IDE to SSD Boot Clone

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  1. Eddie Wall

    Eddie Wall Guest

    I want to upgrade my 38GB IDE boot drive to a 60GB SSD drive.... a
    complete re-install is not an option.

    Back in the day, Ghost was the ideal option but the description of it
    now does not make it 100% clear that it will actually do that.

    Obviously I would have liked to do it for free but if I have to
    purchase software to do it had anyone any recommendations.

    Any tips to make it a painless as possible would be appreciated.

    Eddie

    "Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any
    more than going to a garage makes you a mechanic."
     
    Eddie Wall, Aug 24, 2010
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  2. Eddie Wall

    Chris Whelan Guest

    On Tue, 24 Aug 2010 17:04:52 +0100, Eddie Wall wrote:

    > I want to upgrade my 38GB IDE boot drive to a 60GB SSD drive.... a
    > complete re-install is not an option.
    >
    > Back in the day, Ghost was the ideal option but the description of it
    > now does not make it 100% clear that it will actually do that.
    >
    > Obviously I would have liked to do it for free but if I have to purchase
    > software to do it had anyone any recommendations.
    >
    > Any tips to make it a painless as possible would be appreciated.
    >
    > Eddie
    >
    > "Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any
    > more than going to a garage makes you a mechanic."


    Acronis True Image:

    http://www.acronis.co.uk/homecomputing/

    There appears to be free trial that has full functionality for 30 days.

    Chris

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    Chris Whelan, Aug 24, 2010
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  3. Eddie Wall

    Conor Guest

    On 24/08/2010 17:04, Eddie Wall wrote:
    > I want to upgrade my 38GB IDE boot drive to a 60GB SSD drive.... a
    > complete re-install is not an option.
    >
    > Back in the day, Ghost was the ideal option but the description of it
    > now does not make it 100% clear that it will actually do that.
    >
    > Obviously I would have liked to do it for free but if I have to
    > purchase software to do it had anyone any recommendations.
    >
    > Any tips to make it a painless as possible would be appreciated.
    >
    > Eddie
    >
    > "Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any
    > more than going to a garage makes you a mechanic."


    Crucial sell their SSD drives with a cloning kit which includes Mac
    software but its for SATA.


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    www.notebooks-r-us.co.uk
     
    Conor, Aug 24, 2010
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  4. Eddie Wall

    Oldish Git Guest

    "Chris Whelan" <> wrote in message
    news:FdTco.11787$B%5.2800@hurricane...
    > On Tue, 24 Aug 2010 17:04:52 +0100, Eddie Wall wrote:
    >
    >> I want to upgrade my 38GB IDE boot drive to a 60GB SSD drive.... a
    >> complete re-install is not an option.
    >>
    >> Back in the day, Ghost was the ideal option but the description of it
    >> now does not make it 100% clear that it will actually do that.
    >>
    >> Obviously I would have liked to do it for free but if I have to purchase
    >> software to do it had anyone any recommendations.
    >>
    >> Any tips to make it a painless as possible would be appreciated.
    >>
    >> Eddie
    >>
    >> "Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any
    >> more than going to a garage makes you a mechanic."

    >
    > Acronis True Image:
    >
    > http://www.acronis.co.uk/homecomputing/
    >
    > There appears to be free trial that has full functionality for 30 days.
    >
    > Chris


    Yep, and is exactly how I did this. The only drawback is some
    extra fiddling is needed *if* you want to align the partition under
    XP but I didn't bother as the performance boost was good enough
    for me without doing that.
    HTH,
    --
    Rob
     
    Oldish Git, Aug 24, 2010
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  5. Eddie Wall

    Raj Kundra Guest

    "jkn" <9.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:...
    Hi Eddie

    On Aug 24, 5:04 pm, Eddie Wall <> wrote:
    > I want to upgrade my 38GB IDE boot drive to a 60GB SSD drive.... a
    > complete re-install is not an option.
    >


    This reminded me - are there any *IDE* SSD drives available in the
    recent crop? I have some IDE laptops where this would be a nice
    upgrade...
    >
    >
    >

    I got one IDE one on shelf somewhere.
    Will get details put here tomorrow.
     
    Raj Kundra, Aug 24, 2010
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  6. Eddie Wall

    DCA Guest

    On 24/08/2010 18:38, Conor wrote:
    > On 24/08/2010 17:04, Eddie Wall wrote:
    >> I want to upgrade my 38GB IDE boot drive to a 60GB SSD drive.... a
    >> complete re-install is not an option.
    >>
    >> Back in the day, Ghost was the ideal option but the description of it
    >> now does not make it 100% clear that it will actually do that.
    >>
    >> Obviously I would have liked to do it for free but if I have to
    >> purchase software to do it had anyone any recommendations.
    >>
    >> Any tips to make it a painless as possible would be appreciated.
    >>
    >> Eddie
    >>
    >> "Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any
    >> more than going to a garage makes you a mechanic."

    >
    > Crucial sell their SSD drives with a cloning kit which includes Mac
    > software but its for SATA.
    >
    >


    I thought they were ALL SATA
     
    DCA, Aug 24, 2010
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  7. On Tue, 24 Aug 2010 17:04:52 +0100, Eddie Wall <> wrote:

    >I want to upgrade my 38GB IDE boot drive to a 60GB SSD drive.... a
    >complete re-install is not an option.


    easy peasy lemon squeezy

    http://clonezilla.org/

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    vic
     
    Victor Meldrew, Aug 24, 2010
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  8. In article <>, Eddie Wall
    <> writes

    >Obviously I would have liked to do it for free but if I have to
    >purchase software to do it had anyone any recommendations.


    Ghost was excellent before Norton got their greasy paws on it.

    I hate to recommend PowerQuest software, but Drive Image has been very
    good to me. It'll clone the disk and resize the partition to fill your
    new SSD in one go.

    Acronis Disk Director is also excellent - I think it featured on one of
    the free-software-of-the-day sites recently.

    Others swear by TrueImage - I haven't used it. Think this also recently
    featured on one of the FSOTD sites.

    These are the free daily download sites I know of, anyone have any to
    add?

    http://dailyfreesoftware.blogspot.com/
    http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/
    http://www.freedownloadaday.com/

    (that last one isn't working for me at the mo)

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    (='.'=)
    (")_(")
     
    Mike Tomlinson, Aug 25, 2010
    #8
  9. In article <
    s.com>, jkn <9.co.uk> writes

    >This reminded me - are there any *IDE* SSD drives available in the
    >recent crop? I have some IDE laptops where this would be a nice
    >upgrade...


    Use a SATA SSD with an adapter. I've just done this (albeit with a
    spinning disk) to put a SATA drive in my IDE PVR. Works fine.

    There's loads on ebay if you don't mind a wait for it to arrive from
    Hong Kong. The one I used was Ebuyer 145964, a bit pricey but good
    quality.

    --
    (\__/)
    (='.'=)
    (")_(")
     
    Mike Tomlinson, Aug 25, 2010
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  10. In article <>, Conor <>
    writes

    >Crucial sell their SSD drives with a cloning kit which includes Mac
    >software but its for SATA.


    Mmmm.. I've had my eye on the 128GB Crucial for a while and have a
    couple hundred quid in Paypal doing not very much. Very tempted.

    --
    (\__/)
    (='.'=)
    (")_(")
     
    Mike Tomlinson, Aug 25, 2010
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  11. In article <
    s.com>, jkn <9.co.uk> writes

    >I've also done what you mention on my Topfield, works fine - but but
    >I'm thinking of an SSD drive for a *laptop*


    Apologies, I missed that bit of your post.

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    (='.'=)
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    Mike Tomlinson, Aug 25, 2010
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  12. Eddie Wall

    Rob Guest

    "BigH2K" <> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Oldish Git" <> wrote in message
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    >>
    >> "Chris Whelan" <> wrote in message
    >> news:FdTco.11787$B%5.2800@hurricane...
    >>> On Tue, 24 Aug 2010 17:04:52 +0100, Eddie Wall wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> I want to upgrade my 38GB IDE boot drive to a 60GB SSD drive.... a
    >>>> complete re-install is not an option.
    >>>>
    >>>> Back in the day, Ghost was the ideal option but the description of it
    >>>> now does not make it 100% clear that it will actually do that.
    >>>>
    >>>> Obviously I would have liked to do it for free but if I have to
    >>>> purchase
    >>>> software to do it had anyone any recommendations.
    >>>>
    >>>> Any tips to make it a painless as possible would be appreciated.
    >>>>
    >>>> Eddie
    >>>>
    >>>> "Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any
    >>>> more than going to a garage makes you a mechanic."
    >>>
    >>> Acronis True Image:
    >>>
    >>> http://www.acronis.co.uk/homecomputing/
    >>>
    >>> There appears to be free trial that has full functionality for 30 days.
    >>>
    >>> Chris

    >>
    >> Yep, and is exactly how I did this. The only drawback is some
    >> extra fiddling is needed *if* you want to align the partition under
    >> XP but I didn't bother as the performance boost was good enough
    >> for me without doing that.
    >> HTH,
    >> --
    >> Rob
    >>
    >>

    >
    > DO bother aligning the partition, if you think the speed increase is
    > impressive without it then you may be very surprised at the difference
    > aligning it makes, it was significant on my OCZ Vertex model.


    I'll give that a go, H2. Any good tools you are aware of? I think when
    I last looked at doing this a GParted Live CD was recommended but
    the procedure wasn't exactly straight forward and it was tricky to
    figure-out
    the correct offset. I know it will take quite some time to complete,
    whatever
    is used.

    Cheers,
    --
    Rob
     
    Rob, Aug 25, 2010
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