I recently purchased a 500 GB Solid State Drive to upgrade my current 128 GB. I am a huge fan of rebuilding from the ground up in situations like this, however, from earlier posts you will know I have a plex server running and friends streaming from it. In order to keep the down time to a minimal, I figured I would use Acronis software to clone my current drive. Easy right? Well, my PC doesn’t have a disc drive and the Acronis Software I have was from a colleague and of course in CD format. I needed to convert my software from the disc to a bootable USB. In steps the Sophos Smart Installer hardware to save the day!
adding iso to sophos drive
First, I started by ripping the software from the disc to an ISOfile. There’s several programs you can use for this. I went with ImgBurn because its simple and lightweight. Next is the tricky part of converting that ISO to a bootable flash drive. I attempted using several applications to do this for me and edited many unetbootin INI files to no avail. That is when I remembered we were recently sent a SOPHOS UTM Smart Installer which is a flash drive that has a special chip designed to make booting to their software a breeze. After fiddling with its automated software that launches when you connect the flash drive to your workstation, I found you could add ISO files to it and get them to boot if you named them exactly the same as one of SOPHOS software updates. Luckily for me, there was a SOPHOS ISO on it already making the name easy to find. I quickly renamed my “acronis media.iso” file and was able to boot to acronis! SUCCESS! Time to clone the drives.
Using the Acronis drive clone feature is as easy as it gets. I connected the second drive and used the software to select the drive with the data to be cloned. Then selected the target drive and clicked clone. Boom! A measly 18 minutes later the process was done and I had a new larger SSD booting to windows. This would have all been much easier if I had owned the Acronis software as it lets you create a bootable USB from the “Media Creator” feature on the licensed workstation it is installed on but we won’t talk about that. Sometimes you learn neat things doing it the hard way.