TUTORIAL: Migrate Windows from one disk to another in a simple way

Today we want to explain in a simple way how to migrate Windows in any of its versions from one disk to another step by step, a very useful system if we want to install in our miniPC or laptop with built-in eMMC internal memory (normally with limited space) to a SSD disk much faster and with greater capacity. In this manual we will see the process on Windows 10 but it can be used with any other Windows system, a process with which we will move Windows and its installed programs from one disk to another in a few minutes.

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Windows migration process

  1. Close all the applications that we have open and if possible disconnect from the internet.
  2. Execute MiniTool Partition Wizard, click on the blue box of the app
  3. Se nos abre el app y nos da una imagen de los discos que tenemos instalados y sus particiones.
    – En la zona verde podemos ver las unidades instaladas: Disk1 = nueva unidad / Disk 2 = Disco actual (Puede salir en otro orden)
    NOTA: Si no tenemos nuestro disco de destino de migración vacío tendremos que eliminar todas las particiones.
    CUIDADO NO BORREMOS EL DISCO ACTUAL, solo hay que dejar limpio el nuevo disco de destino.
    Seleccionamos partición y Delete, así con todas. Debe quedar una barra con toda la capacidad del disco como Unallocated
    Pulsamos el icono V de Apply de la barra superior a la derecha para ejecutar los cambios
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  4. The program offers us two options:
    A – Move all partitions from one disk to another, changing the entire entire system from one disk to another. (SELECT)
    B – Move only the operating system and its partitions, if we have other extra partitions will not move them.
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  5. Select the destination disk where the complete system will be copied and click next.
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  6. Select Copy partitions without resize
    Select the Recovery partition in the Target Disk Layout row (if we do not have this partition, we jump to point 7)
    In the Change Selected Partition bar we click and drag the Recovery partition to the end of the bar
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  7. Now we click on the NTFS partition of the Target Disk Layout row
    In the Change Selected Partition bar we click and drag the arrow of the partition to occupy the entire bar
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  8. The final result will be like the one we see, the new unit with all its space used and the NTFS part with a lot of free space.
    Click on Next
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  9. Click on Finish
  10. Click on the APPLY icon of the program and begin the process of copying partitions.
  11. In the middle of the process we will be asked to restart the system, we accept.
  12. When restarting the system we will have a black window with white letters explaining how the process is going.
  13. The system will restart and we may still be using the old unit, do not worry.
  14. Restart the PC and press the necessary key to enter the BIOS (Esc, Delete or the one indicated in the manual)
  15. Inside the BIOS we go to BOOT in the Boot Option Priorities select the Boot Option #1
    Select Windows Boot Manager with the new installed unit
    These options may vary between devices but the essence is the same change the boot drive to the new disk
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  16. Go to Save & Exit, press Save & Exit and Accept to save changes and restart.
  17. We will have our device booting with our new disk, possibly we will notice it by the speed it starts but above all if we see the unit C: we will see that we have much more free space.
  18. Now that we have the new disk installed we may want to take advantage of the other’s space to use it, we can delete the partitions and create a new whole format in NTFS with our own. BEWARE, NOT DELETE THE NEW DISC.
    We select partition and delete, as well with all.
    We select the space without partition (Unallocated) and click Create, create a partition in NTFS.
    Click on the Apply icon V in the upper bar on the right to execute the changes.


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