Transferring Windows 10 – what you need for this
To transfer to Windows 10, you will need the following things:
- External or internal media that you can back up your old hard drive to. It must have enough free NTFS formatted memory. However, Windows refuses to work with dynamic disks.
- Installation media for Windows 10. If you do not have a Windows 10 DVD, you can create a bootable CD or USB drive with your system version.
- Product Key for Windows 10. If you don’t have one, you can read it using the free Windows Product Key Viewer.
- New drive: Please note that the new drive must be as large as the old drive. If you upgrade from a hard disk drive (HDD) to a solid-state drive (SSD), the new drive may be smaller. In this case, you need to reduce the size of the system partition first.
Windows backup to an external drive
First, select the internal or plug in the external drive you want to back up your system to.
- Open Settings and click on Update & Security.
- On the left, select “Backup Service.” Next, you need to click “Go to the” Backup and Restore (Windows 7) “section, and on the next screen -” Backup and Restore (Windows 7) “.
- Then click on “Configure Backup” and select the connected external hard drive. Press “Next.”
- Select the option “Give me a choice” and click “Next.”
- Check all data files and system drive (C).
- Click “Next” and then click on “Save parameters and start archiving.”
Moving Windows 10 to a new drive: how does it work?
The easiest way to transfer Windows 10 to a new drive is to copy the system partition.
- To do this, first, create a backup of your old hard drive to an external drive.
- After that, install a new disk (HDD or SSD) and connect it.
- Finally, use your Windows 10 installation DVD or other media to transfer your system from an external backup to a new drive.
Replacing the Windows system drive
Before shutting down your computer or laptop to replace the hard drive, insert the Windows installation CD. If you are using a USB drive, you can also plug it in while it is off.
- Turn off the computer and remove the plug from the outlet. The battery must also be removed from the laptop.
- Open the case of your computer or laptop.
- Install a new hard drive.
Transferring Windows 10 to a new hard drive
- Connect the external hard drive containing the backup to your computer.
- Plugin your Windows 10 USB drive. If you inserted the installation CD, you could proceed to the next step.
- Boot your computer from the installation media.
- The Windows 10 setup process begins. Please enter your product key and follow the instructions to partition the new disk and format it in NTFS format.
- Cancel the process and restart your computer from the installation media before starting the actual installation.
- This time select “System Restore.” Finding the faulty partition should be unsuccessful. Click on “Troubleshoot.”
- In the next step, select the “System Image Restore” option and then “Windows 10”.
- Select the found backup file on the external hard drive and confirm that Windows can overwrite the target drive’s data.
- Wait until the transfer is complete. The system will then reboot. If Windows starts up again from the installation media, you need to change the boot order.