How do I clone my SSD with Windows?
To follow the steps in this step-by-step plan, you'll need the following:
- A laptop or desktop PC
- The free Windows program: Macrium Reflect Free
- A SATA/USB adapter
- A SATA SSD (2.5 inches)
- Time (transfer may take up to 8 hours)
Step 1: make a connection
Before you start transferring, it is important that you first connect the SSD to your computer or laptop. You do this via the SATA/USB adapter. This adapter is equipped with 2 USB cables. One of these is for powering the drive. The other is for data transfer. Plug both cables into the USB ports of your computer. Click the other end onto the drive.
Step 2: select the old SSD
Start the program Macrium Reflect Free. In the main screen of the software, you will see the drives connected to your computer in the top screen. Select your drive by checking the box under the drive icon. Then choose the option Clone this drive at the bottom.
Step 3: select a new hard drive or SSD
A new screen appears. Select the option Select a drive to clone to and choose your new hard drive or SSD.
Step 4: partitions (optional)
You can see that the drives are subdivided into smaller pieces. These are partitions. Partitions organize the drive so that you can use a hard drive as if it consisted of several smaller drives.
Delete any current partitions on the new SSD by selecting it and clicking on Delete existing partition. Next, select the partitions on the source drive and press the Copy selected partitions option. Is your new SSD bigger than the old one? Next, you can make a partition larger by selecting it and pressing * loned Paritition Properties* and adjusting it here. Now, press Ok and then Next. Also press 'Next' if you do not want to do anything with the partitions.
Step 5: start cloning
Press Next again. You now get an overview of the settings. Go through it and press Finish. Choose a name for the backup and press Ok followed by Continue. The cloning process starts. When this process is complete, you can use the new cloned SSD.