Upgrade a PC (WIndows) Hard Drive to SSD

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    Old news nowadays but still worth a post, if you have an PC that is using a traditional hard disk drive (HDD) and you are looking to increase the PC’s boot time etc. then one way is to change the HHD to an SSD (Solid State Drive)

    A solid-state drive (SSD) is a solid-state storage device that uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently. It is also sometimes called a solid-state device or a solid-state disk,  SSD’s do not have physical disk or moving part.

    If you have Windows 10 (others versions are applicable also) installed on a traditional HDD and are looking to migrate the Windows OS and associated data to an new SSD, without re-installing the Operating System, then the easiest way this can be achieved is by cloning the original HDD with a third party Disk Cloning software package which will allow the copying of OS and associated files to SSD.

    When you purchase a new SSD, they usually come with a Cloning software, always best to follow instructions relating to Specific SSD manufacturer.

    As a general guide, I have copied instructions from Kingston SSD Cloning Software (Acronis®), which I have used with Kingston SSD and works well.

    Click “Download Acronis” and follow the instructions to install the software.

    Download Acronis

    Installation Instructions:
    Locate your Acronis® download and double-click the file to begin the installation.

    Click Install to install the application.

    Click Start application once the installation is complete.

    Read through the License Agreement and accept it in order to proceed.

    Work Through usual Registration Formalities……..

    Quick Start
    Once you have attached your Kingston SSD to your system, you may begin the cloning process.

    Step 1 – Start Application

    Launch the Acronis® True Image OEM application and click Clone Disk

    Step 2 – Select Clone Method

    Select the Automatic clone method and click Next

    Step 3 – Select Source Disk

    Select the source disk that you wish to clone from and click Next.

    Step 4 – Select Destination Disk

    Select the destination disk that you wish to clone to and click Next

    Step 5 – Summary

    Confirm that you have selected the correct source and destination disks. You may also review the changes to the destination disk under Before and After. Click Proceed to begin the data transfer operation.

    Step 6 – Data Transfer

    A notification will appear letting you know it is time to restart your computer. Close any other open applications and click Restart when you are ready.

    The system will boot into the Acronis® cloning application and the data transfer operation will begin.
    When the data transfer operation is complete, your computer will shut down.

    Step 7 – Cloning Complete

    The cloning process is now complete. While the computer is shut down, you may disconnect the source disk from your computer. Now turn on your computer and you will boot to your Kingston SSD.

    Now remove HDD drive from PC and install SSD (SSD are sometimes smaller than HDD, so a Caddy/Tray could be required).

    Note: different HDD may have non standard connections to the PC, it is advisable to ensure both Power and Data cable (SATA) etc. are compatible/same.



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