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    Cloning a large HDD to smaller SSD

    I have a question about cloning data from a larger HDD to a smaller SSD.

    I currently have:
    -- OCZ Vertex 3 - 120GB SSD - Used for Windows 7, system pertinent files
    -- HDD 1TB - Used for applications, games, storage

    I found a good deal on a 128GB SSD and ended up getting another one, so now I will have 3 drives in my system that I want to use in the following manner:
    -- OCZ Vertex 3 120GB - OS/System
    -- Samsung 830 128GB - Games
    -- HDD 1TB - Storage, etc.

    So I am wondering, to save hours of downloading and installation, if there is any way for me to just clone the currently used space on my 1TB HDD (approx 100GB is being used) to the new 128GB SSD?

    I am thinking the following (please tell me if any of it is unrealistic):
    1) Clone the used 100GB from HDD to SSD
    2) Format the HDD, change drive letter (and change the new SSD's drive letter to the HDD's former drive letter)
    3) Copy non-application storage files (music, pics, docs, etc) back onto the HDD

    Can anyone tell me if there is a free utility I can use to do the type of clone I want? And if there are any holes in my plan outlined above? Or if there is a better way to do it?
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410
    MB: Gigabyte Intel GA-Z77X-UD5H, LGA-1155
    CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K, Ivy
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (4x 4GB) PC3-10666 1333MHz DDR3
    Graphics: ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II - GTX780TI-DC2OC-3GD5
    HDD #1: OCZ Vertex 3 SSD 120GB
    HDD #2: Samsung 830 Series SSD 128GB
    HDD #3: Samsung PM830 Series SSD 256GB
    PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000W P2 80+ Platinum Certified ATX12V/EPS12V
    Sound: On-board Realtek ALC898 codec
    OS: Windows 7, x64, Enterprise SP-1

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    Seems like that should be possible. I use Macrium Reflect free edition for this kind of stuff, and it's great.

    You may get some complaining from the cloner that the SSD is too small. If you do, try shrinking the partition on the HDD down to less than 128GB, then try to clone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johan851 View Post


    Seems like that should be possible. I use Macrium Reflect free edition for this kind of stuff, and it's great.

    You may get some complaining from the cloner that the SSD is too small. If you do, try shrinking the partition on the HDD down to less than 128GB, then try to clone.
    Thanks Johan851! I'll give the Macrium Reflect app a go.
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410
    MB: Gigabyte Intel GA-Z77X-UD5H, LGA-1155
    CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K, Ivy
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (4x 4GB) PC3-10666 1333MHz DDR3
    Graphics: ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II - GTX780TI-DC2OC-3GD5
    HDD #1: OCZ Vertex 3 SSD 120GB
    HDD #2: Samsung 830 Series SSD 128GB
    HDD #3: Samsung PM830 Series SSD 256GB
    PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000W P2 80+ Platinum Certified ATX12V/EPS12V
    Sound: On-board Realtek ALC898 codec
    OS: Windows 7, x64, Enterprise SP-1

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