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Question: cloning harddrive?

A few years ago I used to be able to clone a H\drive by attaching the extra drive to the cable & boot from a floppy uing ghost, I need that facility once more, has anyone a suggestion of a free software prog (simple to use) that will do the job.

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Preferred Solution: cloning harddrive?

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.)

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I have been looking at the available free software on the internet to clone a copy of my entire hard drive. Can any one recommend a particular software freebie or I'm I better off buying the Save and Restore from Norton.

Thank you

JG
 

Answer:Solved: Cloning Harddrive

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I have a 80gig HD running windows xp and I bought a new 160 gig HD. I want to use my 160 as the main drive. What software programs are out there for me so that I can move my information from the old to the new one and still use the extra space on the new drive?

I heard that Acronis TrueImage was a good program. Are there anymore?
 

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Hi, i want to clone my laptop harddrive, it is around 60GB.How long would this approx take?Also, I am planning on using Norton Ghost, any better apps out there that would not be as resource hungry and would make the process quicker?Would it be quicker to copy some of the data onto some dvds rather than use the cloning process?

Answer:laptop harddrive cloning

Acronis TrueImage is the other popular commercial disk cloning utility. It's a bit cheaper than Norton and (in my opinion) much better.Is the 60gb the amount of data on the hard drive or just the overall size of the drive?Both TrueImage and Ghost copy just the data and the speed depends on..1) how powerful the laptop is.2) what you're backing up to (i.e blank dvd, external hard drive etc).3) how much compression the backup is using.On an average modern system, TrueImage takes roughly 15mins to back up 10gb to another drive.As for manually copying to a dvd, I guess it depends on what you want the backup for. TrueImage/Ghost copies everything including all the operating system files. You won't be able to be so thorough with a manual backup.

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I have a hard drive that is sick, but mostly still readable. I've spent most of the day and been able to back up pretty much all of the files on the HDD.

The computer came with Windows Vista preinstalled, and I'd like to get that on the new hard drive but I have neither the original CD nor a spare Windows Vista installation CD. What I want to do is clone the whole disc to a new one, and go from there.

Is there a clone program that will copy the hard drive exactly as it reads it - ie skipping bad files rather than popping up an error message and canceling the whole clone operation? I already know to get a hard drive replacement of the same size, but any other info or suggestions would be very much welcomed.

Finally the laptop comes with a hidden restore partition. Is there some way to take advantage of that and use that to rebuild onto the new hard drive?
 

Answer:Cloning a sick harddrive

you can try this program. I used it before to make an image of a vista hard drive.
http://majorgeeks.com/EASEUS_Todo_Backup_d6195.html
 

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I have an older ATA hdd (20 gigs) which has reached its capacity (376 MB of free space) and have purchased a new drive (250 gigs). I would like to make the new drive as my C drive and the old drive (20 gig) as a slave (strictly for backups). I've tried using Norton Ghost 12.0 to clone and it's failing in the very last bit of completion.."Norton Ghost couldn't copy all the files" I have tried playing with the settings, with the same outcome. Any ideas to resolve this?? thanks.
 

Answer:Cloning (ghosting) of a harddrive

are you trying to copy all your files over to the new drive?

personally i would install windows on the new drive then copy my files over, then format the 2nd drive

i've upgraded to a new hard drive a couple of times now and that's how i've done it
 

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I have a dell e6420

I bought a Kingston SSD 420 hard drive. It came with Kingston CD/DVD that has software to clone the drive and an external enclosure to connect the drive via usb.

I first put the Kingston drive into the external enclosure, cloned the drive, and then installed the drive into the laptop. I immeditaly received error codes saying it could not load a file and I could hit enter to retry. It would eventually load windows and work fine. But, upon restarting or powering on again I would continue to receive error codes.

I asked the microsoft windows community and was told to try:
"
Step 1: Create Media Creation tool.

To create a Media Creation tool and then perform BootRec refer to the following link:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

(Refer to the section "Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool " in the above article for creating the tool).

Step 2: WinRE
Once you have the installation media, start your computer from the installation media. Insert the disk or USB stick and restart your computer. If you see a message asking you to ?Press any key to boot from DVD,? do so. If you don?t see the message, you might need to change the boot order in your computer's BIOS settings so that it first starts from the disk or USB. When you see the 'Install Windows' page, tap or click 'Repair your computer' link to start the Windows Recovery Environment.
Here on the Choose an option sc... Read more

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I am running Win98 on a PII-350. I am replacing my WD 6.4g harddrive with a Quantum Fireball LM 15g harddrive. I used a boot disk to load then Fdisk my partitions (both new and old have these 6 partitions). Set C as active and formated C drive using /s. I used Ghost to copy the partitions into each partition. When I reboot after disabling the old drive, I get a message say there is a problem with my registers and I should go to the prompt and run SCANREG. When I go to the prompt and try to access any thing I get "Sector not read in C drive". I can do a "dir" and can see all the files but can access anything (cant even do a type file)???
The other partitions are fine - it is just the C: drive I get this message on.

Total furstrated - help.
 

Answer:Problems cloning a Harddrive...

You want to dupe the old drive? How about just grabbing EZ Drive from the utility section of my web site - www.rkfdcore.com and letting it do all the work?

Just boot with it in the floppy drive and it will FDISK, format, and dupe the old drive for you.

This will not work with NTFS partitions though - I am assuming you have only FAT16 and / or FAT32.

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I have an HP laptop setup and functioning completely fine.Has all my apps installed and my outlook email.My HP laptop is running Windows 7 Ulitmate 64 bitI recently purchased a Dell laptop on windows 7 ultimate 64 bitI want to transfer all of my apps and data and settings from my HP to my DellI have tried Clonezilla a couple of times, but the dell will not boot after I have completed cloning the hard drive.I wipe the hard drive in the dell and reinstall windows 7 ultimate 64 bit and try again with Clonezilla and change a couple of the settings, to try and get just the apps and data and settings, and leave the Windows install and boot up alone on the Dell hard drive, but I still have no luck.Is there another software I can use or what can I do besides fully installing all the software on my dell hard drive and reinstalling my mail and redoing all of my settings.I want to copy all the apps and data and settings from my HP laptop to my Dell laptop.BTW, both are 500 GB hard drives

Answer:cloning a harddrive settings and applications

"the dell will not boot after I have completed cloning the hard drive"Of course not, the hardware is different.

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I just ordered a new hard drive for my presario laptop from new egg. I will assume I can just plug it in and run the 4 recovery disks and restore to factory condition. But I would rather clone the HD and not have to bother with all the updates and such. I also purchased a USB to 2.5 exernal case where I could plug in the new drive and transfer, but after further investigation i.e. Tech Guys, I'm thinking I may be tripped up W/O cloning software. There will be no Soft Ware with the pretty cheap usb adapter.I really didn't want this to turn into a financial fiasco!
 

Answer:Solved: Is software required for cloning harddrive?

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I bought a new Seagate 250GB EIDE HD 7200/8MB/ATA-100 and would like to replace my old drive with it in my Dell? Dimension? 4400 (Pent 4 1.80GHz, 768mb Ram, running Windows XP Home). I need some advice on how I should format this new drive and then clone and replace my old drive with the new Seagate drive using Norton Ghost 2003.

What is best way to format the harddrive to get it ready to clone - using (Control panel > Administrative tools > Computer management > Disk Management) or formating it via Windows XP CD or is there a better way/easier??? Thanks.
 

Answer:Formating and cloning to a new Seagate 250gb harddrive

You can use Seagates Disk Wizzard ( IMO the easiest & free)\
http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/drivers/discwiz.html
How to use Disk Wizzard
http://www.seagate.com/support/kb/disc/howto/use_dw2002.html
 

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Ok a question about cloning/ghosting a harddrive.

Now I have customer that has a dell laptop that will like to buy anothe laptop same model basically on ebay so then he can do a exact copy of the current laptop drive like a ghost/cloning then install that image that was created to the new used laptop off from ebay.

Now is this possible if so whats a good program to use? also does the new used laptop from ebay have to be the exact specs hardware components as the cloned drive one? thanks
 

Answer:question about cloning/ghosting a working harddrive OS to another same pc questions..

If it's the same series of laptop (and I don't mean the brand - I mean if he has a Dell Latitude D620 for example and he's about to buy another D620, for example) then the only real difference in the hardware would most likely be either a faster or slower CPU (could be exactly the same, too), more or less RAM (which could be transplanted from the current machine), or most likely a different GPU (onboard vs discrete, or vice versa).

If that's the case - the models match - then cloning/ghosting is a fairly easy process. Could use something like Acronis True Image if he wants commercial software (if he has a Seagate or Western Digital hard drive of any kind he could get the stripped down version of that software from Seagate or Western Digital). If not, then a free solution like Clonezilla would be very useful as well, or DriveImage XML, etc. There are several free cloning/ghosting tools out there these days, take your pick, they'll all end up doing the same thing.

Note that cloning/ghosting doesn't mean just copying all the files from the source to the target drive; the process of cloning/ghosting is to create a bit-for-bit copy, with everything intact and matching on both drives when you're done, save for doing a proportional partition resize which the cloning/ghosting software should handle automagically.

That's about it - if you've got more questions, just ask.
 

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Ok a question about cloning/ghosting a harddrive.

Now I have customer that has a dell laptop that will like to buy anothe laptop same model basically on ebay so then he can do a exact copy of the current laptop drive like a ghost/cloning then install that image that was created to the new used laptop off from ebay.

Now is this possible if so whats a good program to use? also does the new used laptop from ebay have to be the exact specs hardware components as the cloned drive one? thanks

Answer:question about cloning/ghosting a working harddrive OS to another same pc questions..

You can use Easeus-Disk-Copy The new laptop would need to be the same model #. You need to have the same motherboard and chipset. You then would take out the new laptops HDD and put it on a USB Adapter and attach it to the old computer. Format (erase) the new HDD and then clone the old HDD to the new with Easeus. After that is done, then put the drive back in the new computer start it up. That should boot normally and have all the files from the old computer. If for some reason the chipset is different and you get a BSOD then boot off of the XP CD and do a Repair Install

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I hate to post the same questions on different sites but I am really desperate this time. My old windows xp laptop died taking with it all of my specialty programs for my work. I sell and maintain prosthetics for individuals and now all of the data for the individuals is gone.

I have purchased a new windows 7 laptop but the external harddrive that I backed up my information to incase of a pc failure is worthless. An external harddrive is great for images and misuc but worthless for the types of software and files that were on my xp laptop.

A transfer cable wont do it either so I am told. It cant transfer the missing registry files from the xp harddrive because they arent there, just like they arent on the external drive. I need the original install discs and for most everything those are long gone. I have been getting 'update' discs but the base program installation disc is history.

So, my only option seems to be to borrow a fellow workers computer and clone their harddrive, but will that also clone the proper registry settings? Will I be able to run the programs from a cloned pc as if it was installed on the computer from a disc? What about compatability issues going from xp to 7? Any advice is appreciated; I am at my wits end and I have no idea how to proceed.

Thanks

Rick

Answer:Cloning a windows XP harddrive to Windows 7

You can take out your old HDD and attach it to your 7 computer with a USB Adapter. If you can access that drive, then you should be able to run the program from the now external drive (because it still has access to the registry in the old XP OS that is on that drive.)
Cloning a HDD to another HDD is like creating a Mirror Image of the HDD. If you create a Partition on your Windows 7 computer, and clone your workers HDD to this partition, if all goes well, you would be able to Dual boot between 7 and XP (this is a very advanced step, unless you are comfortable with partitioning, cloning, and editing the Boot.cfg file you should not attempt this without professional help)

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 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

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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My Dell Vostro 1400 Laptop recently quit working. Its only 4 months old.
I turned it on and it came to a screen saying,

"Windows dould not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
"\windows\system32\config\system"
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair"

I inserted the setup disc and booted from it, when I got the the Repair option it says,"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.
Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue."

So I took the computer down to the local computer store and they put in a new 130 GB harddrive, ran the setup disk again and it displayed the same missing HDD message.

Anyone have any Ideas of what could be wrong???
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Windows Setup Disk cannot find Harddrive, even with a brand new harddrive installed.

Hi, and welcome to TSF. If it's still under warranty I would take it back to the suppliers.

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I have this WD My Passport external portable harddrive which I have used for a couple of years. I was writing something to the drive one day when the USB connection seems to be somewhat loose and the drive disconnected momentarily and reconnected itself but the file I was trying to write ended prematurely...

Now when I try to use the Seagate Harddrive test tool for windows and do a Short Generic test and the result failed.. I am fear it might have been caused by the disconnection and might eventually corrupt the entire drive... I try to run chkdsk but there aren't any errors detected it seems and files seems to be accessible as normal... Is there a way to fix the harddrive without losing data in the drive or confirm the drive is indeed failing?

Answer:Seagate Harddrive test tool fail but harddrive data seems intact

Run the most thorough and extensive test available with the WD hard drive utilities.

If it fails the thorough test, you may have a warranty claim.

Or the Seagate tool. Whatever you have. Your title is confusing.

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I presently have a 40GB....5200RPM...2MBcashe..HARD DRIVE

Will i see much improvement upgrading to a: 60GB.7200rpm..8MBcashe Hard Drive?

I can do it for about $40 ( Or should i wait,i expect to get a 200HD by the end of the year...)
 

Answer:SHOULD I UPGRADE: 40GB/5200 HardDrive-to-60GB/7200 HardDrive?

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Hi,

I recently had a very strong magnet. The magnet was then stuck (By a child) to my laptop. I then had errors on boot. I tried reinstalling Vista with the restore disk, but I recieved "Error - Cannot set temp path".

I today purchased a 250gb harddrive (a upgrade from my 120gb), and then Vista installed fine.

Now it runs fine, but I get bluescreens after random amounts of time, with errors involving a windows file. Unfortunately, I don't have the bluescreen error details at the moment. I have however uploaded the 3 minidumps from the 3 occasions.

Is it possible that another part of the computer was damaged by the magnet? Ram?

Thank's,

Tom

Minidump: http://rapidshare.com/files/196073665/minidump.rar

Answer:Magnet damaged my harddrive. Replace harddrive but now bluescreens? (with minidump)

hi have you tried running your av and malware progs to eliminate this as a possible

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I have pretty old secondary hard drive (11 years) and currently in power settings there is an option to put hard drive in sleep mode if it's been idle for X minutes. Is it a good idea to disable this setting and let the harddrive spin all the time, since as I know, frequently enabling/disabling hard drives makes more damage than never putting harddrive to sleep.

Answer:Harddrive health with harddrive auto-stop in idle

Is the drive going to sleep now ?

You should consider buying a new drive to replace that one, then copy your data over before it dies

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do to sever problems i was having with my pc i decided to do a fdisk and reformat...... i thought i was doing a smart thing by using my slave drive to backup the things i didnt want to lose .... after backing it all up to the slave drive i erased my harddrive and installed a new operating system... was win98 and now is winxp............ everything is going great now except all them programs and files i backed i can no longer access.... if anyone has a solution to this it would be greatly appreciated...
 

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I am currently backing up weekly to a small external drive.. it is a small 20gigger. It has taken about 1 year or so to fill up. Now i am thinking long term.. i am considering purchasing a "network harddrive", one that is between 500gigz to 1tb. There is a smaller/more affordable Seagate external drive.. but it is not a "network harddrive".. it has 1.5tb.. versus a network drive that is about 2tb but it cost about 314.

My question is, thinking long term.. and considering the setup i have.. which is a regular PC acting as a server.. what should i get?

Your suggestions are appreciated

Thank you
 

Answer:Solved: Network Harddrive Vs Portable Harddrive

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Hi all!

I recently purchased a new WD Cavier Black with the 32 MB cache. I would like to transfer all my HD contents [including windows vista ultimate] from my older WD 16MB cache HD to this brand spanking new WD Cavier Black HD.

Is it possible to do this without flaws and so that it will work exactly as before?

If yes, can you direct me to the correct information to do this please?

Any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.

The system in which I would like to do this has these components:

Thermaltake M9 Cool Case
Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit w/SP1
Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3L
Intel Q6600
Arctic Cooler Freezer 7 Pro
Infinity ATX PSU 600W
4GB DDR2 Crucial 800 MHz
E-GeForce 8600GTS DDR3 256MB
Memorex X16 Dual Layer DVD
Western Digital SATA 320 GB
Maxtor SATAII 1TB

Thank you,

Soar

Answer:How can I transfer my entire harddrive contents to another harddrive?

You can use norton ghost (paid program)
or you can use clonzilla which is free.
Clonezilla

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Hello,
I'm planning on doing a complete harddrive back up with a another internal harddrive. Will I need any special software to do this?
Also, since I'm backing up my entire harddrive which contains my operating system windows vista premium will this conflict with any license agreement?
 

Answer:Solved: Backing up harddrive with another internal harddrive

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My T400 (bought last July) harddrive dead on me Sunday. I called helpcenter and received a replacement harddrive today. It was very fast. They asked me to return the old one. I have a concern about the security of my old harddrive. There are lots of personal information (data and files) on the old harddrive. If I return the old one, is there a chance my personal data be leaked? Is there any way I can delete the data and file on the old harddrive? I have no access to my old harddrive now. Any comments and suggestions will be appreciated greatly. Thank you for your time.

Answer:New harddrive from lenovo to replace my dead old harddrive

It will almost certainly be trashed, but you can't be 100% sure.  If you have a big magnet around, you could set the old one on it for a while - that should do the trick.





T61p, T400formerly x23, x40

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My grandma needed more harddrive space on her pc so I installed an 80 gb harddrive on her pc. Right now it's just her slave drive. Her c harddrive is only 20gb, so could I just copy everything on that harddrive to the 80gb and make that the master hard drive and the old one the slave? Or would that cause problems? I want to do this so she can continue saving files to her c harddrive instead of a different harddrive.
 

Answer:Is it posible to change the c harddrive to another harddrive?

You would need to create an image of the the current 20GB drive and map it onto the 80GB drive (most ghosting/imaging utilities allow you to expand the 20GB partition to the full size of the drive without issue). The most common way to go about doing this is with Norton Ghost, but it's not free. There's a few Linux boot disks that can do it as well I believe, but I don't know any off the top of my head. Hopefully someone will have a suggestion for a free boot disc.
 

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Hi,

This morning a fan in my case was making strange noises (either CPU or GPU fan I think) and so I turned my computer off. I turned it on a little later and the computer was making a really odd clicking noise, so I unplugged each harddrive in turn to see which was causing it. I removed the problem drive (not the one with my XP installation on) and then turned the computer on again. This time it just said could not detect boot disk. I've tried installing XP again, but it gets as far as loading all the setup files and then my PC reboots. The bios still detects the harddrive still in.

The harddrives are just normal IDE 120gb drives (the removed one is a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 and the one still in is a Barracuda Seagate). I don't understand why the first stopped working (it is at most 6 months old) and why the 2nd one's installation is not detected (it is only a month or 2 old). Up til today, my computer was working perfectly. At the moment my whole computer is useless and the fan is still making the same weird noise occasionally.

Thanks.
 

Answer:One harddrive died, other harddrive's XP not detected

Welcome to Techspot

It sounds like the Drive you removed was the Primary, so the system can't find an MBR.
Also if that is right did you change the Jumper on the Slave left in your box?
Buy a new Fan, why take a chance ?
 

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Hello,

My desktop computer's motherboard was fried in a tragic lightning accident, but the hard drive is intact. I would like to purchase an enclosure for the hard drive and use it as an external hard drive. I'm posting here because I'm worried about compatibility.

Here are the hard drive details:
Seagate, S/N 90Z7588X
ST 380215A
P/N 9CY011-305
Firmware 3.AAD
Date code 08257
Barracude 7200.10
80 Gbytes

Will that work with any of these enclosures:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817158012
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817173047
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Acom...sem/rpsm/oid/206486/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

Thank you in advance for any help!
 

Answer:External Harddrive from Old Computer Harddrive

Any 3.5" IDE compatible drive enclosure will do the trick. I use a ThermalTake enclosure myself (same as MadDog and CompUSAs no-name brand).

Courtney
 

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I currently have a laptop that is a few years old, anyhow I am building my own computer with a friend of mine. I have a external 120 gig Western Digital External Harddrive hooked up to my laptop now. (The external harddrive is brand new) I need a harddrive for the new computer I am building and was wondering would it work if i opened up the external harddrive casing and removed it from there and installed it in my computer i am building. Whats your thoughts on the change in power supply and could it work and what?

Pat

Answer:External Harddrive into Interal Harddrive

if you are building a laptop... no. it is built completely differently.
with a desktop computer you would not be able to either because the connection inside its casing is different. its better to keep your external the way it is and get an internal. you could then use your external as a backup.

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I just recently bought a used computer to replace the one I had which died on me. For some reason, my old harddrive isn't being recognized as the main hard drive when I remove the new one and plug my old one in. Both harddrives are recognized when I have my old one plugged up with the extra power and IDE cable, so I was wondering if it is possible to copy the contents of my old drive to the new one and have it where it transfers all of my installed software over without having to reinstall everything?
 

Answer:Harddrive to harddrive data transfer?

So what you tried to do is get WinXP to boot after it was installed on a different computer. This usually does not work well unless the Motherboard onthe new computer is almost identical to the old one. At the very least you would want to uninstall all drivers that were istalled as part of the old motherboard then do a repair installation of Windows XP. Then again if your installation of Windows is an OEM version of Windows it is not legal to use it on a second computer even if the second computer is a replacement for the first. If this is a retail copy of Windows then you can do it. You would need also the drivers for the new system.. As far as transfering installed programs from one hard drive to another and have them work properly if at all, it is not likely that you will succeed in doing so as installed programs make changes to the registry so that windows will know where to go look for the files to operate these programs. Just transferring the programs will not make the changes needed to your registry that an installation would make.
 

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can i run vista on one harddrive and xp on another harddrive on one computer

Answer:can i run vista on one harddrive and xp on another harddrive on one computer

Yes.

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I just purchased these two items:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817146063

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822153012

and the problem is that the coolmax enclosure wont read the harddrive. I installed it correctly (this is not my first 2.5 external hdd), and the computer detects the harddrive. It says that it is installed and ready to use, but now drive is popping up in "my computer". I dont think that the harddrive is to big for the enclosure, its only 40gb and most enclosures maxes out at 40gb. I could not find out what this enclosure's max compatibility is, so i hope that this is not the problem.

It is not the enclosure that is broken, because i put a different harddrive in the coolmax enclosure and it works. And i tried the Fujitsu hdd in another enclosure and it does not work. So it is definitly the hdd

The harddrive is a ATA-6 and the coolmax enclosure is a IDE ATA 100. I dont know what the 100 stands for, but i dont think that is the problem.

any help would be greatly appreciated. This is a gift for my girlfriend and i really want this to work.
 

Answer:2.5 harddrive enclosure will not read the harddrive

Have you foratted the drive? . . Windows will not "see" a drive until it has been formated.

Right click on My Computer . . select Manage . . disc management . . right click on the drive and select format
 

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I realize one is just an enclosure and you provide the harddrive, and one is a true harddrive, but which is better and whats really the difference?
 

Answer:usb harddrive enclosure -vs- usb external harddrive

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hey everyone, my mom's computer isnt working correctly. it turns on but it doesnt boot up. nothing shows up on the monitor. she has very important files and links that are saved to her computer that she needs asap.

my first thought was maybe i could access her computer through the router that we share but other websites told me its impossible without remote connection. and we cannot setup connects or access her computer at the moment.

i would like to know if it would be a good idea to take her harddrive out and put it into another computer. id rather not put it into my computer (just in case something goes wrong) but my brother has a laptop and could we put her harddrive in his? just temporarily so we can get to those files.

is that the best idea? to transfer her harddrive? if so is it okay that its going into a laptop and not a desktop computer....
 

Answer:transfering harddrive (harddrive problem)

You're best bet it to get a 2.5 Adapter for laptop HDDs then you would take that adapter and connect it to a desktop CD-ROM IDE 2 channel 3.5 Ribbon cable goes into the adapter. There you could transfer files off that drive. That's how it's done in IT repair shop. Below cost $6.99.



can get it off here or try newegg or wherever you want go to a local store to get..
http://www.cablesonline.com/25hdmounkitw.html

It also looks like this various version of the adapter


They all work..
 

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I would like to know if I can copy my whole hard drive to a backup hard drive.
What I would like to do is buy a new hard drive for my laptop. Then move all and I do mean everything windows XP etc. to the new hard drive. So that I could the start using the new hard drive just like the old hard drive. I think my old hard drive is going bad.
 

Answer:Copy harddrive to new harddrive

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My old harddrive is only 20 GB and my new harddrive is 235GB.My old HDD is maxed out and i want to transfer EVERYTHING to my 235GB HDD. Basically making it the primary drive. The old HDD is my C drive and the new one is my E drive.How would I do this safely?

Answer:Small old harddrive, new big harddrive

If you mean you want to transfer everything (Windows, programs, data files, etc.) to the new hard drive, take a look at the software tools and instructions from the hard drive manufacturer for doing that.

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I am looking at my friend's 2 yrs old PC mainly due to not booting up. I just found out that his pc's 10 Gb harddrive has bad sectors of only 700Kb after using scandisk so I reinstall windows myself. It has booted up no problems and running fine as usual but is it necessary to buy a new harddisk? After all, it runs fine even though there are still 700Kb bad sections on existing harddisk. Advice will be much appreciated, thanksGary

Answer:Bad sectors in harddrive - need a new harddrive??

Assuming you reformatted the HD, did the bad sectors show during Formatting or was it some other software that decided you had bad sectors?If it was formatting that disclosed the problem then it may be true. If not it might be a spurious warning and could be ignored.

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Question: Cloning dvd's?

hi what is a fully freeware program to clone dvd's? for windows vista. thanks.

Answer:Cloning dvd's?

anyone??

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Question: cloning

When I clone my hdd do I clone "system reserved" with the "c" drive? What is "system reserved"?

Answer:cloning

clone the whole disk........
Including every partition...

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Question: cloning HD

ok SO I bought a new 120 GB HD western digital special edition..

I would like to take my current HD (40 gig) and put everything on the 120....(ran out of room too much porn--j/k) I am runnning XP professional..

I want to use the 120 GB HD as a primary running XP pro then I will reformat the 40 gig and load suse 9 pro...
since this is a one time deal I am not looking to purchase any software...I wuld like to know of course the fastest and easiest way of doing this....I have done a search and couldn't find anything on this site...if anyone has a link or something that would help I would appreciate it....Thanks in advance...


-Shaggy-

Answer:cloning HD

oh BTW I am hardware illiterate...learning as I go ....heehee Isa installed my own memory and upgraded video card...I's real smart like

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Question: Cloning

Since many members had problems with cloning I made a Macrium clone of my W7 system to study the situation. Unfortunately there was nothing to study because it went perfectly and booted immediately.

I did, however, observe that the cloning took a LOT longer than an image from the same system - and that from a SSD to a SSD on eSata.

Another curiosity - when I was in the cloned system I emptied the recycle bin (which came from the original system). When I was back in the original system, the recycle bin was empty there too.

Answer:Cloning

Making an image is faster than making a clone but, in my experience, using imaging to replace cloning (making the image and "restoring" it) takes longer and has the disadvantage of usually needing an intermediary drive. Being one step, cloning is as simple as start it, then walk away until it's done so the time really doesn't matter.

I keep my recycle bin empty (half the time I use SHIFT/DELETE and bypass the recycle bin on the way to file oblivion) so I've yet to notice the phenomenon you did.

The only times I had a clone fail was when Defraggler corrupted my HDD (I no longer use that POS) and, when I tried to clone the data on the corrupted drive, the clone failed even though I could access all the data on the corrupted drive (thank God for my anal backup scheme). The other time was when I was cloning from a notebook to a 2.5" 7200 rpm Western Digital Black in an enclosure. Even though the notebook had USB 3.0 ports, it apparently wasn't delivering enough power to keep the HDD running properly. The problem went away when I replaced the single cable with one that had three ends, the extra end being used to steal additional power from another USB port.

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Question: Cloning/

I am running XPHome with SP2, 80Gb hard drive which is half full, I regularly clone this to a bigger removable drive. My question is I want to put all my music cds aprrox 150 as mp3 on my C drive and move to removable drive and then remove them from C drive but cloning won't work will it.i use Acronis True Image.thanks Joe

Answer:Cloning/

copy and paste.

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Question: Cloning PC

I have a pc running p3 433 mhz and its running perfectly in the office at work with sage running fine on it.

I want to clone that hard drive so it is also running on my new PC which i have built, but not yet installed anything on the hard drive so it has a formated hard drive?

I dont want to remove the hard drive from the working pc becuase i want two pc's so can i make a clone of the hard drive to work on the new pc??

Thanks Alex
 

Answer:Cloning PC

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Question: cloning

Partitioned 500gb hdd to 147 gb, why can't I clone that 147gb partition to a 160(148)gb hdd?

Answer:cloning

Variety of reasons. Maybe you don't have the correct software. Maybe you are using the software that you do have incorrectly. We can't really tell why you can't clone the partition without knowing what software you are trying to use to do it, and a screenshot of disk management showing the hard drives in question would help.

Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of - Windows 10 Forums

What errors are you getting?

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About a month ago I cloned my HDD to a Samsung 840 Pro SSD, but with holidays etc, etc I haven't inserted into my computer, but now a month later I have downloaded updates from Microsoft & several others CCleaner, Malwarebytes etc, could I clone my HDD again, or do I have to format & start again, Using Samsung Data Migration, I don't think there is a facility for incremental. As always your thoughts most appreciated.

Answer:Cloning again to same SSD!

Cloning again or formatting and starting again is really the same thing with this software, AFAIK.
Doubt it has an incremental function.
It's designed to prepare the SSD and move your old drive to the SSD.
It may warn you that it will erase the data you already moved to the SSD.
If so, and you say to proceed, it will do what it did the first time. preparing the SSD and cloning the drive to the SSD. It will "erase" your previous cloning as part of the preparation.
Another option if you're uncomfortable with that, is just install the SSD as is, and redo the updates.

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Hi ok i have a few Q's
First i have an old acer d150 with a 160Gig HDD, Now i want to use that hdd for something else and i want to fit an 80 Gig Hdd in it's place ( I have programs/software on the 80Gig so i will format it before i clone )

What is the easiest/most user friendly way to clone the 160 g to the 80 g so the netbook can still be used.

Another note netbook has no optical drive.

I have downloaded clonezilla-live-2.0.1-15-i486.zip onto a 1Gig usb flash drive
Just a bit stuck on what to do next

Answer:cloning

Hum Andrew mate you have some problems for starters I have had instances where you cannot clone from large to smaller drives you would be better off to replace th 80GB with the same size as the old drive.

You could try this one Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

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Question: DVD Cloning

I need suggestions for DVD Cloning software. I have an Autistic son that goes through DVD's like crazy and it has cost me a small fortune buying the originals, I need to make copies of the originals so I can replace the ones he wears out. I'm sure some of them are encrypted or encoded, I am not making these to resale just or his personal use. Any information is welcomed.

Answer:DVD Cloning

AnyDVD HD, by Redfox, formerly known as Slysoft will remove the copy protection. You will also need Clone DVD allowing you to copy the video to your hard drive or burn to a
blank DVD. The software may be cost prohibitive. Also, while standard DVDs are cheap, dual layer isn't & generally are not available to purchase off the shelf from your local
electronics store. Newegg & Amazon is recommended. Good brands are TDK & Smartbuy from Amazon & both are Ritek manufactured.
 
Videos on the hard drive can be watched, without burning to disc, using the free Media Player Classic, or VLC. Perhaps your son would have no problem watching on the computer
monitor instead of a big screen TV. That would save you money from not having to purchase blank discs, but you will need hard drive space to store them, either internal or
external.
 
The majority of movies are typically larger than what a standard DVD SL [single layer] 4.7 GB disc can store unless you have no problem compressing it at the cost of video
quality. Most kids haven't a problem with lower video quality. Otherwise you will need DL [dual layer] discs that are 8.5 GB. All this applies only to standard DVD & not to Bluray
movies.
 
To burn a video, whether SL or DL, will require burning software. The free ImageBurn software will meet all your requirements.
 
Keep in mind that there are alternatives to all the above for creating a DVD that will play in your home DVD player.
There is a learnin... Read more

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Question: Cloning my HDD

Hi.Hope someone can help.I have a compaq presario model 5146ea internet pc with 512mb ram running windows me and a 60gb western digital hdd.I recently installed a second 120gb western digital hdd onto my computer, setting it as master and my slower 60gb hdd as slave.I am trying to transfer all the data and settings (including OS) from the slave to the new master, so that I can then format the slave and use it for storage purposes. However, numerous attempts to copy the partitions from disk 2 to disk 1 (partition magic shows three partitions - Local Disk (C:), set as Primary and active, extended primary partition and system_sav (D:) set as logical) have failed, as the OS does not boot from the new disk when configured to do so in BIOS.Attempts to copy the data using Norton Ghost have also failed, and I was wondering if anyone had any ideas as to what could be wrong?I tried to set the local disk (C:) on the 120gb drive as active using windows ME boot up disk, but I keep getting a message saying that only partitions on disk 1 can be set to active.Any help would be much appreciated,Thanks in advance,Alien463

Answer:Cloning my HDD

click here= and have a look

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Can anyone teach me how to mac clone?

BTW im DHCP, my old modem gone bad so verizon replaced it with a new one (westell 6100) however, i am unable to connect with this new one. all lights are solid green on the modem (power dsl ethernet and internet) however when i try to pull up IE, still page cannot be displayed.

i called verizon tech support and they guide me through several troubleshooting steps but to no avail - they made me reset the modem, uninstall/reinstall nic card, optimized my browser, did those ping tests, ran ip config release renew etc... but still nothing happened. what my friend told me that we have to probably do mac cloning, however, when i called verizon again to ask assistance regarding mac cloning, they said they dont support it...
 

Answer:Need Help With Mac Cloning

No, you do not have to do MAC cloning if your internet worked before with the same setup (bar the modem).

Since it was Verizon who replaced the modem and broke your connection, then it is them who have to prove that the fault is not theirs. Usually it is a technician demonstrating a connection with their own laptop.
 

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Question: Cloning HDD

I have an R40 2897-93U and want to clon to a larger HDD.  I cannot find a program that will see or reconize the partition that contains the restore files.  It exsists because the option appears using the Assess IBM button and I had done a restore some time ago.  I do utilize all three passwords (supervisor, start-up and hard disk).  Is there any program that will be able to find that partition so that I may copy it over to the new hard drive?  Cloning worked on everything else and the new drive runs Windows XP just fine. Hope someone might be able to help, and thank you!

Answer:Cloning HDD

You have to go into the BIOS and unhide the restore partition/predesktop area. Then the cloning software will see and copy the restore partition.





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Question: Cloning Win 7

My Acer AME600 i5 became cost wise un-repairable so I purchased a used Dell Vostro - Win 7 Extreme Edition R1. I took the HD out of the i5 and placed it into the Dell. I would like to clone the original HD to the one that I installed. I've really had very little experience with this. Some help would be great. Firstly I'd like to format what I'll call (Disk 1) . The original is marked (Disk 0).I've gone into Disk Management and Unallocated one partition of disk 1 ( the disk has 6 partitions)and created a New Volume (F:)in another.The partition marked (F:) gives me the option to Format. The Unallocated has option New Simple Volume. The other 4 gives only "Help". What I'm wondering is; if I format (F:) will that leave me with only one partition or what to do?? I've attached a file to show where I'm at with this.Thanks,overthehill

Answer:Cloning Win 7

Got this figured out(well not completely) but was able to format the second drive and did a complete copy (using Macrium Reflect) from the first. What I'm having trouble with now is finding the (mring) file. After the complete copy I disconnected the original drive and connected the copied drive. With the MR boot disk inserted it loaded and took me to a MR install page but it's looking for a "mring" file, which I cannot find. Any ideas? overthehill

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Question: Cloning to SSD

First question here on 10 forum but used 7 forum lots. Anyway I am trying to clone the HDD? reduced partion to 450GB so as to be less than theSSD on my laptop. Trying to clone to a Samsung EVO 850 500GB. I have used the Samsung migration software and a version of EaseUS both give same error ie OS cannot be found. Now I think it is because the MBR is not being copied or if it is something is going wrong with it. This version of 10 was a free upgarde from8.1 for which I had a recovery stick but I have nothing to do the same on 10.
Am I missing something obvious here?

Thanks

Answer:Cloning to SSD

Are you cloning the partition or the disk??

You can also just clean install windows 10 to that PC / SSD - since you already have digital entitlement..

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Question: Cloning my XP

I have a spare hard drive and want to clone my XP as a backup since I think my old XP disc won't install anymore. (I lost the original installation disc and have only a copy slip-streamed with SP3).

Can somebody recommend a good free cloning tool, please? And on cloning do the donor drive and the recipient drive need to be exactly the same size?
 

Answer:Cloning my XP

Well two free programs come to mind, which are Easus and Macrium, of course there are other free open source programs, listed here: http://www.cyberciti.biz/datacenter/5-awesome-open-source-cloning-software/ for example.
As for the size, that would be ideal but not a necessity, generally the destination drive should be the same size or larger than the source drive.
Some programs will let you clone to a smaller drive, but that depends on the amount of space used on the source drive.
Good luck.

The Cleaver
 

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Question: Cloning OS

I have been given an old Windows 7 pc that's running perfectly but only has 360 GB HD.Is it possible to "copy" my existing OS from the small to the new and then replace it with the larger one, I only have a narrow slot for a second HD and I'm not sure I could add another to the pc. I have read about cloning and would like to know if that's the way I should go, I am not expertly knowledgeable on computers and am a bit apprehensive about messing with the OS. (Dell OptiPlex 780)

Answer:Cloning OS

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

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were can i find good cloning software for Vista

Thanks Cam
 

Answer:cloning

www.acronis.com for Acronis True Image 2009
 

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I want a backup copy of my hard drive or a image so if I loose my hd I can reinstall the copy. I have extra external hd and docking station.
Thanks
Ben

Answer:Cloning

Ben Daniels said:

I want a backup copy of my hard drive or a image so if I loose my hd I can reinstall the copy. I have extra external hd and docking station.
Thanks
Ben



You can try Macrium Reflect.

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Question: Cloning my HD

I don't understnd all I know about this cloning of a HD. I did a clone with Easus and then I went to
tools and selected make a boot disk. The procedure finished and said nothing. So I created something.
Now I see this about burning,ISO and such for it to work. Why would the program let me create something that is useless?

Answer:Cloning my HD

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/ht/burnisofile.htm

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I am looking for some help as this is driving me crazy, I am attempting to upgrade a dell inspiron 3157 to a ssd. I cloned the drive with Acronis true 2014 (it came with the ssd). the clone was succesful but when i install into the bay I get
error code 0x0000225 (failed to boot system needs to be repaired). i have visualy verified all files are present. I have looked through the forum and see most suggest to use a boot disk but I don't have one, (only a rescue thumb drive) however my dell does not have a cd\dvd drive so windows will not let me create a rescue disk. i have looked in the bios to change the boot to usb but it does have that option. anyhelp would be greatly appreciated.
Aj

Answer:ssd cloning.... help

D/L and look through the manuals to see if you are just not looking in the right place in the BIOS for USB boot.
Product Support | Dell US
Hope this helps.

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Question: Cloning

Hello! I am trying to clone my ssd drive where my win7 ultimate boots to a 3tb hd. My current ssd is 128 gb where windows takes 90gb because I have 32gb of ram! Apparently windows takes more Fisk space the more ram you have according to geeksquad. I bought acronis to clone my disk, and when I boot from my hdd it says boot mgr missing. This is a home built pc. I already have a ssd with all my games installed in it and I really don't wanna do a clean install. Also my hdd won't stop partitioning it self for some reason so I have a 700gb floating in limbo.
Please help!
 

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Good evening
I work for a school district and I am trying to clone 3 sets of 25 acer extensa 5635 laptops and I am stuck. I have always used drive snapshot with xp and had no problems, now I have moved to windows 7 and I have tried using drive snapshot from an xp usb drive and I don't see any of the windows 7 drives.

is there anything out there I should try to use.

thanks Kevin
 

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Question: Cloning

Hi all, this is my first post to this forum.Can anyone tell me if there is a piece of software that allows cloning an 80g drive with only 10g of data to a smaller drive-30g. hope someone can help,....sam stuart
 

Answer:Cloning

Acronis True Image will adjust partition sizes during a clone operation.
 

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Question: PC Cloning

I believe I am needing to update my pc cloning/imaging method. I am currently using Reatogo CD with Ghost 9 plug-in to do my cloning/imaging. I like this method since I can use the CD environment to create and restore a PC. I store most of the images on a network share and some on a USB hard drive due to systems being in a vehicle. With the vehicles I have to carry an old USB CD ROM (bulky) to boot they system to do the images. I have a slim USB DVD ROM but it will not boot to the CD environment which I don't know why.

So with my old USB CD ROM giving me issues I have been trying to find an alternative way create and restore my systems. With Flash drives being cheap and the size increasing I have been wanting to use a flash drive to create and restore images.

What method do you recommend for creating/restoring images?
 

Answer:PC Cloning

I keep a small usb hard drive configured to boot to Parted Magic. A thumb drive can do it if it's big enough, but it might limit some of the other functions if used for Windows systems. Parted Magic has some network functionality, but it's easier to just use the free space on the usb drive. The whole thing just becomes a personal backup appliance.
 

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Question: OKR in SSD Cloning

Hello All.I know there is a very similar stick post in the forum, but my question is very direct:  I have a y510p with 1 TB HDD and want to change it to a 512 MB SSD drive. If i make the cloning of my HDD to my SSD, will my OKR still work? Ty folks =]

Answer:OKR in SSD Cloning

bivoca wrote:Hello All.I know there is a very similar stick post in the forum, but my question is very direct:  I have a y510p with 1 TB HDD and want to change it to a 512 MB SSD drive. If i make the cloning of my HDD to my SSD, will my OKR still work? Ty folks =]Although the question I agree is direct the answer is not. There are some that would say that it is working and some that say otherwise. To be safe, I would assume that it will not so that steps can be taken that it will work in that ssd. Again in the steps or procedure there are some that would claim that theirs will work.

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Question: Dvd Cloning

i AM LOOKING AT SEVERAL CLONING PROGRAMS AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHICH IS BEST. DVD CLONER 2 OR ONE CLICK DVD
 

Answer:Dvd Cloning

there's lots and lots of programs out there for this.

clonedvd is a nice all in one package
 

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A simple question about cloning:

Is it possible to clone two hard disks onto two partitions each the same size as or larger than the source disks, so I can fit copies of two disks onto one ? (I vaguely remember there being unique about sector 0 on a disk, and obviously the target disk has only one physical sector) ?

Could I then clone either of the two partitions back on to onto single disks if need be, in the future?

Dumb_Question
1.March.2014
 

Answer:Cloning: Two onto One

It's straightforward as long as you have an intermediate drive available - a plugin drive is fine. Use an imaging program, something like Macrium Reflect, to image each of the two disks, storing the image files on the intermediate drive. Then use Macrium to restore the images to the two partitions on the larger drive. That's it, but if either of these drives contains an operating system it won't boot until the drive's boot configuration is sorted out. Not quite so straightforward!

I would advise doing this with the Macrium boot disk rather than the installed version.
 

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Question: Win 7 HDD Cloning

I have been doing my research concerning cloning my Win 7 C: HDD. In another thread I was troubleshooting an BSOD boot up loop. So, while I have been able to fix all my issues. I now have a new fresh hard drive and a fresh install of Win 7 on that drive. Is it possible to use PCMover to move over my data and installed programs? I am concerned that the OS on the now removed hard drive is corrupt.

Thanks.

Answer:Win 7 HDD Cloning

Hello,

I suggest you give the Windows Easy Transfer tool a try: Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

That would probably be the safest.

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Question: Cloning

I am looking for an alternative to ghost. I want to clone several computers across the network. I am looking for creation and deployment across the network. I would prefer not to have to use a CD. I have an older version of ghost but it will not do Win7 so I need to find something that will. I don?t mind spending a little money but ghost wants way too much for their software. Any suggestions? Thanks!
 

Answer:Cloning

Hi I'm not sure what your looking for. Macrium Reflect does a excelent job of creating a back up image of your OS. It's freeware

http://majorgeeks.com/Macrium_Reflect_FREE_Edition_d6034.html
 

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Question: Cloning XP

Here's how I successfully cloned XP:

1) I installed WinRescue XP and backed up my Windows configuration
2) I created a partition the same size as my C drive with Partition Magic 5.0 (DOS)
3) I started XP and cloned by C drive
4) I did not let my computer restart, I disconnected my C drive and connected my new drive as the C drive (master)
5) I booted to DOS, ran Partition Magic and set the new partition as active
6) I rebooted to DOS ran WinRescueXP (wnresqxp.exe) and restored my backup
7) then I booted to Windows, no problems

One note, when you run WinRescue to restore you must put a floppy in the drive. It doesn't matter what's on the floppy. The program just searches for a floppy before it begins, and it will give error codes, but the process will complete successfully.

I hope this information helps someone
Ash
 

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Question: HDD Cloning

I have EASEUS Todo Backup Home, it's the Free version. In the blurb it says you can clone your entire HDD to another. So I made two bootable copies each on NEW drives. However, one of the drives went belly up when I was trying to update some drivers. That leaves me with one, but no spare. The drivers still need updating, but I am now reluctant to do it, without the security of a back up. I tried to clone the good copy over the bad, with EASEUS. But when it gets to..."The data on the destination location will be lost. Are you sure you want to continue?" When I Press OK...It now says... "To enjoy this feature, please upgrade to EASEUS Todo Backup Workstation at (and it gives a web address)"Where you can get the Workstation upgrade. But of course it isn't free.When I initially downloaded 'EASEUS Todo Backup Home' I saw no mention of limited access/use of some items? Having been back to their website since, I still can't!? Anyone know any good, easy to use, HDD cloning freeware?

Answer:HDD Cloning

have you tried deleting the bad image then going through the procedure again? I have bought Acronis and find that great.

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I have bought a new HDD and wish to clone the old one onto the new one.

I have installed and initialised/formatted the new drive

The old drive (system drive) is IDE, the new is a 1TB SATA.

I was advised by the store that sold me the drive to download a trial version of Ghost, but the current version (Ver 14.0x) has the disc cloning facility disabled on the 30-day trial. Oldversion.com has a really old version of Ghost available (Ver 6.03), but will it work on such large discs?

I really don't need a powerful (expensive) utility, this is just a one-of situation.

Win XP Pro SP3

Ideas appreciated.

Answer:New HDD, need help cloning please

EASEUS Partition Master is a magic partition manager software for Windows 2000-XP-Vista-2003- - http://www.partition-tool.com/ The free, home version will allow cloning of a partition/drive...following the directions provided.Louis

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Question: Cloning Win 7 PCs

I need to setup several different workgroups (8-12 PCs in each) without servers, each having their own set of software. I don't want to setup a complicated imaging setup or make an imaging server.If I setup the first, then clone the other's hard drives using something like Clonzilla, what happens with the product keys? They are all new PCs, each with its own product key and I don't want them to all show the same product key after being cloned from the initial one. Is there a way to clone the subsequent PCs and each still have it's original Product Key?
Thanks.
pdewb

Answer:Cloning Win 7 PCs

Legally, you have to have a unique product key for each PC. Depending on what software you're going to use to perform the cloning, I'd consult their support forums to find out if the software copies the product keys or not. I've only ever used Windows (ImageX and other utilities from Windows AIK) and I know it doesn't copy the product keys.

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Question: cloning

Hello. I have a compaq presario CQ57 439LT notebook. Windows 7. It has a seagate serial ATA disk drive 250 GB. The hard disk has been showing that it has a smart hard disk error. I was able to run Malwarebytes and found nothing. I am still able to boot to safe mode. I would like to clone the whole disk. I have no operating cd or recovery disks so I thought I should clone. I would like to purchase a clone docking station but am confused on which one would work. It seems easy to be able to insert the 2 hard disks and push a button and let it clone. I thought I would purchase the same hard disk as I have. But do the docking stations allow you to insert 2 of the same size hard disks. And will they all do the seagate ATA disk? Here is a link to one I saw.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-Hub-2-5...US_Drive_Enclosures_Docks&hash=item1e792b17ce

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
 

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I simply used one of these and a copy of Minitool Partition Wizard.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182182

Most here recommend EaseUS but I've had no problem with Partition Wizard.

The cloned drive was pulled a few months later in favor of a clean install of Windows 7.

Things work much better now.
 

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Question: Cloning HDs

Hi all,

I have taken an XP SP3 OS from a Dell Optiplex 270 and thought that I could clone the HD and then install the necessary drivers to run the new HD on an Optiplex 520.

Now everytime I login under a domain, the computer works for ~1min, the CPU jumps to 100% and freezes for ~2mins, and then everything I try and open after that I get an (0xc0000142) error.

BUT when I logon to the local machine everything runs fine.

I idea how can get the cloned HD working on the different computer?

Thanks in advance all.

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Try to leave the domain and then reboot. Make sure the new computer has a different computer name. Once rebooted with a new name, rejoin the domain and it should do the job.

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Question: Cloning to an SSD

Hey guys. I just bought a new Dell desktop which is not set up yet. It came with a 1TB Spindle HDD which contains a recovery partition with the OS etc... I have also bought a 120GB SSD which I would like to use to hold my OS and applications, then use the 1TB spindle drive that came with the comp as storage. Problem is, the OS installation flies are on the spindle drive. So would it be better to remove both drives and clone the spindle drive to the SSD before anything is installed, then just run the factory OS from the fresly cloned SSD, or should I install the OS to the spindle drive, then once everything is up and running clone it to the SSD and wipe the spindle drive? Thanks.
 

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Or alternately, will MS provide an ISO copy of Win 8 that I can legitemately use with the Product key that came with my computer (the COA has never been used before)?
 

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Question: Cloning HDD

Just curious....If I clone my present OS...Then install say Vista/Win7 over the cloned OS so I end up with Vista/Win7 on one HDD and XP on the other....Is there any problem in just swapping the relevant HDD over, therefore having the use of two OS's?.....Oh and I'm not interested in duel-boot on one HDD.

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Why would you install Vista/Win7 over the top of your "cloned" XP rather than clean installing it in the separate hard drive?There isn't a problem having operating systems in separate hard drives and swapping them over; I do this myself but have a hard drive "caddy" in the PC instead of a fixed hard drive, so that I can swap drives in seconds by just pulling out one drive and slotting in another.

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I want a backup copy of my hard drive or a image so if I loose my hd I can reinstall the copy. I have extra external hd and docking station.
Thanks
Ben

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Originally Posted by Ben Daniels


I want a backup copy of my hard drive or a image so if I loose my hd I can reinstall the copy. I have extra external hd and docking station.
Thanks
Ben



You can try Macrium Reflect.

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I am looking for a FAST but decent HDD cloning software.
I do have Acronis true image and does a good job at making backups but as for cloning, it seems to take FOREVER to clone a 500GB HDD.
Apperently.... 1 day coming down from 7. But it cannot take that long surely?

I am technically minded so I know what happens, but surely this is not right? To copy over the entire disk including bootsector? 1 day? This is using SATAII drives

Any ideas on how I can improve the performance or even any other tools that would do a quicker job?
 

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Hi there, I'm a noob at this cloning hdd stuff as I usually do a complete refomat when changing hdd's. I need to know the exact sequence of operations in cloning a hdd. Is this order below correct. Please correct any errors I am showing.

1.) Use either Acronis or Norton Ghost to make a clone of my hdd including o/s, file folders, application, etc... and save it to old hdd which is still pc.

2.) Shut down pc and install new hdd and remove old hdd and format the new hdd with o/s.

3.) Shut down pc again and reinstall the old hdd as the slave and make sure the new hdd is set to master. Then transfer the "clone" from the old hdd to the new hdd using Acronis or Norton Ghost.

4.) Shut down pc again and either remove old hdd or leave it in for extra storage.

Is this correct or am I missing something? Please help me out, I need to know the correct method of doing this as soon as possible. Thank you so much.
 

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That will work but you can also install the new drive as a slave drive, format it through Windows then just copy the entire boot drive to the slave drive, shut off the computer, change the jumpers and cables to make the new drive the boot drive and restart. The slave drive will now be the main hard drive and you can format the old drive or just leave it in case you need to boot off of it ever again.
 

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Question: Cloning

Acer laptop. Vista basic, O.P.system.
Cloned entire installed (Hard drive) including C & D partitions to U.S.B external (Hard Drive) using Macrium Reflect software.
Installed Hard drive into computer expecting everything to start up and operate
as normal.
Message on screen stating. No operating system found.
Have only basic computer knowledge.
Could anybody suggest. WHY?

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Is the Vista partition marked Active?

Boot the vista dvd to command prompt - type:

Diskpart

lis vol

( find the letter of the Vista volume , e.g. D )

sel vol D

act

exi.

You can use a bootable partition manager to mark Vista partition Active instead.

There is a good one available free at the moment ( install it on a working pc - run off the bootable cd , boot it on your sick machine - and you will get a very easy to use interface) :

EASEUS Partition Master Professional Edition Giveaway: Get a Free Data Recovery Softawre for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 32 and 64Bit Today Now.

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Question: Cloning To An SSD

Hey gang,

So, my new laptop has an HDD with Windows 8 on it and I want to take my SSD out of my old laptop and clone the HDD onto the SSD. This is all new to me and I'm having a bit of trouble obviously. When I connect my SSD to USB on the new laptop and try to initialize the disc, it won't work (don't recall the error message, reinstalled the SSD in my old laptop for now). Is this happening because the SSD is fully loaded with Windows 7 from my old laptop? Do I need to format the SSD manually before cloning to it (using EaseUS todo backup)?

I posted on these forums a couple weeks ago with another plan of attack but I scrapped that because it was a terrible idea.

Jim
 

Answer:Cloning To An SSD

First of all, I use and recommend acronis true image to do any cloning/imaging/restoring of drives. To clone with acronis, the new drive must be blank ie just like it came out of the box. If there is any partition info on the ssd, you will end up with incorrect drive letters, unable to boot, etc. Again the ssd must be empty. Here is how I would do this task;
1 Purchase acronis true image. Install the program; make the bootable media ie either cd or flash drive.
2 After you secure erase the ssd [note secure erase is needed for a multitude of reasons] Place the ssd in an external housing or connect via usb.
3 Boot the system with the bootable media you made ie cd/flash drive.
4 Select source [old drive] and destination [new drive]
5 Complete the clone process and shutdown. DO NOT reboot with both drives connected.
6 Pull the old hd and install the ssd
7 Pw ON and make sure drive letters are correct, etc.

Done.
 

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Hi All, I am having problems.1. My computer sometimes fails to start2. I get a number of "not responding" problems.3. I can't restore to an earlier date.I cloned my hard drive to an external drive then swopped dtives.I currently have amain drive IDE, a 2nd drive (new, empty but fornatted and recognised), an external hard drive in a PATA/SATA enclosue and a 2nd external hard drive in a PATA enclosure.I obvious;y have a mess so I would like to clone my programmes and OS (XP) to my 2nd internal hard drive and swop drives. Would the cloning copy the problems as well? Or do I have to go the hard way and reformat and reinstall. I've been looking at threads referring to Acronis and XXClone for information. When I tried to use Norton 360 backup it seened to stop at 410 progammes but the info above said it was running. When I tried Norton Help and Support it started loading but after a while when I clicked on it I got "not responding" and I had a dickens of a job closing it. You've probably all had that hppen to you! Where do I go from here? Thank you in anticipation. redeyenewby

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"Would the cloning copy the problems as well?"In a word 'Yes' and in your case I would recommend a reformat and clean install. There is no quick fix for this pickle. Anything else you try would be just prolonging the inevitable.

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Question: Cloning a HD

Can a HD be cloned (to an SSD), using the provided Win8.1 backup and recovery software or is Acronis True Image or something similar required?
 

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A free tool would be better. See: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-drive-cloning-software.htm but it depends why you want to do the clone.
If just for back-up then see:http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-hard-drive-backup-program.htm.
If you are intending to use the SSD to replace the main drive , then there are thrreads on here somewhere that tell you the best way to do it. Use the search tool.
 

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Question: Cloning help

I have a laptop I need to clone it. It has 1 ide and 1 external usb hdd I need a good program that I can use that will boot from cd. I do not have a floppy.
Thank you for your help.
 

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Hi, I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit installed in a mechanical hard drive (Seagate 750Gb SATA HD). I will be replacing the Seagate with an SSD. Can I clone the Seagate to the SSD by using software like Acronis, etc or am I forced to clean install Win7 in the SSD? Thanks.

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Are you going to use the SSD for everything or just certain items? I just recently built a new system with an SSD. It was a clean install since it was a new system but the only thing I have on the SSD is the OS and my recording studio software. Everything else is on a 1TB hard drive.

If you are going to put everything on the SSD, Acronis should be able to do it.

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I want to clone my entire 160GB drive onto my new 1TB drive. I know there is software for this, but the problem is I can only have one drive plugged in at a time because I don't have two cables, but I do have another 600GB USB drive.

So is it possible to:
1. Clone the 160GB drive - files are put on the USB drive.
2. Unplug the 160GB drive and plug in the 1TB HDD.
3. Copy the files from the USB drive onto the 1TB drive.

Would this be possible? Maybe with a boot disk..
 

Answer:Cloning my HD onto another

You can backup the drive, you can use the Windows backup utility to perform this.
THe only thing is, is that it will save it all as one file, but if you need to exrtract only certain files, you can open it (again in the backup utility) and select what you want.
Most external HDD's come with their own software, which you can also use, and they work more or less the same.
Cable are inexpensive, just get another, but why can't you go from the 160GB HDD direct to the 1TB drive and bypass the 600GB drive?
 

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Question: HDD Cloning?

Hey everyone. I want to get a bigger hard drive to replace my main C drive. Do any of ye know what would be the best program for cloning the hdd onto the new drive so it'll work like normal?

Thanks
 

Answer:HDD Cloning?

Norton Ghost (I use this one)
Acronis True Image (most users like this one, images and backup incrementally)
Acronis Migrate Easy (Just disk clone - quite good!)
Drive Image (Basically an alternative)
DriveImage XML (This one is free!)
MaxBlast (I haven't used this, but it's free)
pc-disk-clone(Home Edition: Up to 2GB/min, Pro Edition: Up to 7GB/min)

Imaging: Backs up your entire system, including Windows and data, plus your partition as well. The image can be stored on removable media, such as DVD. And usually takes under an hour (depending on size of image) to fully recover to a blank HardDrive.
 

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Hello everyone,
I have a new computer that I built. It has a 120Gb hard drive where I have installed windows 8. I have created a EaseUS WinPE Emergency on a 8 Gb Kingston usb flash drive. Using my WinPE Emergency usb drive, I have cloned the SSD on to a 128Gb usb drive. I did not select the optimize for SSD or the sector by sector options. Following this I upgraded my computer to windows 8.1. I decided that I wanted to use windows 8 and so I wanted to clone from my 128Gb usb drive back to my SSD drive.
I used the WinPE Emergency usb drive again and this time selected the optimize for SSD and sector by sector options. I selected for the computer to shut down when finished. When the computer shut down, I removed the usb drives from the computer (source usb for the cloning and the WinPE) and started up the computer. Windows tried to start but the recovery window popped up and all the options that I tried to recover from this window failed.
Here is a link to the image I found online.
Google Image Result for http://www.fixedbyvonnie.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/fixedbyvonnie-windows-8-usb-recovery-drive-boot-screen-21.png
If you got lost in my story here is what I am trying to do

I am trying to overwrite windows os drive by cloning over it from a clone created on to a usb drive.
I think that EaseUS Todo Backup should be able to do this and it should work, but something isn't allowing windows to start correctly. I suspect that there is an issue with the MBR... Read more

Answer:Need help cloning win 8 OS SSD

i used Intel Data Migration tool and it works fine

https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...?DwnldID=19324

this is the latest version : IDMS_15056_en-US.exe, very simple to use just follow all instructions and u are safe

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I have to install WIN 10 Pro on 20 new and identical systems. I created a master drive with WIN 10 Pro installed. How do I clone this master drive to the rest of the 20 identical systems? Or what software would you recommend for cloning? On WIN 7 Pro, I used Acronis or Macrium Reflect and they work great. But WIN10, it would not clone it and if I was able to clone it, it would not boot up on the other system. It would take too much time installing it one system at a time for all 20 systems. I bought licenses for all 20 systems.

Answer:Cloning WIN 10 Pro

I have to install WIN 10 Pro on 20 new and identical systems. I created a master drive with WIN 10 Pro installed. How do I clone this master drive to the rest of the 20 identical systems? Or what software would you recommend for cloning? On WIN 7 Pro, I used Acronis or Macrium Reflect and they work great. But WIN10, it would not clone it and if I was able to clone it, it would not boot up on the other system. It would take too much time installing it one system at a time for all 20 systems. I bought licenses for all 20 systems.

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I have to install WIN 10 Pro on 20 new and identical systems. I created a master drive with WIN 10 Pro installed. How do I clone this master drive to the rest of the 20 identical systems? Or what software would you recommend for cloning? On WIN 7 Pro, I used Acronis or Macrium Reflect and they work great. But WIN10, it would not clone it and if I was able to clone it, it would not boot up on the other system. It would take too much time installing it one system at a time for all 20 systems. I bought licenses for all 20 systems.

Answer:Cloning WIN 10 Pro

I have to install WIN 10 Pro on 20 new and identical systems. I created a master drive with WIN 10 Pro installed. How do I clone this master drive to the rest of the 20 identical systems? Or what software would you recommend for cloning? On WIN 7 Pro, I used Acronis or Macrium Reflect and they work great. But WIN10, it would not clone it and if I was able to clone it, it would not boot up on the other system. It would take too much time installing it one system at a time for all 20 systems. I bought licenses for all 20 systems.

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hi anyone know anything about apricorn unit for cloning .I have a pata hdd and i heard that when you hook it to the unit it will cover the pins on the cloning hdd power. the video i saw said i need to use a ribbon between the hdd and the apricorn unit i am lost and want to learn how to make this work or a better way
 

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The ribbon cable is a IDE (PATA) data cable used to connect those devices to motherboards etc.

e.g. Your hard disk connects using the ribbon cable to your Apricorn (whatever that is. lol)
 

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i need to clone my new hard drive but want a dual device for sata and pata here is a pic of my new HDD the one on the left
 

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Is the computer a desktop computer? If so, you should be able to connect the PATA drive to the IDE channel and the original SATA drive should still be set as the boot drive. Download and install Western Digitals install software and follow the instructions for adding a new hard drive
 

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