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Migrate Sys C:\ to new SSD boot drive on Windows 8.1 update HP desktop computer

I want to migrate my Sys (C:\) partition to a newly added SSD and make it my boot drive.   I can do this.  My problem is that there are 4 small windows 8 or HP  propriatary unlettered partitions on the original disk 0.   These are labeled:  1.  "Windows RE Tools.  2.  EF System partition.  3.  Microsoft Reserve Partition.  4.  Windows Recovery Environment. 


My question:  Can these partitions remain on the original HP supplied hard drive which will then become non-booting Disk 1 or must these 4 partitions be copied to the new SSD boot Disk 0?   

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Re: Migrate Sys C:\ to new SSD boot drive on Windows 8.1 update HP desktop computer

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Hello detert,


I understand you are installing an SSD and are inquiring about the hidden partitions. They need to be on the main partition and so should be brought over. I am providing you with an HP Support document: Removing the HP Recovery Partition, which explains what the partitions are for. As well the document states the following "If you back up your data, and you create a set of Recovery disks before deleting the partition, you can restore the PC later".

So ensure that you have your recovery discs by following the HP Support document: Obtaining HP Recovery Discs or an HP USB Recovery Drive, so that no matter the outcome you can restore your computer back to factory and recover the partitions if things go wrong.


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