes ago, Snakecharmed said:

 

I also have good experiences with EaseUS software. I used to use EaseUS Todo Backup Free to clone, but it looks like they took that away from the 2022 free version and made it a paid feature. An old version of the software should still have the cloning feature though. Looks like Macrium Reflect Free that UltraMega linked does the same thing now with cloning and partition upsizing.

For sure, if you can get something to do it for free, then go for it. If it does not work out, you can always retry with another software. EaseUS use to have a few freebies back in the day but I guess they used that as the honeypot to grab people like myself. That being said, they have regular sales and I purchased their entire software suite (free lifetime upgrades) for next to nothing. I think it was like $70.

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Thanks everyone for your helpful suggestions above - went very smoothly. I transferred the two Win 10 Pro installs for Raven_A (dual mobo) using the Samsung migration software for the 2x 1TB Samsung 980 Pros (3950X) and Macrium Reflect for the 1x 2TB WD Black SN 850 (5950X). The Samsungs sit in a slightly slower system, but both types are...very...fast... 😃.  The third system (Raven_B / Threadripper 2950X which is getting the hand-me-down WD SN750 1TB) will be updated in a week or so...

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Macrium is definitely the way to go. It does everything the other paid programs do, has a clean interface, and works extremely well. 

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13 hours ago, J7SC_Orion said:

Thanks everyone for your helpful suggestions above - went very smoothly. I transferred the two Win 10 Pro installs for Raven_A (dual mobo) using the Samsung migration software for the 2x 1TB Samsung 980 Pros (3950X) and Macrium Reflect for the 1x 2TB WD Black SN 850 (5950X). The Samsungs sit in a slightly slower system, but both types are...very...fast... 😃.  The third system (Raven_B / Threadripper 2950X which is getting the hand-me-down WD SN750 1TB) will be updated in a week or so...

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Nice! Glad it all worked out smoothly. I forget about some of the native migration software that comes with some drives. For some reason I have been sceptical of them and always went a third party route. 

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Thanks, this is extremely helpful for when I will inevitably need this.

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