How to clone your Notebook / MacBook Hard Disk to an SSD

Imaging with CloneZilla

Imaging with CloneZilla
 
If you've been lucky enough to skip past the disk resizing section on the previous page you're in for a fairly easy ride. Firstly you'll need to make sure that your Notebook is switched off, the caddified-SSD drive is plugged into one of you USB ports and the CloneZilla CD is inserted in the drive. When switching your Notebook on the chances are that it will completely ignore the CD and try to boot from the Hard Disk. If this happens refer to your Notebook's user manual on how to change the boot order, or have a quick read of the 3rd and 4th paragraphs on the previous page for some basic guidance.
 
Boot Menu - Again CloneZilla Splash Screen
 
The first screen you'll see once your Notebook has successfully booted from the CD is the CloneZilla boot menu. Simply press enter on the default option or leave it to automatically boot after 30 seconds.  While the system is booting and detecting your hardware you'll see a lot of white text scrolling down the screen. 
 
CloneZilla Language CloneZilla Keymap
 
Once the system has finished booting you'll be presented with is the language selection and keyboard layout options. For both of these screens its safe to accept the default options (unless you have some specific requirements), but if you're reading this review I can pretty much safely assume you'll also be able to read the basic CloneZilla prompts.
 
Start CloneZilla CloneZilla Device-to Device
 
On the next screen CloneZilla will ask if you want to start CloneZilla. No prizes for guessing what you select here!
 
CloneZilla offers two methods of cloning:- to an image file, or direct to another device. We're going to be cloning directly from the Notebook Hard Disk to the SSD drive, so on the following screen (above-right) we need to select the device-device option.
 
Beginner disk_to_local_disk
 
Once again some fairly simple options. We want to go for the 'Beginner' mode (as the advanced options aren't of any use to us) and when prompted we want to choose disk_to_local_disk as the cloning method as performing unicast and multicast cloning over the network is way way way beyond the scope of what we're doing here! 
 
Source Drive Target
 
Next up it's time to select the source and target drives for the cloning process. The source drive is the drive that you want to copy the existing data from (your old Hard Disk), whereas the destination drive is where you want to copy the files to (your new SSD). Get things round the wrong way on this screen and you'll end up with two blank drives SO BE CAREFUL. In fact: Neither myself or Overclock3D can be held responsible for any loss of data, so BACKUP, BACK UP, BACK-UP!!!
 
WARNING Process
 
CloneZilla will also give you give you suitable warning about what you're about to do. If you're confident that you selected the source and destination drives correctly and you've got a backup of all of your important data then just press 'y' and hit Return. After a few seconds the Partclone screen (above-right) will be displayed along with an estimate of how long the clone process will take.
 
Once the process has finished it is safe for you to shut down the machine and move on to the final page of this guide...  
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Most Recent Comments

11-08-2009, 17:58:54

JN
"Swapping your Hard Disk for an SSD is one thing. But transferring all of your data and OS? Well that's something else. Join us as we walk you through the process step-by-step."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...215437125l.jpg

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11-08-2009, 18:18:45

zak4994
Quite an interesting read.

I like the graph readings at the end.

Truly powerful stuff SSDs are.Quote

11-08-2009, 18:35:46

Bungral
Nice one there Jimbo.... Very nice write up and not even a single typo that I could see ..

Tis good to see something a little different in an article on occasion.

*wants an SSD*

SSD I said!!!Quote

11-08-2009, 18:45:34

PeterStoba
Very well written and concise article Jim

I agree, it is nice to see something other than a review or news Quote

12-08-2009, 03:54:24

JN
Cheers for the feedback guys. Hope it wasn't too dumbed down for the intellectuals that frequent the forum

Truth be told it took about 1.5 weeks to put this article together because finding 'free' software that didn't trash my Windows install or completely knacker my Mac was hard to come across lol.Quote

12-08-2009, 04:06:26

tinytomlogan
Intellectual? Hmmmm.

Great little article though, its something Ive never done so found it a really good read.Quote

12-08-2009, 04:38:36

FarFarAway
Nice article Jimbo, will be very useful mefinksQuote

12-08-2009, 07:43:22

montydog
Thanks for the article, it's always nice when people go through death defying procedures to assist others.

Years ago I once trashed a system using Norton Ghost not realising it didn't support SATA. The really stupid thing was a few years later I repeated my mistake. The Norton CD was very quickly destoyed.Quote

12-08-2009, 10:00:26

BloomerzUK
Nice Article Jim. I'm sure this will be read alot in the future by lots of people upgrading to SSD's.Quote

12-08-2009, 15:55:34

Judderman
Hi Jim

Thanks for the ace article which is actually very relevant to me as I am going to buy a OCZ Aguility 60gb SSD next week for my system.

Quick question thou can you clone a RAID0 array and then put the image onto an SSD.

Just wondering as I currently have 2 x 36gb Raptor drives in RAID0 and was wondering if I could tranfer this onto the SSD.

Many thanks for any help Quote

12-08-2009, 16:14:54

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Judderman'
Hi Jim

Thanks for the ace article which is actually very relevant to me as I am going to buy a OCZ Aguility 60gb SSD next week for my system.

Quick question thou can you clone a RAID0 array and then put the image onto an SSD.

Just wondering as I currently have 2 x 36gb Raptor drives in RAID0 and was wondering if I could tranfer this onto the SSD.

Many thanks for any help
Glad to be of some assistance

The cloning of a RAID array is definitely possible, but it does depend on what RAID controller you are using (ICH10/Jmicron/Marvell/Adaptec...etc) and whether the software I mentioned supports it.

As your Raptor array is smaller than the SSD you wont need to do any resizing, so the only thing you need to worry about is support for the array in CloneZilla.

I did notice that it supported a LOT of adapters so you might be lucky.Quote

13-08-2009, 13:50:12

Rastalovich
Yeah, ur issues start when u want to clone from a single drive to a raid array, other way around works fine. Generally cos when people install their OS they don't have ACHI enabled, or set to IDE, which means that the OS install inherently doesn't install the controllers drivers. Setting it to atleast ACHI and installing ur OS (setting it to IDE afterwards) is the correct way. But u'll not find a dozen people who do it. I don't myself, but I know the issues it causes when u don't.

Great guide Jim. Just to variate the theme, the Mac OS stuff can be done completely from DiskUtility - this is ofc if u have ur OS cd/dvds. Personally I prefer to make a TimeMachine entry, install the OS fresh, and migrate from the entry.Quote

13-08-2009, 14:50:39

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'

Great guide Jim. Just to variate the theme, the Mac OS stuff can be done completely from DiskUtility - this is ofc if u have ur OS cd/dvds. Personally I prefer to make a TimeMachine entry, install the OS fresh, and migrate from the entry.
Yeah funnily enough I Did give DiskUtility a go as you can make images of the drive and then restore them on to another drive. Unfortunately it didnt work from me downsizing from a 300GB to a 120GB. Mebe I missed sommitQuote

13-08-2009, 14:54:39

Rastalovich
2 options I can think of off the top of my head, is that u could have either resized the 300g to 120g, which is a simple grab of the partition outline and move it. Or when doing a backup image, do a file version. Not tried the latter tho.Quote

14-08-2009, 03:51:10

Judderman
Many thanks again Jim

The RAID controller is just the onboard RAID controller on the AMD chipset. I only really put the 2 x 36gb raptors in RAID as I wanted to have a play with RAID and the drives were sat on a shelf.

My overall plan is to buy 2 x 60gb OCZ Aguilty and put them in RAID0 for o/s and installed programs, then have 4 x 1.5tb WD Green drives in RAID5 for storage. Problem is I only have the money to buy 1 x SSD drive a month.

Many thanks also to Rastalovich as I didnt know about AHCI, least now I should hopefully be able to transfer everything from RAID0 to single SSD then back to RAID0 on 2 SSD's

Happy days Quote

16-09-2009, 04:20:42

Johnbear
Tis good to see something a little different in an article on occasion.

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27-09-2009, 15:19:32

Juicy6
Just cloned my 500G WD to Intel 80G SSD using the clone option of Acronis True Image Home 2009. Worked like a charm. 25 minutes to clone 45G of data and then 5 minutes to switch the disks in this Dell E6400. Shorter boot time, about 50% quicker program starts. I'm a happy camper now...

ChristerQuote

27-09-2009, 17:21:39

Diablo
Yeah I was going to say Acronis is pretty decent for a simple clone operation, plus its free trial for 30 days.Quote

28-09-2009, 01:16:42

Juicy6
Yup and if you choose Manual Settings it can shrink the partition to fit the new (often) smaller SSD disk. So no changes at all are made to the original disk!

ChristerQuote

25-12-2009, 09:05:54

Pyr0
nice guide, but there's no mention of partition alignment...

does clonezilla keep partition alignment or break it like acronis, ghost, et al. ?Quote
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