Looking for other members to give this the once over for mistakes and/or other suggestions.
Agree with Phillpower2, I found Macrium the simplest to use and has everything you need.
You will need to install programs to the new laptop, complications can arise if you try to transfer programs from one computer to another one.
Only backup any Data you want from the SSD to a USB stick.
when you install the SSD to the new laptop, you would have two drives with the letter C:, so might be a Boot Manager error on startup. Solution below.
You will need 5 USB sticks, sizes to suit use.
This is how I would do it. Pretty long winded so print the instructions as once started you may not have internet access, and tick them off as performed.
Take anti static measures when working on the computers.
On the old laptop.
1. Start Samsung Magician and first click on the ! at top right, update the software if available. Then update the Firmware if a newer version is available.
2. Install Macrium.
3. Create emergency media, include repair tools. (USB 1) Test that it works.
4. Create an image of the SSD boot drive, (USB 2) Test. Label it as it could be used should you want to put the drive back in again. Remember that part of the image will include references/paths to the storage drive, so do not remove that drive.
5. Backup all your Date, no programs, (USB 3) Lebel and Test.
6. Remove the SSD.
On the new laptop
1. Install Macrium.
2. Image the drive (USB 4) lebel and test. You can use this to restore the laptop if everything goes pear shape.
3. Update Windows, Drivers and any Utilities. Configure your Browser.
4. Install the latest version of Samsung Magician (click the ! to check as a new version may be available) ainstall programs you require, BUT, not your games programs. I would leave them until you have the SSD installed.
5. Test the Macrium rescue media to insure you have access to the new laptop.
6. Install your Data from the USB 3 and inspect to make sure everything is present.
7. Create an image of the new laptop Boot drive,(USB 5) lebel and test.
I would now use/test the new laptop for a couple of days to make sure everything is working to your satisfaction. Then.
8. Install the SSD.
9. Boot and hold down the appropriate F key to bring up the boot manager, select the HDD and press enter. If that does not work, Shut down, remove the power plug from the SSD, restart and should boot from the HDD. Without turning off the computer, plug the power back into the SSD and bring up Disk management to see if detected. If OK.
10. Start Magician and secure eras the SSD.
11. Open Disk Management. Select the HDD, Change the drive letter to X: Select the SSD, insure it is set GPT, initalize and select drive letter C.
12. Restart the laptop, enter the BIOs, set the SSD as first boot, save settings and exit.
If OK, use again for a couple of days to make sure it's alright then you can format the HDD and install your games to the SSD and configure how it interacts with the HDD,