How to move or copy Windows 7u-8.1 Pro to a new SSD disk?

I have 2 Windows computers, 1 with Windows 7 Ultimate and the other with Windows 8.1 Professional. Both are using Sata3 hard disk.
I would like to upgrade both computers to use 256 or 512 SSD disks.
The issue to me is that Windows and other programs are installed on those computers already. I would like to know if there is someway I can move or copy Windows and programs (with licenses) to the new SSD disks without having to re-install everything.

Please any comment or suggestion may be usefull to me.
José PerezAsked:
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Paragon has software suites specifically for that purpose. If you have other imaging software (for example from Acronis TrueImage), those will work too IF your system is not based on EUFI (i.e. the old BIOS).
If it's based on EUFI, you'd definitely better cough up a few quid to Paragon
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi José,

Cloning will do exactly what you want. I have used it many, many times to go from an old HDD to a new SSD. I use Casper to clone:

It works on W7, W8, and W8.1, all in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions. In addition to upgrading to new SSDs, I run it every evening in the wee hours (it utilizes the Windows Task Scheduler to schedule jobs) on several machines to clone the hard drives (a mix of HDD, SSD, and hybrid). It has an intelligent cloning mechanism so that it copies only the necessary tracks. The first run takes a while, but after that, it's extremely fast. It can clone to the same size drive or to a larger one or even to a smaller one, as long as there is enough space on the smaller one to house the used (non-free) space from the larger one. It's not free, but it's reasonably priced and worth every penny.

Another well-regarded (also non-free) product is Acronis:

I used it previously, but now prefer Casper.

If you're looking for something that is free, I've heard good things here at EE about these (some may be free only for non-commercial use — check the licensing terms for each):

DriveImage XML
EaseUS Disk Copy Home
Paragon Backup&Recovery Free

But I haven't tried them as I do all of my cloning now with Casper. Here's a 5-minute EE video Micro Tutorial, Cloning a Hard Drive with Casper, showing how to do it. As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with this company and no financial interest in it whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
I use Macrium all of the time and love it.

I can clone disks, make entire images so that if I want to experiment and blow up an install, I can lay the image back down in about 10 minute.
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Songphon JCommented:
transsend SSD including software clone HDD to SSD in package.
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
In adding to what Songphon said, when I bought my SSD for my desktop, it came with software to clone my old drive to my new one.

I opted for a fresh install but it was there had I chosen that route.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Following up on the last two posts from Songphon J and ScottCha, Samsung SSDs also include bundled software called Samsung Data Migration Software:

Speaking of Samsung SSDs, if yours is an 840 EVO or 840 EVO mSATA, I recommend reading this EE article:
How to fix read performance on Samsung SSD 840 EVO and 840 EVO mSATA

Regards, Joe
José PerezAuthor Commented:
@Joe Winograd why do you prefer Caster now? Can you please comment?
José PerezAuthor Commented:
Forgot to mention that both computers are Dell Laptops with hidden Recovery partition.

noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Second voice for Paragon Migrate OS to SSD here, it is very simple and straightforward. It will take care about Windows partitions itself
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> why do you prefer Casper now? Can you please comment?

I had a problem several years ago trying to restore a clone that I made with Acronis True Image Home 2010. Although it was just one failure, it scared me, and I decided to look for cloning alternatives. I discovered Casper, which I have been using since December 2009. It has never failed, so I have stuck with it. As I mentioned above, I use it every single day in the wee hours to clone several computers (I purchased the 3-PC "Family Value Pack" license, which is a very good value). And every clone to a new drive (bigger, smaller, or same size; HDD, SSD, or SSHD) has always worked.

I want to emphasize that Acronis has a good reputation and I'm sure there have been many improvements in the nearly six years since I stopped using it (current version is Acronis True Image 2016). I'm also sure that you can find folks who had problems with Casper. The situation is simply that Casper is working extremely well for me (and I've had no complaints from folks to whom I've recommended it). One specific issue is that Windows has always remained activated after a Casper clone. Here's an interesting EE thread on that issue:

Regards, Joe

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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Jose, that is fine.  When you clone a drive, you get everything..including restore partitiosn.
José PerezAuthor Commented:
Excellent answers. Exactly what I was looking for.
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