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301 Moved Permanently. It is a part of Micron - one of the largest memory manufacturers in the world, and is developed since the earliest days of solid state drives. Crucial SSDs such as Crucial BX500, Crucial MX200, Crucial MX500, Crucial BX100, etc. Are popular in the market.

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SSDs are the next evolution of PC storage, which runs faster, quieter, and cooler than the aging technology inside hard drive. In addition, they are more durable and more reliable than hard drive because there's no moving part.

Among all kinds of SSDs, Crucial SSD is one of the most famous. It is a part of Micron - one of the largest memory manufacturers in the world, and is developed since the earliest days of solid state drives. Crucial SSDs such as Crucial BX500, Crucial MX200, Crucial MX500, Crucial BX100, etc. are popular in the market.

If you are considering choosing one of them for better performance, you may want to to migrate data to Crucial SSD directly, because as we all know, it’s a time-consuming job to re-install the operating system as well as all other applications. Check the next part to get free Crucial SSD migration software.

Crucial SSD Install Kit & Acronis True Image for Crucial

If you are planning to upgrade HDD to Crucial SSD in your desktop PC systems, maybe the Crucial easy desktop install kit for SSD could help you, and it’s available in the Crucial official site if you pay 17.49 dollars. The kit includes SATA-to-SATA data transfer cable, USB-to-SATA data transfer cable, 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch adapter bracket, Mounting screws.

The kit offers SSD cloning software - Acronis True Image for Crucial SSD, however it does not provide any instructions. If you directly follow the on-screen commands to do Crucial hard drive clone, it might ruin your data and hard drive.

It only support cloning BX-series or MX-series Crucial SSD and you are not allowed to use other features unless you upgrade to the full product, such as, backup, sync, or dashboard.

Besides, Acronis True Image for Crucial is probably not working, for example, you may receive error on source disk that prevent you from cloning. Also, it even does not recognize Crucial SSD. Thus, it's not a wise choice to perform Crucial SSD clone with Acronis.

Then, which software should you use? Please keep reading and I'll introduce the best free Crucial SSD clone software in the next part.

Best Free Crucial SSD Clone Software - AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best free Crucial SSD clone software in Windows 10/8/7 can help you migrate data in just a few clicks.

  • It supports cloning entire disk to Crucial SSDs as well as other branded SSDs, such as, WD SSD, Samsung SSD, SanDisk SSD, etc. It will include the Windows operating system, installed applications and all the other data you will never want to lose.

  • The 'Intelligent clone' feature allows you to clone larger hard drive to smaller SSD by cloning only used sectors on the source drive, clone 500GB HDD to 250GB SSD, for example.

  • The “Sector by sector clone” function lets you clone all sectors whether used or not. So, if you want to clone the entire hard drive to larger SSD, you can tick this feature.

  • The “SSD Alignment” option can help accelerate the reading and writing speed for the Crucial SSD, as well as the lifespan.

Download Crucial SSD Clone Software for Crucial SSD Clone

AOMEI Backupper Standard has a user-friendly interface and works well on all Crucial SSDs, including Crucial MX100, Crucial MX200, Crucial MX500, Crucial BX500, M500 Series, etc, so you can complete the cloning job in only a few clicks.

Before you do the clone job, please connect Crucial SSD to your PC, and make sure it can be detected. Next, download and install Crucial SSD clone software - AOMEI Backupper Standard. Then we’ll show you the detailed steps about Crucial SSD clone.

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Important: Please backup files first on your Crucial SSD if there any important data stored, because the cloning operation will overwrite the Crucial SSD.

1. Launch this software, select “Disk Clone” under “Clone” tab.

Notes:
✍ If the source disk has virus, it's suggested to write zeros to hard drive so as to remove them.
✍ The Standard edition only supports cloning MBR system disk to MBR. If you are trying to clone system disk from GPT to GPT, or between MBR and GPT (like clone MBR to GPT disk), please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional or higher editions.
✍ If you only want to migrate OS to Crucial SSD, you need to use 'System Clone' feature available in the AOMEI Backupper Professional.

2. Select the HDD (system disk or data disk) as source disk.

3. Select the Crucial SSD as the destination disk.

4. Tick 'SSD Alignment' to accelerate the reading and writing speed of the destination SSD. Then, click “Start Clone”.

Tips:
✍ “Edit Partitions” has three choices as Copy without resizing partitions, Add unused space to all partitions, and Manually adjust partition size ( last two options are available in AOMEI Backupper Professional).
✍ “Sector by sector clone” will clone every sector on HDD no matter it is used or not, even blank or bad.

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Conclusion

Acronis True Image for Crucial only supports cloning BX-series or MX-series Crucial SSD, and the cloning process may fail sometime. Thus, it's suggested to use a different Crucial cloning software AOMEI Backupper Standard.

It allows you to clone MBR system disk to MBR without any obstacle, and it supports all branded SSDs, including Crucial SSD, Samsung SSD, WD SSD, Lenovo SSD, etc.

Also, you are allowed to use other features in AOMEI Backupper, such as, system backup, disk backup, file backup, real-time sync, mirror sync, and more. It can be the best assistant to ensure the data safe, please download it to explore yourself.

Using Acronis True Image you can clone basic disks, both MBR and GPT.

Acronis True Image does not allow to clone a single partition; only cloning of an entire disk is possible.

If you are planning to clone a disk from your laptop, please see Cloning laptop hard disk.
Recent versions of Acronis True Image can perform active cloning under Windows/macOS. See the following articles for more information:

The term 'Active Cloning' refers to a disk cloning operation that does not require you to reboot the computer to complete the operation. Please note that in some cases Acronis True Image will still ask for reboot, disk will be cloned offline, and then computer will reboot back into Windows.

Prerequisites

Source and target disks must have equal logical sector size. Cloning to a disk with different logical sector size is not supported. E.g., you can clone a 512 bytes/sector disk to 512 bytes/sector disk; you can clone a 4096 bytes/sector disk to 4096 bytes/sector disk; but you cannot clone a disk with logical sector size 512 bytes to disk with logical sector size 4096 bytes.

Click here to learn how to check disk's sector size:
  • Go to Start -> Run -> msinfo32
  • Navigate to Components -> Storage -> Disks and find the desired disk.
  • Sector size will be displayed in the Bytes/Sector line:

Only basic disks can be cloned with Acronis True Image. You cannot clone dynamic disks.

Checking if you have basic or dynamic disks

You can use Windows Disk Management to see if you have basic or dynamic disks:

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  • Hit Start-Run and type in diskmgmt.msc
  • If it shows Basic, then you can do the cloning:
  • If it shows Dynamic, then cloning is not possible:

Source disk volumes can be cloned to the target disk 'as is' or resized proportionally. It is possible to clone a larger disk to a smaller one, provided that the smaller hard disk has enough capacity to fit the contents of the larger disk.

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It is recommended that your old and new hard drives work in the same controller mode (for example, IDE or AHCI). Otherwise, your computer might not start from the new hard drive.

If you clone a disk with Windows to an external USB hard drive, you might not be able to boot from it. We recommend cloning to an internal SSD or HDD instead.

It is recommended not to format the source hard disk after the cloning until you are sure that the cloned target disk boots fine.
Cloning RAID disks

Cloning is supported only for simple disk partitioning systems, such as MBR and GPT. Acronis True Image cannot clone RAIDs set up as LVM or LDM. Hardware RAIDs and storage spaces can be cloned provided the environment where Acronis product is running (e.g. operating system) supports them, as Acronis True Image gets the information about RAID configuration from the environment. Cloning of a hardware RAID will work if a reboot is not required: after reboot, the operation continues in standalone version of Acronis True Image, where support of all hardware RAID configurations is not guaranteed and thus the cloning operation may fail after reboot. Acronis development team is working on improving hardware RAID support in bootable environment.

Step-by-step guide

If you use Acronis True Image 2017 or earlier version and you are going to do system disk cloning, we recommend that you do it using Acronis Bootable Media .

Even when you start cloning in Windows, the computer may reboot into the Linux environment the same as when booting from Linux-based rescue media. Because of this, it is better to clone using rescue media. For example, there may be a case when your hard disk drives are detected in Windows and not detected in bootable media environment. If this is the case, the cloning operation will fail after reboot. When booting from the rescue media, you can make sure that Acronis True Image detects both the source and target disks before starting the cloning operation.

Cloning from Acronis Bootable Media
  1. Create Acronis Bootable Media.
  2. Boot your computer from Acronis Bootable Media and select Tools -> Clone disk:
  3. Select the Automatic mode to have your old disk's partitions automatically and proportionally resized to fit the new disk:
  4. Select your old hard disk as the source disk and click Next:
  5. Select the new hard disk as the destination disk and click Next:
  6. If the destination disk is partitioned, click OK to allow the product to erase all data from the destination disk (required to do the cloning):
  7. Review the operation on the Summary window and click Proceed to start the cloning:
  8. When the cloning completes, shut down the system and remove one of the hard drives.
Cloning from Windows
  1. Run Acronis True Image and go to Tools -> Clone disk:
  2. Select the Automatic mode to have your old disk's partitions automatically and proportionally resized to fit the new disk:
  3. Select your old hard disk as the source disk and click Next:
  4. Select the new hard disk as the destination disk and click Next:
  5. If the destination disk is partitioned, click OK to allow the product to erase all data from the destination disk (required to do the cloning):
  6. Review the operation on the Summary window and click Proceed to start the cloning:
  7. If you are cloning a disk with currently active operating system, the program may ask for a reboot. Press Reboot to continue cloning:

    If you press Cancel, the operation will be aborted.

  8. When the cloning completes, you will be offered to press any key to shut down the computer. Shut down the system and remove one of the hard drives:

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