Upgrading to Windows 10

Upgrading to Windows 10: Have you received that information from Microsoft: “Windows 7 has reached its end-life” or something like that?

This prompted me to reluctantly upgrade my HP Elite desktop from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

“Please back up all your files before we proceed.”, Using a program like Acronis True Image only, I don’t do this, but I do one other thing: I buy a replacement HDD or SDD, And cloning the original mass storage device before upgrading.

In other words, I clone my HDD, then upgrade the cloned disk, saving the ancient backup as the last backup.

I previously upgraded my computer from 1Tb HDD (Toshiba) to 1Tb SDD (SanDisk Plus). Using my BYTECC cloning machine, the process was easy, no problem. Smoothed like glass.

Then when I went to use my cloning machine to clone a 1TB SanDisk Plus SDD to a 1Tb HDD, I got the error message, “Source is larger than the target.”

Surprised, I tried an antique-out-of-the-box 1Tb WD drive. The same error message was received.

Worried that my duplicator was on the fritz, I bought another SanDisk Plus 1TB and inserted it into my duplicator.

Alas, got the same error message.

So I went back to my HP Elite archives, found a pre-cloned HDD Win 7 disk for my P Elite from last April, and successfully cloned it on that fresh SanDisk.

The cloned disk is installed and works without any problem.

Upgrades from Win 7 to Win 10 were successfully completed.

My HP Elite desktop is now on win 10 and all is well with the world!

But now, I have an older version of my desktop.

Well, maybe that’s not a problem: I have secure storage of all installed programs, and all my work as well: I use an external WD MyCloud storage device on my LAN. Any missing application, I can just reinstall.

Theoretically, the ‘original’ HP Elite SDD contains only copies of downloaded stuff (in its “download file”), and nothing of any real consequence in desktop or local memory.

But there is still something that somehow, somewhere, there is something on that original SDD that I just might need.

What to do for Upgrading to Windows 10?

I have a Kingwin Easy-Connect device that connects a SATA disk to the USB port of my computer.

Perhaps it can be used to view and then copy files and that are in HP Elite’s current Win 10 on that original SDD Win 7 installation.

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Hooking the SanDisk SDD to Easy-Connect, and then connecting Easy-Connect to the computer, Viola! I can view all files on SanDisk!

Then it was an easy thing to do whatever I wanted to move to the new establishment to search and hit and hurt!

Fortunately, nothing was left behind any real results. Now my new Win 10 installation is fully up and running and my ‘lost’ files are restored.

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