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How to migrate Windows 8 Pro from HDD to SSD?

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Just picked up a 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD for my secondary rig! smile.gif

The mobo has only SATA 3Gb/s but I want to use the EVO as my "OS" drive.

I currently have Win 8 Pro installed on an old-school 7200RPM HDD that's actually connected to a Marvell port (forgot to connect it to the Intel port when installing the OS).

I will be connecting the EVO to the Intel port and would like to "migrate" the OS over. I've never done this before so is there a guide on how to migrate an OS from a HDD to an SSD?

Can someone tell me if there are certain things that should be done and/or avoided during the migration?

Do I install the Samsung Magician software on to the HDD first and then connect the SSD and after that, do the migration?

I'm a bit worried about an OS installed on a HDD being "copied" on to an SSD since they are so different.

Although the OS install is relatively new (< 1 month), I have several programs on there that are configured and customized quite heavily for my photo/video editing and 3D work. I have been using it as a "rendering machine" and so the programs are tweaked and I would really not like to reinstall the whole OS and have to go through the whole rigmarole again.

What do you guys suggest?

Please help.
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hi Baasha

I am not familiar with the Samsung magician software. I would hook up both drives in the PC, then either clone the full drive or partition to the SSD. Better to reduce your OS partition to the same size (or smaller than) as the SSD and just clone the partition.

You can achieve this with something like Clonzilla or norton ghost.

As far as i am aware, cloning a partition from HDD to SSD should be OK, but I've never tried it before.

I usually use Norton Ghost, but it is not free. Clonzilla has great reviews and is free:

http://clonezilla.org/

So the basic idea is:
1) make a clone of your HDD OS partition to an image file
2) write this newly created image to the SSD

That's just my advice, maybe someone knows a better/easier way.

Good luck
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I just checked out the Samsung Magician software, which includes Norton Ghost... (cool)
Can't give you a step by step tho, coz i have never tried it.
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Just use the Samsung Data Migration Tool to clone the hdd onto the ssd. Works a treat.thumb.gif

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/samsungssd/downloads.html
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Just installed the SSD and used the Samsung Data MIgration tool! It was incredibly straightforward and Windows 8 Pro is now "installed" on the EVO SSD! thumb.gif

The only question/problem, though, is in Device Manager, I don't see any "Intel Chipset" under Storage Controllers?!

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This is with the SSD plugged into SATA Port #1 which is definitely an Intel Chipset. There are 6 SATA Ports on my ASUS P6T7 WS SuperComputer mobo - 2 Intel and 4 Marvell.

If I try to install Intel RST, it says "This system is not compatible"!? mad.gif

What do I do? I'm concerned that the Intel chipset is not even showing up(?).
     
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