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Cloning a Windows 7 HDD

Hello experts - I recently purchased a Dell laptop which has a fast SSD drive but wound up being too small for the user.  I have a larger drive I'm planning to replace it with and need to clone the existing drive then write the data to the new one.  I haven't done this for many years so I'm a bit out of touch with the best way to go about it now.  Since this is a one time affair I'd like to try and find a free tool that will do it.  Also, this laptop does not have an optical drive so I would need something that can boot from a USB thumb drive for the restore.  Please let me know what you think, thanks!
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Thanks guys, I'm giving clonezilla a try now, so far so good.  Casper sounds like a great solution but since I'm only going to use this once I'll file that away for future use.
Sounds good, Dan. Please post back here with your results — it's always nice to hear about real-world experiences. I'm especially curious how it goes for you with the Clonezilla bootable flash drive. Thanks, Joe
I know this is closed now, but here's my 2c...
Paragon's always worked well for me, and I'd normally fit both the old and the new hard disk as slaves to a full PC, and then run Paragon there.  Just saves the need for bootable media, mounting drives externally (which is slower), etc.
Just wanted everyone to know that I used Clonezilla, it worked perfectly.  The user interface is a little kludgy but once you get a handle on how it references drives it goes pretty easily.  After I rebooted I also had to extend the existing partition to allow it to use the additional space.

Thanks to everyone for your tips and suggestions!
Dan,
You're welcome. And thanks to you for taking the time to post your results — very much appreciated! Regards, Joe