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Best way to upgrade to SSD without losing HDD files and no external Hard Drive?

#1iPWNtheNoobsPosted 11/18/2013 6:02:03 PM
I understand programs won't work. Don't mind redownloading as it will just take lots of time and I have unlimited download. Problem is, I worried about losing certain files. I have important files all over in my computer not properly organized. I am too afraid of losing them. + Things like chrome saved passwords etc.
I have no external HDD to back up on.
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#2Orestes417Posted 11/18/2013 6:03:21 PM
Umm... as long as you don't format the old drive you're not going to lose anything. You'll just have to get the new one set up and copy things over
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#3LordSeiferPosted 11/18/2013 6:03:53 PM
why do you need an external? you have two harddrives.
is this a laptop?

if not, plug in SSD, and a way you go, copy and paste between em if you want

if its a laptop, well, get a little adapter to plug it in externally
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#4iPWNtheNoobs(Topic Creator)Posted 11/18/2013 6:06:41 PM
Oh. So only programs stop working and those can be redownloaded and re-installed.
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#5Devil_wings00Posted 11/18/2013 6:17:43 PM
Use something like Acronis True Image to clone the drive, it's very simple to use and I would highly recommend it (it's not free though unless you are comfortable with pirating it). Either that or buy a samsung/intel SSD which both come with disk cloning software. Samsung EVO's come with very good disk cloning software from what I've heard.
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#6CloudZ1116Posted 11/18/2013 6:22:37 PM
Just use Clonezilla. Free and easy to use.
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#7ChetyrePosted 11/18/2013 6:31:26 PM
or dd
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#8Flaktrooper123Posted 11/18/2013 6:42:06 PM
Unless your PC only have one SATA plug, I don't see any issue. You just added another drive and you don't even need to remove your old hard drive.
#9Black_King945Posted 11/18/2013 8:36:22 PM
If you have data that you can't lose saved on only one disk, and you are about to perform a clone or other disk function, you are asking for trouble.

I would never go through a clone process if I didn't already have a backup of the data on the primary drive, if you don't have your data backed up I automatically assume you are not all that tech savvy and may inadvertently destroy your data while working on the system.
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