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Best way to mirror an SSD?

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Hey guys,

Looking for a way to mirror my SSD to another identical one. I have two 120GB Corsair ForceGT drives. I am going to be doing a fresh windows install on one of them and using the other one for storage for a new build. Since it will be wiped anyways I want to update the firmware on both drives to the newest version. My plan was to add the second one to my current build, update it. Then mirror the first one to the second one so I can use it as my boot drive and flash the other one after that.

Am I off-base here? I figure I just need a program to do the backup and it should work fine. Anyone have a suggestion?
post #2 of 11
Are you using Windows 7 Ultimate as stated in your sig? Use the built-in backup utilities to make a system image to another hard drive, swap drives out, then use your Windows install disc to restore from that image.
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I have it written as Home Premium, I have no idea why it comes up as ultimate. In my user CP it says it correctly.
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I would use the built-in backup. I did this last night actually. Install the storage SSD and put the backup on that. After that completes I would just reinstall windows 7 to the new SSD, rather than make an exact image of your current windows 7. It should install in about 5-10 mins.

After the install browse to the other SSD where the backup file is and double click it, it will then restore your files.

This might not be the best way, but it worked great for me.
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I would use the built-in backup. I did this last night actually. Install the storage SSD and put the backup on that. After that completes I would just reinstall windows 7 to the new SSD, rather than make an exact image of your current windows 7. It should install in about 5-10 mins.

After the install browse to the other SSD where the backup file is and double click it, it will then restore your files.

This might not be the best way, but it worked great for me.

What I want is to not have to re-install any of my games or anything until I get ready to move the drives to the new motherboard. I don't know when that will be since I have a lot to do before it happens.
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I'll have to look this one up, I remember hearing about it.
post #7 of 11
or use windows disk management to make a software raid 1.....

or make a hardware raid 1, then if the ssd dies you're still running.
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Nevermind, I just realized its way too early to be thinking about things like this. I can just update the firmware on the blank SSD and install windows to that one when I get my new rig running, and update the second one at that point. doh.gif Thanks for the help guys, I will be using some kind of backup program to mirror my drives on a NAS array though.
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I have been having fantastic luck with Paragon Drive Copy for both SSD/HDD single drives or RAID arrays.

I swapped three Hitachi Deskstar's with Ultrastar's and simply ran the Drive Copy restore CD, chose the backup/copy file and selected where I wanted it installed and it restored it within my RAID array perfectly, took less than 15 minutes. I've done the same with single SSD drives and SSD drives in RAID 0 and 5.
    
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with a mirror...?
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