Cloning Hard Drives

This seems like a simple procedure…I wanted to clone one hard drive to a larger one.  I had a 500GB hard drive with 50GB left on it and I purchased a 3TB hard drive to replace it.  I already own a Startech SATA Unidock (love that little device!) and just needed the drive copy program.  I was trying to find a free copy of Paragon’s Drive Copy, which is usually given away as a freebie in various promotions, but of course the time I need it there isn’t a promotion going.  I of course don’t want to spend $40 just to clone 1 hard drive to another, so I found this free utility called MiniTool Drive Copy.  Simple, free and powerful!  I did a clone from my 500GB to a 3TB hard drive with no problems and a 250GB to a 500GB hard drive and again: no problems.

I looked around the web site and also found a free program called MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition, which allows resizing of partitions without re-formating.   If you need to clone a boot drive, get the bootable version of the Minitool Partition Wizard Home Edition from here.

– Soli Deo Gloria