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.