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Questions on cloning a HDD to a SSD for Windows10

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Last Modified: 2020-03-27
One of my clients received a brand new DELL Workstation along with a 3D pano Xray machine from a vendor. The Dell Workstation is equipped with a regular HDD installed with Windows 10 plus the necessary pano xray software, and a capture card. When we asked if they could provide a system with SSD instead, given how fast SSDs are compared with regular HDDs, the vendor declined to provide another system. They said that we could clone the HDD to an SSD.

I have never cloned a HDD to a SSD, so I need your expert opinion in figuring out any risks associated with this process, as I can't imagine that cloning from HDD to SSD is a risk free process. Aside of the risks during the cloning process, I am also concerned with side effects post cloning with the Windows Operating system during normal use (e.g possible blue screens, hardware errors, etc).

Should a clean install of the OS and application on a new SSD, rather than cloning, be advised, I would't mind doing the work (and the client wouldn't mind paying for it) as this would be a critical component of their business.

Hopefully some of you have enough experience in this particular area, and would be kind to provide feedback, tips and recommendations on how to go best about replacing a brand new HDD with a brand new SSD in a brand new DELL Workstation on W10

Thank you.

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