How do I clone mSATA to mSATA?

  Bailey08787 11:16 24 Mar 2014


My laptop presently has a 32gb mSATa SSD and 1TB HDD installed in raid configuration, with the OS installed the mSATA.

I wish to replace the 32gb mSATA with a 240gb mSATA, retaining the 1TB HDD

Could someone advise me on the best way to go about this please?

The laptop only has one mSATA slot / one SATA slot for the HDD.

My initial thought was that I could clone the 32gb mSATA to the 1TB HDD, then swap over the mSATA's, sticking the 240gb one in - and then copy the cloned drive from the 1TB HDD over to the 240gb mSATA. But now I see that they are in RAID configuration, so not too sure I can do that.


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:02 24 Mar 2014

Make an image of the msata to and external drive with something like Acronis

make a rescue disk to boot the Laptop from

swap out the msata drives

boot from the rescue disk and restore the image to the new msata drive.

  Bailey08787 13:08 24 Mar 2014


would I be able to make the image of the msata drive on to a usb?

  Bailey08787 13:09 24 Mar 2014

(usb drive)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:15 24 Mar 2014

Yes any USB external drive or even a USB stick (if large enough)

  Bailey08787 14:30 24 Mar 2014


actually i've just remembered I have a 500gb usb drive I can attach, so I can stick the msata image on that.

how big are the rescue files roughly?


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:42 24 Mar 2014

The rescue disc is just a cd its a means of booting the machine (because you no longer have the op system) and a cut down version of the program to restore the image to the new drive.

  Bailey08787 16:14 24 Mar 2014

i see

so a 1gb usb stick will be fine for creating a recovery disc

what's all this business about cloned ssd images not being properly aligned once changed over and this uefi business about?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:27 24 Mar 2014

Yes a 1G stick will be big enough.

ssd images not being properly alignedsee here

  Bailey08787 16:55 24 Mar 2014

i don't have acronis

i do have paragon disk manager 14 though

do they have something similar?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:33 24 Mar 2014

Yes That can backup a drive or partition and create a recovery Cd

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