OK, thank you Zac... I'm looking this over to see what you need done.
Hello please confirm that the computer will not boot with just the new SSD, you need the HDD in the external USB enclosure to boot?Of course the computer will boot from the old HDD by itself?
There is any easy way and hard way to do this I believe...easy way first1) Put everything back the way it was and make sure the computer boots from the old HDD as before. If yes, then with the SSD in the USB3 enclosure, format it completely. Firstly though you should image the HDD onto another HDD for security. Then use the Samsung Migration facility to copy all partitions from the HDD to the new SSD. After that you should be able to replace the HDD with the SSD on its own and boot from that.2) If you want to try the hard method which I have used a couple of times is firstly image both the HDD & SSD in case something goes wrong, Then follow this thread from step 4 which shows how to merge the boot & system partitions together.
Ok sorry I'm confused I thought the old HDD was in original condition and that you could boot from it. Do you mean you have wiped the HDD?
The migration tool as you know allows you to clone your old drive to your new SSD
Hello no I am not Mike. I saw that he had replied to you but then left you hanging
To be honest if you have the original HDD with all your files I would start over again. It's easier than trying to merge partitions etc
Put your SSD in the external drive and then use the Samsung tool to clone your old HDD to your new SSD and bob's your uncle
Sorry I didn't know you had used this SSD for a year already.In this case following the blog from step 4 is your only option if you want to keep legacy programmes.My advice still stands about making an image of both drives before you start this. I use Clonezilla which you can boot up of to make the back up images to another drive.To get licence keys of your installed software you can use this tool Magical Jelly Bean.
Hello I mean the HDD & SSD.
Please read the whole blog over a couple of times from step 4. If you have are asked to format any partition during the process you have not done the actions correctly.I just want you to have imaged both drives to other drives (since you say you have spares) just in case something goes wrong.Good luck!
If you are only using the SSD then you can make an image onto a HDD of the SSD so you have backed up your SSD before you attempt from step 4 to merge the partitions on the SSD.
Hello there ok I would use the Clonezilla tool I mentioned above to make an image, You boot up with the tool so that Windows isn't involved and then you should be able to clone the SSD.
I am understand now that you only have the SSD in your computer.
Hello there, Jelly Bean is to grab all the registry keys that you said you don't have anymore if you have to reinstall any of your programmes for any reasonClonezilla is only used to make an image of the SSD drive so you have a back up image (image all partitions on the SSD if you have more than one) in case things go wrong when you start following step 4 in in the link. There you will use the programme that step 4 recommends.After you have made an image of the SSD you can then use the programme mentioned in step 4 to try to move the boot & systems files to a single partition which will then allow you to install Windows 10.If something goes wrong, you can use Clonezilla to put the backed up image partitons back on the SSD so you don't lose everything.