A few years back, before the advent of SSD technology, people everywhere were clamoring for ways to clone a hard drive to SSD. It was the early 1990’s and the IBM Model M was still the most popular desktop computer there was. People were snapping up every new hard drive that came out as fast as they could. Of course, these drives were generally much slower than today’s SSDs, but they had the advantage of already being installed and operating.
There are two primary methods of cloning a hard drive to ssd: DIY and professional. The DIY method is, obviously, the more common one. It involves connecting the two drives together and then using some sort of software program to clone the drive. The software must be written to the particular model and brand of hard drive that will be cloned – for example, if the hard drive is for a Dell Laptop it has to be written for that specific model.
There are different methods for writing the software. Some programs use FAT partitions. FAT partitions give the disk image extra space to store files before the rest of the hard drive partitions. Other programs use NTFS partitions. These partitions allow the source drive to be accessed via NTFS and the target drive accessed via FAT.
While it may sound easy, many IT professionals advise against cloning a hard drive to an ssd device. The primary reason is the difficulty in physically installing the software on the target drive. If the partition on the primary drive is not aligned correctly or damaged somehow during the cloning process, it will make the cloning process difficult or impossible. In addition, the amount of time spent monitoring the secondary drive for errors will be significantly increased as well.
There is another way to clone a hard drive to SSD. This method does not require the same level of access when installing the software as the primary drive. Instead, the target partition on the secondary drive is opened and the software is copied to the main partition on the primary drive. Once this is done, the entire hard drive is then opened and the operating system is installed on the live data area.
The software installation and the cloning process can be completed in minutes. Before starting the process, the source drive must be powered off. Next, disconnect the monitor from the computer’s power supply. Also disconnect the battery. It is common for someone to be working on something else when this process begins. The monitor should be left on so that someone can keep track of the progress of the copying process.
When the monitor shows activity on the primary drive, the clone drive will be opened. A mirror image of the hard drive is created and then the drive is booted up. The installation process is complete. Once complete, the clone drive will operate just like an original hard drive would.
To learn more about this topic including how to determine if a drive is ready for cloning, log on to the Internet and do research. There is an abundance of information available. Learn about cloning hard drives and the benefits that come with it. Many companies offer free guides and tutorials on the process. Follow these instructions to learn more.
One of the most important steps in learning how to clone a hard drive is determining which side of the drive you are to use for cloning. The left sidebar should display the names of the hard drives as well as their sizes. The right sidebar should have the sizes, speeds, capacities, and so on. If there are multiple drives listed, choose the larger one. Clicking the plus sign symbol will add the drives to the selection.
Now the copy process has begun. The computer will move the hard drives to the location where the mirror image is located. It is important to ensure that the disk is not damaged during this process. After successful copying the partitions on the drives, they will be reassembled and installed on the computer.
If the cloning was successful, the drive will now be connected to the target machine. There will be differences between the two drives. Once installed, the partitions will be backed up and then reinstalled on the target machine. This process can be performed with minimal risk to the operating system, and is very easy to learn.