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I have a 500 GB hard disk with used space is 50GB. when I want to use clone station to clone to a SSD 128GB. It cannot be done. because the disk size not the same. Is any brand clone station can do this or any other way can do. My system cannot use back up recovery fuction. The dell recovery always fail.  Computer brand Dell opticplex780. window 7 32 bit
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by:Chris Millard
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Your other problem is that you are cloning to SSD - you should look at something such as Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite which helps you to migrate to SSD:-

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/hdm-personal/
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Use Paragon's "Migrate to SSD" utility. It is the perfect tool for this:

http://www.paragon-software.com/products/home/
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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Hi kianhow,

I use Casper for cloning:
http://www.fssdev.com/products/casper/

I run it every evening in the wee hours on several machines to clone the hard drives (a mix of HDD, SSD, and hybrid). It has an intelligent cloning mechanism so that it copies only the necessary tracks. The first run takes a while, but after that, it's extremely fast. It can clone to the same size drive or to a larger one or even to a smaller one, as long as there is enough space on the smaller one to house the used (non-free) space from the larger one. So it will work fine in your case, since your used space is just 50GB and the SSD you're cloning to is 128GB. It's not free, but it's reasonably priced and worth every penny. As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with this company and no financial interest in it whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer.

Btw, if your SSD is a Crucial m4, I suggest that you read my article here at EE called "Computer Unresponsive - Crucial m4 SSD is the Culprit" (the quick bottom line on the article is that you need to upgrade the firmware). Regards, Joe
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