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Best Answer SleepyDude , 21 September 2018 - 08:35 AM

Hi, I'm sorry we couldn't resolve the problem without a full reinstall... Its good to have a flash drive containing the Windows 10 install DVD, it could be useful to resolve problems... s... Go to the full post »


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Hi.

 

** I started this topic on another post but I confess I got sidetracked with another issue that I thought was related to my original problem. That is now solved by one of the fine G2G crew so I wanted to start my original request again....Sorry if any confusion!

 

I have an Acer ASPIRE ES1-432 Laptop. Started off with about 29Gb of memory which has been steadily dropping down to around 2Gb. I have since been educated that I in fact only had a 32Gb Flash Drive installed, which I verified by opening up the machine & seeing that there was in fact no additional hard drive installed. 

 

drive slot.jpg

 

The Flash Drive is now about 27.5Gb used, & the relatively small memory was not a big problem until the Windows updates kept telling me that it needs 8Gb, which I do not have! So I now know that I need to update!  The machine is already basically running a SSD in the Flash Drive & I was impressed with the performance. I therefore prefer to add an SSD, & after some research I believe it will be a Kingston 2.5" SATA III Solid State Drive 120GB.

 

I have spent some hours trying to get a heads-up on what to expect when I actually install the new SSD & from what I can see I should expect to do the following:

- Backup/copy the contents of my current 'C' drive (approx 27.5Gb Flash Drive) to an external storage device. When done, disconnect that external drive.

- Turn of my laptop, then open it & install the new SSD.

- Turn the laptop on &............??

 

I get the impression that some small software in the new SSD will perhaps steer me through the rest.......?

I expect it will ask me if I want the SSD to be the main drive?........maybe to copy/clone the programs & associated boot info from the existing 'C' drive to the new SSD?.....or maybe from the external drive (copied earlier)?.....

 

Is this what I should expect to happen?     Or has someone out there already been down this road with similar laptops & SSD's & can shed some light....??

 

Any help would be appreciated!   :D  :D 

 


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Hi,

 

What is the exact model of the machine? there are several models form example Aspire ES1-432-C3P3 is the one listed with storage only 32 GB flash drive

https://www.acer.com...el/NX.GGMEX.016

 

I don't know if is possible to check the boot order on the BIOS without the HDD/SSD installed...

 

If the BIOS allow you to select as first boot device the HDD/SSD then the operation is very simple install the SSD, boot from the image backup software rescue disk and clone the eMMC to the SSD, enter the BIOS and change the boot order to boot from the SSD.

 

After booting Windows using the SSD, resize the C: partition to use the remaining free disk space on the drive.

 

In my opinion an SSD with only 120GB its too small I would recommend a 240-275GB drive depending on the brand and model.


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Yep Sleepy Dude......that is the Beast!

 

Sorry but I would not know how to do the BIOS checks you mentioned.....gonna need some guidance there!  :/

 

Sorry but what is the 'image backup software disk'?.....

 

I confess I picked the 120Gb based on budget, & knowing that it will give me ample extra space. I keep everything except programs & apps off my machines & store all on external flash drives, so I really only use my laptops for the programmes.......so I figured 120Gb would be ample.

 

Also supply is an issue where I live in West Australia. I could get a larger range & slightly cheaper via web & post but I like the idea of being able to go back to the shop if I have any problems!


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Hi,

 

Check the Boot order on the BIOS, if you have options like this:

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If you see boot options with HDD0 and HDD1 (one of them should have some reference to the eMMC) then you can change the boot order without problem.

 

 

About the software some SSD manufactures include software to clone your current Windows installation to the SSD if not you can use free software like EaseUS Todo Backup.

https://www.easeus.c...re/tb-free.html

 

I prefer to boot from the Rescue Disk/flash drive created by the software instead of cloning the OS using software that is running on the same Windows we what to clone, this can avoid problems and is usually faster...


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SleepyDude......my sincere apologies for being so slow in replying!  I am Carer for an elderly relative so get sidetracked often..........my only excuse!

 

Regards the BIOS.....remind me how to check that please!

 

After spending some time surfing the net on this topic it seems the easy part is just getting the SSD. After some consideration (budget & usage) I was going to settle on a Kingston 120Gb SSD, which basically just comes with the SSD in a box.....no cables or such. Where I am unsure is what happens next?!

 

- Do I just plug in the SSD, re-boot the laptop & follow whatever prompts come up?

- Is it likely the cloning is done once the SSD is installed in the laptop using software already on the SSD?......

- Or perhaps do I need to get a 'cloning kit' to connect the SSD to the laptop via a USB/SATA cable & clone the laptop before I install the SSD in to the laptop?

 

Some of the videos I have seen online show boxes being unpacked with cloning software disks, SSD shells & USB-SATA cables to be used for cloning the laptop drive first......I've got a feeling I will need to get them as well as the SSD itself!..............


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Hi,

 

To access the BIOS/UEFI you must press some key when the computer start, for Acer try F2 or Del

 

- the SSD is empty you have to install it and boot the system from the eMMC

- install the cloning software and do the clone (I prefer to use the Rescue disk)

- change the boot order on the BIOS to start from the SSD instead of the flash drive


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SD,
 
Your patience is much appreciated....might be few more silly questions coming up....trying to be sure what to expect!
 
I found out how to access the BIOS....it seems the F2 or Del option doesn't work on Windows 10 so I have to access via the Settings menu (I found this link:
https://www.laptopma...os-windows-10).Tried it a few times to get used to it......all good.
 
System currently booting from eMMC (my 32Gb 'Flash Drive' I understand) Pic below....
 
BIOS Boot settings.jpg
 
I am assuming the SSD will not have any cloning software on it (but I will see), so I will plan to use the free Cloning software you recommended earlier from EaseUS.
 
Question: When you say, 'install the cloning software and do the clone (I prefer to use the Rescue disk)', do you mean that the cloning software will nominate the Rescue Disk as an option to be cloned?
 
Question: Once the SSD is loaded with the 'clone', I will access the BIOS & I assume the machine will have now added the SSD to the list, so I will place it after the "1. Windows Boot Manager". What happens to the former 'eMMC Flash Drive'? Should I be thinking about formatting it to get some additional 32Gb of memory?......or is it just ignored by the machine on boot up?

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SD,
 
Your patience is much appreciated....might be few more silly questions coming up....trying to be sure what to expect!
 
I found out how to access the BIOS....it seems the F2 or Del option doesn't work on Windows 10 so I have to access via the Settings menu (I found this link:
https://www.laptopma...os-windows-10).Tried it a few times to get used to it......all good.

 

Yes that is another option when the system works ;)  There is a key for sure but sometimes is difficult to find the exact time to press it because the machine/OS boot very fast.

 

System currently booting from eMMC (my 32Gb 'Flash Drive' I understand) Pic below....
 
I am assuming the SSD will not have any cloning software on it (but I will see), so I will plan to use the free Cloning software you recommended earlier from EaseUS.

 

No the SSD will not have any cloning software ever, some manufactures provides software for free that you must download and install, it is not on the drive.

 

Question: When you say, 'install the cloning software and do the clone (I prefer to use the Rescue disk)', do you mean that the cloning software will nominate the Rescue Disk as an option to be cloned?

 

The Rescue Disk is an option on the software that creates a boot DVD or flash drive containing a "mini Windows" called WinPE and the cloning software that can be used to start the computer when the Operating System doesn't work or you want to do a backup/restore/cloning task without interference of any other software.

https://www.easeus.c...table-disk.html

 

Question: Once the SSD is loaded with the 'clone', I will access the BIOS & I assume the machine will have now added the SSD to the list, so I will place it after the "1. Windows Boot Manager". What happens to the former 'eMMC Flash Drive'? Should I be thinking about formatting it to get some additional 32Gb of memory?......or is it just ignored by the machine on boot up?

 

The image of the BIOS you post seems to indicate that the machine is set to UEFI mode and the boot is looking for the drive that have a valid Windows Boot Manager...

 

I'm not familiarized with that situation! I think you should try to to the clone and then change the boot order to HDD1 (it should show reference to the installed SSD) if it boot OK then you can use windows to delete all the partitions on the eMMC, create a single partition and use it for storage (for Temp files, etc.) after doing this you can try change the BIOS back to the Windows Boot Manager option to see if the machine starts ok from the SSD.

 

Usually I do the clone and remove the source drive to avoid any confusions, but in this case you can't do that...


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Thanks SD........I'll push on with this now. Very Many Thanks for your help with this!!  :D


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You are welcome.

 

Don't feel shy if you have more questions.


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SD.......are you still there?  Is this post still 'active' or must I start a fresh one?.......it is basically still on the same topic!   :D

 

The clone went well & I altered the BIOS setting to have the Kingston SSD before the existing eMMC.......but I am sure the machine is still booting from the old 'C' drive & not the new clone 'B' drive.  Copy of BIOS setting is below :

 

BIOS with Kingston SSD.JPG

 

On Disk Manager it shows the SSD with the clone 'B' as slightly different properties from the original 'C' drive. See below:

 

Unallocated SSD partition.jpg

 

In addition I notice the old 'C'd rive still has the little Windows icon next to it.......which I assume means it is still the main drive...?!   See below:

 

Windows icon on C Drive.JPG

 

Not sure if I'm doing something wrong here......... :headscratch:  :headscratch:

 

 


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Hi,

 

On the BIOS Boot priority Order try to put the HDD1 as first boot option instead of Windows Boot Manager. See if the OS starts that way.

 

Post a new screenshot of the Disk Manager.


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SD,
Done & machine starts up still fine, but Disk management & the little Windows icon position against the original 'C' drive are unchanged.
 
BIOS with Kingston SSD 1st_22APR.jpg
 
Unallocated SSD partition-2_22APR.jpg
 
Windows icon on C Drive-2_22APR.JPG
 

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Did some more digging online & realised that I could access the Windows Boot Manager (WBM) file via Command Prompt. Below is what I have currently:

ACER Windows Boot Manager 22APR18.jpg

 

To quote The Vulcan, is it not logical that the WBM text under Windows Boot Loader is telling me that it is booting from the device Partition C......which is my 'C' drive?  Current disk management snapshot below:

Unallocated SSD partition-2_22APR.jpg

 

So if I modified the WBM to boot from device Partition B (& modify the entry also for os device to Partition B) then that should then make the SSD (Partition B) the bit that runs Windows.......??

Then I should also reset the BIOS to have Windows Boot Manager is position 1 again, & SSD in position 2........?

BIOS with Kingston SSD 2nd_21APR.JPG

 

Just wanted to run this by you first!........

 

 


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Hi,

 

We may try some things but before doing anything some precautions must be taken...

 

- Do you have the Windows 10 install DVD or Flash drive that can be used to boot the computer?

- What tool did you use to do the clone?

 

 

Edit: The clone was done by running the software on Windows or did you use the Recovery Disk?


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