I have numbered this as (1) as there are bound to be a few of these posted throughout the years.
Basically I want to write about my mistakes so that others can learn from them and not make the same silly mistakes I have made along the way.
I decided to upgrade my laptop and so treated myself to a SSD (Solid State Drive). This is faster as there are no moving parts so the read/write speed is increased and therefore it takes seconds to boot to Windows (instead of hours).
The idea was to take an image of my existing hard drive, just the way it was, and then put that image on to the new SSD. What actually happened was that I used the cheap imaging software that came with the hard drive caddy which decided to give the SSD drivers that Windows did not recognise!
Then I realised that the Samsung software that was available (for free) with the SSD came with cloning software but now it would not recognise the SSD as the other software had “screwed” it up.
So I decided to carry out a system restore which seemed to take forever and then I was going to use the Samsung software but by this time I realised that you cant take shortcuts and so I backed up my files to my external hard drive, asked Windows 10 nicely to do a clean install and then finally got to use the Samsung software to clone the hard drive.
After all of the above I could then download all my programs again and then add my files. In total I think I saved a fair few GB in storage space by having a clean copy of Windows to clone.
The moral of this story is to not use cheap cloning software that puts rubbish drivers on your system and also to take the time to put a fresh copy of Windows on your hard drive before cloning because it saves time and space.