Originally Posted by timta2
Mac users have to do fresh installs much less frequently than Windows users, especially when it comes to hardware changes. That is a fact.
Carbon Copy Cloner
Flawless Mac drive cloning. I've been using it for years and wish there were something similar for Windows but haven't seen it yet. Depending on the size of your drive this will completely clone your new drive to be bootable in a matter of minutes.
The developer, Mike Bombich is incredible guy when it comes to bug fixes and helping users (even those of us who haven't paid!). I could be wrong but I think he is buddies with the people over at OWC as well. (OWC advertises in the "free" version of Carbon Copy Cloner.)
I would personally use one of those USB 2.0 to SATA connectors/docking bays and a spare drive or external hard drive. You can sell or hold on to your old drive as a spare. There will probably be some demand with people looking for replacements in the future.
Be careful, your fanboy is showing.
I will simply ignore your comment about Windows reinstalls because I don't care enough to explain why that information is not accurate. It just takes too much time.
As for the drive cloning...first I know like 12 programs off the top of my head that will perfectly clone a PC HDD's data to another. But since you have never seen one, here is a TPU favorite for your enjoyment: Acronis True Image
And if your special little software was actually flawless, it wouldn't have bugs to fix in the first place. There is no such thing as flawless software. Moving on to the actual use, I notice that Carbon Copy Cloner (which is good software by the way) requires an OS to function as it runs within the OS. Since you are removing the only persistent storage, there will be no OS in place to clone the data from the external back to your system drive. Macbook Air does have additional slots for a direct transfer. Which brings us back to the reinstall I mentioned. Either that or find software that runs off of a bootable disk. I can think of 2 Linux programs that will do that and 1 is free.
The docking bay is a ok idea, but I am not sure they make one for this drives rather strange form factor. Also the connection the drive has is PCIe not SATA, so you dock will not work. I am honestly not sure if they make a dock or cable to go from PCIe to anything that would help in this situation. And if you did find one, why limit the speed of an SSD to USB 2.0 bandwidth? Why not use any other current connector as they are all faster than USB 2.0 at this point?