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PartedMagic UPDATE: since circa 2014, PartedMagic is no longer free to download, although still technically FOSS (in the sense that you can build it from source). PartedMagic is a free (FOSS actually) Linux-based tool that can perform almost any operations with disk drives, including copying, resizing and moving partitions. It can be booted from CD, USB ...


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Clonezilla clonezilla is a free Linux based tool made for hard disk backups.


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64k seems to be a good pick: Results: no bs= 78s 144584+0 records bs=512 78s 144584+0 records bs=1k 38s 72292+0 records bs=2k 38s 36146+0 records bs=4k 38s 18073+0 records bs=5k 39s 14458+1 records bs=50k 38s 1445+1 records bs=500k 39s 144+1 records ...


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Windows 7 actually behaves differently when it is installed on an SSD: When a solid state drive is present, Windows 7 will disable disk defragmentation, Superfetch, ReadyBoost, as well as boot and application launch prefetching. http://www.tomshardware.com/news/windows-solid-state-drives-ssd,7717.html I'm not sure if all this will be done ...


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Nope. By definition, cloning is making an exact copy. So if you're really cloning, reinstallation of the OS and programs should not be necessary. See Wikipedia on disk cloning.


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dd will happily copy using the BS of whatever you want, and will copy a partial block (at the end). Basically, the block size (bs) parameter seems to set the amount of memory thats used to read in a lump from one disk before trying to write that lump to the other. If you have lots of RAM, then making the BS large (but entirely contained in RAM) means that ...


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Paragon Backup & Recovery Paragon Backup & Recovery 2011 (Advanced) Free has "Restore with Shrink" to restore a backup image into a smaller disk, taking into account only the amount of actual data of the image. That means that the amount of used space on the HDD be smaller than the full size of the SSD, with a few gigabytes still left free as a ...


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After cloning partitions containing Windows operating systems, it is necessary to fix up the boot configuration data if the cloned partitions are not in exactly the same position on the cloned disc as they are on the original. The Windows boot mechanism, since Windows Vista, stores its configuration as "Boot Configuration Data" (BCD) and this refers to ...


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There is. Go back to the place where you cloned the MAC address and restore the default. Some background: A MAC address is a unique identifier. Much like a serial number it is set by the manufacturer. When identifying a piece of a local network this unique 48 bits value will be used. You just cloned (copied) it and it is no longer unique, thus breaking ...


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Don't forget to check with your SSD vendor. Both Intel and Western Digital (and probably most name brand SSDs) offer free, limited versions of Acronis software (or similar). Search for "Intel data migration software" and you'll find the Intel page with the free download. The catch is that this software will only work with an Intel SSD connected to the PC, ...


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I have used CloneZilla with great success many many times. Not newbie friendly but very powerful and very useful, either copies from one drive to another, or image one disk then restore to another.


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You can directly create an image with VBoxManage convertfromraw. First unmount the device, then: VBoxManage convertfromraw /dev/sda MyImage.vdi --format VDI Replace /dev/sda with whatever disk or partition you want to clone. You may need to do this as root to gain access to the device. If so, then you should change ownership of the finished image.


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For Linux this depends upon the cloning software and OS used (Ubuntu in your case), but any static settings relating to network interfaces is a big one. IPs and (sometimes) hardware addresses will be stored in text files in the event of static addressing which you will have to change. In Red Hat-based distros there is a tool called sys-unconfig which will ...


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I successfully upgraded my laptop drive to an SSD. It’s much faster now. Instructions: Make sure you get an SSD that is bigger than your HD. I bought the Intel 520 SSD 240GB for about $250. Back up your laptop just in case. In Control Panel, open the Bitlocker Driver Encryption applet, go to Tools and print out the Bitlocker Recovery key (about 48 ...


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Clonezilla works great for me.


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As long as the size of your current actual data is less than the size of the new SSD, and your cloning software lets you resize (most do, even downsize), you will have no problems. If not, you can use a partition manager software to downsize first, then clone it. http://clonezilla.org/downloads.php http://www.partition-tool.com/download.htm


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With HTTrack you can have it uses a cookies.txt file when downloading. I've used it to successfully mirror a moodle site.


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Use a backup solution which can do bare metal bit-for-bit backups of the entire disk. Clonezilla is fully capable of this and would be my first choice.


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You could use something like Gparted to resize the partition on the 500GB drive to a size that will fit on the SDD and then copy the partition from one drive to the other.


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I would: resize the filesystem in-place with something like resize2fs -p /dev/<device_name_fs_is_on> 20G It will undoubtedly refuse to run first time, suggesting that you run fsck first. You can force it to run, but the fsck operation is strongly recommended as trying to resize a filesystem with errors (even minor ones) could lead to disaster. Rerun ...


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Windows Sysinternals Disk2vhd can clone live Windows systems to a VHD file. Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk - Microsoft's Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that ...


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If you have to re-activate an installation depends on several factors. Usually this is tied to certain hardware identification parameters (such as the MAC address of the primary network adapter). If too many of these parameters change, a reactivation is required. The Windows website itself has this to offer on the question: Do I need to activate Windows ...


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Virtualization is definitely the answer here. If you want multiple OSes at once, you have to go the virtualization route. It would be very time consuming to have to continually ghost, or even reboot a machine to boot into a new OS. The only drawback I see is machine resources. Get a big machine with lots of memory if you plan on using several virtual ...


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In general, yes, cloning a hard-drive will just work (like all other people already said). On Linux, it will work. No doubt about that. However, I'm not sure about how Windows will behave, because Windows might detect that the hard-drive has changed (by looking at the serial number - which CAN'T be changed by software) and thus might give some trouble. I ...


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If you can plug your new HDD in alongside the old one, you should be able to clone all the partitions from within Ubuntu using dd. Although the article doesn't mention it, the technique should work for any type of partition as it's doing a raw data copy


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Yes, Linux can be configured as a boot server for PXE systems, and it's not hard to imagine a USB-thumb-drive, LiveCD, or PXE environment specially configured to image a hard drive to a network target using stock (or near-stock) tools. You can use PXElinux to configure a basic PXE server. If you have a Linux server handy, you can use that as a base. ...


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Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! would do exactly what you need.


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First, I tried the System Image support in the built-in Windows 7 Backup. There are two modes in Windows 7 Backup -- regular and system image: A system image is an exact copy of a drive. By default, a system image includes the drives required for Windows to run. It also includes Windows and your system settings, programs, and files. You can use a system ...


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Did I understand you correctly, that you want to use the same PC but just change the harddrive? In this case, you shouldn't get "crazy software activation issues". You can simply use a backup software like Acronis TrueImage Acronis True Image Home 2011 assures that all your important data, including photos, videos, music, documents and applications, ...



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