Question How to clone two partitions from two different drives on to a new SSD

skgan

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Hi all,
I have two SSD's in the following configurations
(Micron SSD) Disk-1: C (OS, 60GB), D (applications, 60 GB)
(Micron SSD) Disk-2: E (data, 250GB), F(120GB), G(120GB)

I got a new Samsung 970 pro 1TB NVMe drive and a WD 1TB SATA-SSD
I want to clone the drives in the following partitions
Samsung 970 pro: Disk-3: C (OS), F (data)
WD 970 pro: Disk-4: D (applications, 60 GB), E (data, 250GB), G(120GB)

There are reasons for not modifying the drive letters and I want to clone to retain few specific functionalities.

Is there a cloning software that lets me select partitions from multiple drives to be cloned to a new drive?
 

cin19

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Samsung 970 pro: Disk-3: C (OS), F (data)
WD 970 pro: Disk-4: D (applications, 60 GB), E (data, 250GB), G(120GB)
If you had these app keys, then you can reinstall them like that on the disk 3/disk 4. Otherwise you can do it like:
Disk-3: C (OS), D (applications, 60 GB), F (data)
Disk-4: E (data, 250GB), G(120GB)

Keep in mind, if you have big drive or not, we usually don't recommend to make the partitions. But you can do whatever you want.
 

USAFRet

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Yes, Macrium Reflect should allow you to clone multiple partitions from 2 drives into a single larger drive.

Modify the below steps as needed:
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Specific steps for a successful clone operation:
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Verify the actual used space on the current drive is significantly below the size of the new SSD
Download and install Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration, if a Samsung SSD)
Power off
Disconnect ALL drives except the current C and the new SSD
Power up
Run the Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration)
Select ALL the partitions on the existing C drive
Click the 'Clone' button
Wait until it is done
When it finishes, power off
Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD
This is to allow the system to try to boot from ONLY the SSD
Swap the SATA cables around so that the new drive is connected to the same SATA port as the old drive
Power up, and verify the BIOS boot order
If good, continue the power up

It should boot from the new drive, just like the old drive.
Maybe reboot a time or two, just to make sure.

If it works, and it should, all is good.

Later, reconnect the old drive and wipe all partitions on it.
This will probably require the commandline diskpart function, and the clean command.

Ask questions if anything is unclear.
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Read this for cloning from a SATA drive into an NVMe drive:


And I'm not really a fan of a small 60GB partition for the OS.
But if it works for you, go for it.
 

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