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Let's sum up the usual method.
1. Have your restore media handy. Create it if need be.
2. Power down, install the new drive.
3. Boot up and use the restore media as instructed and you are done.
Well I've done this twice on my laptop.
I bought a SSD drive with a Kit. The Kit came with a USB drive case and with cloning software. I put the new SSD drive into the drive case and booted with the cloning software. Once it finsihed cloning I took the new drive out of the external enclosure and I removed the old drive with the new one. I did move the old boot drive to the second slot. I since got a bigger SSD drive and I cloned the first SSD on to the new bigger one. I also just recently went from 750 GB on the second drive to 1 TB so I did it again. For some reason when I cloned the secondary drive it made a complete clone and made the partitian 750 eventhough the drive was 1 TB. So I downloaded a free partitian manager application and increaded the partitian size from 750 GB to 1TB (1000gb). I didn't have to do that with the SSD I cloned.
One thing I didn't say is when
I cloned it copied the OS and all installed applications. If you do a system restore you will have to re install your program and backup your data file. Sytem restore will format.