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I have a media PC with a small boot drive (a 160GB Western Digital 7200 RPM). I would like to pull it and throw in an inexpensive 120GB SSD (I have have several multi terabyte drives for media storage, the boot drive is only for OS and programs). Currently running Win7 64 as well.

A few years back I used to use a Norton Ghost program running off a 3.5 floppy that worked great.

Is there any way to copy the image from the mechanical to the SSD simply (and free preferably) with no loss of data or format? It would literally take me about 6 hours to load a fresh install on a new drive.

The system it sits in has a CD drive and of course could run bootable programs from USB.


Thanks
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I have a media PC with a small boot drive (a 160GB Western Digital 7200 RPM). I would like to pull it and throw in an inexpensive 120GB SSD (I have have several multi terabyte drives for media storage, the boot drive is only for OS and programs). Currently running Win7 64 as well.

A few years back I used to use a Norton Ghost program running off a 3.5 floppy that worked great.

Is there any way to copy the image from the mechanical to the SSD simply (and free preferably) with no loss of data or format? It would literally take me about 6 hours to load a fresh install on a new drive.

The system it sits in has a CD drive and of course could run bootable programs from USB.


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You can get the Western Digital version of Acronis. It's what I currently use to backup my Windows and it should do fine for what you need.
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