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How to best replace my laptop HD with a solid-state drive

by tbyassee / July 2, 2013 11:02 PM PDT

Can anyone suggest a utility or procedure to image my laptop HD onto a solid state drive? Are there any "gotchas" that AI need to look-out for?

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Re: copying disk
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 4, 2013 6:52 PM PDT

If the SSD doesn't come with 'imaging' software to copy it, you can use a program like Clonezilla (free) to do that copy. will tell you much more, including other programs to do that 'cloning'.


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 5, 2013 1:14 AM PDT

1. Older OS? Such as XP = don't do it. There are thousands of discussions why.
2. The host PC may be too old to boot or have odd SSD issues. Be sure you've heard of a success if your PC is over 5 years old.


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