Copy OS to new drive on Windows 10

Original title: Upgrading a W10 Hard Drive with a new Hard Drive

I have a SSD hard drive in my PC running W10 and other apps and it is stating that the drive is almost full.  It wasn't a very large drive and I am looking to replace it.  Can I copy the OS to a new drive then format the old drive or do I need to add the new drive and load the OS from scratch then format the old drive?

 

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Last updated November 9, 2019 Views 2,199 Applies to:

Hi Gary,

Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community.

I apologize for the inconvenience caused. We are glad to help you.

I would like to inform that you cannot directly copy the Operating System from an old drive to a new drive. I suggest you to add a new drive, install the Operating System and then format the old drive.

Hope this information helps. Do contact us for further queries. We will be happy to assist you.

Regards,

Jenith

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Forget the useless 'Microsoft Support Engineer.'

What you want to do is accomplished with disk imaging software.

A disk image is an identical copy of a hard drive, stored in a single file. With disk imaging software, you can create an identical copy of your old SSD and copy it to your new SSD. This is the only way to copy the entire contents of a Windows system drive to another hard drive.

New hard drives from the major manufacturers usually include disk imaging software and instructions for using it.

Replacing hard drives is a routine procedure and it's quite safe. However, it is complicated. Do some research on the web and get comfortable with the process before you start. I'm sure you'll have no trouble.

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