Cloning to an SSD Drive
Using Acronis True Image 2013
Hi - For the last several years I have been backing up to a Passport drive then restoring to a 500GB SATA Hard Drive, so that I have a backed up drive in case of crash.
I would like to purchase a 500 GB SSD and restore my Passport to the SSD. Will Acronis work exactly the same doing the restore to an SSD? Do I just need to purchase an adaptor/cage for the SSD so that it slides into the space of the SATA ?
Allen, in principle the process should be essentially the same with a SSD as it is with your 500GB SATA HDD, and you should be able to get an SSD that would be a direct replacement for the SATA HDD, i.e. if this is a 3.5" drive then a 3.5" SSD. If you get a laptop, 2.5" or 2" SSD then you would need an adapter to use it in a 3.5" drive slot.
Allen, the key thing with any replacement is that it is of the same interface type as your original if you are doing a direct replacement. The Samsung EVO 500GB comes in different formats including SATA and PCIe, plus may also be in different sizes?
Allen, there looks to be plenty of 2.5" to 3.5" caddy adapters available on Amazon. My only SSD's have been 2.5" as they are in a laptop.
In reply to Allen, in principle the… by Steve Smith
That's NOT quite right. Originally, I used TIH-2014 to clone my (dual internal drive) ASUS main SATA HD drive to a new SSD - intent to keep the original internal HD as a "hot standby" backup and changed the boot up to SSD.
Then years later, I wanted to resynch the original HD to all the new files since the first install. Well ... disaster ... even after several CLONING BACK , or even a RECOVERY from an SSD TIH backup. The Hard Drive clone back from the SSD started to uncontrollably FLASH the screen at high speed (maybe 30 times a minute), and even rebooting didn't fix this. This shouldn't be an NVIDIA Video chip problem, since it is the SAME laptop used for the initial clone and also the "reverse cloning".
So, I gave up, and assumed that a Hard Drive cannot be cloned from an SSD.
Now, years later, I discovered that using the MINITOOL free partition fixing software, I could COPY SSD partitions directly to the internal Hard Drive, and the HD had no problems - reboots just fine.
My conclusion is that ACRONIS "drive cloning" CANNOT be trusted to move/copy a working SSD to another drive, especially an HD - even on the SAME system. Need that bug to be fixed.
I am now relying on using MINITOOL to "clone drives" SSD and HD.