Step 1: Connect the SSD to your system
Using a SATA-to-USB cable, attach one side to the SSD and the other end to your co. The drive must be connected to proceed with the Acronis software installation and cloning process. When handling your SSD, try not to touch its gold connector pins with your fingers.
Step 2: Download the software that copies your old drive to your new SSD
This comes free with Crucial SSDs. On the computer the SSD is connected to, go to www.crucial.com/clone to download the software.
Step 3: Install the software you downloaded
Open the file you downloaded and accept all of the prompts. A screen will then pop up. Click Install. Once installation is complete, start the application.
Step 4: Prepare to copy (clone) your data
You’ll now see several options in the software. Select the Clone Disk option. You’ll then be asked to select a clone mode. If you’ve never done this before, we recommend the Automatic method, then click the Next button.
Step 5: Select source and destination drives (disks)
Your “source” disk is your existing drive. Select it by clicking on it, then click Next. Now select your “destination” disk (your new SSD) and click Next. On the following screen, click Proceed to start copying your data.
Step 6: Playing the waiting game
Depending on your system, it will likely take a while for everything to copy and the software may cause your computer to shut down or restart, which is OK. While you wait, relax and enjoy a beverage of your choice!
If your old storage drive is 128GB (for example) and you copy its contents to a 256GB SSD, the SSD may show up in your system as a 128GB drive, even though it’s actually the size that you bought. No need to fear – you can still store more on it, but you’ll need to make some adjustments to the drive’s settings. This doesn’t usually happen, but if it does, we want to let you know that it’s OK and that it’s based on your system, not you.
Millions of people have used this software to copy data, from everyday home users with passwords and precious home photos to corporate users who have lots of proprietary information. The security and privacy of your data is important to us, and we don’t compromise that. Copying is a safe, secure process.