Cloning Win 7 to a second larger drive

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  1. Posts : 170
    Win 7 dual boot with win 10
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    Cloning Win 7 to a second larger drive


    I have 240 gig SSD boot drive and I want to clone the OS to newer 500 gig SSD boot drive. I am going to use Macrium Reflect.

    1) How should I format the 500gig before hand?
    2) Is there a link for the steps I need to use? I want to think it is simple, but I am sure there are some steps I need to consider first.
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  2. Posts : 3,655
    win 8 32 bit
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    You dont need to format the new drive as it will be done on clone
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  3. Posts : 227
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bits
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    Someone can correct me if the following is not necessary with Macrium Reflect...check the following after the clone is finished.

    If the clone drive is larger than original drive that you replaced, then you’ll need to use the Disk Management to expand the volume to make the available additional space usable.
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  4. Posts : 170
    Win 7 dual boot with win 10
    Thread Starter
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    MisterEd,
    Thanks for the info, is this true?
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  5. Posts : 227
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bits
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    netrate said:
    MisterEd,
    Thanks for the info, is this true?
    I use a paid program called Acronis True Image. I just replaced the two 512GB SSDs in my laptop with 1TB SSDs. When I cloned the two SSDs the result was each new SSD having their size automatically expanded to 1TB.

    I don't know about Macrium Reflect because I haven't used it to clone drives. I know that some programs automatically resize the drive while some don't. It really is no big deal since all you have to do is check This PC to see if the clone has the same size as the original. If the clone's size has not been resized then just open Disk Management and use its tools to extend the size to use all available space.

    If the drive clone was not extended to fill the whole available space it will be obvious if you look in Disk Management.

    1. Here is an example of a 240GB drive that was not extended to fill the whole available space.

    2. Right-click on existing 240GB partition and select Extend Volume.

    3. Click Next

    4. The default is to extend to use all available space. To do this click Next.

    5. The result is the original 240GB partition is now using the full capacity of the 500GB drive.
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    Last edited by MisterEd; 27 Dec 2022 at 16:28.
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  6. Posts : 3,655
    win 8 32 bit
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    What make is the SSD as samsung has a clone software free and its better than MR many other disk makers offer free cloning software
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  7. Posts : 36
    Win7 Pro 64/Win10 Pro 64
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    samuria said:
    What make is the SSD as samsung has a clone software free and its better than MR many other disk makers offer free cloning software
    Yeah I'm gonna disagree here. Macrium Reflect Free is pretty useful for Cloning.
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  8. Posts : 170
    Win 7 dual boot with win 10
    Thread Starter
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    It is a Samsung 500gig EVO 60

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    I cloned the 240 gig drive to the 500 today and this is what happened:

    240 gigs was cloned and it automatically partitioned the rest of the drive to cover the remaining gig's. That isn't what I wanted to happen. I wanted to have the 240 cloned and the rest of the drive left as storage without the partition. Was there a selection I missed when Cloning that I and I should try again?
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  9. Posts : 15,682
    7 X64
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    post a screenshot of diskmgmt window. You might be able to reorganize easily.
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  10. Posts : 170
    Win 7 dual boot with win 10
    Thread Starter
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    Here is the screenshot. I can redo the cloning if necessary
    disk-management-7-10 — ImgBB
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