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raiden
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got an ssd for my laptop, its the same size as my hdd and currently dual booting linux & windows.

anyone have any hands on experience straight up cloning the hdd to the ssd and everything working fine? really don't want to do re-installs.

6/6/2015 11:20:22 AM

smoothcrim
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you most likely don't want to do a true clone or block-level dd. something that's filesystem aware is a better choice because you likely have different sector size (512 vs 4096) and different disk alignment.

6/6/2015 11:31:17 AM

Novicane
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don't do this.

you want to install fresh. AHCI and some other things you want to flip on during the install.

consider imaging to a VM or something.

6/6/2015 11:36:54 AM

raiden
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would something like Clonezilla be a good option?

6/6/2015 11:38:45 AM

stevedude
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ive done this and ive had 1 minor issue which could be attributed to what ^^^ said. and that is whenever i wake from sleep i get a BSOD. other than that, no issues.

i used http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

6/9/2015 12:46:31 PM

synapse
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I've done this a bunch, especially for low-use devices...never noticed any issues. but realize there could be performance hits that I haven't really noticed. message_topic.aspx?topic=638609

[Edited on June 9, 2015 at 12:59 PM. Reason : more here: message_topic.aspx?topic=642852]

[Edited on June 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM. Reason : I usually use Acronis True Image]

6/9/2015 12:59:24 PM

raiden
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did this successfully. Loving the speed of this ssd. holy shit the laptop boots real fast now.

HOLLA!

7/23/2015 10:42:34 AM

neodata686
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Welcome to 2015 (or like 2008 really).

7/23/2015 11:27:09 AM

stevedude
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^^congrats. which software did u use?

7/25/2015 11:13:12 AM

Azaka
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http://clonezilla.org/ is what I've used to do this multiple times.

7/25/2015 1:26:23 PM

raiden
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stevedude,

For my personal laptop I just did a disk copy using partition wizard. http://www.partitionwizard.com

I took my old hdd out of my laptop & the new ssd, hooked them up to my desktop as slave drives and just did the copy. 500GB hdd to 512GB ssd, went pretty smoothly and quickly.


For the work laptop, that was a different story. Its not really a clone, but making the physical to vm. The ssd was a bit smaller than the hdd. So the first step was to convert the physical into virtual using VMWare's converter. Then, since the physical was originally dual boot, I used the converter again to remove the non-windows partitions on the virtual disk to reduce to the size of the virtual disk (this reduced size from approx 150GB to 70GB).
Then installed linux (Fedora) on the ssd, and using virtual box on linux I started up the host. Had to tweak the virtualbox settings a bit, but it didn't take long and everything is working pretty well.

7/27/2015 9:05:37 AM

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