Cloning to a different brand of SSD hard drive

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    Cloning to a different brand of SSD hard drive


    My operating system runs on a Corsair SSD hard drive. I plan to clone the OS to a much larger Samsung SSD hard drive using Acronis..

    And I wonder if there will be any compatibility issues between the hard drives?
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    Shouldn't be any compatibility issues, but cloning isn't foolproof, so have a Plan B if it fails.
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    ignatzatsonic said: View Post
    Shouldn't be any compatibility issues, but cloning isn't foolproof, so have a Plan B if it fails.
    Macrium Reflect Free is pretty foolproof. Anyway original drive is unaffected, so Plan B can wait till later.
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    cereberus said: View Post
    Macrium Reflect Free is pretty foolproof. Anyway original drive is unaffected, so Plan B can wait till later.
    Agreed

    Actually in cloning a Disk the only thing that matters is that the capacity of the target drive must be at least equal to or greater than the source drive --- it doesn't matter if the source is pentagon shaped and the target "Toblerone triangular shaped" -- so long as the hardware can read / write to the drives the capacity is the only thing that matters when cloning.

    Of course if you clone to a larger HDD/SSD then you can use the remaining space by re-sizing or creating partitions with any of the various partition managers.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Thanks for the input guys, much appreciated.

    Cheers 👍😀
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    I can't recommend any Acronis product which I've found to be poorly engineered and supported. Reflect is fine. I would prefer to image the current installation to another drive then restore to the new SSD drive but cloning works for most people.
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    Steve C said: View Post
    I can't recommend any Acronis product which I've found to be poorly engineered and supported. Reflect is fine. I would prefer to image the current installation to another drive then restore to the new SSD drive but cloning works for most people.

    Hi there
    in theory you are right - but with imaging you need to have a drive or external device independent of the source image and when you restore it then that image has to be on another disc / device than the target. You can create another partition on the new target disk for the image but why bother.

    For simply using a new HDD / SSD cloning is the simplest way - you only need 2 devices -- especially useful if the target device will replace the source device by removing the source drive -- e.g a laptop where normally there's only 1 intenal drive.

    I agree Acronis has been poor for a long time now --I used to use it years ago but it's bonkersly hideous now -- Macrium reflect free is reliable, quick and works for large numbers of people on the forum -- and if you need something with a few more features (most people don't really need them) simply just get the paid version.

    Cheers
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    @Mustang -

    Jst a few notes to supplement the comments above...

    A Hard Drive is a different storage component than a SSD. It is critical to know the difference.
    Assuming that it is an SSD, is it a SATA SSD or a NVMe SSD?

    The connections are not interchangeable.

    As for Acronis, it is a decent product that is weighed down by severe bloat.
    I like Macrium Reflect, instead and it is a fraction of the size of Acronis.

    Don't forget to test your boot media - USB drive or CD/DVD!

    Hope this helps.
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    Thanks to everyone for various inputs. Used Acronis 2013 to successfully clone from old Corsair Force SSD HD to Samsung 1TB SSD HD.

    Actual clone was seamless, but needed to use Windows installation disk to repair boot manager, which only took a few minutes.

    Just to be safe, I also created a system image of the old hard drive using a USB 3 external docking bay & spinner HD. But didn’t need it.

    🌈🕺👍😀
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    ps: Has anyone got a link to a free Macrium, as can only find free 30 day trial ... which is not truly freeware.
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