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Old Nov 29, 2021, 10:24 AM   #1
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Default Does it normally take this long to clone a hard drive to an SSD?

So here is the hardware being used:

Acer Nitro 5 with:
Ryzen 5 2500U CPU
16GB DDR4 2400 Memory
1TB 7200RPM HDD 2.5 inch

Insignia 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub that is connected to the USB 3.0 port on laptop

Transfering data from 1TB HDD in laptop, which is the only drive in the laptop to this SSD:

SK hynix Gold S31 1TB SATA Gen3 (560MB/s read, 525MB/s write)

is it currently connected to the Insignia USB hub using this

Sabrent USB 3.0 to SSD / 2.5-Inch SATA I/II/III Hard Drive Adapter

So that is all the hardware that is involved with this process.

I am using SK Hynix cloning software. I started this process at 10:50am yesterday, and it is now 8:22 AM right now, and it is only 65% done.

This is massively long, is this normal for cloning a drive? If not, what do you think is the bottleneck in this process?
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Old Nov 29, 2021, 11:05 AM   #2
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How much data is on the laptop's HDD?

Also, regardless of the SSD's theoretical write speeds, you're limited by the read speed of the HDD and its fragmentation level.

Lots of variables. Going through the hub might cause unnecessary overhead as well. Try connecting the SSD directly to the laptop's USB 3.0 port and see if that helps.
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Open up Task Manager and you can see the data transfer rate.

I'd guess its USB bottleneck and/or software verifying data.
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A year or two ago I cloned over a 2 TB HDD of games, it was failing, and the last thing I wanted was to reinstall stuff (ya ya lazy) it took about 50 hours.

That said, it was a HDD to HDD through a sketchy USB Hub with full verification and stuff running in the background (since it actually goes HDD -> Hub -> computer -> Hub -> other HDD).

So slow, but not impossible that it's actually still doing it's thing.

And before anybody chimes in about how stupid it was to put it back on a HDD, I got a screaming boxing day deal on 8TB HDDs ($125 CDN each vs $200 or so - stock in store while it lasted - so I bough 8 of them). 4 are set-up as daily backups for "friends" who can't be trusted to do regular backups but it's somehow my fault they keep clicking the "not now" button until things go sideways.
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A year or two ago I cloned over a 2 TB HDD of games, it was failing, and the last thing I wanted was to reinstall stuff (ya ya lazy) it took about 50 hours.

That said, it was a HDD to HDD through a sketchy USB Hub with full verification and stuff running in the background (since it actually goes HDD -> Hub -> computer -> Hub -> other HDD).

So slow, but not impossible that it's actually still doing it's thing.
So for mine it took 36 hours for completion.

After everything was done I decided to do some tests. I used crystal mark before removing the HDD, and used Crystal mark on the SSD while connected to the HUB and while connected internally to the laptop. I also checked fragmentation of the HDD which it was sitting at 2% fragmented, which is extremely low.

What I found is for the SSD, it being connected to the HUB with that USB to SATA device, I lost about 20% of it's performance compared to what I got when inside the Laptop, and it being connected to the HUB was still massively faster than the HDD anyways. So of course the fastest the process could go would be dependent on the read speed of the HDD.

So overall it was a combination of slow read speed of the HDD along with cloning process just takes a very long time anyways.

I am glad I did this upgrade, the laptop actually feels like a new laptop, basically a $90 upgrade ($78 for the SSD, and $12 for the USB to SATA cable) made it feel like a new faster laptop.
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