Question Just installed a second HDD in my laptop, can I clone it to make it bootable if primary HDD fails (without physically moving the drive)?

Aug 13, 2020
Hello from Sri Lanka: Older Dell laptop (Inspiron 5415), running Win 7 (can’t change due to some legacy Sat phone drivers that don’t exist in Win 10). I just removed the non-functioning DVD player and installed a caddy with a 1tb HDD (other main HDD is 600 go). What I would like to do is clone this disk so that I have an immediate ability to boot up the computer should the primary disk fail. I’ve found/read quite a bit about how to clone a drive and replace the existing one, but haven’t found anything that quite describes what I’m after. My concern is that the cloned drive is a clone of a drive that sits in a different physical location on the motherboard, will things still work properly despite this?

Part of the need for this is that we are often in remote areas without internet access so we need the ability to have full access to the working operating system and apps, without requiring us to re-download anything should the HDD fail.

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