I am about to do that popular replacement of a SSD by a larger SSD, via cloning so as to avoid re-installing Windows 10. How do I make sure that the target SSD is also bootable?

edit: I am only getting the laptop next week, so I cannot test this now.

I am thinking about using the old faithful softwares, GParted. Or Minitool Partion Wizard. Could I even use the native Windows software DISKMGMT.MSC ?? (And please realize that advising to use Linux commands, is not different from this).

Are those still up to date, or are they too old to handle Windows 10? Because I think Win10 uses GPT partitioning instead of normal (BIOS?) stuff.

Not sure if that is even relevant, because the new SSD is gonna be used on the same laptop, but yeah, it might be that older software doesn't copy the MBR or what passes for the MBR in GPT/UEFI disks.

Apologies if this has been asked before, please point me to that question.

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    Use a modern cloning software and you will have no worries. I use Macrium Reflect Free to clone these days. – Moab Feb 8 '19 at 23:57
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    Make sure that the ESP is included, do not just clone the main Windows partition. Yes, any factory installed Windows 10 is in UEFI mode and uses GPT. – user931000 Feb 8 '19 at 23:58
  • @GabrielaGarcia but will GParted. Minitool Partion Wizard or DISKMGMT.MSC copy the MBR correctly or not? So that the SSD will boot? I am only getting the laptop next week, so I cannot test this now. – GwenKillerby Feb 9 '19 at 0:42
  • Any modern computer has UEFI, not BIOS, and any pre-installed Windows is in UEFI mode with GPT. There's no MBR in GPT, reason why I mentioned the ESP in my previous comment. And I also agree with the other comment: Macrium Reflect is free and does the job perfectly. – user931000 Feb 9 '19 at 0:46
  • Pray tell, what is the ESP? – GwenKillerby Feb 9 '19 at 0:50

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