Migrating System Drive to Larger SSD

Stupid Windows. There, I said it. Don't get me wrong:  I work in Windows everyday. I program Windows applications. I play games on Windows. Windows, Windows, Windows. But, now we are at odds...

I purchased the 64 GB version of this drive:


...some time back. At the time I was like, "It's 64 GB, and I have a 2nd drive to install all of my programs on. It won't possibly fill up." *Shazaaam* Enter Windows Update and the notorious WINSXS folder. Suffice it say, I've only got--at the time of this writing--92.2 MB of free space available. I've read that it's generally inadvisable to remove anything from the WINSXS folder (which is currently eating up about 14.2 GB of space ATM), so I'm left with expanding the drive. My question:  If I purchase that same hard drive, but in the 128 GB version, can I safely disk-copy my system drive over to that drive? It's the same model, right, so theoretically the drivers would all be the same? What say ye?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I think if you are just moving the whole system to a new drive in the same machine, you can make clone with Acronis or Ghost and then load the clone on the new larger drive. That should work fine.

Right, do not tamper with WINSXS.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I say yes. Clone to the larger drive and you'll be fine. I've done it countless times. I prefer Casper for cloning:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Storage/Hard_Drives/VP_210.html

But there's plenty of other cloning software out there. Regards, Joe
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käµfm³d 👽Author Commented:
Honestly, I'm cheap. I'm planning to do this with a live Linux distro. I was thinking I'd do a dd command, but if that doesn't work then I'd go with a gparted copy. I've read previously that you can encounter issues when you move between hard drives, but I figure if they're from the same company and more or less the same model, then it should be OK.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I figure if they're from the same company and more or less the same model, then it should be OK.

I have not done this (I have used Ghost) but I think what you are proposing should work.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks and I was happy to help.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
My opinion (and that's all it is) is that you'd be better off with Windows cloning software. If you're looking for something that is free, I've heard good things here at EE about these two:

http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/

But I haven't tried either as I do all my cloning now with Casper. Can't hurt to try one (or both) of them. If neither works, then try your Linux approach. Regards, Joe
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käµfm³d 👽Author Commented:
In the worst case, I'll have to do a re-install of everything. I was just hoping to avoid that  = )

Thanks!
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Any decent cloning software would avoid the pain of reinstalling everything. Casper certainly does, and I suspect that EaseUS and Paragon would, too. Notwithstanding the "Honestly, I'm cheap." comment, I would think that 50 bucks (Casper's price) is well worth not having to reinstall everything. Your call, of course. Regards, Joe
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