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Creating bootable image of C: drive with larger partition?

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by syc0path, Feb 4, 2019.

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  1. syc0path

    syc0path Thread Starter

    Nov 19, 2004
    My work computer has a 128GB SSD that's just about full. I'm getting a 1TB SSD today to replace it. Is it possible to transfer the contents of the current 128GB drive to the new 1TB drive, remove the 128GB drive, and then have the 1TB drive become the new C: drive. Would I be able to boot from the 1TB drive, and could I create a single 1TB partition on that drive?

    As I recall, Windows won't allow what I'm trying to do -- they want u to have to reinstall Windows instead. That of course would also require reinstallation of all my other programs, many of which would require the involvement of our IT department, and they suck. But I did find some utilities that claim they can do it (for example, https://lifehacker.com/hot-image-you...age-xml-326086 ).
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    One way is to make a backup image (as in that link you gave) of the partitions needed (often this will be more than just the "C drive") to recreate the system. You can then restore the image to a different hard drive or SSD. FWIW, I use Macrium Reflect Free.

    Another way, if you can install/mount both the old and new disks simultaneously, is to clone the old disk to the new.

    After using either of the above methods you can resize partitions. I use the free EaseUS Partition Master, but there are many others and sometimes even Windows' Disk Management can handle the chore.

    Creating a single partition on the new drive is not going to work if there are multiple partitions after the restore or clone, and may not be wise even if there is only the one partition, but that is your choice.
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