It's not mentioned but I did a post-cloning alignment with MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro and there's a pop-up message saying that the SSD is already aligned.
Not a problem for me. I keep all my manuals and warranty on those IKEA black boxes on top of my PC.
But yours is not a bad idea.
Last edited by badrobot; 21 Sep 2014 at 15:17.
I'm not sure when I'd ever use this device since I would always have a computer handy when trying to clone a drive so wouldn't have much use for it. I can't imagine ever needing to clone a drive on a stand alone basis.
As far as partition alignment, it wouldn't work any different than any other time you cloned a drive, regardless of the method. I've cloned a half dozen hdds to ssds and always checked the alignment afterwards, the alignment has always been fine with no re-alignment needed.
I agree. This is not for everybody.
But this is not just for cloning. I don't even need this. I can easily switch hard drives externally on my PC. Both SSDs and HDDs.
I just got curious plus it's so cheap. And it works like a charm. The fact that I can switch, copy and clone drives without firing up my PC or while doing something else on my PC is really a sweet thing.
And yeah, I've been cloning a lot too and the partition alignment is always fine.
Thanks for the info.
I use an E-SATA enclosure for the same thing , I haven't had to take a drive out of a PC so far to clone it... <touch wood> yet...but interesting...
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IMO the simplest way of doing this (you need a working computer though) is simply to use a SATA==>USB connector -- plug the SSD in to a USB port with the USB connector and then run any imaging software to clone your Disk. Couple of Bucks at the most.
You can also use a bootable partition manager (for example GPARTED) to create / re-size partitions so you can create a decent OS + Pgms only partition on your SSD.
I sysprep my old drive, boot with a winPE disk, create wim files for system and OS partitions saving them to the new drive. Then I setup the partitions and expand the wim files.
Using these techniques you can transfer OS installs to other computer/hardware with minimal issues.
Only cost is for the new drive and a penny for a blank cd to make the PE disk.