Installing windows 10 on a second drive

I have a desktop computer that is running windows 10 home edition with a 1tb hard drive. I'm installing a solid state drive as a second hard drive. I want to install windows 10 home edition on this drive and make it the boot drive. I'm confused if I should download the windows 10 home edition iso file or should I use the media creation tool? Any help would be appreciated! Also, any suggestions or warnings about what problems I might encounter. The SSD is 500gb so there should be no problem fitting windows on it. I'm keeping the original hard drive to use as a data drive.

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If the SSD is bigger than the drive it is replacing, you could create a system image on an external hard disk, shut down the computer, remove the old hard drive, install the new SSD then restore the system image:

  • How to: Create a system image in Windows 10
  • How to restore a Windows 10 system image to an existing or larger storage device
  • Option 2: you could use a free tool such as Easeus to clone the HDD to SSD:

    Clone Windows 10 Hard Drive to New Computer - EaseUS

    Option 3:

    You can download, create a bootable copy of Windows 10 Home, then install it on the SSD:

    Step 1: How to download official Windows 10 ISO files

    Step 2: How to Prepare Bootable Install Media for Windows 10 - DVD, USB or SD Card

    Step 3: How to: Perform a clean install of Windows 10

    When you upgraded from a previous version of Windows or receive a new computer preinstalled with Windows 10, what happened is the hardware (your PC) will get a digital entitlement, where a unique signature of the computer will be stored on Microsoft Activation Servers. The Windows 7 or Windows 8 genuine license you were previously running will be exchanged for a diagnostics key.

    Anytime you need to reinstall Windows 10 on that machine, just proceed to reinstall Windows 10. It will automatically reactivate. You will prompted to enter a product key a couple times through the installation, click I don't have a key and Do this later.

    There is no need to know or get a new key, but if you have issues with Digital Licensing or the Activation Troubleshooter, you can utilize an existing Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 product key you already ownto reactivate if necessary. or use the reset function in Windows 10.

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    Andre
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    MVP-Windows and Devices for IT
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    If the SSD is bigger than the drive it is replacing, you could create a system image on an external hard disk, shut down the computer, remove the old hard drive, install the new SSD then restore the system image:

  • How to: Create a system image in Windows 10
  • How to restore a Windows 10 system image to an existing or larger storage device

    Option 2: you could use a free tool such as Easeus to clone the HDD to SSD:

    Clone Windows 10 Hard Drive to New Computer - EaseUS

    Option 3:

    You can download, create a bootable copy of Windows 10 Home, then install it on the SSD:

    Step 1: How to download official Windows 10 ISO files

    Step 2: How to Prepare Bootable Install Media for Windows 10 - DVD, USB or SD Card

    Step 3: How to: Perform a clean install of Windows 10

    When you upgraded from a previous version of Windows or receive a new computer preinstalled with Windows 10, what happened is the hardware (your PC) will get a digital entitlement, where a unique signature of the computer will be stored on Microsoft Activation Servers. The Windows 7 or Windows 8 genuine license you were previously running will be exchanged for a diagnostics key.

    Anytime you need to reinstall Windows 10 on that machine, just proceed to reinstall Windows 10. It will automatically reactivate. You will prompted to enter a product key a couple times through the installation, click I don't have a key and Do this later.

    There is no need to know or get a new key, but if you have issues with Digital Licensing or the Activation Troubleshooter, you can utilize an existing Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 product key you already ownto reactivate if necessary. or use the reset function in Windows 10.

  • Thanks for the quick response. I downloaded the media creation tool, ran it, and selected to install on a usb drive. The download has been working but shows 0% complete for at least 12 hours. I have a fast cable connection and was wondering if this was normal for this download to be so slow?

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    Hi,

    Kindly make sure that your internet connection is stable and that you have sufficient data storage available on a computer, USB, or external hard drive. We recommend that you use a blank USB or blank DVD, because any content on it will be deleted.

    If you have further questions, feel free to ask us.

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    Please note the USB thumb drive needs to be at least 8 GBs in size.

    I would also close the wizard, restart your computer, right click the MCT then click Run as administrator then try again.

    Remember, you can also create a recovery drive from within your existing installation of Windows 10; which you can use to install to reinstall Windows 10.

    How to: Create a Recovery Drive for reinstalling Windows 10

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