Moving from Extrernal HDD to internal SDD Disk

  TN 19:13 17 Jan 2019

I am running windows 10 and have recently installed an SDD Disk. I have the original HDD with all my programmes on it in an external holder as there is only one space in my desktop for Disks. I have been trying to transfer my programmes from the external disk back inside the computer. Some of them move with no difficulty but others do not! Is here any simple way to move most of them to the SDD disk? Obviously without mucking up the Windows 10 on the SDD. Hope this makes sense to someone who might be able to help.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:43 17 Jan 2019


If you have done a new install of windows on the SSD you will have to reinstall the programs.

You should have put the SSD in a Caddy and cloned the old drive o the SSD then fitted the SSD inernally.

  rickf 10:05 18 Jan 2019

Just done this and Fruitbat is right. You done it the wrong way round. All programmes would have been migrated if you had attached the ssd to a usb sata data transfer cable and clone the h/d to ssd. Once done, replace the hd with the ssd. Job done, simple.

  TN 14:46 18 Jan 2019

What I did was to download Windows 10 to a USB memory stick (read this somewhere on line as the way to go!) After fitting the SSD inside my Desktop I rand the memory stick and Windows was OK.then re-installed a few basic programmes (like Office 2007 etc) and transferred several small programmes from the old HD which was now an external hard drive.But was unable to install several programmes I had obtained under Giveaway of the day which cannot be re-installed. I now have a lot of old software running from the Old HD including Thunderbird and several other important ones that I need but am afraif to try moving them in case I lose them completely.

  rickf 18:17 18 Jan 2019

Was the original os in hd wins 10? If so you could have just cloned it as suggested and all programmes would have been put on ssd.

  TN 09:46 19 Jan 2019

Yes it was Windows 10 Home edition on original HDD. The download that was on on the USB stick was the same. Don't know whether I should go back to re-installing the SSD and formatting it and then copying everything across from the old HDD but looks daunting! Foe me anyway.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:58 19 Jan 2019

copying across doesn't work you have to either clone or make and image and restore the image to the ssd.

You can clone using the free version of Macrium Reflect

  rickf 15:23 19 Jan 2019

What I would suggest is a bit tedious but I think it is the way to go. Put the original h/d back. Attach the new ssd with a usb sata data transfer, format it to clear what's in it and them clone the h/d to the ssd. Macrium has been suggested and there is a fee option. My preference is Acronis True Image as I think it is easier to use. You can get a copy from ebay for around £10. not expensive. Have done exactly this and it works perfectly.Hope that helps.

  lotvic 19:48 19 Jan 2019

I've just done this: attached ssd to a usb sata data transfer cable and cloned the h/d to ssd with the Data Migration software that came on a CD with the SSD. Took AIO desktop pc's back off and replaced the hd with the ssd. It's taken me an hour from starting to clone to being up and running on new ssd and back on Forum.

  Aitchbee 19:56 19 Jan 2019

lotvic, what SSD package did you use? Sounds like a dawdle the way you describe it!

I am interested in splashing out soon on a few SSDs ;o]

  lotvic 20:16 19 Jan 2019

HB, it's a 250GB Samsung V-NAND SSD 850 EVO :) and despite my trepidation at start, yes it's been a doddle to do. I tided my original C: drive up first, then put CD in and looked at the (pdf file) instructions, installed the Data Migration.exe and the Samsung Magician (that optimises ssd on it's first boot up). Basically just followed the prompts, it tells you when to attach the usb lead to the ssd etc. Before starting the clone, I disconnected from the internet and stopped Avast running (don't know if that's necessary or not but I did it anyway).

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