cloning my hard drive to an ssd

I have completed a system image and now would like to clone my IDE drive to a 500 GB SSD.  What software would you recommend that I use to do this project?  Also, any advice would also be appreciated.
Richard ChristensenRetired computer technicianAsked:
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I use Casper to clone automatically every day:

I run it every evening in the wee hours (it utilizes the Windows Task Scheduler to schedule jobs) 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. I've also used it many times to clone to a new SSD (many were 500GB). It's not free, but it's reasonably priced and worth every penny:

Two other well-regarded (also non-free) products are Acronis and Macrium:

I used Acronis 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):

DriveImage XML
EaseUS Disk Copy Home
Paragon Backup&Recovery Free

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

Update: I just noticed that you already watched my Casper video. I see that you even asked a question there, and I want to apologize for not responding. The problem is, EE does not notify authors of questions on their videos, so I didn't even know that you asked the question. I only just noticed it because I recently worked with EE to update the Steps at the video. Regards, Joe

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Paragon has a tool specifically built for migrating OS's from conventional disks to SSD's:
I have to agree with Joe. Acronis is by far the best I have ever used (for many years), AND it's super EASY to use too.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
And I have to agree with rindi, Migrate OS to SSD is the simplest and easiest tool for exactly the OS migration to SSD drive.
Just create a system image on a ssd. No need to use anything else. Or do a system restore from an image into ssd disk.
what is the occupied space on your drive?
if it is near 500 Gb - you best use the paragon tool, since it also allows cloning to a smaller drive (don't forget the other partitions too)
Samsung offers cloning software, so if you happen to have a samsung ssd to clone to, you can use the tool that ships with their drive. For other brands, clonezilla has not been mentioned yet which is free and does the job.
Richard ChristensenRetired computer technicianAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help.  Much appreciated.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're very welcome. Happy to help. Good luck with the new SSD! Regards, Joe
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