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How to transfer OS to new hard drive.

 

Hi there.

I just bought a new hard drive that is considerably faster and bigger than my old one. My Old one is at max capacity and has been crashing a lot. I was wondering if there is a way to transfer only the OS to my new hard drive and leave the rest of the files in there.

 

 


I found this website that says it does exactly what I want but I am always hesitant to try anything that could potentially wreck all my files. Link below if u want to check it out.
https://www.easeus.com/partition-master/free-transfer-windows-10-to-new-hdd-ssd.html

Otherwise, if you know step by step what to do, let me know!
Thanks,
Libby

edit: If there is no way to transfer just the OS, how do I transfer the entire hard drive including the OS to my new hard drive. 

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Technically you should not be trying to clone a drive while that drive is running as registry, configuration, and other files are constantly changing.


Here's what I do:

  1. Get a 8GB or larger USB drive
  2. Follow this guide: https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/linux/create-a-bootable-ubuntu-usb-flash-drive-the-easy-way/
  3. Restart and boot from the USB
  4. Open gparted
  5. Figure out which drive is which (should be labeled as /dev/sda, /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc, etc in the top right of gparted)
  6. Open terminal
  7. sudo dd if=/dev/hard_drive_to_be_copied of=/dev/new_drive bs=100M (e.g. dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb bs=100M)
  8. Give it ~6 hours or more to copy all data, it will let you know when it's done

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25 minutes ago, ihaveAdollar said:

 

Hi there.

I just bought a new hard drive that is considerably faster and bigger than my old one. My Old one is at max capacity and has been crashing a lot. I was wondering if there is a way to transfer only the OS to my new hard drive and leave the rest of the files in there.

 

 


I found this website that says it does exactly what I want but I am always hesitant to try anything that could potentially wreck all my files. Link below if u want to check it out.
https://www.easeus.com/partition-master/free-transfer-windows-10-to-new-hdd-ssd.html

Otherwise, if you know step by step what to do, let me know!
Thanks,
Libby

edit: If there is no way to transfer just the OS, how do I transfer the entire hard drive including the OS to my new hard drive. 

I've used Minitool's Partition Wizard to clone entire drives for work to move systems from hard drives to SSDs. 

here's a link to the free version. 

https://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html

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The best cloning software ( if you have to go that route) that I have ever used is Samsung's.  If you have one of their drives, I would try that.

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5 minutes ago, rcmaehl said:

Technically you should not be trying to clone a drive while that drive is running as registry, configuration, and other files are constantly changing.


Here's what I do:

  1. Get a 8GB or larger USB drive
  2. Follow this guide: https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/linux/create-a-bootable-ubuntu-usb-flash-drive-the-easy-way/
  3. Restart and boot from the USB
  4. Open gparted
  5. Figure out which drive is which (should be labeled as /dev/sda, /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc, etc in the top right of gparted)
  6. Open terminal
  7. sudo dd if=/dev/hard_drive_to_be_copied of=/dev/new_drive bs=100M (e.g. dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb bs=100M)
  8. Give it ~6 hours or more to copy all data, it will let you know when it's done

I dont understand ur step 7 haha

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For all of those who say to use partition wizard, Thank you, I will look into it

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22 minutes ago, TheGlenlivet said:

The best cloning software ( if you have to go that route) that I have ever used is Samsung's.  If you have one of their drives, I would try that.

Unfortunately you have to be cloning TO a Samsung SSD for magician to work, otherwise I agree completely. 

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Ryzen 9 3900XT@4.5Ghz - Cryorig H7 Ultimate - 16GB Vengeance LPX 3000Mhz- MSI RTX 3080 Ti Ventus 3x OC - SanDisk Plus 480GB - Crucial MX500 500GB - Intel 660P 1TB SSD - (2x) WD Red 2TB - EVGA G3 650w - Corsair 760T

Evoo Gaming 15"
i7-9750H - 16GB DDR4 - GTX 1660Ti - 480GB SSD M.2 - 1TB 2.5" BX500 SSD 

VM + NAS Server (ProxMox 6.3)

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