Crucial SSDs do not ship preloaded with operating system software, which means you get a blank slate with lots of storage capacity to fill with what you want.
Some customers buy an SSD and are happy installing everything from scratch. This gives them the flexibility of installing the operating system and then deciding which apps to install, choosing what data they need on the SSD for faster loading times and what they will store on other external drives.
Others however, prefer the convenience of migrating, also known as cloning, the content of their current drive directly onto their new SSD. If your original drive still works fine and is not corrupt, it can be really useful to have a mirror image of your drive straight onto the new SSD. Not only will this save you lots of time, but it means you will have all your content (photos, videos, documents, etc.) at your fingertips, just like you have been used to.
Cloning your data to your SSD is an easy process but you should always back up your data before transferring it to a new drive. You would also need to ensure that the size of your new drive is bigger than the amount of data you wish to transfer over.
To clone your SSD, you will need to connect it to your computer while your original drive is still attached. If you have a desktop computer, check if you have a free SATA port to connect the SSD using a SATA cable. If you don’t or if you have a laptop or a Mac, you will need to use a data transfer cable to connect the SSD externally via USB. Once you have backed up your data, simply follow the steps below to clone it.
The good news is that our SSDs come with free software to help you transfer your data, called Acronis True Image, that you can download from a link provided inside the packaging of the drive or you can find it here. This is a Lite version* of the software available directly from Acronis, which allows users to simply clone the entire content of the drive. You can find out more about Acronis True Image for Crucial in our FAQ.
We have put together a guide to make the migration of your data and then installing your SSD as easy as possible so we recommend you follow the steps detailed here. During the cloning process, a restart of your computer is necessary but if you find the cloning does not start after the reboot of your system, this could be caused by your BIOS or UEFI settings, so please check out our tips to overcome this.
Crucial SSDs come with a free version of the Acronis True Image cloning software, however it is not currently supported on Mac systems. But don’t worry because you can use Disk Utility (part of your Mac OS) to migrate data from a previous drive to your new SSD. You will find full instructions on the steps to clone your SSD in our guide:How to install a Crucial SSD in a Mac computer.
* Lite version includes Clone disk function only.