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Recommendation for free drive cloning software. Need to replace / upgrade to larger hard drive. Thanks
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Macrium Reflect Free v7
Macrium Reflect Free v7  •RRP: Free

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Like EaseUS below, Macrium isn’t specifically a cloning utility, but it does offer good cloning features even in the free version.

The interface is clean and modern and the wizard takes you through each step in Windows so you can choose exactly which partitions from the old disk you want to copy to the new one.

If your new drive is smaller than the old one, it’s still possible to clone it with Macrium as long as there’s enough space on the new one to store the amount of data on the old one.

By default, Reflect will use ‘Intelligent Sector Copy’ which essentially means it won’t copy blank space to the new drive. It also supports SSD TRIM and offers the option for a ‘forensic sector copy’ which forces it to copy every single sector to the new drive.

For a free product, Macrium is one of the best around.



EaseUS Todo Backup Free
EaseUS Todo Backup Free  •RRP: Free

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Although it’s primarily backup software, Todo Backup Free also includes a drive cloning feature. Given that it’s free, you’d expect it to be compromised, but that’s not really the case.

EaseUS supports Windows from XP up to Windows 10, UEFI boot, hardware RAID and all types of hard disks and SSDs.

There is one limitation: it won’t automatically clone a larger disk to a smaller one. That’s a feature that you’ll find in Partition Master Pro – EaseUS’ own tutorial suggests it’s possible in the free version of Partition Master, but it isn’t.



Clonezilla
Clonezilla  •RRP: Free

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Clonezilla has been around for a very long time, and differs from other cloning software here in that you must create a bootable USB drive in order to use it: it doesn’t run in Windows, so requires you to jump through a few extra hoops.

It does support BIOS and UEFI, and both MBR and GPT types of partition formats.

As with EaseUS, you can’t clone to a smaller-capacity drive than the source, so if you’re trying to migrate a Windows drive to your new SSD which has a smaller capacity, Clonezilla isn’t going to work for you.


Taken from here:
https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/feature/software/best-drive-cloning-software-3675401/

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Your recommendations are right on point. Thanks

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