Adding ssd drive

Have Dell laptop with 16gb ddr4 ram and 1 tb hdd. Want to add a 256gb ssd drive to m2 slot.
How do i transfer os (win 10 home) to the ssd from hdd.

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You can try cloning it.

But about half the time that fails and I have to do a clean install. Why? Windows, how M.2 is different from SATA and so on.

Good news is the W10 USB/DVD creation kit is free and W10 will activate fine.

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With what?

What would be the best tool to clone it. I would like to do this from a bootable dvd if possible.

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You asked for best. Not free.

Some of these drives come with free cloning software like Samsung. But you asked for best and the best I've used is Acronis.

I did use my Apricom USB 3.0 drive upgrade kit to clone from SATA to M.2 SSD but I had to clone twice. Once to a drive on the Apricom adapter and back to the M2. Some folk can't handle such work so in those cases I think they should have the work done by a shop.

There's also AOMEI but to create the bootable is usually challenging and I don't do their support for them.

But best? Nod to Acronis.

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What about using Gparted. Reading it seems promising

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That's a new one.
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That was back in 2015. From my reading, it will clone a full drive, including gpt formats. The requirement is to use it to shrink the source partitions to fit into the tatget ssd

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Now what about the boot area?

2015 is current enough. If you can share a tutorial to clone the boot area, then you are set. But here, I find it very useful to resize partitions, copy partitions but as with most tools, it does these things well.

What if you want a boot drive? Most folk are looking for that and why I use other software.

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He could use GRUB boot repair

It would set up for boot into windows.

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And that's something I found lacking.

That is, I've seen folk clone the partitions and try to install (edited 7/20/2019) the boot areas later. They spend days or more trying to fix it after the fact. There's some area prior to the usual C: partition that because they copied the partition first this C partition is now in the wrong spot.

And surprise to many, the C drive does not contain all the boot info so they've invested a lot of time using a clone method I have to tell them to start over with other cloning software that clones drives not just partitions.

I don't feel it's necessary to write much more here. Let folk try it and see why it fails. It's how most of us learned.

Post was last edited on July 20, 2019 9:40 AM PDT

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I do appreciate all your help. And will likely try your suggestions.

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