Ok, I want to do a "paranoid" migration from a a HDD to a SSD. There will be no shrinking involved.
For the moment this is what I know/have:
1) Connect SSD and create an 1MB aligned partition, at least the size of the C: from the HDD
2) Clone C: to SSD using Easeus DiskCopy in DOS mode
3) Use a small linux distro and byte-compare source and clone: cmp /dev/sda1 /dev/sdb1 just to make sure that everything is perfectly copied. (I've personally encountered a situation where Macrium Reflect Free did not clone byte perfect, after comparing manually the files.)
now here comes the part which I don't know:
4) make the new cloned partition bootable, since the alignment was changed. How? I've seen these, but not sure:
bootrec /fixboot bootrec /fixmbr bcdboot c:\windows
5) Change the disk ID, so there will be no collisions in case you connect both the HDD and the SSD at the same time
6) Are there other things to consider?
I'm aiming to make this as safe and as reliable as possible, so any advice is welcome.