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How to clone my boot drive?

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So my SSD is getting full and I can’t install windows updates anymore. I would like to clone it to another drive, how is this possible?

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Using cloning software like Acronis True Image would be the best way, unfortunately AFAIK there's nothing free that works well.


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Macrium Reflect works pretty well. I would advise a fresh install over cloning 100 times out of 100 though.


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What about cloning from an nvme drive to an nvme drive that is in a SATA adapter? Any potential issues here?

 

Getting a bigger NVME M.2 as my 500gb is getting tiny.

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3 hours ago, Beloit911 said:

What about cloning from an nvme drive to an nvme drive that is in a SATA adapter? Any potential issues here?

 

Getting a bigger NVME M.2 as my 500gb is getting tiny.

As long as the software can access the bus it should copy anything to anything. The only thing you can't do is copy a drive that's larger and has more space used than the destination for obvious reasons.

 

For example, if you want to copy a 1TB to a 500GB and the 1TB has 750GB used it's a no go.

 

If you want to copy a 1TB to a 500GB and the 1TB has only 300GB used it should be fine.

 

Given what you've already said this shouldn't be a concern for you anyway.


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  FREE  method: I use bob boot cd sometimes for this, boot off a usb drive once done using rufus to burn the iso.  Acronis is the best tool on the ISO for HD/SSD copy. you may need 2 usb drives to copy the data (must be the right size), and acronis does not require a sector by sector copy (can use a smaller drive) like other methods like using the disk utility in AIO (https://paul.is-a-geek.org/aio-srt/)

BOB

Link to site:

https://www.aioboot.com/en/bob-ombs-modified-win10pex64/

Link to download: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/12iOULllhRHNmoW5ItGQWRB04Pp7YhHk3/view

 

Rufus

https://rufus.ie/

 

AIO:

https://paul.is-a-geek.org/aio-srt/

 

 

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