Tools you need:
- Defrag software. The Windows built in defrag tool is suffice if you are not fussy
- External USB 2.5" HDD case
- Partition Wizard bootable software
- A USB thumb drive or external CD writer with a blank CD-R or RW
Here's the summary steps:
- Defrag the HDD
- Install the SSD with an external case
- Prepare bootable media
- Clone the HDD
- Replace the HDD with SSD
First, it's always good to defrag the HDD before migrate to HDD. SSD uses different mechanism to read/write data so we don't defrag SSD. You can use the built in defrag tool from Windows (right click on the disk in Windows Explorer > Properties > Tools > Defragment / Optimize), or buy/download any 3rd party defrag tool to get the job done.
Please note that the following snapshots were from the Windows version of Partition Wizard than the bootable CD version. It's easy to snapshot using Windows software than taking photos on bootable version. Both versions share exactly the same interface. One difference is, you have to be very extreme cautious where the mouse cursor is in the bootable version, selection is made when the cursor hover over a selectable item (such as disk and partition) without click, so make sure you select the right item before any action.
Select Copy Disk Wizard on the left pane...
Follow the sequence of snapshots below. Ensure you select "align partition to 1MB" (read more here, here and here)...
Click Apply. Sit back and relax...
You can quit the bootable version of Partition Wizard once done and boot up to Windows as usual. The HDD contents (including all hidden partitions) should have been cloned to the SSD. You can verify it using the Windows version of Partition Wizard. You probably observe that the partition size is different between HDD and SSD. Well, you can resize the partition to exactly the same like HDD if you like.
There are many guides like this and this. These guides use multiple software to complete the same objective, whereas I find Partition Wizard is very user friendly and get the job done under one roof.
Now the SSD is ready to replace the HDD. Refer to this post on how to replace the HDD with SSD on an Acer 1810TZ.