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

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User Info: iPWNtheNoobs

3 years ago#1
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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User Info: Orestes417

3 years ago#2
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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User Info: LordSeifer

3 years ago#3
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
^ this

User Info: iPWNtheNoobs

3 years ago#4
Oh. So only programs stop working and those can be redownloaded and re-installed.
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User Info: Devil_wings00

3 years ago#5
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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User Info: CloudZ1116

3 years ago#6
Just use Clonezilla. Free and easy to use.
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User Info: Chetyre

3 years ago#7
or dd
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User Info: Flaktrooper123

3 years ago#8
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.

User Info: Black_King945

3 years ago#9
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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