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Hi folks,

I have a scenario where I'm building a new work PC for my wife. The issue is what is the best way to migrate all the data on her single 1TB SATA drive that's running x64 W7 to a new SSD. Her current SATA drive is using about 450GB of the 965GB drive. This is after removing junk programs/etc. Her 1TB SATA drive has a 100MB Reserve partition and a 910GB primary partition.

I'm looking to buy a SSD to use as the new drive. I'm not 100% clear if the drive has to be big enough to simply hold the existing data +20% or if it has to be at least as big as the whole SATA drive, i.e. 965GB. Obviously, a 1TB SSD isn't cheap and I'm not sure it will format at 965 or bigger. I'd like to be able to use a SSD that's bigger than her current data then add a couple of regular 7200rpm SATA drives for data space.

Beyond that, once I have the right drive, I'm curious as to the best way to go about cloning this. I know there are a few different approaches but I'm not sure how to manage the reserved partition and make sure the drive is bootable.

I have a double drive bay cloning device (Sabrent Dual Bay Docking Station for 2.5 and 3.5 drives) but it will only deal with two drives of the same size, or where the destination drive is bigger than the source drive.

I also have MiniTool Partition Wizard 9 but I'm struggling to figure out how to make the different partitions 'mirror' the original disc, with the size issues.

Any advice/info on the best approach would be much appreciated.

(For the record, I KNOW she should be doing a clean install of W7 and then reinstalling programs and migrating data but she has a lot of old programs she uses for work that she's not able to replace, hence trying to make this work.)
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I'd use Macrium Reflect Free to clone it. You only need to have as big of an SSD as you want. If there's 500GB free space, and you choose a 500GB SSD (using 450GB), you'll just lose out on the extra free space of the 1TB drive. No big deal, it'll shrink down the free space on its own.

Just install Reflect, copy the old drive to the new drive. Shut down, disconnect old drive, boot up from new drive.

Of course, you WILL want to be sure you're using AHCI mode for your SATA ports, and preferrably an Intel or AMD SATA connection on the new SSD (don't use a Marvell port if you can avoid it).
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Hi Pioneer,

thanks for the quick reply and info. Understood on the AHCI issue.

I may not have clearly explained the HD issue - the source HD is 1TB total space and about 450GB in use. Obviously I need an SSD bigger than the 450GB but can I get away with an SSD smaller than the 1TB source SATA HD?

I'd like to go from the 1TB sata HD to a 750GB SSD, for example. Does that clash with what you explained Macrium Reflect Free would be able to do?
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I've used Macrium Reflect several times to clone a HDD to a SSD basically the way pioneerisloud recommends without any problems.
     
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Yes you could use a 500gb or larger ssd without issues using 450gb. A 500 would obviously be a little tight but it'd work.
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Understood - many thanks. I'll try this once the new drive arrives (now ordered) on Thursday. Will come running here in a state of panic if it goes badly wink.gif
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I've heard of Macrium from several forums members here, so I was just curious when you use Macrium for cloning a hard drive is everything really retained like the settings on your browser or the activation status of Windows for example?

Also, prior to this my only experience with cloning hard drives and they're installed O.S. was the with "dd" in Linux and that required the two hard drives and a bootable cd to perform the cloning. For Macrium, do you need a bootable cd to do the cloning? Or can you just install Macrium on the hard drive that's to be copied to another hard drive?

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I've heard of Macrium from several forums members here, so I was just curious when you use Macrium for cloning a hard drive is everything really retained like the settings on your browser or the activation status of Windows for example?

Also, prior to this my only experience with cloning hard drives and they're installed O.S. was the with "dd" in Linux and that required the two hard drives and a bootable cd to perform the cloning. For Macrium, do you need a bootable cd to do the cloning? Or can you just install Macrium on the hard drive that's to be copied to another hard drive?

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Install Macrium to your OS drive. Run it, it does all the copying within Windows. Reboot when finished and you have an exact copy of your OS drive (assuming you're cloning an OS drive). All settings, all files.......everything is mirrored. It's like you're still booting into your old drive.
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Install Macrium to your OS drive. Run it, it does all the copying within Windows. Reboot when finished and you have an exact copy of your OS drive (assuming you're cloning an OS drive). All settings, all files.......everything is mirrored. It's like you're still booting into your old drive.

I see.

I'm actually planning to move my 500GB O.S. drive to a 1TB drive.

Thanks for the info. thumb.gif
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I just completed this last week using Macrium, moving from a 7200RPM SATA HD to a 1TB Crucial SSD. It worked perfectly. I'd cleaned the source drive down to about 200GB data on a 993GB drive. It took about 2 hours to clone on an old slow desktop. Moved it to the new system and booted right up. Had to then install all the drivers for the new system but no problems getting to where I could do so. System's been running smoothly for a week now. All other settings/programs/data is identical.

So, turn off source system and install new drive. Boot up, don't format new drive. Install Macrium (here or earlier) and go through the clone wizard. Really very easy. A Republican could do it (duck).
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