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  1.    21 Sep 2014 #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I wonder how that works with SSDs - concerning the alignment.

    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.

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  2.    21 Sep 2014 #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    I do like a PDF manual some times the paper one is lost or of such fine print that you need a magnifier to read it.




    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.

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  3.    21 Sep 2014 #13
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    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.
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  4.    21 Sep 2014 #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    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.


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    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.
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  5.    22 Sep 2014 #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by badrobot View Post
    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.
    Thanks for the info.
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  6.    23 Sep 2014 #16

    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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  7.    23 Sep 2014 #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wullail View Post
    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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  8.    09 Oct 2014 #18
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  9.    09 Oct 2014 #19

    Hi there

    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.

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  10.    09 Oct 2014 #20
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    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.
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