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Best Freeware Utility To Clone HDD To SSD

After using SSD on one of my PC and missing the blazingly fast speeds of it on my Apple Mac computer, I finally decided to get the iMac upgraded to SSD. To get data migrated from the old iMac Disk to my new Samsung EVO 850 SSD, I connected both to my other system running Windows 10. I installed and tried 3 popular data migration utilities on the Windows 10 PC which claimed to get the HDD to SSD migration job done, but all of them failed to recognise and clone the HFS+ (Mac OS X Partition) from the Bootcamped dual-boot configured iMac HDD.

Luckily, my memory served me on time and I went ahead using excellent, free "HDD Raw Copy Tool" utility for Windows to get the old HDD disk cloned as an exact one-to-one copy without any partition issue. We have used the same tool earlier to make compressed backup copies of Raspberry Pi SD-Card.

Free HDD To SSD One-To-One Exact Clone

Clonezilla - Open-Source Alternative To Symantec Ghost Corporate With Unicasting And MultiCasting Support

CloneZilla HDD cloner We have written about DriveImage XML and Seagate DiskWizard as free alternatives to commercial hard-disk cloning software's like Norton Ghost and Acronis True Image, but both of them lack support for multicasting cloning (cloning many computers in a network simultaneously) as provided by Norton Ghost Corporate, so here it is not only free, but a open source solution for your unicast and multicast cloning needs - "CloneZilla" is based on DRBL (Diskless Remote Boot in Linux providing systemless environment for client machines), Partition Image, ntfsclone, and udpcast, allowing you to do bare metal backup and recovery with ease.

CloneZilla Cloning

CloneZilla supports ext2, ext3, reiserfs, xfs, jfs, FAT and NTFS filesystems, providing you freedom to clone GNU/Linux or MS windows. For unsupported file system, sector-to-sector copy is also supported by Clonezilla.

Two types of Clonezilla are available, Clonezilla live and Clonezilla server edition. Clonezilla live is suitable for single machine backup and restore. While Clonezilla server edition is for massive deployment, it can clone many (40 plus!) computers simultaneously. Clonezilla saves and restores only used blocks in the harddisk. This increases the clone efficiency. At the NCHC's Classroom C, Clonezilla server edition was used to clone 41 computers simultaneously. It took only about 10 minutes to clone a 5.6 GBytes system image to all 41 computers via multicasting!

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