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How do I clone my D: (SSD) drive to new higher capacity SSD?

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Hello, hoping for some help.

I have Windows 10 HOME addition. My P3DV4 is on my D drive, which is a Samsung EVO 1 TB drive. It also contains several PMDG planes...

As I'm beginning to run out of space, I purchased a Samsung 2 TB SSD and would like to completely transfer (clone) all data from my D drive to the new SSD.

The Samsung Data migration software will only transfer a hard drive which contains the operating system, which my D drive does not have...

How can I clone my D drive to my new 2TB SSD?

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Have you got Samsung Magician?

It should do what you want..

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Thanks guys, I appreciate the help. I do have Samsung Magician, but it looks like it's a SSD maintenance program. I;m not sure how to use it as a cloning program. By chance, do you have any links that show me how to use it to clone drives?

 

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For years, I use GParted (a bootable system on CD).

Allow also partition resizing and move.

The best opensource utility 😉

Gérard

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6 hours ago, flyblueskies said:

Thanks guys, I appreciate the help. I do have Samsung Magician, but it looks like it's a SSD maintenance program. I;m not sure how to use it as a cloning program. By chance, do you have any links that show me how to use it to clone drives?

 

Actually, you are right.. you need the data migration program.. sorry!

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As I'm beginning to run out of space, I purchased a Samsung 2 TB SSD and would like to completely transfer (clone) all data from my D drive to the new SSD.

The Samsung Data migration software will only transfer a hard drive which contains the operating system, which my D drive does not have...

How can I clone my D drive to my new 2TB SSD?

Hi,

What's wrong with copying the data over from the old drive to the new drive? You can do it with the Explorer after you installed the new drive in your computer.

Best Regards

Frank

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May I insist ? GParted IS the solution. Used for years to move from HDD to SSD and SSD to larger SSD (including for the system drive) as well as partitions resizing.

Take a look here  https://gparted.org/

Trust me 🙂

Gérard

 

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6 hours ago, Bert Pieke said:

Actually, you are right.. you need the data migration program.. sorry!

No problem Bert. I've used many of your GTN mod's in my planes and very much appreciate your help. Thank you for 'chiming' in and offering to help me.

@gaab and Frank, will consider both options. I did think about simply copying over using Explorer as Frank suggests. If I did this, I think I need to deactivate P3DV4, my PMDG add-on's, and a few others like the Maddog, before I copy or clone.

Thanks again for every ones' input.

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I think I need to deactivate P3DV4, my PMDG add-on's, and a few others like the Maddog, before I copy or clone.

Hi,

What do you mean with 'deactivate'? The licenses? I think this should not be necessary; but it will not be wrong as a safety measure. Usually, if license providers link their licenses to hardware then it would be against the MoBo because swapping a hard drive is not such an uncommon thing.

Best Regards
Frank

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2 hours ago, mdata said:

Hi,

What do you mean with 'deactivate'? The licenses? I think this should not be necessary; but it will not be wrong as a safety measure. Usually, if license providers link their licenses to hardware then it would be against the MoBo because swapping a hard drive is not such an uncommon thing.

Best Regards
Frank

Yep, that's what I mean. I'd hate to copy before deactivating the licenses and then find out they won't work. Then I'd have to wait for all of them to help me out...

Of course, if someone has already copied or cloned successfully without deactivating the licenses, it would be great if they would share their experience.

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51 minutes ago, flyblueskies said:

Yep, that's what I mean. I'd hate to copy before deactivating the licenses and then find out they won't work. Then I'd have to wait for all of them to help me out...

Of course, if someone has already copied or cloned successfully without deactivating the licenses, it would be great if they would share their experience.

If it's not a bootable device, and you're not trying to preserve a partition, then a straight file copy from one drive to the other is as good as anything.

Once you're done, swap drive letters so that the new drive has the drive letter of the old P3D drive, and see if everything works.  If not, you can swap the drive letters back to the original drive and then do the whole deactivation thing.

Regards

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OK, jumping back in..  A simple copy will actually work.

I have done this in the past.

As Bob said, swap the drive letters after the copy.

Your software addons should not notice the difference.

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Really appreciate all the help!

I am up and running so far...

I did copy my folders from the old drive to the new drive using File Explorer.

I then swapped the drive letters just as suggested. So far, so good.

P3DV4 starts up OK, my PMDG planes work OK, my Maddog works OK, and my TFDI works OK.

I think I'm good, but will continue testing to be sure.

You guys are great and really appreciate all your help!

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