Migrate Data from HDD with 2 Partitions To SSD - Clone vs. Image ?

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  1. frank7

    frank7 Registered Member

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    I am wondering what method I should use for migrating data.

    This is from a HDD with 500GB and two partitions, C for the OS, Windows 7, and D for all user data, to a SSD, Samsung 850 EVO Basic 500GB.

    The SSD is untouched and shows up in Macrium Reflect for cloning or imaging.

    I could make an image to an external HDD and restore that to the SSD without formatting or partitioning the SSD, right?

    Or would it be better to simply clone the HDD to the SSD, this also without formatting or partitioning the SSD?

    What is the better or rather wiser method or approach to follow in this case?

    Is Macrium Reflect the only solution here or do you advise to use something else?

    The Samsung Data Migration was not of much help since there is no option to really clone the current disk and its partitions to the SSD.

    (Thought they would have put more effort into picking the right software for this job, after all this is Samsung and not some cornerstone IT repair shop. It is too much to ask for a clone option inside the Samsung Data Migration tool? Is cloning such a difficult task that Samsung cannot afford to use software that does this job smoothly?)
     
  2. TheRollbackFrog

    TheRollbackFrog Registered Member

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    Imaging is usually the best approach. Reflect can restore your HDD image easily to your new SSD... just make sure during the restore operation... once you've dragged your SOURCE image to your DESTINATION SSD, use the "Restored Partition Properties" LINK and be sure the "Alignment" option is set to "Vista/7/SSD (1mB)" option. This is also the window where you would change your partition sizes if you wish.
     
  3. frank7

    frank7 Registered Member

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    Worked like a charm with imaging. Thank you.
     
  4. TheRollbackFrog

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    You're very welcome!
     
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