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I need to clone and existing Sata HDD to a new SSD drive, whats the best and easiest program?
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016 earned 500 total points
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I've used Casper to clone many HDDs to SSDs:
http://www.fssdev.com/products/casper/

It works on W7, W8, and W8.1, all in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions. 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. It's not free, but it's reasonably priced and worth every penny.

Another well-regarded (also non-free) product is Acronis:
http://www.acronis.com/

I used it previously, but now prefer Casper.

If you're looking for something that is free, I've heard good things here at EE about these (some may be free only for non-commercial use — check the licensing terms for each):

http://clonezilla.org/
http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm
http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/

Also, some SSD manufacturers include free cloning software with the purchase of the SSD.

But I haven't tried them as I do all of my cloning now with Casper. Here's a 5-minute EE video Micro Tutorial, Cloning a Hard Drive with Casper, showing how to do it. 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. Regards, Joe
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by:Andrew Fair
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Thanks Joe!

A great and thorough answer. I chose Acronis
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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You're welcome. Acronis is an excellent product and I'm sure it will work fine for you. Btw, if your new SSD is a Samsung 840 EVO or 840 EVO mSATA, it's important to read this article:

How to fix read performance on Samsung SSD 840 EVO and 840 EVO mSATA

Regards, Joe
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