Post by Paul in Houston TX
Ok, same basic question as previous one about NVMe Pcie ssd to hdd and back
except this drive is a basic SSD for one of the company laptops.
Can I clone the HDD to SATA SSD, then swap drives and boot from the SSD?
Can I clone the SSD to HDD, then swap drives and boot from the HDD?
Any tips or caveats? Lenovo T-420. SSD will be Samsung 860 EVO, 500gb.
The HDD will be used as a backup drive in case something goes wrong
with the SSD. I need to be able to swap drives and get the laptop
up and running in just a few min.
Well, it's Windows 7, so the partitions are already
aligned to 1MB by default. That makes for efficient
operation of the SSD. And you can clone back and
forth no problem - you just need two SATA ports,
or a SATA port for one, a USB to SATA for the other perhaps.
When Macrium makes clones, it changes the disk identifiers,
to reduce the risk of crazy stuff happening if both
disks are connected. The Emergency Boot CD that
Macrium makes, also has a Boot Repair if there is
trouble with booting. The Boot Repair can make minor
adjustments to the BCD file for you.