Currently I have two installations of Windows 10 on my computer, one on my HDD that came with my laptop and another on an SSD to which I installed recently. My EFI System Partition and Recovery partition is on my HDD, but I wish to use this solely as a storage drive. My SSD shows up with no partitions other than my OS installation. How would I safely transfer all of my Windows Boot Loader settings/options to my SSD and use my HDD as storage? Currently when I start up my computer it gives me the option of starting Windows on volume 2 (SSD) or volume 6 (HDD).

  • Why didn't you format the HDD while installing OS in SSD ?
    – clhy
    Oct 19, 2015 at 5:34
  • I unfortunately didn't have an extra storage drive large enough so I kept my stuff on the HDD so that I can migrate to it after installing Windows on my SSD Oct 19, 2015 at 5:40
  • You could possibly do this with the bootrec command-line tool. You may be able to remove your bcd file from C:\Boot and rebuild a new one which only points to the OS on your SSD.
    – QMord
    Oct 20, 2015 at 6:03

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You should use a partition program (google that) and then use the copy option within those programs to make a clone. There are several which are recommended by experienced users on this site. * DriveImageXML * Marcrium Reflect * Partition Wizard These worked for me, but it may be different for other. Your mileage may vary

Then boot the computer, putting the SSD at the exact same place where the HDD was.

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