What’s the best way to clone a hard drive to a new laptop?

KamilKozyra November 26, 2012

I have a general question. Let’s say I bought a laptop (Dell, Toshiba, HP, etc.) that has a hard drive recovery built-in to the PC’s boot menu.

My question – Which program (Clonezilla, Parted Magic or both) will let me clone ALL the current drive (and the recovery partition) from a standard HDD to a SSD?

Thanks :)

  1. Duy Nguyen Minh
    November 28, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Cd boot and programe boot in dos. Use hirent boot cd fix it.

  2. Alisa Fish
    November 28, 2012 at 2:06 am

    use a big storage Mobile galactic disk

  3. Ron Lister
    November 27, 2012 at 6:51 am


  4. Abba Jee
    November 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    you can choose any software from them they both are free, easy to use
    Mini tool Partition Wizard

  5. Amit Sinha
    November 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Most recovery programs can recover or copy your data easily but inbuilt recovery software and installation of windows os would not work even it was cloned

  6. Justin Pot
    November 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Parted Magic comes with Clonezilla built in, and both are capable of doing what you want. If the SSD is smaller than the original drive you'll have to do some re-partitioning first, however. I link to a PDF outlining this here: //www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-clone-your-hard-drive/

  7. Jan Fritsch
    November 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Both the working installation and built-in recovery are device specific. Cloning everything would only make sense if the new device is of the same brand and model.

    If you are looking at two different devices you should be able to clone the Windows installation but would have to install all drivers for the new device manually – most likely you'll also have to repair the boot sector.

    I believe the best way to go about is to use Windows Easy Transfer to get the existing data on the new device.

  8. susendeep dutta
    November 26, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Clonezilla must be your option and it will also copy the recovery partition.

    Visit the link below for some information -


  9. Jim Chambers
    November 26, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Try EaseUS Todo.

  10. maria
    November 26, 2012 at 2:18 am

    minitool partition wizard. :D. free.

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