Clone your hard drive
1 Prepare your drive
Right-click your C drive and choose Properties. ‘Used Space’ needs to be at least 15GB less than the capacity of your new drive to allow for various factors, including future usage. If you can’t clean enough files off the drive to do this, move large data files to a secondary drive.
2 Connect the new drive
Fit your new solid-state drive (SSD) into a spare bay (desktop PC) or external USB drive enclosure (laptop). Connect it using the appropriate cables (SATA and power for desktop, USB for laptop). Start your PC and install Macrium Reflect Free (www. macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx) if necessary.
3 Select partitions to clone
Launch Macrium. Select your Windows drive and click ‘Clone this disk…’ Make sure only those partitions you need will be copied across. These are: System Reserved; your actual Windows partition; and any hidden partitions at the end of the drive. Untick any others, then click ‘Select a disk to clone to…’
4 Set target disk
Select your new drive – this will be the one with no partitions assigned to it. Then simply drag each partition across in turn – Macrium will automatically shrink your C drive to fit. If necessary, click Cloned Partition Properties to verify that the alignment settings are ‘Vista/7/SSD’.
5 Wait as drive is cloned
Click Finish. Untick ‘Save backup and schedules as an XML Backup Definition File’ and click OK to perform the cloning operation. Each partition is copied in turn, a quick file check is performed and then the actual cloning process will take place. Be patient – this may take some time.
6 Fit new your SSD
Shut down your PC. Laptop users should swap out the current drive for their new SSD; desktop users will need to reboot and make sure the new SSD is the primary boot device in the UEFI/BIOS settings. If all is well, Windows should boot – and it’ll now do so much quicker than before.