I have a few spare drives about (some fairly new) and I wanted to clone the ssd on my win 7 machine as backup before making a few adjustments so I bought an adapter which lets you hook up sata and ide drives of any size similtaneously and couple it to your pc at the same time and it works really well - sees all the drives and lets me swop files about no problem. BUT when I try and clone my ssd to another drive nothing works. First I tried using AOMI partition assistant and it saw the drives let me select the ssd as source and an external hard drive to clone to and started up okay, but then I get a message that it cannot continue and is rebooting into PE mode to continue, which it does but nothing has changed on the hard drive. tried again a few times then gave up and moved on to Mini Tool Partition Wizard 2. Let me select source as ssd and hd to clone to, and then starts off okay BUT a few seconds after it starts it says it can't continue because disk C (the source disk) is in use so it is going to force a reboot of the pc and then continue; which it does BUT after it restarts it stops and comes up with a message saying it has detected a change in the disk setup and cannot continue! But nothing has changed! I know that both of these programs have good reputations and I am a registered user for both of them so why can't they carry out what to me seems like a simple operation - clone my ssd drive to another hd? I know there are some very clued up people on here and I'd be very grateful for any help - thank you.