Drive cloning is a super cool feature for novice users and experts alike. Say you are a novice user and this is your first SSD and all you want to do is swap out your HDD for an SSD, Solid State Doctor makes it easy. More than likely your HDD will have more capacity than the SSD you are swapping with. No problem, as long as the actual amount of data on our drive does not exceed the formatted capacity of the SSD, you can just adjust the partition size to be cloned to fit your SSD and seamlessly clone your partition to the SSD.
We decided to clone our OS RAID volume, which is a 500GB dual boot two partition setup to our SanDisk Extreme II 240GB SSD. We adjusted each partition to fit and hit start. We should mention the destination drive needs to be empty and unallocated before cloning.
This is a screenshot taken at about midway through the cloning of the first partition of our OS RAID Volume to the SanDisk Extreme II. This is our Windows 8 partition which is mounted and active.
This is a screenshot taken at about midway through the cloning of the second partition of our OS RAID Volume to the SanDisk Extreme II. This is our Windows 7 partition which is not mounted or active.
Both partitions were resized and cloned in a single operation quickly and easily.
A quick look at disk manager verifies that the partitions were created exactly as we specified (100GB each before formatting) and that we have some unallocated space remaining on the drive exactly as intended.
We disconnected our RAID OS volume and fired up the drive we cloned to. Everything went perfectly. Our boot selection menu popped right up (we dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8) and we booted into Windows 8 first. So far, so good.
We restarted and booted into Windows 7 without issue. The cloning of our dual boot RAID OS to a single smaller drive was smooth and easy, all done in one step from within a Windows environment and no re-booting required. Very Nice!
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