There's another way to do this . . .
Cloning is something I haven't got into, but I do use Acronis disk tools; for years, reliable. They are not free, and there are others which are similar, so let me describe how I did this (change the C drive from 160Gb HDD to 250gb SSD).
Two tools in use: true image home, which is the backup and recovery tool, and disk director which is the disk configuration and formatting tool. Both have bootable rescue disk in iso versions which are part of the license and can be downloaded and burnt to disk using any burner that reads iso. These two bootable rescue disks have saved my skin too many times to mention.
Before starting any change
- Create/burn bootable rescue disks from the iso files for both applications, label them.
- Ensure the BIOS is set up for booting from CD as the first priority, and the HDD/SSD as a second priority. if there's no disk in the tray when the boot starts, your will see a normal PC boot. If there is a bootable disk in the tray at start, the PC boots from that - which is exactly the situation you want in a rescue situation, when the normal boot drive may be corrupted, ransomwared, or in this case, just a hardware change.
- download the manuals and RFM regarding backup/recovery and disk configuration
So, to the method . .
1. backup the C drive to a location which is any drive attached to or in the PC. As part of the backup process, label the backup file with the drive it pertains to (rename, with actual drive name and date). Make sure the drive is also uniquely named - see comment at 12 below.
2. power the PC down, and replace the C drive with the new SSD unit. Save it carefully.
3. power the PC up, pause at the BIOS prompt (hold the del key down as soon as you press the start button, until the BIOS screen appears: the purpose here is to enable the CD player to be able to open the tray, which it won't do until power is available, and you want to be able to insert the disk to be used before that start without losing your fingers . . .
4. insert the disk director bootable disk in the CD tray, close it and escape without change from the BIOS. The boot from the rescue disk should proceed.
5. select the disk director application from the menu which is displayed after boot.
6. the application interface displays all the disks as they present to the machine: letter, type, format, percent used etc so on. Select your new SSD unit in the interface
7. configure the SSD: create a volume using the menu, select the drive to be the primary, active drive (this is the one the system will boot from), name, how much space is to be used for this volume (this case; all of it, minimum space before and after), choose the drive format (NTFS for windows) and cluster size (usually as small as possible, eg 4kb, to minimize wasting disk space, as files are assigned space based on clusters so there is always some wasted space in the last cluster used for each file.
8. commit the changes. You can do this as a collection, but I have found that doing them one by one can be better. When the commit process is done the new SSD will in the display as an empty primary bootable C drive.
9. exit the disk director application: then repeat steps 3 and 4 with the true image bootable disk in the CD tray
10. select the true image application from the disk menu, and when started, choose recovery.
11. from the recovery menu, choose browse, and scan the detected disks for the one which has the backup file you made of the C drive (.tib or .tibx). When found, select it.
12. choosing recover runs thru a process where you locate the saved backup file, and choose which detected drive you want the backup file to be applied to. This is where a unique drive name is essential; the bootable disk uses a linux core and that doesn't sequence the drives in quite the way windows does, so a unique drive name is vital: choose the drive to which the backup is to be recovered to using that unique name, not the drive letter
13. run the recovery: you will find that it is much faster than creating the backup file: for the C drive - depending on machine speed, around 8-10 minutes.
14. when completed, exit to windows, pause the re-start at the BIOS - see above - open the CD tray and remove the bootable disk - and exit the BIOS without saving.
15. you should see a normal boot - possibly much faster - using your new SSD unit.
if you are not happy with this sort of change, get your local PC tech to do it.