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Hey everyone, I recently purchased a 120 GB SSD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236) to replace the 60 GB OCZ Vertex 3 drive in my brother's laptop because he's running out of space.

However, I'm feeling quite lazy and don't want to deal with a reformat, installing drivers, etc., so I'm wondering what you all could recommend to "clone" the contents of his 60 GB SSD to his new 120 GB SSD. I've never used cloning software, so software recommendations and links to instructions/how-to's would be helpful!

I have a 1 TB external HDD that I can use to store any image/clone that is generated so I should be covered.

Thanks!
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Wow, haha

If you can wait a little bit at this moment I am uploading 3 videos on how do do that!

I use easus todo back up. People seem to have issues with other software and I never had an issue with this.

http://download.cnet.com/Easeus-Todo-Backup-Free/3000-2242_4-10964460.html
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Wow, haha
If you can wait a little bit at this moment I am uploading 3 videos on how do do that!

I use easus todo back up. People seem to have issues with other software and I never had an issue with this.
http://download.cnet.com/Easeus-Todo-Backup-Free/3000-2242_4-10964460.html

Haha awesome, any ETA on the videos?
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Haha awesome, any ETA on the videos?

Done

Here is what you do .

How to: Back up your OS and recover it

You will need:
  • Easus ToDo Backup (link)
  • A place to backup the data/partition(s)
  • A USB (2GB or larger) or a CD to burn the bootable emergency disk


Step #1: Create the Backup Partition(s)


Step #2: Now to restore the partition(s)
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Awesome videos! I've got a couple of questions though:

During the "backing up" step, the program generates a bootable ISO, correct?

Does this mean that if I wanted to back up my brother's SSD (single partition) which consumes nearly 60 GB, I would need an empty external hard drive at least 60 GB in size to store the ISO, as well as run it in a bootable form later?

Then I'd swap out his 60 GB SSD with the 120 GB SSD, then run the bootable ISO from the external drive?

I'm hoping I don't run into issues with a bootable ISO being run from an external HDD, USB power ports can be iffy during the boot process
Edited by mingqi53 - 3/8/12 at 7:17am
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Awesome videos! I've got a couple of questions though:

During the "backing up" step, the program generates a bootable ISO, correct?
No that is why you need to go to tools and create one.
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Does this mean that if I wanted to back up my brother's SSD (single partition) which consumes nearly 60 GB, I would need an empty external hard drive at least 60 GB in size to store the ISO, as well as run it in a bootable form later?
For the saving of the data there is some compression, but yes you would need enough room to store the backed up data.

And you need a separate cd or usb you can boot the program from.
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Then I'd swap out his 60 GB SSD with the 120 GB SSD, then run the bootable ISO from the external drive?

I'm hoping I don't run into issues with a bootable ISO being run from an external HDD, USB power ports can be iffy during the boot process
when it makes the bootable device it formats the device...use a flash drive or cd.
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when it makes the bootable device it formats the device...use a flash drive or cd.

Okay so the USB/CD will just contain the bootable EASEUS program, which allows you to select the ISO you created?

In this case, I'll have to have an external HDD attached to the laptop with the ISO, as well as the USB/CD containing the bootable EASEUS program. During boot from the USB/CD, I point the program to the directory on my external HDD containing the ISO?
Edited by mingqi53 - 3/8/12 at 8:19am
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when it makes the bootable device it formats the device...use a flash drive or cd.

Okay so the USB/CD will just contain the bootable EASEUS program, which allows you to select the ISO you created?
Yes the usb/cd just has the program.

And it doesn't create a ISO. It creates a .PBD folder which contains the backed up partition(s).
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In this case, I'll have to have an external HDD attached to the laptop with the ISO, as well as the USB/CD containing the bootable EASEUS program. During boot from the USB/CD, I point the program to the directory on my external HDD containing the ISO?

yep
  1. boot from the bootable usb/cd.
  2. choose the backed up data on the other external drive you have.
  3. restore the data.
  4. done.
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Ah okay that makes a LOT more sense now haha.

Last thing, only the flash drive used for the bootable EASEUS program is formatted right? Not the external HDD that I'll be using to store the folder containing the data backed up by EASEUS?

Thanks for your help!
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Ah okay that makes a LOT more sense now haha.

Last thing, only the flash drive used for the bootable EASEUS program is formatted right? Not the external HDD that I'll be using to store the folder containing the data backed up by EASEUS?

Thanks for your help!

unplug the external drive and only have the flash drive plugged in to make sure you don't accidentally choose the external.
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