It worked for me aswell. Installed Paragon 14. Then switched SSD with the old HDD in the laptop. Restarted the computer and it worked. WOW! Theog rules!
Just a heads up. Anyone using the Paragon Backup and Recovery 14 Home program with a 64-bit Windows system configured to the uEFI boot mode will need to modify Theog's example copy settings in his Step 8 (page 1 of the thread) by checking the Create new EFI boot entry for destination drive checkbox under Copy Options. This option is only displayed if that type of system is detected by the software.
I have such a system and the first time I ran the program I did not check the "Create new EFI..." box. After the copy operation completed I took out the old drive, installed in the new one, restarted and all I got was the bios screen and no ability to boot. I re-did the copy, this time checking the box and it worked!
My clone was from the Samsung ST1000LM024 1TB hard drive that came with my laptop (Asus N550JK-DS71T) to a 1TB Samsung 840 EVO SSD.
UPDATE: Looks like I spoke too soon. Although Paragon seems to have cloned the working portion of the original hard disk the recovery partition seems to be missing on the new SSD. Both Asus' Backtracker program (used to back up the recovery partition to a flash drive) and the Windows 8.1 Recovery Drive utility report that there is no recovery partition on the SSD. NICE JOB PARAGON!!!
I wanted to talk to Paragon about it but they won't talk to you if you haven't paid for the program and I'm certainly not going to pay for it to find out why it didn't work. I guess that's what a free demo is for...to discover the program doesn't work! Oh, well!
Last edited by redbeard; 25 Jul 2014 at 17:18.
If I had it to do over again I think I'd try using the Asus Backtracker software to create a recovery DVD BEFORE attempting to swap disks. Then I'd remove the HDD, install the SSD and rebuild the OS from the recovery DVD onto the new SSD rather than trying to clone from the HD. I have a feeling that might have worked.
Good luck to you Davi, whatever you try, and be sure to let us know what worked for you.
I haven't heard of any failures to Clone using Macrium Reflect Always Clone the complete disk I always shrink my C:\ partition to minim size. Don't mess with any of the other partitions Reflect will always create a bootable OS along with any recovery partitions you have. With the paid for version you can just use deploy to different hard ware. the partition will automatically adjust the sizes.
Where people go wrong is trying to clone partitions only, you could do that with BIOS MBR disk, not so with UEFI GPT disk,
I just relieved my ASUS N550JK and upgraded the HDD to a Samsung 250GB Evo. For my first attempt to clone the OEM HDD to the SSD I used Macrium to clone all of the Partitions. Macrium successfully copied all 5 partitions (EFI System, Recovery, OS C:, Data D: and a second Recovery partition). Windows 8.1 would boot normally but none of the Windows recovery options Refresh or Reinstall Windows would work. An error would appear that files were missing.
The second attempt involved the ASUS Backtracker app. After downloading and installing the app I was able to create a bootable recovery drive on a USB Thumb Drive. I was able to recreate the OEM image on the Samsung SSD in about 20 minutes. This time everything works including the Refresh and Reinstall options.
IMHO using ASUS Backtracker is the easiest way to reinstall if you want to keep the recovery partitions.
I used Macrium Reflect to clone my HD to my new SSD. I only copied the Partitions needed for Windows 8.1 to load and run correctly. Instead of copying the OEM recovery partitions I Imaged the SSD to an external HDD. Then I created a bootable usb drive. I also added a boot option to start the Reflect recovery environment if ever needed. I didn't copy the OEM partition because I didn't want to start with Windows 8 and have to redo everything. I made the bootable usb drive incase the SSD ever fails, I can replace it with a new drive and load the image from the external drive and I'm good to go..
When Cloning Hard drive to SSD being smaller I with a paid version just use redeploy to different hardware. With the free version you need to shrink your C:\ partition so that the complete disk will fit on the SSD. After the Clone I expand the C:\ partition to leave 10% Raw disk for OP. We don't really need to OP with these newer SSD but I figure it can't hurt
I've created a usb recovery disk, including a backup of my recovery partition, just running this command line in the prompt: RecoveryDrive.exe (I've followed this tutorial: Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8 )
When I was doing this, there was an option that allowed me to make a backup of my recovery partition (it all ended with just about 18gb, but I have a 32gb pendrive and it all went just fine).
So my question is: Do I need to make a recovery backup using ASUS Backtrack? Or can I be safe just with the backup that I've already made?
Question 2: Can I do a clean/fresh install in my new sdd, without all the ASUS bloatware, using this usb recovery drive? I mean, without having to worry about imputing any serial number to activate my Windows (since I don't have any because my notebook came with Windows 8.1 pre-installed)?