migrate windows 10 to new hard drive

Clone Windows 10 and Installed Data to a New Hard Drive

In this tutorial, we will show you how to migrate Windows 10 and all installed data to a new hard drive. The same process applies if you are migrating to SSD. We will be migrating from a 250 GB hard drive to 1 TB drive.

Here is my main drive, which contains my operating system and all my files.

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The 1 TB is also installed. To see it, we have to go to Disk Management, because it’s not formatted. So, right click This PC-> Manage-> Disk Management. As we can see, the 1 TB drive is not even initialized. In this case make sure MBR is selected and click OK to initialize.

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Our source drive is Disk 0, which is my 250 GB hard drive. It contains my operating system and all data. Disk 1 is a destination drive. We will be cloning everything to this drive. Also, make sure that the destination drive is empty, and if you have any information there, make sure to back up, because the destination drive will be overwritten with the information on the source drive, in this case Disk 0. With that set, we are going ahead and have to close a Disk Management here.

Now, for this tutorial we will be using Paragon Hard Disk Manager Premium. The link is below:

This program is not free anymore. You can probably download it for free, but the cloning feature will not work. This is a program we are using; this program doesn’t slow operating system like most of the free ones we have used before. So once it is installed, go ahead and run it.

Click on Migrate OS and read the following note carefully.

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The destination drive will be replaced with the information from the source drive. Click Next and now it automatically detected the operating system drive and the wizard by itself is telling you that it is going to copy the Microsoft Windows 10 64-edition located on C drive, which is 250 GB hard drive with 16 GB used, to the 1 TB drive.

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Remember, both drives in this case are serial ATA. Now you can also select what folders to copy, but by default all folders are selected. Now check mark «Use all available space for partition with OS». If you do not check mark, it will create a smaller partition on the larger drive. If you do not know anything about partition, make sure to check mark. Then click on Copy.

The copy process can take a while depending on how much information there is to copy. Once it done, make sure to read this.

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We are going to summarize it for you. You have two options.

Using the first one you can remove source drive once it done and keep the destination drive as your main drive. The second one: you can go into the BIOS and select the destination drive to be the first boot device. In our case, we removed the source drive. Go ahead and click Close.

After that, we should reboot Windows 10 PC, remove the source drive and keep the destination drive, which is 1 TB drive. However, if you want to keep both, make sure to select the destination drive to be the first boot device in the BIOS.

Now as you can see, it is restarting normally as if nothing happened and with a new hard drive. You can click on My PC and notice that you use the 1TB drive, not the 250 GB.

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All your data and operating system is activated and ready for work.

That is all. If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments section below.

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