Originally Posted by hooah212002
I am getting my SSD next week and am wondering if I can install Windows, then just do a simple restore and get everything back like it is now. I've got my OS drive shortstroked to ~45gb for OS and the rest for storage (which is backed up to the Seagate). Does it make a difference that the drive sizes will be different?
Could I make a bootable disk with the image file created and just install that way?
I have absolutely no problem doing a clean install and re-doing everything, so if it is going to be a whole mess of trouble, it's not worth it.
I plan to use Casper for a HDD clone backup of the SSD boot drive. Using SmartClone it will adjust the clone with only changed files instead of a full clone each time. The HDD then can be set to boot instead of the SSD if it fails and the PC can be used until the SSD is replaced.
NOTE: By default, Casper will maintain the partition alignment strategy of the source device unless it can identify the destination as a solid state (SSD) or long data sector (LDS) device. For example, if the source partitions are aligned to optimized boundaries, then Casper will align the destination partitions to optimized boundaries. Conversely, if the source partitions are aligned to traditional (e.g., cylinder/head) boundaries and the destination is not an SSD or LDS device, then Casper will align the destination partitions likewise. If Casper can identify the destination as an SSD or LDS device and the source device defines unaligned partitions, Casper will align the destination partitions to optimized boundaries.
Optimized partition alignment is done in the same manner as Windows Vista and later.
Because USB and Firewire interfaces can make it impossible for products like Casper to identify a solid state drive when attached via USB or Firewire, it may be necessary to force Casper to use Optimized partition alignment when using one of these interfaces to attach a solid state drive.
Follow this procedure to force Casper to use optimized partition alignment on the destination disk:
Click Explore to open Casper Explorer
From the Tools menu, click Options
On the General tab within the Settings box under Partition Alignment, select Optimized
Click OK to apply and close the dialog
With Optimized selected, Casper will always optimize the alignment of the partitions on the destination device - regardless of the alignment on the source device. Optimized alignment is essential for all SSD and LDS devices.
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