How to Clone a Hard Drive/SSD

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xero

For those of you who either don't have a Samsung drive .. or need to have a destination disk be smaller than the original disk (i.e. going from a 1TB HDD to a 120GB SSD) please check out my guide.
http://howtomigrateostossd.blogspot.com/
I'm just a user I make nothing off of the guide.

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grahamLe

ACRONIS is OBVIOUSLY a sponsor of MPC - THAT'S NOT RIGHT

Acronis 2012 was fantastic, so I PURCHASED Acronis 2013, which IS full of BUGS (including CRASHING my hard drive)
Acronis service - DOES NOT EXIST, they ADMITTED there are problems on 2013, but told me I CAN'T get service on 2013 and HAD to update to 2014 - YES, I am a sucker and PURCHASED the upgrades to 2014.
DO NOT USE 2014 it is a DISASTER, MANY MANY MANY serious BUGS and does NOT work correctly - IT LOOKS GOOD, NICE and PRETTY

A Google search, shows that there are PLENTY pissed OFF 2014 suckers

FINAL WARNING - DO NOT TOUCH ACRONIS 2014

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EdTittel

It's easy to clone a drive in a non-UEFI environment, but you have to use special tools to replace the system drive on a PC that boots with UEFI. So far, the only tool I've found that works is Paragon Software's Migrate OS to SSD (which also works for SSD-to-SSD replacements as well as when moving from HD to SSD). Costs $20 and worth every penny!
--Ed--

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EdTittel

It's easy to clone a drive in a non-UEFI environment, but you have to use special tools to replace the system drive on a PC that boots with UEFI. So far, the only tool I've found that works is Paragon Software's Migrate OS to SSD (which also works for SSD-to-SSD replacements as well as when moving from HD to SSD). Costs $20 and worth every penny!
--Ed--

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BrotherHolmes

I use MiniTool Partition Wizard

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carage

I'd second that.
Very reliable software.

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maxeeemum

I too use Clonezilla! This free cloning program works great with dual boot or in my case quad boot Hard Drives (Windows with 3 Linux distros).

I used to use Norton Ghost before I got interested in Linux. Ghost doesn't see Linux partitions.

http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Clonezilla

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzxL95GmmYk

More on Clonezilla if you Google "How to use Clonezilla".

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whiznot

I've used Clonezilla, Easeus Todo and Macrium Reflect. Macrium Reflect is the only one of the three that has never failed me and it's simple to use.

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AlBSure

Clonezilla???? how didn't this get a say? its easy + free. Hell boot a Linux Distro and do a DD...better yet redobackup.org easy peesy

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diedrichg

If you have the original installation media, never ever clone - always do a fresh install!

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sarah362

Actually installation and cloning are two different scenarios. Cloning is very important for the backups. And working in the company where data is more important needs the software. I have also been using the below mentioned Drive Clone software for the backup for years.
http://tinyurl.com/oyfvpdd

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dgrmouse

Why on Earth would you make that assertion?

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chaosdsm

There's also Clonezilla which comes with Parted Magic. Although it appears that Parted Magic is no longer free, Clonezilla is still free and is available as a stand-alone program that supports most major file systems:

1) ext2, ext3, ext4, reiserfs, reiser4, xfs, jfs, btrfs of GNU/Linux, (2) FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS of MS Windows, (3) HFS+ of Mac OS, (4) UFS of FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD, (5) minix of Minix, and (6) VMFS3 and VMFS5 of VMWare ESX.

For unsupported file systems, sector-to-sector copy is done by dd in Clonezilla.

With very little cloning experience, & using Clonezilla for the first time, I was able to clone the recovery & utilities partitions from my 1TB laptop hdd, to the 2565GB SSD that replaced the hdd.

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4000

I feel like saying "Pop-quiz, hotshot" but that'd be rude since I don't know the answer.

I have a gaming laptop (about three years old) with two 7200 RPM drives in RAID 0, currently set up with two logical drives C and D. I'm not worried about maintaining the logical drive D, it's just data that's been backed up. I'll set up RAID 0 again later on when a second SSD is put in place once booting to the new drive is successful. To point though:

If I try to hook up one new SSD through the eSATA port, will any of that software recognize it to complete the copy process from a RAID 0 setup, and only for the C drive?

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chriszele

Personally, I've never backed up a RAID array to a single SSD, but from what I've read EaseUS Todo Backup Free provides tools for cloning RAID configurations. http://www.easeus.com/backup-software/tb-free.html?ref=dc_channel

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TheMissingPiece

Thank you for using that thumbnail. Oh and nice article.

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jphoto

MaxPC, I love you guys, but there's no need to even include the apps that require brand x drive be installed.

Today I cloned two mechanical drives to SSD's using MiniTool Partition Wizard. It's free for home use and doesn't care what brand of drives I'm using.

Having said that, Reflect is great also.

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dgrmouse

The WD software is just a rebranded version of Arconis; it's exactly the same that Seagate and Arconis use, except for the logo icons.

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Mikey109105

I LOVE the article picture of the Republic Army Clone!!!!

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chriszele

Thanks!