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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-21-2019, 11:11 AM - Thread Starter
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Question about migrating my storage drive

Noob question here since I never really mess with images, clones etc.

I have a 500gb 860evo as my storage drive I want to pull and use somewhere else, and want to put a larger 1tb Evo in it's place. It is not an OS drive. In my mind, I could stick the new drive in, copy the old files drag and drop, and then just rename the new drive to "E" in disk management to keep the file associations for the few games I've got installed on it. Or is this wrong? Do I actually have to "clone" it / image it or whatnot? I have parted magic so I'm sure I could do something with that.

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-21-2019, 11:23 AM
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You can clone your old disk to a new disk take the old disk out and put the new one in and the OS would not know the difference
Samsung has clone software you can download for free on their site and i have used it a few times and never had a problem

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Quote: Originally Posted by shilka View Post
You can clone your old disk to a new disk take the old disk out and put the new one in and the OS would not know the difference
Samsung has clone software you can download for free on their site and i have used it a few times and never had a problem
Ok so I just checked into that actually and it said the source drive "must" be an OS drive to use their cloning software. Are there other options that are easy to use?

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Sory i missed that you said it was NOT an OS drive
I would just copy and rename like you said

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Hi,
Copy and pasting high amounts of data can be very unforgiving

Before doing so it's recommended to do a system image any way
So I'd stick with create and restore the system image to the new drive.


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For merely copying data from one drive to another (I do not recommend doing a cut and paste in case something goes wrong), I've found using FreeFileSync in Mirror Mode to populate the contents from one drive to another to be the safest and fastest.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
For merely copying data from one drive to another (I do not recommend doing a cut and paste in case something goes wrong), I've found using FreeFileSync in Mirror Mode to populate the contents from one drive to another to be the safest and fastest.
Ok never seen that before. Seems pretty simple. Yeah I would never cut and paste, but rather copy if anything.

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Copying files between two drives it's not that dangerous, CMD and xcopy are your best friends and they are free and already there if you are using Windows. Open a CMD window navigate to the drive that has the files you want to copy and then type something like "xcopy *.* /s/e X:\" the letter X shall be replaced with the letter that has been assigned to your new empty disk.

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Just copy/paste the data bit by bit. If you have a lot of games and movies don't move them at the same time. Just do the steam folder, then origin etc, then the movies and so on.
If you try to do it all at once you'll be fine, the data will still be on the source BUT there's a chance of windows hanging in the process and it would be annoying to need to start over becasue something happened in the last 98% lol

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I wouldn't bother cloning a storage drive; a simple copy and drive letter swap will do.

If you are using Windows and want something more flexible/powerful than a drag and drop copypasta, the built in robocopy utility works well: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...mands/robocopy .

xcopy will work, but robocopy has more options and is restartable.

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