Laptop: Inspiron 15 7548 - Windows 10. 1TB HDD.
I’ve been having trouble cloning my old HDD to my new SanDisk 480GB SSD. The original clone using SanDisk’s recommended software didn’t seem to copy anything across. I tried to boot up with the HDD removed and the SSD mounted in it’s place and got an error message. Since putting the HDD back in and placing the SSD back in the external drive enclosure which I also used to attempt the clone, the SanDisk SSD Dashboard is indicating there’s absolutely nothing on the new drive.
I’ve since tried to clone with a variety of different free software but nothing seems to be able to start the cloning process. From watching a few videos, I think it may be something to do with partition size. I’ve now tried shrinking my C drive using Windows Disk Management. Although the OS is only about 130GB, it’s only allowed me to shrink that volume to 480GB which is still bigger than the 447GB available on the drive.
Can anyone help? Does anyone know why this partition is still taking up much more space than it seems to actually need?