This is geared toward my replacing the HDD on my Asus laptop (Asus ROG GL551JM-DH71)
I'm thinking of doing a clone, with a fallback to a complete reinstall if the clone isn't successful or of enough benefit.
I wanted to have a fresh, SSD-based Windows 10 system on my laptop.
I did NOT do this, info comes from web sites.
Use to connect 2nd drive to computer for fast data transfer
The process to migrate from a “spinning” hard drive to a Solid State Drive (SSD) is a relatively easy one, however you will need a special cable and the right software.
For the cable, you would need something comparable to this item, as you will need to physical attach the SSD to the computer using a USB port. Then once you have cloned the hard drive to the SSD, you will need to put the SSD inside the computer.
For software, you can use the product that comes with the SSD or spend a few dollars and upgrade to an Acronis software product. Directions on software to clone a disk: https://kb.acronis.com/content/56634. We use an Acronis
After you install the new SSD in your computer, and you log in, you may need to extend the volume. Go to Disk Management and right click the active volume and choose “Extend Volume”. This will maximize the SSD to its full capacity.
If installing in a desktop, you will need a mounting bracket. https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Dual-Mounting-Bracket-CSSD-BRKT2/dp/B016498CK0/
For the hardware, we just recently upgraded 22 of our client’s laptops to a Samsung 860 EVO 1TB hard drive, with a current cost of $169.99 at Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Inch-Internal-MZ-76E1T0B-AM/dp/B078DPCY3T