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The Dark Shadow
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Yo again, So how would that be possible to migrate HDD Data to SSD when the HDD is a primary disk/drive, then choosing the SSD as primary disk/drive, HDD as secondary disk/drive?

Additional Information: I'm using Windows 10

Would be appreciated as well
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19.08.20 07:58:31 pm
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Cebra
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you can TRY to copy your data from the hdd to the ssd with an second OS, e.g. with a live version of linux, BUT i would not expect this to work.

i would recommend to install your OS on the ssd and copy then the old files from the hdd
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19.08.20 08:18:49 pm
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The Dark Shadow
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@user Cebra: Oh, wow. Installing a live version of Linux, next learning some linux, then copying and pasting them after that deleting the HDD, Finally, creating a disk for it again but this time as secondary. So in the conslusion, It will work broken. Does it even worth it? Still looking for a simpler way to do that. Thanks anyway
19.08.20 09:35:49 pm
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Mami Tomoe
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@user The Dark Shadow you asked for any help, not easy help.
19.08.20 11:03:44 pm
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The Dark Shadow
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@user Mami Tomoe: Well, But I meant that wouldn't work at all so.
20.08.20 10:33:47 am
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Cebra
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@user The Dark Shadow: you don't seem like you get it:
I meant, you can install a live version of your prefered OS on an USB-Drive, boot with this OS, copy your files and hope for the best.

But i won't expect too much.
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20.08.20 03:44:52 pm
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VADemon
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A file copy would almost work, but then it would not know where to boot from, because Windows might have made an extra partition for BOOT data.

Hm... Windows 10, makes things hard again.
If you have the partitions on the HDD laid out with GPT: you will need a special tool to migrate, 100%. Because you'd need to change the partition GUID on either side to not be duplicates.

If you have the partitions on the HDD with MBR (unlikely, Win10): yes, Live version of Linux would work to copy the data raw from HDD to SSD (using "dd"). For that case you'd want to minimize the size of the system partition on the HDD BEFORE copying, so that the system partition fits onto the SSD (1: defragment & compact, 2: shrink partition). Then you can make "dd" do a raw copy of system partition from HDD to SSD.

TLDR: Look for a tool. Now boy if you were already using Linux, it'd be easy peasy.
20.08.20 07:22:11 pm
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DC
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Most HDD/SSD manufacturers offer free tools for that. Just head to the download section of the manufacturer of your SSD. If they don't offer a tool you can most likely find a free alternative with the search engine of your choice.

e.g.
https://www.samsung.com/semiconductor/minisite/ssd/download/tools/ > DATA MIGRATION

The workflow is always the same:
• create a matching partition on the new drive
• copy all data from the old to the new drive
• either remove the old drive or change the primary boot drive in your BIOS/UEFI
• if everything worked (optional): clear the data from the old drive

Tools will do the first 2 steps for you. It's pretty easy.
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21.08.20 01:57:56 pm
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The Dark Shadow
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Thanks everyone
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