How I copied a HDD onto a SSD using Acronis True Image backup

We saw how I cloned a HDD onto a SSD using Acronis True Image in this page. Unfortunately it is not always possible to have both disks connected to the computer to clone one onto the other one. For instance when both disks need to use the same motherboard connector. The solution in this case consist in doing a backup of the original disk and to copy the content of the backup onto the new disk. We are going to see step by step in this tutorial how I did it using once again Acronis True Image.

Copy HDD to SSD
Copy HDD to SSD

As I said in a previous post, Acronis True Image is software package that is sometimes included with the purchase of some SSD because it can be used to clone an existing disk onto the new SSD. You can download the software from here Acronis® True Image™ OEM or from here Acronis® True Image™ HD and try it for 30 days if you do not have a valid serial number. This time, instead of cloning one disk onto an other one, I am going to create an Acronis bootable USB media, then to do a backup of the original disk and finally to restore in onto a new disk. Once again I documented all the steps in case anyone needs to do something similar.

These steps shouldn’t damage your computer or the installation of the operating system but the process will erase and overwrite the content of the target disk so do it at your own risks and be sure to understand what you are doing. If you are not familiar with the concepts of disks and partitions or feel unsure about reproducing these steps, ask someone with good computer skills to help you. As always, the author and the website decline any responsibilities about the consequences of trying to reproduce these steps.

The steps described in this tutorial require:

  • A USB flash drive with a capacity of at least 1 GB that will be erased during the process.
  • The source disk (detected by the operating system) to back up.
  • A second disk (it can be an internal or an external one) detected by the operating system that will be used to store a backup of the source disk. It has to have enough available space to store the backup, the estimated size of the backup will be displayed during the process.
  • The target disk that will be erased during the process and replaced with a recovered copy of the source disk.

So let’s see step by step how I copied a HDD onto a SSD using a backup created with Acronis True Image OEM. The tutorial was originally rather long, so I decided to divided it in three separate pages:




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