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migrating HDD to SSD

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I'm upgrading the hard drive on my desktop PC to a Crucial MX500 SSD. After some trials and errors, I managed to use Acronis True Image to clone the first 3 partitions (System, OS, and an unnamed recovery partition) as well as copy the MBR file, but the clone process on the final partition "HP Recovery" errored out and left about 10GB unallocated on the SSD. Based on my research, the "HP Recovery" partition isn't needed to run the system, so I plugged in the SSD in place of the HDD and it successfully booted up. Now I'm trying to figure out how to complete the migration process. A few questions for the knowledgeable experts on this forum:

 

  1. Should I still try to restore "HP Recovery" to the SSD? If not, can I move the "HP Recovery" partition off of the old hard drive altogether? My understanding is that "HP Recovery" would basically enable a factory restore, but I've noticed the file size increase over the years, which makes me wonder if it's still being updated along the way?
  2. What I would like to do now is to turn the old hard drive into a data storage drive. When I tried to plug in both the SSD (SATA 0) and HDD (SATA 1), even though I checked the BIOS boot order to make sure the SSD was listed first, the PC booted up with the HDD as the C: drive, which doesn't make sense to me. Is there something else I need to do with the HDD so that it would no longer be bootable?

 

Thanks in advance!

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@Calieah , welcome to the Community.  You are welcome!

 


1) Should I still try to restore "HP Recovery" to the SSD? If not, can I move the "HP Recovery" partition off of the old hard drive altogether? My understanding is that "HP Recovery" would basically enable a factory restore, but I've noticed the file size increase over the years, which makes me wonder if it's still being updated along the way?  This is entirely up to you.  Personally, I would try to move it.  I am not certain that it will be possible.  It should have been cloned with the other data.  It could be because of the age of your computer.  This is strange, however.

 

2) What I would like to do now is to turn the old hard drive into a data storage drive. When I tried to plug in both the SSD (SATA 0) and HDD (SATA 1), even though I checked the BIOS boot order to make sure the SSD was listed first, the PC booted up with the HDD as the C: drive, which doesn't make sense to me. Is there something else I need to do with the HDD so that it would no longer be bootable?  I suggest that you disconnect the HDD from the motherboard and connect the SSD to SATA 1.  Then, you should boot the system to make certain that the SSD is working properly.  My first thought is it is not working properly.  When you know that it is working properly, you can enter the BIOS and set it to the first boot again.  Shut down the computer and connect the HDD to SATA 0.     

 

Thanks in advance!


Once you get the system to run you can change the drive letter to D:/ on the HDD in Disk Management and use it for storage.  I normally leave the OS in place to use in emergencies.



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