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

Burning the ISO files

Burning the ISO files to your CD's
 
Now that you've downloaded the CloneZilla (and possibly SystemRescueCD) ISO's it's time to burn them to the CD's. There are literally hundreds of tools capable of performing the task, and if you are fancy enough to be running Windows 7 or Mac OS X you already have the necessary tools at your fingertips without having to download any additional software. With this in mind I'm only going to briefly cover a few of the more popular ones as anything else would be a tad beyond the scope of this article, so let's get cracking...
 
Windows 7 Disc Image Burner
This one couldn't be simpler. Just locate one of the ISO files you downloaded, click on it and you will be presented with the following box:
 
Win 7 Burn
 
Press the "Burn" button and off you go.
 
Mac OS X Disk Utility
This is located in the Applications>System Tools folder in Finder. Once again a pretty simple affair. Just click the "Burn" button at the top of the window, select the ISO file that you downloaded and hit the "Burn" button.
 
Disk Utility 1 Disk Utility 2
 
An options box will appear asking you what speed to burn the CD along with other options to Verify/Eject the CD after burning is complete. There's really no reason to deviate from the default options, so just hit the "Burn" button once more and go make a cup of coffee.
 
Nero Burning ROM
Nero is the Granddaddy of the burning scene and comes free with just about ever retail packaged CD/DVD Writer on the market. Thankfully it's also a piece of cake to burn ISO's with. Simply open up Nero (that's Nero Burning ROM - and not any other of its pre-packaged junk), Click on "Recorder" at the top of the screen and finally click "Burn Image".
 
Nero Nero
 
Once again you'll be asked where the ISO file is saved on your PC. SImply give it the path, go along with all the default "Burn Compilation" options on the following screen and press the "Burn" option.  There's a pattern emerging here....
 
Free ISO Burner
Is exactly what it says on the tin - A free ISO burner for Windows XP, 2003 and Vista. It's small, doesn't need installing and operates in pretty much the same way as the Windows 7 Burner. Browse for the file you want, select the write speed and hit the "Burn" button. Simples eh?
 
Free Asshole Burner
 
Now that you've hopefully managed to burn the utilities to a CD/DVD without to many coasters let's move to to the next page where we prep the SSD for it's brain transplant.
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Most Recent Comments

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
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