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SSD Duplicator -- standalone hardware ?

Posted on 2016-08-08
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All of the equipment we have is OLD, running with no SSDs,
therefore I have a few spare drives ready so I can easily
swap when something goes wrong

The new laptops I have been ordering
in the last few months are only 2.5" SSD
with Windows 10 Pro

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 1. What SSD Duplicator standalone hardware do you
    recommend so I can easily make a BACKUP before
    someone goes on a trip without using backup software,
    just pop out the SSD, put in the standalone Duplicator
    hardware, wait about 30 minutes, and have an exact clone ?

 2. Anything else I need to be away of with SSD duplication ?
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Does it have to be a standalone piece of hardware? I've heard of hard disk duplicators but usually they are for making many copies of a single reference disk (e.g. clone 10-20+ new hard disks all at the same time), and they're usually very expensive.

Instead, you could use something like Macrium Reflect (http://www.macrium.com/).  You can create a WinPE-based rescue CD, and then you boot the laptop up into the Macrium rescue environment and clone the hard disk to a network share on your fileserver.

If you want to make it even more slick, you could have a Windows server running Windows Deployment Services (WDS), which can be used as a PXE Server so that your computers can PXE boot directly into the Macrium Reflect rescue CD without you needing to have a bootable USB / CD on hand.

So then you just take the laptop, plug it in to the network with a cable, turn it on and hit F12 to enter PXE boot, and boot into Macrium Reflect WinPE rescue environment. From there you can quickly clone the SSD and save it on the fileserver for safe keeping.

Now you have a single repository where the SSD clones of the laptops are stored so you can restore later, and you don't need special hardware to do it. As a bonus you don't have to disassemble laptops and yank hard drives out of them (which will cause wear/tear on your computers, and might take longer to booting into a Macrium's rescue environment would take).
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