1.    27 May 2017 #1
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    Cloning SSD via External USB Drive


    I just acquired a second laptop identical to the one I have. I will have exactly the same configuration on both and keep them in sync. I need to clone the SSD to the new SSD, but I don't have access to a desktop or eSATA port.
    Is there a way to use Macrium Reflect to clone the SSD to an external USB drive and then clone the USB drive to the new SSD? Caveat: old SSD 256GB, new 128GB, but the old has much less than 128GB filled.

    If not, any other suggestions I could accomplish this?
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  2.    27 May 2017 #2
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    Using Macrium Reflect, save an image of the SSD to the external USB drive. Then restore the image to the new SSD.
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  3.    27 May 2017 #3
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    Thanks.

    2 questions:

    1. Does the cloned image take 256GB, or only the filled space? Or does it compress? I only have 150GB on the USB drive.

    2. In order to restore image I must boot from the Macrium recovery disc?
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  4.    27 May 2017 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by oao View Post
    Thanks.

    2 questions:

    1. Does the cloned image take 256GB, or only the filled space? Or does it compress? I only have 150GB on the USB drive.

    2. In order to restore image I must boot from the Macrium recovery disc?
    1. It will compress to a file that is slightly smaller than only the used space of the drive being cloned.

    2. No, you won't have to boot from a Macrium Disc. But you cannot be booted from the drive you are attempting to restore the image to.
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  5.    27 May 2017 #5
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    Thanks.

    But whatever I boot from, it must have access to Macrium to restore, and the new SSD has only Win10 running, no Macrium. The recovery disc has it.

    On second thought, due to the diff SSD sizes, the partitions will be diff. So I probably need to backup the system partition and restore it -- I can then simply copy the other data partitions individually via the USB disk, no?
    Is this OK if new SSD has Win10Pro 1607 on it and I restore 1511?




    Incidentally, does it make an
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  6.    28 May 2017 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by oao View Post
    Thanks.

    But whatever I boot from, it must have access to Macrium to restore, and the new SSD has only Win10 running, no Macrium. The recovery disc has it.

    On second thought, due to the diff SSD sizes, the partitions will be diff. So I probably need to backup the system partition and restore it -- I can then simply copy the other data partitions individually via the USB disk, no?
    Is this OK if new SSD has Win10Pro 1607 on it and I restore 1511?




    Incidentally, does it make an
    No - just boot from Macrium Rescue drive and restore image to ssd on new laptop. It will shrink main partition to fit - no problem.
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