How to make the windows run on the SSD

Mike Holera 0 Reputation points

So i just cloned my entire 1tb HDD to an 1tb SSD , and the HDD partitions are: C and Z , the SSD are: F,G and (sys. res.) D. And i dont know if its safe to format the HDD partitions without damaging something. Also why the SYSTEM RESERVED (D) has a partition of its own? Can you guys answer me if its safe or not to format the HDD parts. ?IMG_20230828_073205

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  1. Limitless Technology 42,296 Reputation points


    Thank you for your question and reaching out.

    If you are able to Boot from new SSD disk and if all your Data are intact then you can try to Unplug the old Disk and keep in safe for some days then format it after everything is working.

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  2. Ole Rand-Hendriksen 0 Reputation points

    Without more data, like a picture of how this looks in Disk management, it's not really possible to say.

    An educated guess since you have 2 physical drives (SSD and HDD) and 5 partitions distributed between them:

    My guess is that you haven't fully cloned the drives, and it's likely the one thing you haven't cloned is the system reserved partition that most likely includes the windows boot manager.

    This is easy to test, just disconnect the HDD from the computer, and change the boot order in the BIOS to use the SSD.

    If it boots from the SSD, you're fine. If it doesn't, you need to do a better clone of the HDD to the SSD.

    When you're able to boot from the SSD, you can check that all the files you need are available.

    Once you feel secure that you won't lose any data, you can format the HDD and use it for new purposes.

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  3. Ian Xue (Shanghai Wicresoft Co., Ltd.) 22,436 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    It seems the recovery partition of your HDD is also cloned to your SSD. If so, this partition can be deleted manually in the Disk Management and the disk space can be added to the adjacent partitions.

    Best Regards,

    Ian Xue

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