Upgrading an SSD primary partition on Windows 8.1

July 11, 2014 at 5:21 pm (Uncategorized)

Pricing for SSD are constantly dropping to upgrading your primary disk partition (C: drive) will be common place. Here are the steps I took to upgrade my 128GB to 500GB SSD.

First you will need a recover disk. In Windows 8.1 search for “Create a recovery drive”. I used a 32GB USB flash drive, though 16GB would have sufficed.

Second you need to create an system image of your primary drive. To do this follow the steps outlined here:
http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/windows-81-tip-use-system-image-backup. I created my image on a secondary slower SATA drive. Once complete you should see a WindowsImageBackup folder in the destination.

Now you are done with the prep work, go ahead and boot off the USB key and go into Troubleshoot and Advanced to do a system restore. It will automatically find that system image backup created in step 2.

Once you restore your primary drive will be the same size as the original, so the last step is to extend the drive which you will need this excellent free tool: http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html

Additionally, you may need to go from a larger HDD to a smaller SSD. You can use pretty much any free clone tool, which should resize the drive down. Also it’s a good idea to defrag your HDD before starting. However, after the close you have to make your SSD bootable. Simply startup with a Windows install disk or USB and get to the command prompt, then enter this command:
bootrec /RebuildBcd

Reboot and you should be good to go.

That’s it and good luck

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