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

Prepping the SSD

Prepping the SSD
 
Now that we've got all of the tools to do the job, the first step is to connect the SSD drive to the SATA-USB converter. This is an extremely simple process and undoubtedly one you will have already done without my help. The images below show the SATA-USB caddy I picked for the task which simply pulls apart to reveal the circuit board within. The connectors on the SSD drive then need to be lined up with those on the circuit board and pushed into position.
 
SSD Caddy OCZ Agility SSD Caddy
 
Caddy Installed SSD Caddy Installed
 
Once you've successfully married the two it's good practice to place the drive back inside the caddy enclosure to prevent any accidental damage to the circuit board or SSD. Depending on the caddy you purchased you may have more than one style of connector on the back of the caddy. Be sure to connect the USB version to your notebook as many caddies feature eSATA connectors which may not be detected by the software we're using over on the next pages.
 
SSD Caddy Plugged Into Dell Clonezilla DVD 
 
With any luck everything should work perfectly. However if you want to double check that your SSD is installed in the caddy correctly, it is a good idea to boot your Notebook into Windows / OS X one last time before we begin the cloning process. For Windows users you should receive a 'bubble' in the notification area at the bottom-right of the screen informing you that new hardware has been detected/installed successfully. OS X users will more than likely just see a new Hard Disk icon appear on their desktop labelled as "NO NAME".
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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
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