Clone/Image HDD To SDD With No Adapter Cable

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  1. tobacco

    tobacco Frequent Poster

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    Hello

    So, my sister finally ordered a new Samsung SDD to replace the slow HDD in her All-In-One computer which i was to begin today. Problem is i was going to go with a fresh install of Windows 10 via USB Drive but she doesn't want to put any effort into it so wants it Cloned. Neither of us have one of those adapter cables to hook up to the SSD and the All-In-One only holds one drive. HDD is 1TB but only about 150GB of used space and going to Samsung 500GB SSD.

    She has an older, powered external drive. Can i use Macrium Free to image her HDD to the External HDD and then apply the image to the SDD? Any help would be wonderful. Thank You!
     
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    Yes, Macrium Reflect FREE will do as you describe...
     
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    Shows support for 850 EVO series but not the 860 series. Still work?

    Edit: Just saw you need an adapter cable which i don't have.
     
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    So image is done. I see i have to use the rescue tool but not sure it's going to work having both a rescue usb and usb hard drive plugged in with the image.
     
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    As long as you're able to connect both the original HDD and the target SSD internally to power and data, no external adapter cable is needed to allow you to run Samsung's data migration software to clone the HDD.
     
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    No power except when plugged in internally.
     
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    As long as the Recovery Media and external image holding drive are not on some sort of USB hub together, it should work just fine. Just use separate USB laptop ports (if using a laptop).
     
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    Yes - you were correct. Amazing Software!

    After taking the image and storing it on her old powered external drive, i then began the process of swapping out the old drive for the new SSD but ran into a snag. Could not believe this all-in-one actually had a Beefy 3.5 inch HDD which meant the SSD was not going to fit the HD Tray :rolleyes:

    Picked up a cheap, generic adapter tray the following day which of course i had to fidget with to fit and secure properly :rolleyes: but now i was FINALLY ready to proceed :thumb:

    And Macrium didn't disappoint despite having another usb device plugged in. The only issue i had which i figured out myself through trial and error was the "lack of enough disk space error" when dragging the partitions into the new destination drive. You need to drag the largest partition last or it'll throw that error.

    Restoring the image took quite long but it booted right up after completion and i rebooted several more times to make sure there were no issues.

    So there you have it folks - No adapter cable needed! Thanks All!
     
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