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Windows 7: Best way to clone a standard (mechanical) drive to an SSD

19 Mar 2013   #1
Mr Davo

Windows 7 (XP, by Virtualization)
Best way to clone a standard (mechanical) drive to an SSD

Hi Everyone,

I am running a Windows 7 desktop computer and I would like to replace the standard (mechanical) hard drive with a Solid State Drive. I am not interested in reinstalling Windows, Drivers, Software & data - instead I want to "clone" my existing drive.

I do have a little experience in this area when using standard drives. Previously I have used the xxclone program, however it can't copy certain low level hard drive identifiers and I have experienced problems with Windows Updates after swapping drives (usually these come in the form of an update asking for a non-existent "Microsoft Installer" (.msi) file).

I have heard that a Norton Ghost disk can be used to clone hard drives. If so are there any known issues, such as problems with Windows Updates, that are known to be a challenge?

Any advice on best practises and / or techniques for drive cloning (particularly when going from mechanical to Solid State) will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,


My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Mar 2013   #2

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

This does it
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
Note the Paragon migration tool for $20 if you want things very simple.
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