The boot drive of my main PC has been a 128 Gigabyte Crucial m4 Solid State Drive for a long time. While that worked out well up until now, I always had to fight bloat on the drive to prevent it from being filled to the brim and slowing down the computer as a whole in the process.
Windows updates, Chrome downloads, software installations or the creation of DVDs are just some of the events that had an impact on the drive’s free storage space. While I managed to slim down the drive every time it hit the magical 15 Gigabyte mark of free space, it meant that I had to monitor the drive constantly to make sure I did not miss events that filled it.
I made the decision to get a larger drive. A Solid State Drive of course because it improves loading time significantly. The Crucial BX100 250 Gigabyte SSD was just what I needed.
Since I did not want to set up the system anew, the decision was made to clone the current drive instead so that I could replace it with the new one.
There are plenty of programs that let you clone drives but when you run some of them, you will notice huge differences in handling and usability.
For instance, some programs clone a hard drive while Windows is running while others require that you reboot the computer to perform the operation before Windows starts.
What you need
First thing you need to do is connect both hard drives to the computer. Make sure you have enough a spare power connector and SATA data cable as you need those to connect the new hard drive.
If you don’t, you may use existing cables instead, for instance by disconnecting an optical drive temporarily (works only if you don’t plan to use the old drive as well).
Install and run Macrium Reflect afterwards.
One easy way to check that the operation completed successfully is to restart the PC and change the boot order in BIOS/UEFI. Select the new drive as the first boot device and check if Windows loads fine. If that is the case you may disconnect the old drive or use it for storage purposes.
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