Cloning Solid State to Hybrid

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Has anyone successfully cloned a Solid State Hard drive to a Hybrid Hard drive?  If so, what tool did you use? Did you run into any difficulties?  The SSD is much smaller than the new SSHD so we don't have that complication.
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noxchoIT Product Manager
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Use Migrate OS to SSD from Paragon. Though it says - Migrate OS to SSD - it works perfectly for cloning to any other drive as well.
Yes, plenty of times.  I prefer Easeus Todo Backup.  I also have a dual disk dock that does cloning as well.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Has anyone successfully cloned a Solid State Hard drive to a Hybrid Hard drive?
Yes — in fact, daily! Every evening in the wee hours (via the Windows Task Scheduler to schedule the jobs), I clone the drives of several machines (a mix of HDD, SSD, and hybrid). One of the clones is going from a 1TB Crucial MX-300 SSD to a 1TB Seagate ST1000LM014 SSHD (SSD-HDD hybrid).
If so, what tool did you use?
I use Casper to clone:
http://www.fssdev.com/products/casper/

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. Here's a 5-minute EE video Micro Tutorial, Cloning a Hard Drive with Casper, showing how to use it:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/videos/210/
Did you run into any difficulties?
No. I've never had any problems cloning with Casper since I switched to it several years ago (after running into some restore problems with Acronis, which I used before Casper).
The SSD is much smaller than the new SSHD so we don't have that complication.
Even if that weren't the case, Casper 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.

Casper is 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. Regards, Joe
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Thank you for the suggestions!  My company will lean towards free so I will try EaseUs first, I've used some of their utilities in the past, I was just worried about SSD to SSHD and what the ramifications of the different media types might be to cloning.  The cloning is scheduled for Monday, I'll report back with how it goes! :)
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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My company will lean towards free
In that case, 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):

AOMEI Backupper Standard FREE
Clonezilla
DriveImage XML
EaseUS Disk Copy Home
Paragon Backup&Recovery Free

Also, some of the free ones may not be able to clone to a different size drive — you'll need to check the specs for each, as I haven't tried any of them myself, because, as I mentioned in my first post, I do all of my cloning now with Casper.

One other thing — you didn't mention your version(s) of Windows, so you'll need to check the specs on each piece of software to make sure that it supports your version(s) of Windows — Windows 10 may be problematic for some (but I know that Casper 10 supports W10). Regards, Joe

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I completed the clone yesterday using free utilities, EaseUs ToDo Backup for the clone, then EaseUs Partition Master to re-partition the new drive to use all the available space.  It went smoothly and the user now has his system back with his new 1 TB Hybrid HD.  Thank you all!!
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Most Valuable Expert 2018

Commented:
That's great news! Thanks for posting your results. When we recommend products to folks, it's always helpful to get feedback on what does and doesn't work. Regards, Joe

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