I have a corporate laptop with a slow 5400 rpm C: drive, and I want to clone the drive to an SSD drive to improve performance on the laptop. The plan is to replace the original drive with the new SSD inside the laptop. However the original drive is encrypted using McAfee Endpoint Encryption 6.1. So I need to do a raw partition copy (bit-by-bit) of the encrypted partition(s) for any hope of this to work.
The operating system is Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit. I have access to the laptop, meaning I can boot inside the Windows 7 OS, log into Windows as a user, and even install software. However I am not capable of decrypting the drive.
These are the stats on the source drive (spinning) and the new target drive (ssd).
Original Source Drive (spinning 5400 rpm drive): Physical Size: 300 GB Partition 1: 100 MB Partition 2: 102 GB (encrypted using McAfee) Empty space: 197 GB New Target Drive (OCZ Agility 3 SSD): Physical Size: 240 GB Empty Space: 240 GB
I tried booting from a recovery CD using Macrium Reflect version 5.0 to do a "Forensic Copy" of the encrypted partition, but the clone failed with no error explanation. The smaller partition 1 worked fine and cloned successfully since the smaller partition 1 is not encrypted, but the encrypted partition did not work. This product support thread said it should work, but I get the message
clone failed when I try.
Is there another product which is more likely to be successful at cloning these partitions to the SSD? Is cloning an encrypted partition a bad idea, and should I simply avoid doing this? Has anyone successfully cloned a Win 7 partition which is encrypted with McAfee Endpoint Encryption v6.1?