Question best (free) disk cloning software?

Homerboy

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going to a friends business tonight to replace his boot drive with a larger capacity SSD. It's been quite some time since I've done a disk clone (let alone on a boot drive). What's the recommended software nowadays? Ideally free/trial of course :)
Thanks!
 

DAPUNISHER

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Macrium Reflect has been my go to for years. Free and easy to use. Remember to expand the C: partition since you are going to a larger drive.
 

Tech Junky

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expand the C:
or shrink it and add a 2nd partition for storage. I set my W partition at 100GB during setup for a couple of reasons like my typical all in use isn't near that number and there are security risks with larger partitions with a shadow process.

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On the linux side though I shrink the EFI to 50MB as it's the bare minimum. The / just set for the rest of the disk but, could confine it to a whole lot less than W.

nvme0n1 259:0 0 931.5G 0 disk
├─nvme0n1p1 259:1 0 49M 0 part /boot/efi
└─nvme0n1p2 259:2 0 931.5G 0 part /
 

mindless1

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Many SSD brands come with disk cloning software, like Acronis Trueimage or NTI Echo , and work as long as that brand of drive is connected.

When I write "come with", I really mean you qualify for a license, some of them you download from the SSD manufacturer's website and are given an install key when you register, while others only detect if that brand of SSD is installed to validate the install.
 

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