i want to clone a ssd 120gb to another ssd same size 120gb. it's partitioned in 2, will it also partition the new ssd and clone everything? i intend to do this as a fail safe so i can quickly swap and boot from the other ssd (i am also guessing that i will keep my system, programs, data and settings)
. i think i only need to clone the partition which has windows on it, other one i could just copy since there are no system or registry files there
unless there is a better option i'm going to use easeUS, it's free and seems pretty easy to use
first time doing this so if there is anything i should know please tell me, thanks you!
Assuming you are using Windows*, then yes cloning it will clone all partitions if the cloning program supports that. I know that Acronis True Image's cloning function will clone all partitions as I use it and I have cloned drives with multiple partitions (in the past, I would setup a boot partition and a separate partition for the Windows pagefile). True Image does a bit by bit clone, which means you get the entire drive setup EXACTLY the same as the original drive. The only thing that might change is if the drive sizes are different as True Image does support auto-partition size adjustment. If the new drive is bigger, then it will automatically resize the two partitions proportionally to fit the new bigger drive if you want it to (I believe you can elect to not use the auto-resizing). If the new drive is smaller, then it will automatically resize the two partitions proportionally to fit the new smaller drive...assuming you don't have more data on the old drive than will fit on the new drive. I assume most Windows cloning programs will do the same in terms of copying all partitions when cloning, but I only really have experience with Acronis True Image.
* On the Mac OS, cloning in my experience will only clone what would be called a single partition in Windows (in the Mac OS it is called a drive that is on a disk in rough terms, but is still technically a partition and in some places referred to as a partition). At least that is the case with Superduper!, the cloning program that I use. I do know that Carbon Copy Cloner for the Mac can also at least copy the Recovery partition as part of the cloning process (something that SuperDuper! does not do).
Edited by smax013, 16 August 2016 - 09:07 AM.