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Gents.....I have a Lenovo ideapad 305 running win 10 and I,m contemplating upgrading my hard drive to a solid state one...is it a fairly simple process to clone my existing operating system and files etc to the SSD? I see there is free software out there to enable me to do this which one is relatively simple and reliable to use,any help would be welcome.

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I cloned a 1tb to 1tb intel ssd I bought here about 2 years ago cant remember what programme I used to clone other than it was free if you cant find one that works ok first time just format and clone again with another one you will defiantly see the difference in speed 🤔 

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Is a nice fresh clean install not an option ?

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There are some great cloning docks available nowadays, literally as easy as put both drives in the dock, source/target, and press one button. no software or plugged into a computer. and quicker than usb speed.

I have an Orico one from JIB and have cloned win, linix etc

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Can just get a shop to do it for 500 baht , cheaper than buying software 

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11 minutes ago, BestB said:

Can just get a shop to do it for 500 baht , cheaper than buying software 

 

Buy what software? 

Why on earth would you, firstly. give strangers full access to the data on your PC hard drive and, secondly then pay them 500 baht for doing something so ridiculously simple?

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Some ssds come with free disk migration software as free download like western digital. I would suggest fresh install if you can do manual backup.

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22 hours ago, OneMoreFarang said:

Cloning is no problem if the destination disk is the same size or bigger.

Some programs don't close the additional small (normally invisible) Windows partitions correct.

If you are not experienced it's probably easiest to look for a shop where you buy the SSD and let them transfer it.

Maybe it cost 100B more but it safes you a lot of possible headache. And you will be sure that the new SSD is compatible with your notebook.

 

I have a little knowledge of pc,s and enjoy taking on tasks like this so I will give cloning a go....some differing points of view out there as to whether a fresh install is better or not,some say yes others no.....I don,t use my pc for anything more than everyday browsing and my current HDD takes up 80gb whereas the SDD will be 240gb which I think will be fine...plenty of info out there as to how to do it so I,ll go with the cloning.....thanks for all your input anyhow gents :thumbsup:

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28 minutes ago, petermik said:

I have a little knowledge of pc,s and enjoy taking on tasks like this so I will give cloning a go....some differing points of view out there as to whether a fresh install is better or not,some say yes others no.....I don,t use my pc for anything more than everyday browsing and my current HDD takes up 80gb whereas the SDD will be 240gb which I think will be fine...plenty of info out there as to how to do it so I,ll go with the cloning.....thanks for all your input anyhow gents :thumbsup:

If you don't mind installing Windows from scratch, transferring your settings and data, etc. then that is obviously a good way to have a clean system.

I cloned many PCs simply for the reason because it's fast and the user gets exactly the same as before. Often it's not enough to transfer data. Many users don't remember the passwords which are saved in the browser, maybe the forget to transfer some data like contacts or calendar and later wonder how that got lost, etc. If you clone it nothing get's lost, nothing!

And Windows is smart enough to detect that now it works on a SSD. I.e. it won't do automatic defragmentation anymore because that is not necessary anymore.

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33 minutes ago, petermik said:

I have a little knowledge of pc,s and enjoy taking on tasks like this so I will give cloning a go....some differing points of view out there as to whether a fresh install is better or not,some say yes others no.....I don,t use my pc for anything more than everyday browsing and my current HDD takes up 80gb whereas the SDD will be 240gb which I think will be fine...plenty of info out there as to how to do it so I,ll go with the cloning.....thanks for all your input anyhow gents :thumbsup:

 

Forget about the cloning. A clean install is best. Otherwise you are just moving old rubbish on to a clean install.

Since you don't use your PC for anything other than basic tasks, a clean install is the way to go.

Cloning may be for those who have a complicated setup and don't want to go through having to set it up in a particular way all over again.

 

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2 minutes ago, JamJar said:

 

Forget about the cloning. A clean install is best. Otherwise you are just moving old rubbish on to a clean install.

Since you don't use your PC for anything other than basic tasks, a clean install is the way to go.

Cloning may be for those who have a complicated setup and don't want to go through having to set it up in a particular way all over again.

 

But maybe his current installation is not rubbish. If people take care not to install lots of rubbish then you don't have to worry about copying rubbish. There is nothing wrong with cloning is the existing installation works fine.

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1 minute ago, OneMoreFarang said:

Yes and no. The actual cloning is sometimes done in 10 minutes. It depends on the "disks" and the amount of data.

But then there is the additional work of opening the computer, changing the disks, maybe in stalling SW, etc.

 

Then that's a no, isn't it. Even if the cloning alone took ten minutes, there are all of the other operations involved. So cannot then be five to ten minutes. So that is just a no.

 

 

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