Monthly Archives: January 2013


Cloning a hard drive to a smaller SSD

I woke up Saturday morning, walked into my office, and was greeted by the sound of a grinding hard disk. Upon further investigation, the hard drive in question was an old 320GB Seagate hard drive that I use to store all of my OS files. The remainder of my files are stored on a RAID5. Normally I’d be upset about a hard drive that was about to fail, but this gave me an opportunity to replace my primary OS hard drive with a solid state drive. It worked out just fine, of course, but migrating the data from my old hard drive to my new hard drive was not as straightforward as you would expect it to be. My goal here is to document all of the steps you need to follow in order to migrate from a traditional hard drive to a smaller solid state drive.

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