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  1. Nathan

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    #1 Nathan, May 12, 2013
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    About 2 years ago I built a new PC for work using a 64GB SSD as a boot drive. Was rather vigilant about putting data on another drive and installed programs on yet another drive. All is backed up daily locally and also continuously to the cloud.

    The 64GB Boot drive slowly filled with carp. Apple will not let you put iTunes any place but on C:, their snub to non Mac users I guess. Add in all the Windows updates and over time the drive, even with vigilant cleaning, compression, etc, gets filled. I was not looking forward to installing a larger SSD Drive.

    For yucks I went looking at prices though. Found that just last week Corsair came out with a kit that comes with a USB-to-SATA adapter cable and software to clone a drive. You just plug the new drive in to a USB port, run the clone tool and when complete open the PC to swap drives. To easy I'm thinking, it will fail somehow and I'll spend the entire day rebuilding.

    Set it all up, took my time, verified my backups before starting. Took about 1/2 hr to clone the 64GB drive to the new 240 GB drive. Did the swap, powered up and it all worked.

    Amazing

    This is getting to darn easy.

    The drive and clone kit...

    Amazon.com: Corsair Force Series 3 240GB (6Gb/s) SATA 3 SF2200 controller Asynchronous SSD (CSSD-F240GB3A-NB): Computers & Accessories

    If anyone wants to borrow the cable and software just let me know. It should work fine for any cloning to any SSD drive.
     
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    SSD drives are just awesome.
     
  3. cooperjet

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    And here I thought I was going to be reading about your conversion to Mac. Oh well. Good to know about the SSDs though. Might have to get one in my next MacBook.
     
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    +1 I have one in my 6+ year old desktop and it runs great.
     
  5. MCS02

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    Words that usually don't go together, it works and Windows. :biggrin5:
    Get a Mac they are the R53 of the computer world.
     
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    Glad to hear the cloning about worked Nathan.
     
  7. Nathan

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    I can't. Certain software I use with clients for Technical Writing does not work on a Mac even in Parallels or Bootcamp due to the use of .Net.
     
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    iTunes won't allow you to put it's information anywhere other than in a particular user's profile. Which, can be edited in the Windows Registry to be placed on any drive.

    I was running a pair of 250GB Corsair SSDs in a Striped RAID setup for incredible speed and after installing the OS logged in with a "dummy" account to edit the registry putting the Profiles onto my mirrored 1TB platter drives.

    Ended up saving my behind when one of the SSD's took a crap!
     
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    With work it can be hard to get away from windows. I have to deal with it only a little form my company.
     
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    I've used the drive clone before. It works great.
     
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    Should have called me. I've been cloning drives since ... late 90's? I use it to maintain up to date images for various configs at work. At this point it's faster for me to copy user data and re-image the computers than trying to fix what ever the user did. Or spend ours running virus scans, or what not. You should look into Acronis. Besides having an extremely fast cloning software, their back up software is one of the best I've seen. Easy to use, many different back up schemes, back ups to drive, NAS, cloud. All for about $50.
     

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