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If I clone my HDD OS partition to SSD, can i still use both drives?

My OS is a single boot to Windows 7 Professional 32-bit.

My original HDD (platter) has 2 or 3 partitions, but i am just going to clone the OS partition (~100GB).

My SSD is 240 GB Intel 530.

After cloning the OS partition using EaseUS Todo Backup Free to the SSD, and change the boot order in the BIOS to point to the new SSD; can I still use and see the old HHD drive in Windows?

Thank you.
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YES. If the clone is done properly then you can use both drives and just change the boot order in BIOS. I never worked with EaseUS Todo Backup but I know Acronis it does a great job.
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by:NKOWA
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The reason why i'm going with EaseUS Backup, is because, it can clone single partitions and align SSD.

Which Acronis products can clone single partitions?
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For cloning you can use Acronis True Image 2014 (http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/trueimage/)
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Acronis is great for cloning entire drives, but it doesn't clone single partitions:

(!) Acronis True Image 2014 does not allow to clone a single partition, only cloning of an entire disk is possible.

http://kb.acronis.com/content/44741
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best use the migrate OS to ssd tool from Paragon:  http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/migrate-OS-to-SSD/

**you don't need to clone a partiition; only a disk drive
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On first reboot, disconnect the source drive. Otherwise, you could run into problems with drive letters. Connect it after logon.
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by:NKOWA
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Thanks to all for helping me.

I cloned my platter HDD to SSD with Acronis True Image Premium 2014 Boot CD, and I had to use TRIM function under Acronis Utilities.

Thanks again!

FYI: Intel 530 SSD 240GB $169
http://www.microcenter.com/product/418182/530_Series_SSDSC2BW240A4K5_240GB_SATA_60Gb-s_25_Internal_Solid_State_Drive_(SSD)
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Thank you!
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