Clone your hard drive

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You can eas­ily clone your PC’s hard drive us­ing Macrium Re­flect Free (­flect­free.aspx): launch the pro­gram after in­stalling it, then select your Win­dows drive and click ‘Clone this disk…’ Make sure only those par­ti­tions you need are copied across: 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…’ Click your new solid-state drive (SSD) – it’ll 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 align­ment set­tings are Vista/7/SSD.

Click ‘Fin­ish’. Untick ‘Save backup and sched­ules as an XML Backup Def­i­ni­tion File’ and then click OK to per­form the cloning op­er­a­tion. Be pa­tient – this will prob­a­bly take some time. Fi­nally, shut down your PC. If you use a lap­top, you should swap out the cur­rent hard drive for your new SSD; if you use a desk­top you’ll need to re­boot and make sure that your new SSD is the pri­mary boot de­vice in the UEFI/BIOS set­tings. If all is well, Win­dows should boot – and much quicker than be­fore.

The best free tool for copy­ing Win­dows, all your apps, and all your files to a new PC is our peren­nial favourite Macrium Re­flect Free.

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