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# 254300 5-Aug-2019 23:01
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Hello.

 

Its time to put a larger SSD in my laptop.

 

I know some SSDs come with software to clone the old SSD to the new one, but I dont know what brands.

 

I would prefer to clone, I don't have the will to start all over again from scratch.

 

Which brand has the easiest bestest cloning utility?





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  # 2290599 5-Aug-2019 23:03
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Macrium Reflect is free and easy to use, I have used it many times  for the exact same thing.

 

https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree


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  # 2290601 5-Aug-2019 23:10
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Crucial and Samsung SSD's come with simple and easy to use clone software that works. There will be other brands that also come with their own, as above Macrium Reflect Free is also good and will do the job as well.

 

Crucial uses Arconis True Image, you can get a special downloaded copy and install it if you decide to get one, the version only works if it detects the Crucial SSD connected.


 
 
 
 




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  # 2290608 5-Aug-2019 23:12
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Thank you, I will check those options out. :)





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  # 2290785 6-Aug-2019 10:38
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kiwifidget:

 

I would prefer to clone,

 

 

I dont think you would :-)
You want a disk to disk copy , with option to auto enlarge partition size

 

Disk clone is completely different , will take a very long time, and leave you with the same partition sizes you had on the old disk

 

 

 

 


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  # 2290787 6-Aug-2019 10:41
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1101:

kiwifidget:


I would prefer to clone,



I dont think you would :-)
You want a disk to disk copy , with option to auto enlarge partition size


Disk clone is completely different , will take a very long time, and leave you with the same partition sizes you had on the old disk


 


 


Macruim reflect will allow you to clone and expand the partition to be cloned

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  # 2290834 6-Aug-2019 11:46
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My backup tool of choice on Windows 10 is wbadmin.exe. It needs to be run from an elevated privileges command window.

 

Here is an example of the command;

 

wbadmin.exe start backup -include:c:,d: -backuptarget:I: -allcritical

 

The allcritical argument captures the system drive at the start of the disk which is needed to boot.

 

Restoration can be done from the windows repair media. Restore does not work in wdadmin on a normal Windows 10 command prompt.

 

Google is your friend.





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  # 2290835 6-Aug-2019 11:46
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Word to the wise based on above - default options may be increase all of them to fill the space. (There's probably an easier way than this..) But you generally don't need to do this for the windows managed ones. And in some cases it may break any factory recovery BIOS shortcuts (had to rebuild those too :/)

 

I Dragged the partitions down 1 by 1 - Keeping the 100/350/System restore partitions as is, got to the data one and resized it based on what was left before moving them down. May have lost 12mb into 'free space' area due translation but it was close.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2291133 6-Aug-2019 18:55
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1101:

 

kiwifidget:

 

I would prefer to clone,

 

 

I dont think you would :-)
You want a disk to disk copy , with option to auto enlarge partition size

 

Disk clone is completely different , will take a very long time, and leave you with the same partition sizes you had on the old disk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not sure which software you are using but all the clones I have done in the past few years have all been very quick (usually around 30 minutes) and auto resize the partitions to fit to the disk you are cloning to.




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  # 2291145 6-Aug-2019 19:11
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Great advice thanks. I now have to choose a drive, so I've been a bit cart before horse here.

 

Samsung 860 Evo Series MZ-76E1T0BW SSD, 1TB, 2.5", SATA 6 Gb/s, V-NAND 3bit MLC

 

Adata Ultimate Series SU800 SSD, 1TB, 2.5", SATA 6 Gb/s, 3D TLC NAND

 

Crucial MX500 Series CT1000MX500SSD1 SSD, 1TB, 2.5", SATA 6 Gb/s, 3D NAND

 

Samsung 860 QVO Series MZ-76Q1T0BW SSD, 1TB, 2.5", SATA 6 Gb/s, V-NAND 4-bit MLC

 

Western Digital Blue Series WDS100T2B0A SSD, 1TB, 2.5", SATA 6 Gb/s, 3D NAND

 

All of these are within my budget, any lemons amongst them?





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  # 2291160 6-Aug-2019 19:46
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get samsung or critical


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  # 2291188 6-Aug-2019 20:26
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I have recently installed two Samsung SSDs in our laptops.  I tried the Samsung recommended software but kept getting to 99% before it stopped.  I contacted Samsung  and I guess I got the guy who understands kettles or something else, because all he could suggest after a long delay was to take it back to PB and get a replacement.  The tech at PB tested the drive and said it seemed OK, but suggested I take another drive and try that.  I did and got the same result.  After a little research I suspected that the cause of the problem was that something was still running on the C drive in the background and that was why it did not complete.

 

I then read    https://www.easytechstutorials.com/how-to-clone-a-hard-drive-or-ssd-in-windows-for-free/

 

I downloaded the free software and followed the instructions and as easy as that, when it got to the point where it could not complete, it rebooted and completed perfectly.

 

The wife saw what a difference the SSDmade and immediately wanted one for her laptop.  Same success.


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  # 2291242 6-Aug-2019 22:14
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I bought a few crucial SSD drives for upgrading some pc's at work. Used their migration software many times without a hitch. Drives perform very well and seem to get solid reviews.




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  # 2291262 6-Aug-2019 22:42
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kiwifidget:

Great advice thanks. I now have to choose a drive, so I've been a bit cart before horse here.


Samsung 860 Evo Series MZ-76E1T0BW SSD, 1TB, 2.5", SATA 6 Gb/s, V-NAND 3bit MLC


Adata Ultimate Series SU800 SSD, 1TB, 2.5", SATA 6 Gb/s, 3D TLC NAND


Crucial MX500 Series CT1000MX500SSD1 SSD, 1TB, 2.5", SATA 6 Gb/s, 3D NAND


Samsung 860 QVO Series MZ-76Q1T0BW SSD, 1TB, 2.5", SATA 6 Gb/s, V-NAND 4-bit MLC


Western Digital Blue Series WDS100T2B0A SSD, 1TB, 2.5", SATA 6 Gb/s, 3D NAND


All of these are within my budget, any lemons amongst them?



Samsung 860, EVO and Crucial MX500 would be my picks from those, if I had to choose 1 it would be the Samsung Evo 860

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