How Long Does It Take to Clone a Hard Drive with Acronis?

I'm using Acronis 2018 to clone an existing 500GB drive to a 500GB SSD. It's been running for about 15 hours now. There's only about 125GB on the 500GB drive. The drive light on the computer (Dell 7050 micro) is still blinking indicating there's still a transfer in progress. How long should I wait? Is it normal? How long does it usually take to clone a hard drive with Acronis?

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Larissa· Answered on Jan 29, 2023

The time it takes to clone a hard drive mainly depends on the data size on the hard drive and the cloning tool you use. If your hard drive is 500 GB, then it will take about one and a half hours to clone it with Acronis at a speed of about 100MB/s. However, completing the cloning process may take several hours if you have a larger drive, such as 1 TB or more.

Many other factors may affect the cloning speed and make your cloning costs too much time:

  • The size of the data is the most critical factor that can influence how long it takes to clone a hard drive with Acronis. A lot of data will take longer to clone than fewer data. Therefore, try to delete unnecessary files and folders before you start the cloning process.
  • The quality of your hardware can also play an important role in how much time it costs to clone a hard drive. The older your hardware is, the slower your cloning process can be. If you use external hard drives, ensure they have connected to USB 3.0 ports for the fastest possible cloning speed.
  • The version of Acronis you are using can affect how long it takes to clone a hard drive with Acronis. The latest version of Acronis will have the best cloning speed, but if you are using an older version, you may need to update it for optimal performance.
  • The original hard drive includes bad sectors that can also affect the clone speed of a hard drive with Acronis. So make sure to check the hard drive for any bad sectors before you start cloning.
  • If your target disk has a read-and-write issue, you won't clone HDD to SSD successfully.

Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office is indeed a popular cloning tool. If you can't figure out what issues caused the slow cloning speed, trying other disk cloning tools, like EaseUS Todo Backup, is also a solution to fix the problem.

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