SSD Increase Size

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Terry James, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. Terry James

    Terry James TJ

    Dec 2, 2007
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    I have a Zoostorm 7200-0152/A with an Intel i5 Processor & a Gigabyte GA-H81M-S2V motherboard.

    The SSD which is the C Drive is only 120GB & keeps filling up (due to Microsoft). I keep all my data on a 2TB Hard Drive.

    There are no spare SATA power connections on the current PSU.

    I want to clone the existing 120GB SSD to a 250GB SSD then install the 250GB SSD as my C Drive with all my Apps & the OS on it.

    I am not a computer tech so any advice much appreciated.

    Terry James, Mar 5, 2018
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  2. Terry James


    Jan 4, 2003
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    To do such you would need to disconnect your 2TB drive and find some suitable cloning software.
    There are plenty of us here that can advise and indeed many tutorials on the internet. Unfortunately I was about to retire for the night but did not want to leave your question unanswered for hours and hours.

    FYI, you mean SATA connections on the motherboard, not the power supply unit (PSU) ;)
    TriplexDread, Mar 5, 2018
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    muckshifter I'm not weird, I'm a limited edition. Moderator

    Mar 5, 2002
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    check the website of the SSD manufacturer and you should find a download to clone the drive.

    if not, change the manufacturer ;-)

    oh, and as TD said, use the sata cable of the mechanical drive ... it is preferable to have it disconnected anyway :)
    muckshifter, Mar 6, 2018
  4. Terry James

    Terry James TJ

    Dec 2, 2007
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    Many thanks TriplexDread & soory for taking so long to get back to you.

    As I understand what you have said: - because there are no available SATA connections in the PC, I can use the connections for the hard drive by temporarily disconnecting it.

    The reason I stated SATA on the PSU was because that was what Zoostorm told me,

    Quote “you could install another SSD but you would also need to upgrade the PSU as well as there won’t be enough SATA power connections on the current one installed.”

    I have found suitable cloning software.

    My PC spec is for SATA connections but I see current manufacturers are offering SATA II & SATA III.

    I don’t know what this means. Any advice on the best SSD to purchase would be much appreciated. I think I will have to go for a 250GB as larger than that get very expensive.

    Further to the above, Zoostorm have told me that I can purchase a ‘Caddy’ (Inateck USB 3.0 HDD SATA External Hard Drive Disk Enclosure Case for 9.5mm 7mm 2.5 Inch SATA HDD and SSD(FE2004) so that I could put the new SSD in that to clone, then just swap the two SSD’s over.

    Thanks Muckshifter, for the additional advice.
    Terry James, Mar 6, 2018
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    Abarbarian Acruncher

    Sep 30, 2005
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    SSD's use very little power.. So if you have a spare PCI slot you could use one of these along with this molex to sata power cable and install a second ssd alongside your present drives.

    Some ssd's come with cloning software. I have used the Kingston one before and it made the cloning job really easy.

    Both the above drives are examples but they do have decent read and write speeds.

    I personally use Clonzilla for most backups and cloning stuff. I have used EaseUS disk cloning software before and it worked well.

    Whatever you do make a backup of all your important stuff before fiddling.

    Good luck. :cool:
    Abarbarian, Mar 6, 2018
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    Terry James TJ

    Dec 2, 2007
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    Thanks all, have ordered the equipment.
    Terry James, Mar 7, 2018
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