A reader’s drive-imaging tool fails to restore his solid-state drive’s image backups, leading to wider questions about SSD imaging and restoration.
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SSD can’t be restored from a mechanical drive?
Windows Secrets reader Andy has been making image backups of his hard drives for years. But after upgrading to a solid-state drive (SSD), his backup system is no longer working properly — and he got some strange drive-imaging advice from Symantec tech support.
“Following Fred’s advice, I’ve been doing image backups (and, on rare occasions, a restore) of OS and data partitions for over 10 years.
“I now have a solid-state drive. Unfortunately, I can’t create an image backup of the SSD partition (the source), store it on a mechanical hard drive (the target), and then successfully restore it back to the SSD. I get this same result with either [Norton] Ghost 2003 (my rock for 10 years) or Ghost 15 (the latest version).
“Try as I might, I can’t find a direct answer for this problem, though there’s a lot of dancing around the issue.