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I recently bought a second desktop that I'll be using at my office, while my current desktop will stay at my house. I already have all of my work programs installed on my current machine, and I was wondering if there is a way to "clone" the entire boot drive onto my new machine's boot drive, so I don't have to reinstall and re-setup everything. Both drives are Intel SSD's.

Is this possible?
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post #2 of 24
It would have to have the same hardware. Otherwise you will probably get BSODs and/or random crashes.
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yes. go grab a gparted live disk, copy your partition, and restore the bootloader.
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Whats the specs on the 2 systems?

If it is cross platform (AMD/Intel) it will not work easily and you would be better off wiping it.
     
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Whats the specs on the 2 systems?

If it is cross platform (AMD/Intel) it will not work easily and you would be better off wiping it.

Both are Intel. In fact both of the boot drives are the same model.

If I tried Minitool and it didn't work, would it be easy enough to wipe it and just install everything from scratch, or would it ruin something?
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post #7 of 24
What do you mean by "it didn't work"?

If you wipe it then obviously all data that is on the hdd will be deleted. Other than that, no nothing will be ruined. The most you will run into will be driver related. This is easily fixed by downloading and reinstalling them from your manufacturer. I would suggest to download them first before you re-install windows.
     
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post #8 of 24
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The second drive is brand new so there's nothing on it that matters. I tried Minitool last night and it didn't work, it said it had copied successfully but when I tried booting from the new drive it just said there was an error with Windows and looks like I'll have to reinstall everything anyway.
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post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by a!!!!1 View Post

The second drive is brand new so there's nothing on it that matters. I tried Minitool last night and it didn't work, it said it had copied successfully but when I tried booting from the new drive it just said there was an error with Windows and looks like I'll have to reinstall everything anyway.

You dont have to reinstall everything. use EaseUS Todo Backup Free version to clone the drive. and make sure to tick the optimise for ssd checkbox.
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Originally Posted by a!!!!1 View Post

The second drive is brand new so there's nothing on it that matters. I tried Minitool last night and it didn't work, it said it had copied successfully but when I tried booting from the new drive it just said there was an error with Windows and looks like I'll have to reinstall everything anyway.

You dont have to reinstall everything. use EaseUS Todo Backup Free version to clone the drive. and make sure to tick the optimise for ssd checkbox.
Yeah, that'll clone everything over properly. thumb.gif

But he'll still get a BSOD when he boots it. Cloning "everything" includes motherboard specific drivers, which means when Windows starts and loads drivers for the wrong board, it screeches to a halt with that error message. tongue.gif
     
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