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Cloning/ after cloning to new hard drive the recovery partition would not work

Question: Cloning/ after cloning to new hard drive the recovery partition would not work

Cloning/ after cloning to new hard drive the recovery partition on new hard drive would not load everything else works fineNEW HARD DRIVE IS WD 500I USED WD SOFTWARE TO CLONE

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I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Cloning/ after cloning to new hard drive the recovery partition would not work

HiThe okr which is installed on the hard drive will work only on the same hdd. Okr of a drive wont work on a different drive.Regards





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I have an old hard drive which have some bad sectors and I would like to clone it into a new hard drive. My question is, If there are bad sectors in the old hard drive will it be also installed (recorded) into the new hard drive.
Also, which program works best in doing this without any problems.
Thanks.
 

Answer:Cloning a hard drive partition

The bad sectors are mapped by the drive's controller and data is not written to those sectors. So cloning should not be a problem unless the cloning program cannot read the drive.

I use and recommend acronis true image for imaging and cloning. If you do not want to pay for acronis, you can also use clonezilla Linux. While clonezilla is not the easiest thing to use, it has never failed to do a clone or restore an image [for me]

Note if one of your drives is either WD or Seagate, you can download the free version of acronis from the respective site.
 

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Hi!This Christmas, I added a 2TB Hard Drive to the 1TB drive already in my computer (as well as some RAM, but that is unimportant).I wanted to reinstall Windows onto the old 1TB Drive, but keep an image of the new drive that could be booted until I was sure that all data was copied across. I installed Disk 2 (names for simplicity's sake) and set it up with the Acronis software the drive told me to use (on the label on the physical drive) . I created two partitions, one 900GB big and the other occupied the remaining 963GB. However, each of the cloning utilities I tried to use would not allow me to clone Disk 1 onto a partition on Disk 2 - they both only showed Disk 2, not the partitions.I have tried Acronis and EaseUS software, but both seem to have the same behavior.Any help would be much appreciated.James

Answer:Cloning Hard Drive to a partition

I suggest you allow Disk 2 to be treated as single, un-partitioned, drive to do the cloning of Disk 1 to Disk 2.  Then, you use Windows 7's Disk Management utility or a third party disk management tool such as EaseUS Partition Master to partition the drive.  You can do this with Windows 7's Disk Management utility; reference: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/resize-a-partition-for-free-in-windows-vista/

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looking for software to partition a new hard drive then copy the old hard drive data acrossyour recomendations pleasethankyou

Answer:partition and cloning hard drive

Try your HD manufacturer's website for a quik-fix which works for the specific make, but seldom runs for other brands

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Installed a new C: drive - a Samsung 250Gb IDE - as my Western Digital 80Gb was getting full. Rather than a clean install of XP I decided to make a clone using HD Clone, a freebie disk cloning tool I found elsewhere in this forum. This worked superbly and transferred an exact image of my Western Digital 80Gb drive onto my Samsung - it was so exact that I now have two Western Digital 80Gb drives! Disk Management in XP shows the drive as 74Gb Western Digital with the remaining 150Gb(or thereabouts) as "unallocated space".Is it possible to make the partition the full 250Gb at this stage without losing the data that has been copied over (it took 5 hours to make the image) or is it a case of getting hold of a copy of Partition Magic or similar to do the job. Suggestions welcomed please.

Answer:Cloning Hard Drive - how do I resize the partition

I should add that I'm running on XP Home fully updated and disks are NTFS formatted.

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Hi ,
I was going to make a post,then saw an old post



My suggestion is to image/clone your hdd onto backup media with this free app http://majorgeeks.com/EASEUS_Todo_Backup_d6195.html then install your new hdd and with the bootdisk that this app can create, boot to it and restore your cloned working OS and appsClick to expand...

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I have downloaded those two programs,as I have my old disc with 57GB and my new one of 250GB,do I do a whole disc clone or a partition?(see images)



Of course I wouldnt mind just putting the used space(40.65GB) of the 57GB onto the new HD,but if I have to put the full 57GB no problem,but must it be a partition or whole disc
Thanks
 

Answer:Hard drive cloning-partition or whole disc clone?

Yeah you can just clone the whole disk to keep it simple the free space will still be free space once you've cloned it,once its verified working,defrag it then shrink or expand the volume down in control panel,admin tools,disk management if you wish.
 

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Hi Folks,I have a 40 hard Drive with a Partition - 'C' Main Capacity 25.30GB Used 18.10GB Free 7.21GB'G'Partition Capacity 11.80GBUsed 4.17GBFree 7.70GBI would like to Clone the above 40GB Hard Drive to an 80GB Hard Drive. Will the size of the Main 'C' Drive & the Partition 'G' change or double or will it remain the same.Please will someone let me know.ThanksHenry

Answer:Cloning To Bigger hard Drive Will Partition Change

They will clone pro-rata so "C" should turn into 50.60Gb and "G" should turn into 23.60Gb. Aprox:-)

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tl;dr version
1.) Using Acronis's Universal Restore, should cloning OEM XP from a different system to a new system/new hard drive work? The purpose of doing this is to upgrade to Windows 8 without sacrificing my Vista installation. Is there anything I should know?

2.) How can I determine what kind of optical drive caddy will be best suited for my computer? I have a HP DV9700

3.) Is the digital download of Windows 8 re-installable? Is there any issue with installing it to a new system if the system it was previously installed to was wiped? I'm confused by the whole OEM thing

I'm thinking it would be wise to purchase a digital copy of Windows 8 while it's on sale still, but I'm not sure if it would be practical for me to install it & use up my Vista key in doing so. I'm taking a Computer Science course as well as a Game Design one, and I'm guessing that most of the software I will be using will not be compatible in Windows 8... so to get rid of Vista, I'd be getting myself in trouble & would probably have to rely on lab computers and registry work arounds.

Instead, I'm thinking it'd be a good idea to try to use Acronis True Image 2012 via Universal Restore to make a copy of my old Windows XP laptop, put the copy on a new hard drive, then install Windows 8 on the new hard drive & replace the old laptop's OS with Ubuntu. Should cloning the XP OS to a new hard drive work, even though my old XP laptop uses an OEM key?

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Answer:Would cloning the XP OS to a new hard drive work?

tl;dr version
1.) Using Acronis's Universal Restore, should cloning OEM XP from a different system to a new system/new hard drive work? The purpose of doing this is to upgrade to Windows 8 without sacrificing my Vista installation. Is there anything I should know?



Welcome to Eightforums.

Your OEM Win XP is not transfeable to a different system/new PC.

You can upgrade the OEM Win XP to Windows 8,
or
upgrade the OEM Win Vista PC to Windows 8.

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I have a 500 gig hdd wasting away in my media server. I stream from my other computers so all I need is a 40-80 gig in it. but I could have swore that I seen post here saying that clonind a hdd with vista doesn't work with vista. is this true? what should I use to clone vista?

Answer:does cloning a hard drive work in vista?

I use Acronis True Image. I have several cloned backups of Vista that work flawlessly when restored. I don't use Vista's system restore points as I don't trust them to solve problems. Restoring a recent back up has always kept me out of trouble.:happy:

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I have an old 320GB hard drive that's dying and slowing my computer down. The OS is on a 20GB partition. I want to copy that partition onto an empty, 110GB hard drive.

Will the data copied be corrupted? am I better off re-installing windows?

How can I do this?

Answer:Cloning a hard drive partition onto a smaller hard drive

Hi there

1) download something like FREE macrium and boot it up.
2) Image the OS
3) Restore the image to the new HDD --if it's a Laptop you can do it with a USB==>SATA cable without installing the new HDD first
4) swap the drives if it's a laptop
5) Boot.

Remember though if the Windows system partition exists to copy that as well as the "C" partition.

The rest of your data (User data etc) on the HDD - just save anywhere with File explorer / Windows explorer to wherever you want to keep it -- there's no reason why you couldn't keep it on the old HDD -- if it's an INTERNAL HDD you can get a powered SATA / IDE case and connect via USB or SATA.

I suspect you are installing an SSD -- EXCELLENT MOVE -- you won't be in any way disappointed. You can connect the 110GB SDD to the computer via a USB==>SATA cable - very cheap so you can restore to SSD BEFORE physically changing the drives. Even if it isn't an SSD the methodology applies -- ensure though the BOOT partition is ACTIVE !! or the system won't boot.

Cheers
jimbo

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I just bought a new SSD, San Disk ultra II 960GB. I want to install it in my Samsung Ativbook. The computer originally came with windows 8 but I did the free upgrade to 10. Ever since I upgraded, the computer is running much slower and takes a lot longer to boot. As a result, I bought a new drive to speed things up. I'm going to do a fresh install. One reason is that I read somewhere that a fresh install could help speed up my machine. The article stated that there was a difference between an upgrade vs. an install. Not sure if there is any truth to that. The second reason, is that I bought the laptop used and there is a file called MPStigstub that is in a strange folder in the C drive. When I do an antivirus scan it comes back with a warning about this file. I was already suspicious of it but with the warning, I now want to play it safe and start fresh. Apparently an Avira warning means the file can't be scanned because it's in use. I know that it's a Microsoft file but.... The third reason is that I accidentally clicked on a site that did a redirect. My computer crashed and now Avira is coming up with like 200 warnings but no detections.....

So my question is: what's the way to setup my new SSD. Is there a way to only clone the recovery part of my old drive? Also, the old recovery drive will just reinstall 8 correct and then I have to do the upgrade to 10 all over again? Is there a way for me to create my own W10 recovery partition and use the old Windows 8 activation co... Read more

Answer:SSD upgrade, cloning W10, and recovery partition

You've already done the upgrade so your PC was registered with MS Server. You need not to re-install 8 and do the upgrade again. Just disconnect the old drive, connect the new drive and do a fresh install of Windows 10. Once installed, Windows should be activated.

If you don't have the Windows 10 installation media. Download the ISO from here and make sure you select the correct edition of Windows 10:
Windows 10 Download - Tech Bench

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I just bought a new SSD, San Disk ultra II 960GB. I want to install it in my Samsung Ativbook. The computer originally came with windows 8 but I did the free upgrade to 10. Ever since I upgraded, the computer is running much slower and takes a lot longer to boot. As a result, I bought a new drive to speed things up. I'm going to do a fresh install. One reason is that I read somewhere that a fresh install could help speed up my machine. The article stated that there was a difference between an upgrade vs. an install. Not sure if there is any truth to that. The second reason, is that I bought the laptop used and there is a file called MPStigstub that is in a strange folder in the C drive. When I do an antivirus scan it comes back with a warning about this file. I was already suspicious of it but with the warning, I now want to play it safe and start fresh. Apparently an Avira warning means the file can't be scanned because it's in use. I know that it's a Microsoft file but.... The third reason is that I accidentally clicked on a site that did a redirect. My computer crashed and now Avira is coming up with like 200 warnings but no detections.....

So my question is: what's the way to setup my new SSD. Is there a way to only clone the recovery part of my old drive? Also, the old recovery drive will just reinstall 8 correct and then I have to do the upgrade to 10 all over again? Is there a way for me to create my own W10 recovery partition and use the old Windows 8 activation co... Read more

Answer:SSD upgrade, cloning W10, and recovery partition

You've already done the upgrade so your PC was registered with MS Server. You need not to re-install 8 and do the upgrade again. Just disconnect the old drive, connect the new drive and do a fresh install of Windows 10. Once installed, Windows should be activated.

If you don't have the Windows 10 installation media. Download the ISO from here and make sure you select the correct edition of Windows 10:
Windows 10 Download - Tech Bench

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I have upgraded my HD to a Samsung EVO 840 250GB SSD. I used the accompanying Data Migration software to clone my old HD to the SSD. The old HDD contained two partitions: C: and the product recovery Q: partition.  Now booting from the SSD, I see that the drive only contains C:, and that the Q: is no longer there. I still have the old HDD in it's original state and I may use it as an external HDD if I wanted to. Is there any way I can reinstate the Q partition?   

Answer:Product Recovery Partition gone after cloning to new SSD

Original HDD with Lenovo preloaded win7 should contain 3 partitions - 2 you have mentioned and very important hidden partition System_DRV.In order to clone successfully you have to clone entire drive, not by partitions. Leave the size of partition System_DRV on target drive as original one (!) on the source, after cloning process delete partition Q: (of course, if you made Factory_Recovery Media) and expand C:. Then reinstall Lenovo Rescue&Recovery application.

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Hey guys I want to upgrade my gf's computer by putting in a new hdd that is double the size of her current hdd. She has a dell which has two partitions, one which is where the os is located and the other one has a recovery partition which is activated when I press ctrl+f11 at boot up. The recovery partition is a ghost software just for further information. I read something on this thread http://www.techsupportforum.com/f16/...on-156796.html . I plan to use drive image xml to do the clones. What I plan to do is to clone each partition one at a time and than restore it on the new hdd which would have the same C: partion for the OS the D: for the recovery partition. The question that I have is if when I complete the restoring of both the partitions, will I be able to activate the recovery partition just by pressing ctrl+f11 as I did with the original hdd? The reason that I am asking is because pressing ctrl+f11 is the only way to use the recovery partition when it is needed. Thank you.

Answer:[SOLVED] Cloning HDD with OS partition and recovery partition

You have to also clone the MBR and partition table. Or you might be able to use the tool from the following web site to restore the Dell proprietary MBR:
Inside the Dell PC Restore Partition

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Dear Community, This weekend I've successfully installed the Intel's 80GB mSATA SSD onto my 1 month old X220. With help of Intel Data Migration Software my stock 320GB HDD was cloned onto 80GB mSATA SSD with downsizing of the main system partition Windows7_OS (66GB instead of 287GB) and preserving of Windows load partition SYSTEM_DRV and ThinkVantage Rescue&Recovery partition Lenovo_Recovery in place. Afterwards, I removed HDD to stay on SSD-only system a bit for testing purposes. While Windows loads fine, the BlueButton seems to be malfunction now: instead of loading from the ThinkVantage Rescue&Recovery partition it shows me the Windows loader message telling me that it cannot find the target system anymore. What's wrong? Is there a way to rectify it? NOTE: When I'm pulling HDD back inplace and pushing the BlueButton then R&R loads fine! It seems like ThinkVantage looks for R&R partition on HDD instead of SSD. Thanks!













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Answer:How to re-enable load from recovery partition after cloning of stock HDD onto mSATA SSD?

OK, answering my own question: reinstalling the ThinkVantage Rescue&Recovery might help as soon as it re-initializes boot partition as well.

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Hello there, I was bought a 250GB SSD for my Ideapad 510 (with 1TB HDD). Cloned my HDD to the new SSD with EaseUS. My world was pretty pinky until the day of I've experienced Blue Screen of Death (windows 10 error screen). Decided to recover my laptop with Onekey Recovery option (with Novo button). But nothing's changed, blue screen came out on that part too. So I decided to make a temporary clean windows 10 installation and after that I can make a recovery. Unfortunately, I see that Novo button recovery option is not working anymore, it opens windows 10's advanced settings restart screen instead of Onekey Recovery screen. After a little research, I see that onekey recovery option is getting broke after that migration stuff (partition resizing, changing part ID etc.) I have a theory, but I need your help on that point, claryfing point by point:-Creating new hidden recovery partition, creating an initial backup image an so on.-Replacing image files with the original factory image (because I've access original image files, was backuped. but the old HDD is not exist anymore)-After that initial recovery will be done. In other words: Make Onekey Recovery work again -> change the files -> make factory recovery NOW; according to my theory (don't know it would work or not), I need to setup Onekey Recovery program first, but I can't find, setup file is not for public access I think. Could anyone share the program? Also a guide would be appreciated. P.S: Any o... Read more

Answer:Onekey Recovery does not work after cloning to SSD

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I presently have 2 hard drives, a 1TB, and a 500GB.

Presently, the 1TB drive is being used as a primary (windows installed on this), and the 500gb as storage. Recently, my 500GB has become full, and I would like to essentially swap primary and storage (its a more logical setup to do this). Right now, my 1TB has enough free space to copy all of the contents of the 500GB drive, and I need to know if it possible and logical to do the following:

1. Create a 500GB partition on my primary drive, and transfer all 500GB of storage drive to it.
2. Delete all contents on 500GB drive.
3. Clone the Windows partition to 500GB drive, leaving the storage 500GB partition alone.
4. Have the new windows drive bootable.

I am capable of doing the partitoning myself, but I need advice on the drive imaging as I have never done that before, and I am not even sure as whether it is even possible to clone a partition, not the whole drive, to another partition

Thanks
 

Answer:Cloning a drive partition

Drive image XML(Free) can do this (Drive to Drive copy):
http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm
Acronis is preferred by many.
I don't see the logic, however. I also don't see a backup strategy.
 

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So, in my disk management I have a few partitions. I have, in order from left to right, a Windows 7 partition, a shared data partition, and a Windows 8 partition. Well, the shared data partition is only 110GB, and it's almost full. That said, the Windows 8 partition was 380GB. So, I shrank the Windows 8 partition to 280GB, thus allowing 100GB unallocated. I made a new partition there too, and I want to clone the Windows 8 partition to the new one, (kind of a roundabout way of moving my OS to a new partition, so I can add more space to my shared data partition). Is this necessarily a good idea? Can I actually do it?

Do I just copy all the files over, or do I legitimately clone it?

HERE IS A VISUAL
BEFORE
||SYSTEM RESERVED||WINDOWS 7||SHARED DATA||WINDOWS 8||

NOW
||SYSTEM RESERVED||WINDOWS 7||SHARED DATA||WINDOWS 8||BLANK PARTITION||
WHAT I WANT TO DO
||SYSTEM RESERVED||WINDOWS 7||SHARED DATA||BLANK PARTITION||WINDOWS 8||

Answer:Drive Cloning -- One Partition To Another

I wouldn't use anything else other than Acronis to alter partitions. Others may be alright, some others definitely not alright, but Acronis is tested and known well.

I would use Clonezilla to clone to the new partition. I'd also make sure the new partition is a Primary one.

You can use EasyBCD to add the new entry for the "new" operating system.

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Hello there, I was bought a 250GB SSD for my Ideapad 510 (with 1TB HDD). Cloned my HDD to the new SSD with EaseUS. My world was pretty pinky until the day of I've experienced Blue Screen of Death (windows 10 error screen). Decided to recover my laptop with Onekey Recovery option (with Novo button). But nothing's changed, blue screen came out on that part too. So I decided to make a temporary clean windows 10 installation and after that I can make a recovery. Unfortunately, I see that Novo button recovery option is not working anymore, it opens windows 10's advanced settings restart screen instead of Onekey Recovery screen. After a little research, I see that onekey recovery option is getting broke after that migration stuff (partition resizing, changing part ID etc.) I have a theory, but I need your help on that point, claryfing step by step:-Creating new hidden recovery partition, creating an initial backup image an so on.-Replacing image files with the original factory image (because I've access original image files, was backuped. but the old HDD is not exist anymore)-After that initial recovery will be done. In other words: Make Onekey Recovery work again -> change the files -> make factory recovery NOW; according to my theory (don't know it would work or not), I need to setup Onekey Recovery program first, but I can't find, setup file is not for public access I think. Could anyone share the program? Also a guide would be appreciated. P.S: Any oth... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED!] Onekey Recovery does not work after cloning to SSD

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Hello folks. I have an issue that is somewhat new to me.

I'm typing from a Windows Server 2003 machine now. it has a single physical drive, ~160 GB., split into two partitions:
The system partition is 38.3 GB and is 49% full.
The data partition is 108.5 GB, and is only 6% full.

What I need to do, is

backup the entire installation to an external drive
then wipe the server drive and divide it into two partitions (about equal size ideally.)
install debian into one partition
Restore the windows server installation from backup, into the other (presumably subdividing that into two)

i have an idea of how to do this, but the multiple windows partitions are problematic to me. Can anyone provide some advice on possible things that could go wrong? is it feasible to do ?

At the moment I'm planning to use Microsoft's Backup Utility for Windows, which is already installed. But if there's a better application for the job (that won't cost anything!) I'd be glad to know.

As can be seen from the figures, there's a lot of free space. Can that be cut out of the backup, so that when restored the files can fit into appropriately smaller partitions?
 

Answer:Multi-partition drive cloning.

Agree - back up the system before messing with it.
But I'd image the full drive using Ghost, you want to go free maybe http://redobackup.org/ might work.

Then I'd copy the info from the data partition to the system partition then use Partiton Magic, but you want free so try
Parted Magic
or maybe Partition Logic

Delete the data partition, resize the system partition if needed, and then let Linux part the space when you install.

Not wiping the entire drive out. But I'd also google dual booting Linux with windows server installed to make sure this doesn't mess up the boot, etc.

I've moved, resized, deleted & created partitions on drives before but I've have Partition Magic forever never had any issues - knock on wood.
 

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Hello, I am having a hard time with cloning the stock 256gb ssd onto a larger 1tb ssd. This is the same process i have done for the following models: 820, 840, 850 all g1 and g2 models. When i boot up i choose legacy for my usb and attempt to use ghost64.The issue is that it cant find a partition. I also tried to use diskpart and neither disk or volume can be listed.  I have disabled secure boot with legacy enabled.updated the bios as of 10/14/2016  Aditionally i tried to image up an 850 g3 with kali linux and i could not get it to boot for the life of me.every installation attempt worked and completed but it would not boot. Is there some new security or feature that blocks seeing the stock partition ? Thanks in advance

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I have a Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit system running a Dual Core 2.3ghz processor with 4mb ram.

I have some bad cluster problems with my primary drive C. Sometimes I get the blue screen of death, and an automatic reboot. In the reboot, the system goes through a chkdisk procedure and reports on several bad clusters. The drive is a 1tb drive partitioned into two sections 1 section is 124,2 gb (the boot section) and an 807.39 gb secondary drive labeled drive F. This is a Western Digital SATA drive.

I recently purchased a second 1tb Toshiba SATA drive, and cloned my drive C to the new Drive D. I used the freeware version of the program HDClone to do the job. The new drive D is an exact clone of drive C. There are two partitions D = 124.2gb, and E = 807.39gb. During the cloning, there were some sectors that contained the bad clusters that were not transferred to Drive D. However, so far, I have not discovered any major programs that are not operating as they should. If I discover a minor glitch, I think I can reinstall that program and solve the problem.

I have checked the new cloned drive, and it seems to work fine. I tested it by disconnecting the original boot drive C from the system and rebooting. Everything went good, however a little loss in speed. I then ran Win 7 repair disk on drive D. The repair program found some errors and repaired them. When I then retested drive D, it seems to now run at the same speed as the old Drive C ran at.

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Answer:Cloning Primary Partition Drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by edawood


...I have checked the new cloned drive, and it seems to work fine. I tested it by disconnecting the original boot drive C from the system and rebooting. Everything went good, however a little loss in speed. I then ran Win 7 repair disk on drive D. The repair program found some errors and repaired them. When I then retested drive D, it seems to now run at the same speed as the old Drive C ran at.


Not good ... slow drive performance CAN be an early indication of impending drive failure -- as the OS tries to read the same (failing) sector over and over and over, until it either succeeds, or gives up. The new drive isn't by any chance a Western Digital, is it? I've had three new ones fail on me this year.






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My goal is to make drive D my new drive C with a drive D partition, and the older drive (presently drive C) my secondary drive E with a drive F partition. Will just renaming the drives in disk management accomplish this goal, or is there a more correct way to rename the drives?


Win7 automatically considers the OS "drive" as C: -- so I wouldn't "name" it that (if you mean, the drive Label); instead, I would name it something like "OS-Vol". Windows will assign it the drive letter of "C" when it boots.

Would do the same with the names of the other volumes -- use something that indicates the purpose of the volume, not the dr... Read more

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I have an Acer Aspire 5100 laptop running Windows 7. The 120 GB hard drive is close to full and I've purchased a 1TB drive I want to clone it to using Macrium Reflect - Free Edition and a USB/SATA cable. This software allows me to custom resize partitions. There are 3 partitions, PQSERVICE (hidden) about 10 GB, C: ACER, about 52 GB and D: DATA, about 52 GB. I'll be expanding C: and D: to fill the new drive, but do I need to make the PQSERVICE partition bigger or just leave it as is. It's about 2/3 full. I've used the free Acronis versions for WD and Seagate before and they just increase all the partitions proportionally, but that software isn't working for me on this laptop for some reason.

Answer:Cloning drive and PQSERVICE partition

PQSERVICE is part of your system restore and  D probably contains more of it. If you made system restore disks or you don't care about system restore, you can delete them. If you do care, you should clone the HDD as it is without changing the size of the partitions.  

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Hey guys this is my first post on your site, I figured this would be the best place.

My dad passed away 2 years ago and he had a toshibia laptop, and today I've decided to start using it. I would like to reformat it to Windows 7 from Windows XP. I know this site is probably related to doing things for Windows 7 but it can't be much different.

He has a 80gb hdd with everything on one partition (thats how windows does it).
I would like to create another partition (~20gb, and I know how to do this) and have clonezilla clone the main partition and save it to the 20gb partition. This is because you can't clone and save to the same drive unless its partitioned. (I'm saying partition lot).

Anyway my fathers computer is very important to me, and having it remain intact as he left it is very very important to me. I know the easiest and most sarcastic response is to tell me not to use it, but I want to use this computer.

Does anyone have experience with clonezilla? Will it back up the ENTIRE HDD like it says it will, without missing any important documents and files scattered throughout the disc? And when I do finish the cloning, format, and at a later date restore using the image I copied, will it be like I never touched it?
Thanks guys, I appreciate your time.

Answer:Clonezilla - cloning a drive to a partition

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There's always a significant risk of losing data when using a cloning program, and an even greater chance of corrupting xp when installing a 2nd operating system for the first time. What you propose to do wouldn't work anyway. If you really want to preserve the system as your father used it, I would recommend buying a new HDD and installing windows 7 to that instead... then store your fathers HDD in the antistatic bag the new HDD comes out of.

It's much easier to replace a HDD in a laptop than in a desktop. I can usually do it in less than a minute, with anything other than a Macbook. (although I've had a bit of practice)

Think about my suggestion for a while and if you decide to take my advice I can help you through the entire process.. even if you've never done it before

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Background:
After having two HD failures with my (new as of the end of the summer) Dell Latitude E6410 over the course of several months, I decided to go the SSD route. The data from my second drive is backed up, but I had many large applications installed that I will need to use in about two weeks (which is also the first time that I will have access to the license keys and install disks/files for these applications). Consequently, I am attempting to clone the install partition (~180GB Win7 Ultimate x64) from this recent 500GB HD, which has several bad sectors, to my new SSD (240 GB drive).

Problem Description:
After cloning and fixing the Windows 7 partition from my old drive, recreating the MBR, and fixing dozens of BSODs, I am now stuck with Stop: 0x000000F4, "a process or thread crucial to the system has been unexpectedly exited or terminated."

It is important to note that the BSOD is not being written to the minidump folder, and when I deleted Memory.dmp, the file was not recreated, so I suspect that it is not being written to that file either. Even though I tried to run in boot logging mode (and all other F8 boot modes), ntbootlog.txt is empty. I can't figure out how to debug the problem with no *.dmp files.

Additional Information:
1. The BSOD occurs after Classpnp.sys has loaded regardless of which boot mode I use. This is also the last driver loaded by the test system I have installed on an additional partition on the SSD (which boots just fine).

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Answer:BSOD after cloning partition from bad drive to SSD

I fixed the entire problem, and my system runs faster than ever before thanks to the SSD.

For others with similar problems in the future:
1. I ran SpinRite (GRC*|*Hard drive data recovery software**) on the original drive for over 12 hours, and even though it got through less than 0.05% of the partition, it was able to remap 3 of the 10 bad sectors to empty sectors. The remaining 7 bad sectors are in other partitions.
2. I ran chkdsk /f /r on the partition on the damaged drive and it reported no problems.
3. I cloned the system to the SSD again with ntfsclone --rescue /dev/sd<SRC> -O /dev/sd<DEST>
4. I ran startup repair on the cloned partition (at this point the system booted)
5. The system installed drivers for the SSD and restarted. Upon booting again, it ran chkdsk on itself and fixed hundreds of problems.
6. I cleaned the bad clusters file by running chkdsk /f /b myself from the install CD.
7. I booted and tried running EasyBCD. The .NET framework could not be found (chkdsk had deleted a required file because it was corrupt).
8. When I restarted the system to boot from the install cd, the system got stuck trying to run an update.
9. I forced a shutdown and ran chkdsk again. No problems were found.
10. I rebooted and performed a repair install.
11. I fixed the touchpad drivers and replaced the desktop background (which had reset itself to solid black).

So far, I haven't experienced any problems with the new installation. Photoshop loads about 10 times faster... Read more

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Hey,

Having a problem with my laptop not booting after cloning to an SSD drive. I have been googling for a possible fix, but nothing has worked so far, so I thought I would sign up here and see if anyone has experienced similar issues and if there is a possible fix.

I am running a custom built laptop for music production, but my harddrive failed, the recovery partition was lost as well as almost all the data on the drive. The solution was to buy a new SSD and clone the HDD of my friend's identical laptop (everything is identical, OS, hardware etc.) The idea was to clone the drive of my friends computer, install it in mine and do a factory reset via the recovery partition.

After cloning the hdd to my new SSD drive my computer won?t boot.

When trying to boot to the cloned SSD I get the message:
"Reboot and Select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"

When following the boot order from BIOS I get the message:
"PXE-E61 Media test failure, check cable"
(looks like it has something to do with the ethernet controller, however this is the last item in the boot list).

When trying to boot into Hiren's Boot (USB) the same error message shows up:
"reboot and select proper boot device...".

Now it is possible to boot into the startup repair cd I created and the windows 7 install disc, however, after selecting input language it tells me:
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Answer:Not booting after cloning HD a SSD drive, Recovery CD not working...

Hi and welcome to the Forum.
Are you absolutely certain that both laptops had the same version of Windows?
Have you seen this:
PXE-E61 Media Test Failure Error

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I want to transfer an exact copy of one hard drive to another in the same machine before the first hard drive fails, and to save re-installing everything. Can anybody suggest a reasonably cheap program that will do that? I am using XP Home edition. Many thanks in anticipation.

Answer:Cloning a hard drive

You can either try Norton Ghost 2003 or Powerquest Drive Image 2003.

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I have a 160GB 2.5" hard drive installed in a laptop of mine. This laptop has no disk (neither CD nor DVD of any sort) drive and no floppy drive. I do not have an external DVD or CD drive or floppy drive, nor do I intend on purchasing one.

I have a 400GB 2.5" drive installed in a USB enclosure.

I would like to do the following:

1. Clone ENTIRELY the contents of the 160GB drive onto the 400GB drive, so that the drive contains ALL FILES, REGISTERIES ETC of the old drive, but just with a larger, 400GB partition.

2. REMOVE the 160GB drive from the laptop, throw it away, smash it to bits, I don't give a damn, forget about it.

3. INSTALL THE 400GB DRIVE into the laptop.

4. Boot up USING THE 400GB DRIVE, AND BOOT EXACTLY AS IT WAS BEFORE, BUT WITH MORE SPACE.


I'll repeat: I have no floppy drive, no CD or DVD drive, and DO NOT INTEND ON BUYING ONE.




Things I do not want to do:


I DO NOT want to boot my 400GB drive from USB.

I DO NOT want to boot my 160GB drive from USB.

I DO NOT want to use a floppy drive or buy a floppy drive or look at a floppy drive or be reminded that floppy drives exist.

I DO NOT want to buy cheap viagra.

I DO NOT want to do anything I did not SPECIFICALLY MENTION in this thread.



If anyone is able to help me with this, it would be much appreciated.

Will I be able to use XXCLONE to do this?

Answer:Cloning a hard drive.

Where do you plan to do this (cloning), in another computer with all the things you mentioned that you do not have in your laptop?

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I have an old copy of Ghost version 9 (recovers & backs-up in DOS). Seems to work fine - but there has been problems with images being corrupt, and other suggestions on FAST Cloning software. Not from reviews, but from actual use. What works? I'm testing Nero and I'm backing up 400GB of data and it's take about 12 hours. Not bad I guess... but is there anything better?
Help
 

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Acronis True Image
 

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Hi there, I have a new HD that I am putting in a spare PC that was a barebones machine with no HD.The HD is completely empty and when I turn on I just get a dos prompt. I have tried booting with a Linux CD and a Win98 CD but can't get it to do anything. Do I need to get software to enable me to copy the O/S on my main PC to this new HD (if I put the new HD into my main PC and then reinstall in the barebones machine)?The new HD is smaller than my own HD but all I need are the essential files to enable the new HD to boot up in the other PC - perhaps the o/s doesn?t even need to be put on it?Be grateful for advice!ThanksMark

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When you boot, you may see something likepress del to enter setupAlternatively it may be press F2 etcDo that and navigate through startup options; choose CDROM as First Boot DeviceSave and exit using commands as in display.Remember, Win98 will not boot by itself; you need a bootable floppy.Most Linux CDs will boot.

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After years I finally have an extrenal hard drive and "Acronis True Image Home 2011" Ready to back up my complete system. I want to make sure the system is clean and in tip top shape (every thing seems all right). Should I defrag/along with cleaning up temp. files? Run scans with system restore off and or safe mode? What else?

Thank you very much and have a good one!

Answer:What to do before cloning hard drive

Sure - whatever you like. All you're doing is creating a backup to which you can return if needed. You should create images frequently and ALWAYS verify the image during creation (you can make that a default setting in options). Save the 2 or 3 most recent images and delete the older ones. This insures that you always have a fallback position in the unlikely event one of the images is corrupt (it happens, but VERY rarely if you verify).

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Question: Hard drive cloning

I have a T30 Thinkpad, XP Pro and want to replace hard drive with a new 120 gig. First off, any suggestion on brands? And what is the best cloning software out there? Are the free programs like HDCLONE ok?
Thanks, JeffB
 

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i've always had good results with Seagate hard drives myself. as for cloning software i use Acronis True Image (have to pay for it though). not sure on HD Clone but i'm sure the guru's here can advise on some freeware cloner programs.
 

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Hi everyoneJust about to order a 1tb WD hdd and usb caddy and use WD 's free Acronis True Image WD Edition Software to clone my main drive on my work Pc which is around 6 years old...A couple Qs i have are :1 1tb new drive to back up 300 gb of used disk on a 640gb , ok?2 How long to copy.3 How long to update (subsequent copies of same disk)
4 If Pc completely redlined would clone copy work in new pc?
Cheers Kev 

Answer:Cloning Hard Drive Qs

As far as I can see from your writings - you're good to go!  How long for cloning or image restore or copying folders/files -- don't know.
Addendum:  I was wrong about being good to go.  A later poster is very accurate, follow that advice.

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Hi. I'm new to the forum and tried reading through the posts to see someone with my question but no luck. I have a Toshiba qosmio 18.4" laptop which has a 500 gb hard drive and a secondary drive that has a 1tb hard drive. I am planning on swapping out the 500gb for a 1 tb so my laptop will be 2 tb. In order to do this, I guess I'll have to clone my 500gb to put onto my new 1 tb. The hard drives for both are toshiba hard drives and fits the specs for the laptop. Will I have an exact copy of the 500gb or will have some problems with some of the softwwares I downloaded onto the 500gb? Please advise. Thanks.
 

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If I get a new computer, with a larger hard drive than my present one, how do I transfer all of the contents of the old drive to the new one so that I retain all of my programs, information settings etc?
 

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That depends on hardware installed/available and your skill level. Programs will need to be reinstalled as they cannot simply be copied. They need to have registry entries and paths to files setup. Personal information can be transfered by either copying to a cd(need burner on old computer) or via a zip drive. You can network the 2 computers. The method if no cd or zip is available is to temporarlly move the old hard drive to the new computer and drag and drop the information. It is a fairly easy thing if you have done any work inside a computer. When you decide which method to use, post back and we can offer specific info on how to transfer e-mail, messages and addresses.
 

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I want to clone my current 40 GB drive to a newer, larger one. Norton will do it (I hope), but the options don't seem to include cloning the C Drive and have the copy automatically designated as C.

I'm comfortable enough with adding drives, etc, but this is scary. I could lose everything if I do it wrong.

Truthfully, I'm not even sure this can be done (in spite of what the software manufacturers say). Starting fresh might be the easy way, but some of the programs I'm using are no longer available and I don't want to lose them.
 

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So, I'm planning to upgrade a laptop HDD and seeing as I've never done this kind of thing before, maybe you bright knowledgable techies could help me out. I'm planning to use three things for the procedure.

1. VANTEC CB-ISATAU2 SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812232002

2. Western Digital Scorpio WD1200BEVE 120GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache ATA-6 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136130

3. Acronis True Image 11 Build 8053 Home

I simply make the laptop HDD into an external and then use Arcronis to clone my boot drive, do a transplant and boot from the new clone. This should work, at least in my mind. Will it? Better ways, easier ways?

Are there any priliminary things I should consider to save time and frustration? Oh, and I've been "reliably" informed that ATA-100 falls under the umbrella of ATA-6, this is true yes? The HDD that came with the laptop is ATA-100 and everything listed in Newegg is ATA-6, that's why I ask.

Are there better tools, other than the ones I listed to this job? Note, I haven't bought anything yet.

Thoughts?

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I am about to upgrade the hard drive on my notebook and would like to transfer the present set up to the new drive. The operating system is Windows 98 upgraded to XP home edition. I have a copy of Norton Ghost 2002 which does not transfer data to an external USB CD-RW.Prior to purchasing another package or upgrading my version of Ghost could anyone advise me of a program that will will transfer data to an external drive.

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Ghost will clone to ext hd.

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i got a notebook and i bought a new hd for it ... so the computer wont recognize the hd ,so i got the usb, ide adapter to connect hds and all of that, to my usb port... so i wanted to clone my desktop hd to my notebook hd.. to see if the notebook reads it.. can i do that or any other ideas, in how to make the notebook recognize the empty hd.. ? i cant access the bios of the notebook .. because it has a password..
 

Answer:i need help cloning a hard drive..

when i try turning on the computer , the bios gets shadowed ...what does that mean?
 

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I Have a Dell Dimension 4000 with 2 hard drives, one small,and one big, the current operating system is Windows XP SP3 is there any way that i can completely swap hard drives over from the small one onto the big one without having to re-install Windows XP or losing any of my data?

Any Help would be Appreciated.
 

Answer:Cloning Hard Drive

Many people here have used the free version of XXClone. But there are many other options. So long as you make no changes to the original drive until you are sure the clone works, you don't have to worry about mistakes because you can try again.

Please take the time to read the directions. This is a serious operation unless you don't mind starting all over from scratch.

And, as always, all your files should be freshly backed up. Hard drives fail all the time and suddenly. It is just a matter of time. And any process that operates on drives can have errors that leave you with that empty feeling. The risk, of course, is yours to evaluate and assume. Just don't claim that no one warned you.

But never go by drive letters to identify drives. Letters change. Use size and/or position to be sure you are operating on the right partitions.

Free Drive Cloners/Imagers:

Farstone Driveclone Express
Macrium Reflect
Paragon Drive Backup Express
G4U - Ghost For Unix (Platform-independent, floppy or CD)
Clonezilla (Bare-metal restoration from image)
Partimage
Dubaron Diskimage
SystemRescueCD
EaseUs Disk Copy (Copies disks or partitions)
XXClone
CloneZilla GParted LiveCD (Complete partitioning and drive imaging/restoration tools)
Drive Image XML
Partition Saving
PCI CloneMaxx
HDClone
DriveClonerXP
Self-Image
copyr.dma (Copies disk with bad sectors for recovery)
DiscWizard (For Seagate or Maxtor drives - contains reduced version of Acronis)

Commercial Apps:

Paragon Drive Ba... Read more

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I need to clone my HDD so I can install a bigger one, I have Acronis True Image Home but that won't work on Windows 7 rather than buy the latest version at some 40 can anyone recommend a decent freebee.
regards

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When I have upgraded to a larger disc I used the method described here: link

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The 80 gb HDD on the pc at home is just about full despite uninstalling redundant stuff and frequent use of CCleaner (I blame the kids). It's so full it won't complete a defrag, so I plan to install a new 250gb hdd as slave then use Acronis TI 10 to clone the entire disk. Then I'll set the 250gb drive as master, and make sure it works before reformatting the old drive.The new disk is an oem; once plumbed in as slave, is there anything I need to do with it before asking Acronis to clone to it?

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I'm pretty sure Acronis will walk you through the whole procedure.My older version 7 did - so I'm sure v10 will do an even better job.If you buy a Seagate drive, you can even get a free (cut-down) version of Acronis from the Seagate site, which is specialised for doing the "new drive + cloning" job, too.

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i'm going to be assembling a computer this weekend, and i have a hard drive thats been formatted. i was just wondering, can i hook up that hard drive as a slave to my current computer and then "select all" the system files in my current hard drive and paste them onto the slave hard drive? would that work or does winxp not allow that. thanks in advance.

Answer:Hard Drive Cloning

yupper....tha's what i've done many times

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I want to clone a hard drive with a capacity of 320GB on to a SSD with a capacity of 240GB. However, only 200GB of the 320GB are taken up. The software that I am using tells me that I cannot do it because the source hard drive is larger than the target. What can I do?
 

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Can drive image software clone a hard drive for use in a new pc? Would the image of winxp work in the new pc since the hardware was different? If not then wouldn't winxp have to be reinstalled from its cd? If that was the case then wouldn't all other programs have to be reinstalled from their cd's since their image wouldn't be referenced in the new install of windows?
 

Answer:cloning hard drive to new pc

Yes in all cases, basically

An image would contain all the (wrong) drivers for the motherboard chipset, graphics etc, unless both motherboards are identical. Booting would be doubtful.

Even then XP would throw a fit and require re-activation (so you could not use a copy that was already installed)

You could try it, then doing a Repair to see if it would pick up the right drivers, but its likely to be unreliable in operation, assuming you have a valid CD key that you could change it to in order to activate.

Remember that an OEM copy of Windows is locked for life to the original hardware by the license, if not by the activation.
 

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My 45Gb hard disk had lost a few clusters and I bought a new 60Gb drive to replace.I thought it possible to clone the new f: hard drive from the old c: one, as explained in previous postings.I tried xcopy, then xxcopy/clone, but neither has resulted in a bootable drive. I have Xp Pro o the original disk, but the disk unsuccessfully starts booting in Me and stops after a few seconds due to inability to find some .vxd file.Three (and a 1/2) questions : 1. Is there a (free) way of cloning a hard disk running Xp?2. Will my old copy of Partition Magic 7 help me (if I can remember where I put it?)3. I now have a f: hard drive with approx 30Gb of file on it, that I cannot reformat with command prompt (it says volume too big for FAT32) or Windows explorer (NTFS : will this be solved if I make F: the slave drive again?). when I try to reinstall Windows Xp it has a fatal error 11 minutes from completion (?during registering?).Oops!3.5 Is the letter allocation of the drives important and if so how do I alter it?PS the original Hard disk is still working, and seems to be happy to act as boot drive despite being on IDE1 and slave(?!?!)Thank you!

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Use norton ghost to copy disk over, I always disconnect the cdrom cable and use that to connect the 2nd hard drive, when finished swop drives over and boot from the new drive without connecting the original drive yet.When your happy that it boots ok, replace with original drive and format it before reconnecting it as slave.If you boot with both drives connected before formatting old drive xp, will leech across and can caude probs.

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I need to clone a hard drive to make an operating double of it.

The system is Win2000 set up with drawers / trays for the hard drives so I can move things around pretty easy.

I want to clone the existing Win2000 Drive C which is an 80G drive, 2.93G of it is used (NTFS) to another spare hard drive as an exact duplicate, other drive is 40G (NTFS) with nothing on it.

The reason for doing this is so, I can make one of the drives for only using on certain tasks where I am paranoid about security. Like banking, things to do with money. It will get maximum attention, checking to always be completely free of any trojans, nasty stuff, only used for things involving where money is being transferred. This drive will only be used on a few sites. The other drive will be used for general surfing. They both will use the same computer / hardware, the tray will be swapped out to change the Drive C as required.

I was looking to use Clone Maxx to do this. I downloaded both the .ISO version and the installation version. Exactly what is the difference? I understand how to make a bootable CD with the .ISO version. Is that the way to go?

Can it put the existing drive system on the new drive which is smaller, the new drive is smaller than the original. Do I have to partition or whatever to make the original drive size equal or less? Am a rookie to all of this. Don't want to mess it up.

Exactly what steps do I have to follow?

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How do I clone my failing hard drive to a replacement retaining both the content and the restore partition? 

Answer:Hard Drive Cloning

Might be doable using a free bootable disc called CloneZilla, and second disk drive or equal or greater size connected via SATA or ATA. There are quite a few YouTube tutorials on how to use the software.

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I want to clone my 250GB Seagate SATA Drive to a 1TB Western Digital HD...i was wondering would there be any conflicts if have the same OS (Vista 32bit) on both drives while they're active or would it setup where i'd have the choice of which to boot from? Thanks for any help in advance
 

Answer:Cloning my Hard Drive

Depends on what you mean by "clone". There are utilities that will literally CLONE a drive's contents byte-perfect to another drive, there's copying/pasting files from one drive to the other, and quite a few options in between.

What exactly are you trying to accomplish, and why? Knowing this will help us steer you in the right direction.
 

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Question: cloning hard drive

I want to install new SSD hard drive and do not know how to clone my old IDE disk in to new SSD so that all my programs and operating system will be copied and I do not have to install any software again.

Can you suggest software to clone my existing disk

I have dell computer with following:
Microsoft Wndows xp
home edition
Verson 2002
Intel
Pentium 4 cpu 3.00Ghz
2.99 Ghz, 2.00GB of Ram
Hard drive 149 GB
Use 35.00GB
Free 149 GB
 

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I want to clone my h/d - just in case. How do I go about doing that?

I run Windows Me on a Compaq 1.2 Ghz, 40Gb h/d.

I had to have my h/d replaced after a little over a year. The repairman at Best Buy said he tried 4 h/d's (Western Digital)before he found one that would load. I really don't want to go through that again, and I don't trust WD after all I've heard. I would rather buy another h/d and put everything on it to keep for a spare.

Thanks for any help.
 

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I have a new PC, and just upgraded to WD10..it's COOL!
The hard drive only has 300GB..but my old PC, has WD7 has 1TB.
Can I or how can I clone the smaller HDD (WD 10) to larger HDD (that already have WD 7)?

What would happen? Would the larger HHD now to operating with WD 10 ?

Goal after cloning: have larger HHD drive WD 10 and keep all existing programs as well

What is Tech Support guy best and easy suggestion?

Thanks in advance.
 

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To all experts,My name is Wen. I got a IBM thinkpad T60 laptop, and it start to die recently. So, I've like to clone the hard drive. Can someone tell me how to clone a bootable hard drive please? Thank you! 

Answer:IBM T60 hard drive cloning

You have two options  1. Backup all of your hard drive with Rescue and Recovery  2. Use programs such as one from Acronis or Norton to backup your hard drive   

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Hi Folks,I have a cloned hard drive and I wish to reclone it to bring it up to date with my main hard drive, do I have to Format it first before Cloning it again. I have Acronis ver 9 which I can use. Please advise.ThanksSolartopi

Answer:Cloning Hard Drive Again Please Help

I assume your backup is on another hard drive, either internal or external. With Acronis you have two options, either to update your existing backup to match the present main hard drive, or produce a completely new back up. Either way you do not need to reformat your hard drive to do this.

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Hey there everyone,

I have recently upgraded my computer from an old 462 motherboard and athlon xp 3200 to a Foxconn M6VMX and an AMD Athlon 64 x2 5600. Unfortunatly my old 120GB IDE hard drive can't keep up. I have ordered a 500GB Western Digital Caviar Black and I am awaiting it's arival. I am wondering how would I go about cloning my origional hard drive and is it possible to get a good free program to do it?

Thanks, Jack-O-Bytes
 

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I was wondering if there are any devices or software on the market to fit this scenario.

First let me say that I run a computer rental department for an Audio VIsual Company. We have about 150 machines that go in and out on a dfaily basis. RIght now as these machines come in I hook the laptops up on a network and net boot them to a powerquest imaging program to image them. Desktops I hook up to a KVM switcher and image the same way.

My issue is that this takes about a an hour to turn over 16 machines. Sometimes I need to turn over 50 machines in a few hours. This isn't as difficult with laptops as they don't need to be on a KVM switcher. The issue is the desktops.

My idea is to have some type of machine with 10 hard drive slots easily accessable that i can load full of 10 drives and select an image to image at a bit level to each drive. That way I could have a stock of imaged hard drives ready to swap with the machines that are coming off of shows to go right back out the same day.

Is there such a thing made that do this?

Thank you so much for you're time in reading this lengthy post.
 

Answer:Hard drive Cloning

I understand what you're trying to do. Basically, you want to image the new hard drives without all the time consumig setup.

I think the solution is using an eSATA drive with an external connector or maybe connect to the internal SATA bus. This allow an ultra fast imaging of the new drives. This way you can image the drives quickly and then physically install them in the chassis.

Just an idea. Tell us if this can work.

-- Andy
 

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Question: CLONING HARD DRIVE

I have a Lenovo ideapad Y430.  It came with a 160GB hard drive.  I just acquired a larger hard drive and I would like to clone the smaller drive so that I can use the larger drive in my ideapad.  Does anybody know a good hardware and software that will clone all my partitions (including the hidder one for recovery) in the same exact size so that I can use all the same features I had on the previous smaller drive?













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Answer:CLONING HARD DRIVE

Acronis True Image or Easeus Disk Copy  Personally, I have had success with Easeus Disk Copy. It's a bootable disc which clones sector-to-sector. It will maintain all functionality of the original hard drive. I tried True Image, but didn't work for me. I may have overlooked something, but Easeus Disk Copy did it no problem.





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Question: Hard Drive Cloning

Sorry to ask but I've tried the search on here and can't find the EXACT answer i need.Friend has Win98 PC. Hard Drive freezes randomly - suspect duff HDD. Not yet ruled out though.However I need to know, if he buys a new HDD can I copy the contents of the old drive to the new one in the following manner.My HDD is C Drive (Active Windows XP Drive)His Old HDD is D DriveHis New HDD is E DriveCan i use Xcopy click here (or even drag and drop) to copy the D Drive to the E drive and then put the E drive in his PC and be OK (assuming i make relevant BIOS changes etc)Again i ask cos most threads on this ask about cloning active C Drive to new Hard Drive then swapping. I need to clone the Slave D drive to the Slave E drive.Thanks

Answer:Hard Drive Cloning

The letters you give the drives C:, D: and E: sugest that that is how they are mounted now (in your computer)?Only bother with cloning if you are happy with the O/S you are cloning, because a clone is what you get warts and all!So No, Xcopy will not work............. but making a Ghost Image or Drive Image will - if you make the image of D: in a partition which is not the primary partition in either D: or E: The final restoration will wipe anything else off that partition, (which is why you can't save the image there.)Once you have done that you "Restore this image" to the primary partition of E:All this assumes that the HD isn't going to offer a corrupt image due to its hairy state, and that you want to risk starting a new HD with a dodgy O/S installation.

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My main aim at the moment is to clone the operating system of a second laptop that has Windows XP on it.

I have two Acer Travelmate laptops and are looking at a way to clone the hard drive by connecting an external usb hard drive the the computers usb port.
The oldest laptop has Windows 98.
The other computer has Windows Visa.
I would also like to backup another Acer laptop that has Windows XP which belongs to a member of the family.
My main concern is that if the hard drive died or the computer got a bad virus then I would have to reinstall the operating system and in some cases a copy of the operating system is stored on a hidden part of the hard drive but this is of no use if the hard drive died.

What is the best way to clone the hard drive of a laptop. Is there software that comes with Windows 98, Windows XP and Windows Vista that will do this or is there some other software you can recommend. I would need a way of booting up the computer if the hard drive was replaced so that I can load the cloned software that was backed up on an external hard drive.

Regards Brian.

Answer:Cloning a hard drive

please stick with your first thread this one is now closed.

Cloning the hard drive of a laptop

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Not exactly sure where to post this, so here goes...

I have attempted to clone my older 40gb drive to my new 500gb drive with no success thus far.. I first tried Gparted, after it said it was successful, I removed my old drive, and re-booted to only see a blank screen with a flashing cursor, nothing else..

I was told about Clonezilla, and I couldn't get the .iso to work, so I came across HDclone,and Liked the interface, but after leaving it running all night, it always stopped around 93%, after like 3 tries...

I am desperate for help.. I just want something to make a decent clone of my drive where it actually works and boots like the old one... Any tips/help is greatly appreciated...
 

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Can anyone help. I have a problem with my laptop. I gave my laptop to a company to replace the motherboard. Which they did but now the original hard drive does not work with the new motherboard. It can only be accessed by putting it in an external hard drive enclosure and accessing it via a USB port. Thus I have lost all the original configuration settings for my applications even though I can still read and access the data on my hard drive, and trying to reconfigure and install all my applications again could take forever. Is there anyway, any software that can allow me "clone" my hard drive and/or allow me to access the original enviroment settings i.e. registry setting and environment settings.Thanks in advance

Answer:Re: Cloning a Hard Drive

may be the new m/board has different drivers was it the same type

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Question: cloning hard drive

I have a k8n neo4 mb that I only had a 80 gb hd in. I got a new seagate sata 1 tb hd and installed it and used their disk program to clone the old IDE HD to the new one. It seemed to work ok, but I removed the old drive and want to use the new one only. Now the computer won't turn off unless I turn off the power supply switch to turn it off. It won't re-start either. When trying to re-start it the monitor goes off and doesn't come back on, and the computer remains on & must be turned off the same way as above stated. Is there anything I can do to correct this, or do I just need to re-install windows and all the programs?
 

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WinXP Home
I have a new USB External hard drive that I am trying to clone from my original internal drive. I intend then to exchange the two drives to make the new one the boot drive. I don't have room to make them both internal. I am using TransXP from ITS Systems for the transfer. I have been successful in this process (computer will run from either hard drive when it is installed internal). My problem is when I partition the new drive to 60GB and format it before the transfer, after the transfer the partition has changed to 10GB, which is the size of the old drive. My reason for getting the new drive is to increase the size, so I am getting nowhere. Am I messing up (probably) or is just the nature of the beast? By the way, I certainly admire and envy all of you geniuses out there who help the rest of us not so smarts
 

Answer:Help in cloning my hard drive

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I saw most people suggest Norton Ghost, Acronis True Image, or software that came with your drive. I don't want to pay for anything because I am only going to be doing this once. Want to transfer my current hard drive onto my new one.
Question, what software should I use? My old drive is a Seagate, new one is a WD. Should I use Acronis? any more suggestions? What problems can come out of ghosting a hard drive? Such as do I have to reset any settings.
 

Answer:Need help cloning my hard drive...

Max-Powers said:

I saw most people suggest Norton Ghost, Acronis True Image, or software that came with your drive. I don't want to pay for anything because I am only going to be doing this once. Want to transfer my current hard drive onto my new one.
Question, what software should I use? My old drive is a Seagate, new one is a WD. Should I use Acronis? any more suggestions? What problems can come out of ghosting a hard drive? Such as do I have to reset any settings.Click to expand...

Well you can install a fresh copy of windows on the new drive, and then use windows setting trafer program.... or theres simple free programs out ther, search on CNET, and then you can just download one off limewire for temp use - heh now this is gonna get locked, but thats all ya need to know anyhow hehe...
 

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Hi Folks,
Yesterday I cloned a 500GB HDD to a 1TB HDD using Clonezilla,
The new 1TB HDD boots perfectly, Windows 8.1 is Genuine and activated no problem there,
The Windows driver sees a 1TB HDD but disk management can only see 500GB
there is no unused or un-partitioned space visible to extend in Windows disk management,
anyone any idea how to use the full potential of my HDD?
Many thanks!

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Last night I used Acronis to clone off a brand new 1Tb drive. All went well and I fired it up this morning. The only thing I noticed is that my CPU activity is at about 20%. Is this normal? I looked at the resources monitor for CPU and it says its doing deferred procedure calls for the 20%. Last time this happened it went away after several hours.

Answer:CPU activity at 20% after cloning a new hard drive

My guess would be it is just Windows doing some housekeeping on the new drive and it is temporary.

If it is still doing the same thing a week from now, then I'd look at it more closely.

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I have just purchased a 500GB SSD and was attempting to clone the HDD in my Laptop onto the new SSD but it now appears that the HDD is dynamic and Macrium Reflect Free does not support this kind of disc, I would have to purchase the full program for a once only use! First how did my drive become Dynamic or has it always been so, also can I just make/use my disc image to install the C drive onto the SSD? My PC was running windows 8.1 and then I installed Windows 10, did not like it and reverted to 8.1. It is an HP Pavilion dv6 6b08sa.

Answer:Cloning Dynamic Hard Drive to SSD

Hope this helps click here
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I have tried using hdclone from Miray software but it wants "exclusive access" in order to run.  There is no reference in Lenovo or Microsoft help to "exclusive access".  Happy to try something else if anyone has been successful.  Current system is W500 with Vista Ultimate and 125GB  7200RPM drive (Hitachi).  new drive is 325GB 7200RPM (also Hitachi) that is in the ultrabay.  Any suggestions would be appreciated. Moderator note: Type added to subject line for clarity. Message Edited by Agotthelf on 28-04-2009 08:38 AM

Answer:W500: Cloning Hard Drive

i have the same setup as you except for the ultrabay. i was going to get the ultrabay but couldnt get any cloning software to boot from usb so gave up. yeah you could try acronis which they say works from windows but i like doing raw bit for bit cloning. i ended up using clonzilla booting from a cd in the dvd drive with the source drive in a caddy connected via usb. it wont work the other way around. clonezilla is very confusing to use as the gui sucks but it worked perfectly. would have prefered ghost 2003 which ive used for years on vista sata cloning but just couldnt get the w500 to recognize the disk connected via usb thought id help out as no one else replied. if you need more help ill try to check back soon

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So I have a laptop with two 500 GB hard drives in it.

I was going to clone these two drives using a Wavlink USB 3.0 dual bay docking station , and clone them onto a pair of 2 TB drives.

Some how my two source drives have become not boot able.

I have connected these two source drive to a different, working laptop and they are readable.

I ave swapped out the positions of the two source drives to no avail. I previously had made a windows 10 media flash drive, but when I boot from it, it is looking from some driver which I have zero clue about.

Any suggestions are very much appreciated.

Answer:Hard drive/OS/Cloning Issue

Make sure you switch which drive the bios is trying to boot from - not just the position of the drives. Your boot files are likely on only one of the drives and it's possible that bios is trying to boot from the other one.

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Hi,everyone,
I was wondering if anyone could suggest a good cloning utility,
(free of course,me being scottish).

thanks,gmanwill.
 

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Cloning

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Hello all,

I've read up other threads on here and have seen some conflicting information online so I thought it would be best to just create my own thread.

I have a hard drive. It's connected to a machine (not a computer)

I also have a blank hard drive.

I need to make an exact copy (clone) of the hard drive that is connected to the machine, so that it can be put into another machine.

As it's not connected to a computer, I don't seem to be able to find a method to do this.

Is there a program where I can connect the hard drive I want to copy to my computer via usb or something, and then make the copy, and then remove it and connect the blank hd to copy it on to?

I hope that makes sense!

Thanks.
 

Answer:Cloning an external hard drive.

doddz said:





Hello all,

I've read up other threads on here and have seen some conflicting information online so I thought it would be best to just create my own thread.

I have a hard drive. It's connected to a machine (not a computer)

I also have a blank hard drive.

I need to make an exact copy (clone) of the hard drive that is connected to the machine, so that it can be put into another machine.

As it's not connected to a computer, I don't seem to be able to find a method to do this.

Is there a program where I can connect the hard drive I want to copy to my computer via usb or something, and then make the copy, and then remove it and connect the blank hd to copy it on to?

I hope that makes sense!

Thanks.Click to expand...

Yes, there is a way.

You can use AOMEI Backupper to do this

Connect both drives to your computer via USB cable. Run AOMEI Backupper and select the drive you want to clone as the source disk and the blank drive as the destination and let AOMEI Backupper do it's thing.

AOMEI Backupper can run in the background and not interfere with normal computer use but, by doing so, it may slow down the cloning process considerably. But, it has never failed me.
 

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Does anyone know of some freeware that will allow me do this?Its a 250GB SATA Western Digital which is only using 16GB total space including XP, I want to clone the OS onto a formatted 80GB SATA Western Digital.

Answer:Cloning XP to a smaller Hard Drive

If the data is larger than the drive it is not possible. However did you do a search for what you want? click here

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Just want to share a trick that may interest some. Let's say you have better things to do than spend your time installing and tweaking software on your new laptop or desktop. Here is what you do. Make sure your laptop and desktop computer are from the same manufacturer and use the same processor.

For instance, my PC has an ASUS motherboard (obviously it's the motherboard that counts) and i5 processor. Same goes for my laptop.
This gives you a very good chance that they actually need more or less the same manufacturer drivers to boot up.

So you open the laptop and remove the hard drive. It's very simply and needs no skills. Just unscrew the screws at the back - the rest is self explanatory.

Hook this hard drive into your desktop PC and clone your C drive onto the laptop drive. If you don't want to risk losing whatever you already have on the drive, just the drive of some old discarded laptop or clone over the content somewhere else so you can restore it later if you want. Another trick is to check whether you can boot the PC from the laptop drive. That's also a good indication they are compatible.

Once you cloned the PC C: drive to the laptop drive, pop it in and see if you can boot.

For me, I've done this trick twice with two laptops. Both were Asus. It's worked fine. You can also clone laptop drive to PC which I did after a hardware failure. If you cloned PC to laptop, first thing to do on the laptop is to head over to the Laptop manufacturer's home page and down... Read more

Answer:Cloning your PC hard drive to your laptop - Yes it's possible!

Just want to share a trick that may interest some. Let's say you have better things to do than spend your time installing and tweaking software on your new laptop or desktop. Here is what you do. Make sure your laptop and desktop computer are from the same manufacturer and use the same processor.



This is not required. You can take a copy of Windows from one PC to another then it will boot and started with a message: Getting your devices ready... and will re-install all the drivers for the PC, and does not have to be the same CPU.





So you open the laptop and remove the hard drive. It's very simply and needs no skills. Just unscrew the screws at the back - the rest is self explanatory.



No need to remove the HD. Would be easier to use: Macrium Reflect Free to make a backup image to an external HD then restore to the other PC. Just make sure that BIOS is setup the same way ie. If Windows was installed using MBR then in the other PC, should be setup as MBR.





Some licenses may have to be re-entered.



Yes, You must re-activate with new License.

In addition, Use: GhostBuster to delete all the orphan drivers from the old PC.

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I recently recovered from a BSOD problem stemming from a bad graphics card. In the mean time I obtained XP Pro and several 1TB Western Digital drives, so I installed that OS, and just parked my old hard drive (XP home). Everything is running fine right now with my new install of XP Pro, but I have questions about my old hard drive. I would like to save my old hard drive, I have copied the files I use most, but I am sure that there is something that I am forgetting. Some people have suggested "cloning" the old drive to a partition on my new hard drive. I remember reading somewhere that more than one copy of Windows on the same machine can do bad things. If I clone the drive, will I also transfer my old OS, and would this cause a problem? If cloning presents a problem, do I just copy all files and NOT copy the Windows file?

Also, if I just transfer files and not do a full clone, should the partition be logical or primary. I believe that a primary partition includes an OS, but a logical does not...and can be read from an OS on another device.

Answer:Hard drive cloning questions

A maximum of four partitions can be placed on any hard disk. These are sometimes called primary partitions. The limitation of four is one that is imposed on the system by the way that the master boot record is structured.
Only one partition may be designated, at any given time, as active. That partition will be used for booting the system. See here for more on active partitions and switching active status between partitions.
DOS (and the operating systems that depend on it for booting, which includes all consumer Windows operating systems) will only recognize the active primary partition. Any other primary partitions will be ignored.
One of the four partitions may be designated as an extended DOS partition. This partition may then be subdivided into multiple logical partitions. This is the way that two or more logical DOS volumes can be placed on a single hard disk.You could do alot here. You could take 1 HDD and create 2 partitions, one for each XP, you could put one XP type on 2 different HDD. Since you have two versions of XP, I would make 2 primary partitions, since your computer can only load an OS from a primary partition. This will not mess up your computer. You would probably want to download GRUB, this is a program that makes dual booting easy. You could also use a Primary Partition for your main boot up OS, and a extended partition, which is un-bootable, but a way to store info. What I don't know is if you could have 2 primary partitions and acces... Read more

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i'm trying to clone a 500gb hard drive to another [external] hard drive. windows 7 laptop, etc.
so i've tried 4 programs which have the same limitation:
the internal hard drive [the cloner] to the external one [the clonee] are both marked at 500, but the internal drive [cloner] shows as being about 10gb larger than th.e clonee.

however, there are less data in the [cloner] [ok, the source] then to the object drive. none of programs will even allow one to clone and almost empty 500GB drive to a 250GB formatted drive. thanks for your understanding and help.

Answer:Problem cloning hard drive

I'm not highly familiar with cloning and tend to use imaging instead, but:

I think it's normal for a cloning program to demand that the destination drive be as large as the source drive, even if the source drive is nearly empty.

And I'm not sure that cloning moves EVERYTHING on the source to the destination, so I wouldn't expect the occupied space on the source to match the occupied space on the destination.

Let others give you more comments.

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I recently installed a second hard drive in an old Dell desk 4400. The original HD was only 20G and with all updates etc. is filled so I found a couple WD 80G drives. One is an WD800EB other WD800BB. So I tried to re-install with my WinXP pro disc on them both hoping one would work and every time I get Runtime error R6003 integer divided by 0 R:\>. Like 20 times 10 each and same always. Looked on net and little help. Its not overheating nor does it have virus protected BIOS settings-that I`m aware of. So I gave up-LOL
Then I thought maybe I could just clone the 20G HD onto one of the 80G HD`s. I found this utility on the net http://www.pcinspector.de/CloneMaxx/info.htm?language=1 But after reading a few instructions appearantly it works like a boot disc and is a DOS type deal, I`m hopeless in DOS.
So my other question is is a cloning possible and would this utility work and has anybody ever tried or heard of it.
Thank You.
 

Answer:Solved: Hard drive cloning

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Hi.I have a Toshiba Satelite A60 Laptop and thios has a 40 gig hdd. I Have purchased a 120 gig Hdd and rather than running it via the USB I would prefer to swap the drive and use the 40 gig as the backup.With this being a laptop I'm a bit unsure of just how to go about this.I have Acronis true image 8. BUT this doesn't mention the NTFS file system.The more I read the manual yesterday, the more confused I got.I also have a usb external drive of some 300gigs and also a box to put a laptop drive into.Any help and advice please.TIAD

Answer:Help with Cloning laptop Hard drive

You could partition the external (120GB) drive into more than one partition and put the Acronis image (of the 40GB drive) on the one of these.Also create an Acronis boot CD (from within Acronis).Then swap the drives and boot from the CD.You should then be able to restore the image on the 120GB to the (an)other partition (as active, primary) on the same drive.If you don't have partitioning software, you may be able to achieve similar effect with Acronis's Secure Zone (which is a hidden partition) if it will allow you to put it on the 120GB whislt it is still the external drive.

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About to swap primary OS (c) hardrives on my pc. Have backed up the existing C Drive using Acronis. Anyone walk me through ( after I have taken old hard drive out and replaced it with the newone) How I reinstall everything using Acronis?. I have a back up on an external HDD of the original installtion that I intend to use.

Answer:Cloning Hard Drive Using Acronis

In Acronis there is a separate method to "Clone" a drive in this situation. It is not the same as doing a backup of "My Computer". Which version of Acronis have you got?

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More of a discussion then a help plea...

Been using Ghost and TrueImage for a while, I like both...Ghost is faster and easier for IDE to IDE, TrueImage more versatile and not quite as fast, but still fast.

Scenerio:
A client of ours owns a computer recycling center.
They get hundreds of computers daily donated to them..usually P3's up to lower speed P4's.
They asked me how to go about imaging the computers that are in working order with a OS.

Ideally Ghost would be fast and easy..but the OS images are on a network server..and Ghost MultiCasting is nice, but with the large variety of computers and NIC's, a ghost boot disk is not a option, because you need to specify driver to use for NIC when making the ghost disk..

So i'm leaning to TrueImage..the CD Boot seems to have much more ability to detect and install a variety of NIC's, can even use jumpdrives. And easy to browse over the network to pick image file.

Only thing I am not sure about, is can multiple machines image a computer using the same
.tib file at a time, or can only 1 computer use 1 .tib file at the same time?
And does anyone else have any suggestions on software to use?

Thanks
 

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I installed a new 1tb hard drive and I plan to clone the original and use the clone as a back-up in the event my original fails. I initialized it and it showed up as 917 gb unallocated. I then partitioned it to match the partitions of the original. Did I need to do the partitioning or does EaseUs automatically format the new drive and partition it to suit the original?

What steps do I take next?
Windows 7
 

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Cloning

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Ive been trying to get a clone done as my hard drive is failing and the last clone I did said "read failed 13-32" or some error like that at 97 percent completion.Now Im stuck with this (image) and using the new hard drive says "computer something has to be repaired" im just wondering if its possible to return my brand new drive to normal again or what it is I should do now. Ugh I wish I just got a new computer this has been an endless situation.

Answer:Issues cloning hard drive

With the installation media and healthy hard drive installed you should be able to wipe it clean and perform clean install. Not sure how you have 6 partitions and then 8 partitions between drive 0 and drive 1 and multiples of partitions you should only have 1 of per drive. Backup your important data to an external hard drive and then perform clean install to new drive vs a clone.

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Hi, I wanted to clone my internal hard drive which was infected, of my laptop to an external hard drive using macrium software with the help of a tutorial from YouTube and all went good. But while booting the external hard drive it shows up blue screen .

Answer:Cloning hard drive using macrium

What message and error condition is in the blue screen?  Did you create the Macrium recovery bootable disc as well?Additionally its best to boot the cloned drive internally vs externally. I have run into problems before with trying to boot cloned drives that were cloned from an internal drive externally. Also if this external drive is connected to a different computer and attempting to boot you will also run into problems, but I'm assuming its the same computer used to create image is also being used to boot.QuoteI wanted to clone my internal hard drive which was infected, of my laptop to an external hard drive using macrium software*Question I have also is... did you just clone a drive that was infected or are you trying to clone a clean copy of the system overtop of an infected drive? To me cloning an infected drive is an odd thing to do because why would you want 2 drives with the same infection so maybe I am reading your help request wrong.Also if you need help with malware/virus removal this can be redirected to the virus help section.

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Hey guys, I have a 160 GB Samsung external HDD that I sent into RMA, and I was thinking when I got it back I'd replace it with my notebook's 80 GB Seagate HDD.

My question is, can I simply use the enclosure (which connects via USB) and some cloning software (such as Seagate's DiscWizard software) to transfer over all the data (files, applications, OS, etc.) to the external HDD and then simply put the external inside the laptop, and use the old HDD as an external?

Is this possible, and if there are any better options (such as better cloning programs), please let me know.

Answer:Cloning a Hard Drive Questions

Is this what you mean:

You get the 160 back from RMA and put it back in the enclosure.

You then clone directly from the 80 notebook internal to the 160 as it sits in the enclosure.

And then remove the 80 from the notebook and replace it with the 160 from the enclosure.

And then put the 80 into the enclosure.

If that's what you mean, the only hangup I can think of is that maybe you can't clone to an external drive. That's quite possible. You can image to one of course, but cloning is a different operation.

Worst case scenario--you try it and fail.

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I've been wanting to retire one of my older IDE drives as my primary disk drive (160GB) and use it as a storage/backup drive. I picked up a 160GB SATA drive and I wanted to "clone" the IDE (which is bootable) to the SATA. My question is, if I were to do this would I be able to boot from the SATA drive, or would I need to just reinstall my operating systems on the new drive?

In other words, I just want to use the SATA drive to boot from instead of the old IDE and then use the IDE as another storage disk. I just need to know if by cloning the drive (essentially moving all of the info to the new SATA disk) would I be able to boot it up normally?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Cloning - IDE to SATA

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=101&threadID=223361&messageID=2239303&tag=content;leftCol

I would have posted it all here, but I like to give credit where credit is due. The second paragraph pretty much answers your questions, but keep reading. Good luck!
 

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I recently checked my drives and I was shown that my main drive,C,D,E,G which are partitions of my drive is failing and I should back it up. I decided to clone the drive using AOMEI Backupper. I plugged in my 2 TB external drive which I previously used to back up my files The drive is shown as J on my computer. I choose clone on my software and chose my c,d.e.g dive to clone. The problem is when the software tells me to chose a destination it does not show my J drive. If I chose to backup a file the J drive does show up.
Any ideas?
 

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Just want to share a trick that may interest some. Let's say you have better things to do than spend your time installing and tweaking software on your new laptop or desktop. Here is what you do. Make sure your laptop and desktop computer are from the same manufacturer and use the same processor.

For instance, my PC has an ASUS motherboard (obviously it's the motherboard that counts) and i5 processor. Same goes for my laptop.
This gives you a very good chance that they actually need more or less the same manufacturer drivers to boot up.

So you open the laptop and remove the hard drive. It's very simply and needs no skills. Just unscrew the screws at the back - the rest is self explanatory.

Hook this hard drive into your desktop PC and clone your C drive onto the laptop drive. If you don't want to risk losing whatever you already have on the drive, just the drive of some old discarded laptop or clone over the content somewhere else so you can restore it later if you want. Another trick is to check whether you can boot the PC from the laptop drive. That's also a good indication they are compatible.

Once you cloned the PC C: drive to the laptop drive, pop it in and see if you can boot.

For me, I've done this trick twice with two laptops. Both were Asus. It's worked fine. You can also clone laptop drive to PC which I did after a hardware failure. If you cloned PC to laptop, first thing to do on the laptop is to head over to the Laptop manufacturer's home page and down... Read more

Answer:Cloning your PC hard drive to your laptop - Yes it's possible!

Just want to share a trick that may interest some. Let's say you have better things to do than spend your time installing and tweaking software on your new laptop or desktop. Here is what you do. Make sure your laptop and desktop computer are from the same manufacturer and use the same processor.



This is not required. You can take a copy of Windows from one PC to another then it will boot and started with a message: Getting your devices ready... and will re-install all the drivers for the PC, and does not have to be the same CPU.





So you open the laptop and remove the hard drive. It's very simply and needs no skills. Just unscrew the screws at the back - the rest is self explanatory.



No need to remove the HD. Would be easier to use: Macrium Reflect Free to make a backup image to an external HD then restore to the other PC. Just make sure that BIOS is setup the same way ie. If Windows was installed using MBR then in the other PC, should be setup as MBR.





Some licenses may have to be re-entered.



Yes, You must re-activate with new License.

In addition, Use: GhostBuster to delete all the orphan drivers from the old PC.

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I know this topic has been brought up many a time but the other postings aren't any help to me. I have bought a new hard drive Hitachi deskstar 160gb to replace my old quantum fireball 20gb. I have only borrowed the quantum so i can't use the hitachi as a slave. I need to clone my old harddrive but all the software on the other postings people have recommended has been destroyed by my virus scanner, does anybody know whether it's not a virus and the virus scanner thinks it is, as i am reluctant to turn off the scanner in case it is Thanks

Answer:Hard Drive Cloning Software

Before you do anything at all I would suggest you check to see if your computer can accept a 160gb hard drive. If you only have a 20gb at the moment the chances are that your computer will only manage a maximum of 37gb?

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Ive been trying to get a clone done as my hard drive is failing and the last clone I did said "read failed 13-32" or some error like that at 97 percent completion.Now Im stuck with this (image) and using the new hard drive says "computer something has to be repaired" im just wondering if its possible to return my brand new drive to normal again or what it is I should do now. Ugh I wish I just got a new computer this has been an endless situation.

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I just set up a PC with 2 x 320gb SATA hard drives in a RAID1 (mirrored) array. I need to clone the owner's old 200gb drive to the new system with the RAID1. I'm using Easeus Disk Copy 2.0 and it is not seeing the mirrored array; it sees two drives, not one drive. What's up with that? I don't have a ton of time, and I don't want to clone the 200gb (which will take over an hour) just to have the whole thing not work right. Should I use a different cloning app? Anybody know of some free bootable cloning tools?

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I've tried HDClone, and it also sees 2 drives and not one drive as it should in a mirrored RAID, and it's WAY TOO SLOW! It said it would be 11 hours to copy the drives. NOPE. I'm going to try Ghost next....
 

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