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Okay after upgrading some ram i eventualy bought a crucial ssd hard drive.

Crucial recommend Acronis so went for it.

 

Two attemps and its failing to clone the hard drive.

Admittedly ive gone for 1td down to 250gb but theirs only the os really on it.

Its a Lenovo G505,crucial recommended the sdd from a computer search thing they do.

 

Anyone a) any ideas or b) want to do it for me - i'm willing to pay .

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Make a bootable USB stick with PING or Clonezilla.  

 

I use Clonezilla in a commerical environment. 
 

Clonezilla will allow you to copy to a smaller destination drive if the content will fit. 

Edited by alchresearch

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Use Macrium Reflect 7 Free Edition

 

https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree

 

Adjust the partition size before you start the clone.

 

How much data is on the C drive?

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Thanks IT i#ll try that. I think theres only about 72gb used if that - all OS and lenovo stuff.

 

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I honestly would just unplug the 1TB, install a Fresh windows install on the SSD...

then once updated and all drivers are installed, plug back in the 1TB, copy any documents etc over that you need, reinstall any programs/apps...

It will be better for it in the long run, honestly..

But if you insist on cloning, I would look into either of the above (both would have been my recommendations) - if you have troubles, you could try shrinking the partition of the 1TB, but this poses a much greater risk of data loss...

If it's only really the OS on the 1TB drive, then reinstalling fresh to the SSD would still be the better option imho...

Edited by Ghozer

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would i need a new windows disc for the clean install?

I think mine is on the harddrivve of the laptop.

I had though of buying a windows 10 stick and doing that anyway.

 

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More information needed here - was this a Windows 7 upgraded to 10 or a notebook with 10 already installed?

I just duckduckgo'd How to clone Lenovo HDD to SSD and it came back with this:

 

https://www.easeus.com/backup-utility/move-os-to-ssd-lenovo.html

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14 minutes ago, willman said:

would i need a new windows disc for the clean install?

I think mine is on the harddrivve of the laptop.

I had though of buying a windows 10 stick and doing that anyway.

 

Windows 10 or Windows 7?

Was it originally 7, and upgraded to 10?

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It was windows 8 according to the spec showing on the base

 

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I cloned a Lenovo laptop the a 1TB harddrive onto a 250GB SSD 2 weeks ago using Macrium Reflect Free, and it worked ok.

 

Yes doing a clean install onto the SSD is best if possible, but you will lose all your software and setting.

 

So it will work both ways.

 

I could do the clone for you, contact details below.

Edited by IT-Smith

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Thanks all, i tried the macrium but it couldn't progress because the ssd still had the |Acronis clone on it.

I think if i can figure out to format the ssd,macrium should work. 

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52 minutes ago, willman said:

It was windows 8 according to the spec showing on the base

 

That might have been originally, but was it windows 10 when you last knew?

if that was the case, it was upgraded to 10, so your license is now a windows 10 license, just go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10

download the media creation tool, you will need a 16GB/32GB USB memory stick (it will clear the drive, so make sure there's nothing on there you need to keep) - this will create installation media for Windows 10, install that and it should be fine and activate with MS servers (as you upgraded, it would have upgraded your windows 8 key to a windows 10)

You need to be sure its on 10 before changing the HDD though!

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