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I'm just adding things as I recall them here, but another reason I probably used the USB method is that I don't have any spare internal SATA ports, so I couldn't have connected both drives internally at the same time.
I see what you're saying though.  Could you install the new SSD and connect it to the old hard drive via SATA, then do the clone?  To that, I'm afraid I don't know the answer.  All I know is, I would have used the simplest and least risky method.
I've got to be honest, it was December 2017 when I did my upgrade and I can't quite remember now what the SATA to USB was for, but logically, I guess it's so that the clone can be done before removing the existing hard drive.  Doesn't the new SSD connect via SATA?  So, you need the lead to connect the new SSD via USB to do the initial clone. 
Ooooh, you tinker  ;) !  I have the same mounting kit as you, including the SATA and power cables - could I use those to connect the drives and clone without a USB to SATA cable?

(I'm expecting the answer to be, "No", otherwise you wouldn't have bought the USB to SATA cable.)
Actually, apologies, I lied.  I've just check the order and I bought the cables separately:

Sabrent 3.5-Inch to x2 SSD / 2.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive Mounting Kit [SATA and Power Cables included] (BK-HDCC) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B015MSJ1DG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_CJtICb72EC5DW

Sabrent USB 3.0 to SSD / 2.5-Inch SATA Hard Drive Adapter [Optimized For SSD, Support UASP SATA III] (EC-SSHD) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B011M8YACM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_4JtICb7A3859P
Did they not supply one, Gill?  My SSD was a Crucial, and I'm pretty sure they gave me the cable, otherwise I don't know where else it would have come from.

If you're stuck, PM me your address and I'd be happy to send you mine.
My SSD has just arrived and the online video says I need a SATA to USB cable to clone my HDD.  I don't have one of these.  Is there a way around using such a cable?
The Buzz / Session drummer Hal Blaine dies
« Last post by Simon on March 12, 2019, 15:03 »
Session drummer Hal Blaine, a member of the revered Wrecking Crew studio group and contributor to dozens of world-renowned rock songs, died at the age of 90 on March 11, his family announced.

Blaine is said to have appeared on over 6000 singles and more than 30,000 other recordings during his career, which began in the ‘40s and continued until his passing. He can be heard on the Beach Boys’ “I Get Around,” the Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man,” Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson,” Neil Diamond’s “Cracklin’ Rose” and many others. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award last year.

The Laughter Zone / Re: One-liners
« Last post by Den on March 10, 2019, 17:31 »
I always worry when a woman sees me naked for the first time that she’s just going to scream and run out of the park
The Laughter Zone / Re: One-liners
« Last post by Den on March 10, 2019, 17:24 »
“Las Vegas and Glasgow have a lot in common: they’re the only two places in the world where you can pay for sex with chips.”
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