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Old 12-13-16, 01:37 PM   #1
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Best free software to clone a drive?

Just got a new laptop. I am installing a 275 GB SSD and intend to use that as the boot drive. I want to use the factory installed standard HD as the storage drive. I do not want to reinstall windows, just move everything from one drive to the other. What is a good free program to clone the HD to SSD that is simple to use? I've not done this before so I'm uncertain of what is out there to do this.
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Old 12-13-16, 01:53 PM   #2
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Re: Best free software to clone a drive?

I've used Clonezilla.

http://clonezilla.org/
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Old 12-13-16, 02:57 PM   #3
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Re: Best free software to clone a drive?

Clonezilla is a good choice only if your destination drive (the 275 GB SSD) is equal to or greater in size than your source drive (the standard HD).

If it isn't, I would use Partition Wizard instead, which keeps the source's OS hard drive partitions intact and allows you to resize the remaining partition (the C: drive) to whatever space is left on the SSD. Actually, I would recommend Partition Wizard in any case, since its user interface is much more friendly and modern than Clonezilla's.
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Old 12-13-16, 05:46 PM   #4
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Re: Best free software to clone a drive?

Used Acronis for years until it became a bloated mess. Switch to Macrium Reflect and like it a lot.

New drives use to come with transfer software. Did the new drive not include a software code for a free version.
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Re: Best free software to clone a drive?

yes, it came with acronis.
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Old 12-14-16, 11:25 AM   #6
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Re: Best free software to clone a drive?

Aomei Partition Assistant Standard:
http://www.aomeitech.com/aomei-partition-assistant.html
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Old 12-14-16, 09:02 PM   #7
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Re: Best free software to clone a drive?

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What is a good free program to clone the HD to SSD that is simple to use?

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yes, it came with acronis.

was going to give you a facepalm, but then I remembered


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I've not done this before so I'm uncertain of what is out there to do this.
go ahead and use the free acronis that came with the drive. It will work fine. The newer retail version of acronis is a bloated mess, but the freebie should do what you want.

Personally, I have so many USB drives floating around that I normally make an image out to USB, then back from USB onto the new drive

This is a good practice if you are new at it, no way to screw anything up. I like to do it so I always have a copy of the original drive archived away in case I ever need it.
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Old 12-14-16, 09:23 PM   #8
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Used Acronis for years until it became a bloated mess. Switch to Macrium Reflect and like it a lot.

New drives use to come with transfer software. Did the new drive not include a software code for a free version.
Thanks for the recommendation. Used Macrium. Worked well. Everything all set up. Thing is so much faster booting to an SSD.
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