Grabbed a cheap laptop from Craig’s List to use as a workstation for my new Maslow: a Dell Latitude E6400 with 4GB RAM and a 256GB hard drive. It works just fine with the Maslow but is a bit sluggish when working with the CAD/CAM programs.
So, I reached into my closet and grabbed an SSD that I had from an old work laptop.
Cloning the drive is rather straight forward. I connected the SSD to the laptop via a USB to SATA adapter and the drive was immediately visible in File Explorer. Next, I needed a free harddrive cloning package, I found and downloaded DriveImage XML The cloning process took about 12 hours.
After cloning I swapped the drives and started the machine. After the BIOS post I got a black screen with just the text “BOOTLOADER” and the boot process stopped. 🙁
After some googling I learned that Bootload is a protection package that is part of the PGP disk encryption tool. Damn, that SSD was PGP encrypted when I last used it. I should have completely cleaned that drive before the cloning process.
This time I followed this procedure from Symantec to use the Windows diskpart utility to clear the MBR on the HDD to prep it for a new cloning.
I am waiting for the diskpart clean process to complete now. It should take about 4 hours….