Q. What’s the best way to add a new boot drive to a Windows 10 system, without losing too much of my installed configuration?
A. Yes, you can certainly add a larger drive to your Windows 10 system if you are running out of space on your current drive. In fact, upgrading to a larger drive can be a good way to improve performance and storage capacity.
Here are the steps to add a larger drive to your Windows 10 system:
- Purchase a new larger drive, such as an SSD or HDD.
- Connect the new drive to your computer using a SATA or USB cable.
- Open the Disk Management tool by right-clicking on the Start menu and selecting “Disk Management.”
- Locate the new drive in the Disk Management tool and initialize it.
- Create a new partition on the new drive by right-clicking on the unallocated space and selecting “New Simple Volume.”
- Follow the prompts to format the new partition and assign a drive letter.
- Use a disk cloning software to clone your current drive onto the new, larger drive. Make sure to clone all partitions on your current drive, including the system partition.
- Shut down your computer and disconnect the old drive.
- Restart your computer and enter the BIOS to ensure that the new drive is set as the primary boot device.
- If the new drive boots successfully, you can format the old drive or keep it as a backup.
By following these steps, you can successfully add a larger drive to your Windows 10 system and transfer all of your files and applications to the new drive.