• hdd to larger sdd

    From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to All on Sun Jan 8 13:35:00 2023
    My new Crucial MX500 1TB 3D NAND SDD 2.5" drive should arrive
    by Thursday.

    In the past, I have generally either cloned a same-size hdd to
    another hdd or used images.

    But what is the procedure y'all would recommend for cloning an
    HDD that has two partions (C and H) to a larger SSD?

    The original system is XP.

    I'm reading that perhaps Macrium Reflect 8 could do it.

    Another product called AOMEI claims to do the same, but
    expanding a partition requires a pay version of the program.
    But it sounds to be the easiest to use.

    But there are caveats in both wrt to "bootable" partitions.

    What experiences have y'all had doing this? And what tools
    have you used for cloning an XP OS?

    I'm somewhat familiar with some linux rescue disk software that
    I could probably use for prepping the destination SSD prior to
    the cloning. But I would rather like to stick to one tool that
    can do all necessary steps.


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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to All on Sun Jan 8 13:39:00 2023
    My new Crucial MX500 1TB 3D NAND SDD 2.5" drive should arrive
    by Thursday.

    Ooops. I meant that my SATA/USB cable will arrive on Thursday.
    Then, I'll be able to begin the cloning process.


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  • From Mewcenary@VERT/EXTRICAT to Ogg on Mon Jan 9 09:15:00 2023
    Re: hdd to larger sdd
    By: Ogg to All on Sun Jan 08 2023 01:35 pm

    But what is the procedure y'all would recommend for cloning an
    HDD that has two partions (C and H) to a larger SSD?

    The original system is XP.

    I'm reading that perhaps Macrium Reflect 8 could do it.

    I recently cloned my Windows 11 boot SSD to a larger one. I used Macrium Reflect 8 and it did the job perfectly, so I can certainly recommend it.

    It doesn't extend the partitions in the process... but you can resize after the cloning to take advantage of the larger space.

    HOWEVER, I ran into a gotcha here... as the way the partitions were originally structured meant that the C: partition was blocked from being extended, due to other partitions being in the way...

    I used GNU Parted (which you can boot from on USB) to do the final piece of the puzzle: Moving partitions around to make best use of space, and then growing. This also worked first time with no issues.

    The only problem I had is any games installed using Xbox Live: These did not survive the process due to the STUPID way that Windows references these games (via a unique drive identifier, instead of C:, D: etc)... so Windows could no longer find them despite the files all being on the disk still! A re-install of the games fixed this, so just annoying in the end.

    HTH,

    Mewcenary.
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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Ogg on Mon Jan 9 10:30:53 2023
    Re: hdd to larger sdd
    By: Ogg to All on Sun Jan 08 2023 01:35 pm

    My new Crucial MX500 1TB 3D NAND SDD 2.5" drive should arrive
    by Thursday.

    In the past, I have generally either cloned a same-size hdd to
    another hdd or used images.

    I'm reading that perhaps Macrium Reflect 8 could do it.

    What experiences have y'all had doing this? And what tools
    have you used for cloning an XP OS?

    I've used Macrium Reflect in the past, and it seemed to work fairly well. I've also used CloneZilla (an open-source tool based on Linux), which tends to be what I use more often these days.

    Nightfox

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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to Mewcenary on Mon Jan 9 14:00:00 2023
    Hello Mewcenary!

    I recently cloned my Windows 11 boot SSD to a larger one.
    I used Macrium Reflect 8 and it did the job perfectly...

    It doesn't extend the partitions in the process... but you
    can resize after the cloning to take advantage of the
    larger space.

    That's the plan, to resize AFTER.


    HOWEVER, I ran into a gotcha here... as the way the
    partitions were originally structured meant that the C:
    partition was blocked from being extended, due to other
    partitions being in the way...

    I figure that I will clone each partition separately.

    [1] Clone C (mbr, boot)
    [2] Resize C
    [3] Clone H
    [4] Resize H

    I used GNU Parted (which you can boot from on USB) to do
    the final piece of the puzzle: Moving partitions around to
    make best use of space, and then growing. This also worked
    first time with no issues.

    I have played with GNU Parted in the past and remember how
    versatile it was.


    The only problem I had is any games installed using Xbox
    Live: These did not survive the process due to the STUPID
    way that Windows references these games (via a unique drive
    identifier, instead of C:, D: etc)... so Windows could no
    longer find them despite the files all being on the disk
    still! A re-install of the games fixed this, so just
    annoying in the end.

    Ah.. so those games made references to drive letters created
    with ASSIGN or SUBST?
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  • From Mewcenary@VERT/EXTRICAT to Ogg on Tue Jan 10 14:27:32 2023
    Re: hdd to larger sdd
    By: Ogg to Mewcenary on Mon Jan 09 2023 02:00 pm

    Ah.. so those games made references to drive letters created
    with ASSIGN or SUBST?


    I'm not completely sure. Here's how a game's desktop shortcut looks:

    Microsoft.MinecraftUWP_8wek3894!App

    So a lot different to the drive letter approach I am used to!

    To be clear, it was only Xbox Live games that were 'lost' after the cloning. All other games worked just as before.

    Mewcenary.
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