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Swapping SSDs. Laptop and Netbook

Apr 6, 2019 4:17PM PDT

Just bought a new Inspiron 1100 3000 series netbook. It runs pretty dreadful, with a 500GB HD and 4 GB Ram. My laptop (currently 256GB SSD) is running out of space, a lot of which I wouldn't need for the netbook. Can I simply clone the 256GB SSD currently on my laptop onto the new 500GB SSD drive I purchased and then just install the 256GB directly onto my netbook, then clean it up? Seems a lot easier than wiping, then cloning the old 256SSD from the 500HD and then installing a bunch of programs. Both drives are the exact same physical size, 2.5 and both computers are running W10. FWIW, I'll also be upgrading the RAM on the netbook to 8GB. Seems like a no brainer, but I'm open to any comments on doing this transition.

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Windows rarely moves from PC to PC.
Apr 6, 2019 4:24PM PDT

SO the first clone sounds fine. But when you put the 256GB into the netbook, why aren't you cloning the old Windows?

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Cloning
Apr 6, 2019 4:46PM PDT

Thanks for your response. Wouldn't the old Windows already be on the 256SSD? I'm assuming that cloning onto the 500SSD won't affect the content on the 256SSD and it will still be intact with the same W10 OS. Am I missing something? I've installed a few SSDs, but never with the cloning setup that Crucial recommends. I just backed up onto an external HD and then copied. Seems like cloning is easier. If Windows won't transfer as you have indicated rarely happens, then I guess I'll have to clone the standard HD that came with my Netbook after wiping the old 256SSD and then install a bunch of programs. Was just hoping to save some time and energy.

Post was last edited on April 6, 2019 4:57 PM PDT

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I think I'm missing the steps you want to take.
Apr 6, 2019 5:01PM PDT

You have a working 256GB and are going to clone that to the new 500GB and install the 500GB into the laptop hat had the 256GB SSD. THAT WORKS.

But if you take the 256GB and stick that into the Netbook it should either just BSOD or boot loop. That's expected.

Why not clone that 500GB that's in the netbook to the 256GB drive? That way it's all good to go.

Also, there would be NO NEED TO WIPE the 256GB since the clone job does that for us.

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Aha! Got It!
Apr 6, 2019 5:06PM PDT

Thanks. Didn't realize that the cloning wipes the 256SSD; guess I'd better bone up on cloning! I agree that putting a wiped drive into a computer wouldn't be very beneficial. I appreciate your assistance!

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