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  1.    10 Apr 2016 #1
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    Macrium Reflect Free Cloning Question


    I'm a new user to Macrium but so far so good, I've cloned my laptop HDD to an external HDD with no problems. I also created a rescue usb drive. Now I'm intending to fit an SSD to my laptop so here's my question ...can I fit the "blank" SSD to my laptop then boot up with the rescue drive then using Macrium clone or restore from my external HDD. The alternative is to connect the SSD as an external drive and just clone to it?
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  2.    10 Apr 2016 #2
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    Hi, OLDJACK. I believe you may be best off (whether you put SSD in laptop or connect externally) going the restore route, that is, assuming the SSD is smaller than the HDD you cloned and possibly having sector/alignment differences. In the case of the restore option, there will likely be some drag and drop operations and some resizing of the operating system partition involved. See MR knowledge base article here: http://knowledgebase.macrium.com/dis...ion+properties

    This route of restoring instead of cloning MAY seem like more trouble to perform in some folks' opinions BUT, if you look at the number of threads here at TenForum where the poster tried cloning and had problems whose direct solution (staying with cloning) evaded many folks, you may conclude, like me, that the time taken in that Macrium knowledgebase page (that I gave you a link for) to understand the power and flexibility of restoring will be well worth it.
    Last edited by Word Man; 10 Apr 2016 at 10:28. Reason: Added more Words, Man. :)
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  3.    10 Apr 2016 #3
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    Thank You


    Thank you Wordman...life is never simple so I'll look at the info you suggested and have a go eventually.
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  4.    10 Apr 2016 #4
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    Word Man is right. Cloning seems to be very difficult in most cases whilst the image route seems to work all the time. I had my own problems with cloning and use imaging since.

    In case you have a 100MB system partition, do not forget that. Alternatively you can move the bootmgr to the OS partition like this:

    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...c-easybcd.html

    Then you can forget the 100MB partition.
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  5.    10 Apr 2016 #5
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    Thank you


    Thanks whs all information is handy. My current 500Gb HDD is partitioned like this (1) System 100MB (2) C: 244.39Gb Boot etc. (3) D: 198.21Gb Logical (4) Samsung Recovery 23.06 Gb. 465.76 Gb. I'm fitting a Samsung 850 500Gb SSD. I'll probably stick with same partition sizes.
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  6.    10 Apr 2016 #6
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    A 500GB SSD is a lot of money. Do you really need this size. I operate successfully with 60GB SSDs for the OS and the rest goes on the spinners. My latests systems I "upgraded" to 128GB SSDs. But that is already very luxurious.
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  7.    10 Apr 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by OLDJACK View Post
    Thank you Wordman...life is never simple so I'll look at the info you suggested and have a go eventually.
    If you want true simplicity and don't mind spending $20 (USD) consider Paragon Migrate OS to SSD.

    It does all the heavy lifting in about 4 clicks.

    I used it previously to move a Windows 7 OS drive to an SSD. The entire operation took about thirty minutes and required zero knowledge of sectors, alignment, TRIM etc. Pick a source drive, pick a destination and it does the rest. Well worth the extra money IMO.

    I have an SSD drive in the post now that I'm going to move my current Windows 10 system to.

    HTH

    D
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  8.    10 Apr 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Datapod View Post
    If you want true simplicity and don't mind spending $20 (USD) consider Paragon Migrate OS to SSD.

    It does all the heavy lifting in about 4 clicks.

    I used it previously to move a Windows 7 OS drive to an SSD. The entire operation took about thirty minutes and required zero knowledge of sectors, alignment, TRIM etc. Pick a source drive, pick a destination and it does the rest. Well worth the extra money IMO.

    I have an SSD drive in the post now that I'm going to move my current Windows 10 system to.

    HTH

    D
    That is very good advice. Long time ago I got a free copy of it for testing. It makes the migration really easy.
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  9.    11 Apr 2016 #9
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    Many thanks Datapod, I've purchased a copy of V4 Paragon OS to SSD and watched a UTube video, it looks just the job. UK cost ,with a voucher, was only 11.19 ( full price over 13 ). Getting my SSD this week so I'll post my trials and tribulations later.
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  10.    11 Apr 2016 #10
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    Samsung has very good migration tool included with their drives. No need to waste money
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