The process of cloning an internal hard drive onto an external one is pretty well described by online guides but I can't seem to find any info on the opposide. I want to replace my internal ssd with another one(I'm on a laptop so I cant just plug both ssds in the same time). I've cloned it's content to an external hdd and I would like to know if it's possible to copy the external hdd into the one installed. I have thought of installing linux on the new ssd but I'm not sure if I can copy the partitions of the external hdd into the internal while the pc is booted from the internal. Would booting from a usb stick and doing the cloning from there work? I'd appreciate any help.


Cloning software doesnt care which direction it flows. As long as there are valid drives/images at both (or more) ends and there is sufficient space, it will work.

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  • My issue is that the new ssd will be blank and I want it to be a carbon copy of my old ssd. Would cloning from a bootable usb be the sole solution? – Mario Drouga Dec 3 '18 at 22:51
  • @MarioDrouga booting off of USB will work fine. – Keltari Dec 3 '18 at 22:55
  • Thank you for your help! I'll try to see if I can work it out tommorow. – Mario Drouga Dec 3 '18 at 22:56
  • Just to clarify, you'll need 3 discs, the old and new SSDs and a third with an OS (such as CloneZilla Live) which will be booted to make the copy - you won't make a satisfactory copy if you have booted from the disc you are copying. – AFH Dec 3 '18 at 23:17

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