I'm trying to educate myself on cloning i.e. bootable sector-by-sector replication, not just creating an image file of the used disk space. So far, I've bought a high performance HDD of the wrong size, trying to make sure that I replace it with an HDD with which my first cloning attempt will go without a hitch.
My laptop contains a 640GB Toshiba MK6465GSX HDD (Toshiba SDD - Product Detail
). I am considering getting 640GB WD Scorpio Blue HDD for the cloning.
One of the constraints I want to observe is that I should be able to pick it up in person from one of the retailers in my city. However, they invariably carry the WD6400BPVT variant, which uses 4KB sectors ("Advance Format"). Nothing comes up in a search for "MKxx65GSX MKxx76GSX advanced-format" (without quotes), so I assume it has 512 byte sectors.
Is there a problem with cloning from a 512 bytes/sector HDD to an 4KB/sector HDD?