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Hey guys, quick question.

Can I make an image of my current Windows installation and run it on another SSD w/o breaking anything?

I have everything on an Intel 310 80gb mSATA SSD right now and want to migrate to an Intel 320 160gb SSD. Since they're so similar, I figured it wouldn't cause any problems. Would it be ok to use Acronis or something like that?

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Yea, completely fine. It is when you migrate a HDD to a SSD I don't suggest it. Since it is a SSD to SSD you're good.

Here are some other alternatives:

clonezilla
Easus Todo backup
Windows built in Imaging tool
Macrium Reflect
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Awesome man, thanks!

Which of the tools you suggested do you like the best?
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Awesome, thanks!
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Question: When you use the windows built-in method, is it supposed to literally make a 1:1 "photocopy" of your C drive in the way that other "cloning" software is supposed to?

Reason for asking is that I want to go from my 60GB Vertex Plus to a 60GB Vertex 3 (buddy got the vertex 3 and decided he needed more space, so I bought it off him since it's twice the performance as my vertex plus). But I followed the instructions linked in Sean's post, and noticed that after the operation had finished, the size of the used space on the new drive was far less than the used space on my current C drive. I imagine some of that might be due to hibernation files, but it's odd--it's on the order of 10 GB difference, which makes me nervous.

I haven't ever cloned a drive before, so I have no experience with other methods.

If it works properly, this method should allow a direct swap of a drive and not need to do any other sort of installation of programs, yes?
    
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I think it is not 1:1 size wise and is compressed a little or something when you make the image, but it is 1:1 when the restore is finished to the drive.

Once finished and put onto a larger drive you may need to expand the c: partition in Disk Management.

I and a few of my friends have done system images from one drive to another a few times and never had any issue, all the data was there and in tact. No need for any other program.

I don't know what that 10GB was with your friends drive...maybe he deleted it by mistake or something, but it should have been there if it was actually being used.
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I think it is not 1:1 size wise and is compressed a little or something when you make the image, but it is 1:1 when the restore is finished to the drive.
Once finished and put onto a larger drive you may need to expand the c: partition in Disk Management.
I and a few of my friends have done system images from one drive to another a few times and never had any issue, all the data was there and in tact. No need for any other program.
I don't know what that 10GB was with your friends drive...maybe he deleted it by mistake or something, but it should have been there if it was actually being used.

Ah, I see, thanks! I didn't consider the fact that some of the data could/would be compressed. Makes sense. Now I just have to find the time to officially do the swap! biggrin.gif
    
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Darn, for some reason I get an error that System Image Restore Failed, no disk is available, error code 0x80042414. Verified that the new Disk with the image is recognized by the BIOS, and the restore interface shows it along with the recognized image (which is selected as the image to use).

I checked this out, and others have gotten the same error, with the workaround is using the non-Windows imager. :/

Oh well, it was worth a shot.
    
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Did you format the new drive first?
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