I am looking for a solution, using which I can copy all the contents of a older HDD to a fresh SDD. Both drives are going to be SATA, I would prefer not to do a fresh install, due to some of the software on that HDD being proprietry and hard to reinstall.
Thank you already in advance
Free version of the AOMEI Backupper ; clone functionality will let you do this.
Clonzilla would do this without issue as well.
Is the SSD going to be larger or smaller than the old HDD?
I use Macrium Reflect. There’s a free version and you can resize partitions in the process. You’ll need to install it, then create a bootable ISO based on Windows PE and boot that from a disc or flash drive.
I’ve used Reflect since 2016 and it’s been consistently reliable.
There is a lot of good software on the market for this. I’m happy with Minitool Partition Pro Ultimate because I never have to buy it again and it’s pack full of options that actually work.
Macrium Reflect. It’s what I use to clone my Windows 10 / 11 machine to main machine when I upgraded to a new chipset and processor
Also take Veeam backup into consideration