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Can you migrate files from larger HDD to smaller SSD?

Q115 13 February 10, 2016 at 06:29 PM
I'm running Win8.1 on 1TB of HDD, I plan to upgrade to SSD but I don't need 1TB since i'm only using about 250GB of storage on my HDD, is it easy to migrate all my files from 1TB to the 500GB SSD? I do not want to clean install everything as I have important files/programs that need to be it's current state.

Thanks!

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I'm running Win8.1 on 1TB of HDD, I plan to upgrade to SSD but I don't need 1TB since i'm only using about 250GB of storage on my HDD, is it easy to migrate all my files from 1TB to the 500GB SSD? I do not want to clean install everything as I have important files/programs that need to be it's current state.

Thanks!
yes you can.
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did it multiple times with windows 7.
you should be able to do it with 8.1
you need to shrink your primary partition.
you may need to disable page file and hiberation and try to shrink in disk manager to ~ 400 GB.
also use disk cleaner to remove temp files and old restore points.
usually programs may take up to 50 - 100 GB, the rest is pictures, movies, and audio.
after that you can use migration software.

after migration you need to align sectors on SSD. you can google steps.
without this process you will wear your SSD faster

also you can use this tool : http://www.partition-tool.com/eas...rison.html
http://www.partition-tool.com/cop...to-ssd.htm
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Please stay on topic. No need for arguing and name calling.
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Quote from dude2000 View Post :
did it multiple times with windows 7.
you should be able to do it with 8.1
you need to shrink your primary partition.
you may need to disable page file and hiberation and try to shrink in disk manager to ~ 400 GB.
also use disk cleaner to remove temp files and old restore points.
usually programs may take up to 50 - 100 GB, the rest is pictures, movies, and audio.
after that you can use migration software.

after migration you need to align sectors on SSD. you can google steps.
without this process you will wear your SSD faster

also you can use this tool : http://www.partition-tool.com/eas...rison.html
http://www.partition-tool.com/cop...to-ssd.htm
Depending on the drive you buy many like (Intel or Samsung) have migration programs and then will take care of a lot of this optimization for you.

OP do you have a desktop or laptop?

If it's a desktop run both your new SSD and then your existing hard drive for media that tends to be larger and the speed of the SSD isn't needed. Don't forget a good backup strategy too.
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The free version of EaseUS Backup can clone from larger HDD to smaller SSD automatically (assuming you aren't actually using more space than the smaller drive can hold) and has an "Optimize for SSD" option as well that will handle aligning the partition for you.

http://www.todo-backup.com/
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Get your SSD and follow the included instructions.
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