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Clone Disk -- Does it REALLY Clone disks - I have doubts

Q: Clone Disk -- Does it REALLY Clone disks - I have doubts

Hi there
I always thought that CLONE Disk really did Clone disks - however this doesn't seem to be exactly the case.

I decided to upgrade a SAMSUNG 830 120 GB SSD to a Samsung 840 250 GB SSD in a laptop recently. The cloning process went fine -- I left the partitions EXACTLY as they were on the original drive (so I had around 120 GB of unallocated space on the target drive).

When I re-booted everything worked fine except SKY GO (that's an application where I can run SKY TV - satellite TV subscription channel - on the PC with Internet streams -- great for LIVE Sport etc when on the move).

Refused to work saying Computer Device is not registered.

Re-inserted the old SSD -- guess what SKY GO worked fine -- so SOMETHING has changed --not sure what but surely the copy should have resulted in the OS'es being identical - I hadn't changed any partition sizes etc.

Not sure why changing a disk would invalidate a very useful application -- of course SKY TV couldn't explain anything -- Who or what are ever employed in those dreadful off shored call centers -- just get some woman mouthing away in poor barely understandable English the same line over and over again --very sorry -- very sorry -- don't know -- try technical support. I reply - YOU ARE (F-----g) Technical support -- didn't actually insert the F word though --. Answer comes back again Very sorry - very sorry -. Who or What are these automatons who work in those places. !!!!!!

I finally resolved the problem myself -- although was an extreme solution -- completely re-installed W8 again on the new disk -- the sky go application wanted a Silverlight download, registered the computer and it worked fine.

My gut feel is that Silverlight had encoded something somewhere on the original Disk and when the new disk was inserted the Silverlight program knew something about the OS being moved and therefore assumed that I was using a new computer.

So Cloning a Disk might not always give you the results you expect.


Preferred Solution: Clone Disk -- Does it REALLY Clone disks - I have doubts

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.

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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.)

A: Clone Disk -- Does it REALLY Clone disks - I have doubts

Hi again

Finally sorted the wretched problem out properly --- it WAS Silverlight (Grhhhhhhhh)

I restored my old system again to the new SSD
Then UNINSTALLED Silverlight --as before

But there's a folder in Program data ==> Microsoft ==>playready which apparently is ZERO bytes. (Or perhaps just contains hidden inaccessible security info).

Removing this folder as well and then re-installing Silverlight -- the SKY GO application started find after a few messages of "Updating security for display of protected content" and things like that.

So my remark on the CLONE DISK still stands however it does seem that Silverlight remembers things from specific PHYSICAL DISKS when you move an OS from one disk to another.

I wasn't going to give up here -- a Clean Windows install also fixed the problem - but I didn't want to go through all the hassle of installing and upgrading all my applications again so I was determined to get to the cause of the problem.

Anyway the new SSD is great -- and I can also keep two VM's on it which I also run quite a lot - response on these is now magnificent.

Waiting until I can afford the latest 980 GB SSD's -- then apart from for archive and large data files like Music / films etc - it's BYE BYE Spinners.


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I have tried everything to move or copy one drive to another, old drive is 4.3 gig and new drive is 20 gig, operating system is NT 4 SERVICE PACK 6 Small Business Server, I have used Ghost to clone the drive and it completes successfully but will not boot, drive says its active if I use fdisk to look at partition. I also tried Disk Copy to clone or copy drive...it does exactly the same as Ghost. I need more hard drive space with the same operating system , that is why I want to use the 20 gig drive. CMOS recognizes the right drive size as far as I can tell system just will not boot with 20 gig after cloning or copying . Is there anyone who can help....please!!! Tried a 40 gig drive and it also does the same. I need some help wih this,,,,the other thing that seems strange to me is that the pc will only recognize one drive , the master in a two drive configuration. The system never sees the second drive no matter what the jumper settings I use. I have tried setting partitions active and they already were.I have tried cable select and numerous other jumper settings. This isn't my first time around the block, I just have a poor or weak understanding of the older operating system NT 4. CAN ANYONE SHED SOME LIGHT ON THIS PROBLEM SOON?????

A:Ghost clone or Disk Copy clone completes but will not boot

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Dear Sir,
I have some very important DVDs & CDs. I want to make clone of these disks. kindly give me guideline & software link.

A:How to make Clone of DVD & CD Disks

Just about any burning software will work since it usually can read CDs into .iso or similar image files too. I recommend The Official ImgBurn Website.

However, if your CDs and DVDs are using any kind of copy protection, it might be difficult to circumvent it and make working copies.

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Hi guys ...i have a problem while cloning windows7 in Dell machines with CloneZilla which is an open source tool...well the thing is i have taken an image from E6510 Latitude laptop...and when iam trying to clone the image on the other E6510 laptop..its showing some blue screen...

Iam sucessfully cloned with Xp ..but iam facing issues with windows7..so guys kindly help me out in this regard

if u have any other solution in this regard kindly share with me with the tutorial..iam very much in need of this..kindly do the needful

A:How to Clone Windows 7 with Clone Zilla

AFAIK Clonezilla has some issues with Dell hidden partitions. Try imaging the full disk (which will include the hidden service partitions) to an external unit, then restore the image into the new disk?

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Hope this is the right forum.

Just need a little advise. I've attempted in past to use system restore with absolutely no luck so I've come up with a brilliant idea. "Why don't I backup my system or clone it", however, I've never done so and so have no idea how to go about it or which is best. Is there a decent program out there that will allow me to back up or clone my system on either my external drive (1Tb) or a thumb drive (16 Gb). I have no idea how big of a file will be created so I have no idea if a thumb drive would be big enough. My external is actually a WD in an external case which could be installed in my computer case if need be.I need to do 2 drives. A 250 G and an 80 gig

Thanks in advance.

A:Solved: To Clone Or Not To Clone. That is the question

I know some people use Acronis True Image, I believer there are other programs available too, that will do this for you.

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what is the best cloning software thanks for help

A:i cannot clone the disk

There are some free options, but they're not the best. Acronis is very good and so is Norton Ghost

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Does anyone know of a software that can clone a partition/drive with the Windows system folder, but only what you choose?

In other words, I want to copy my current install of 7 to another drive so I can add it as another boot choice, but my original has all other stuff that I don't want to include like media files, while doing so.

I only used an old version of Ghost before to copy a system drive like that and it did not have the option to choose the folders. Only full drive.

So any recommendations?

A:Clone disk, arbitrarily

Hi there
Try Acronis True Image. So long as the TARGET disk is large enough it doesn't have to be the same type of disk etc.

However to do what you really want you should have ALREADY arranged to have ONLY the OS on a partition and all your DATA etc on other drives / partitions.

Acronis also has a "Universal restore" which means you can even restore your Windows system to different hardware -- you'll need to indicate which drivers it should load however.


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My windows 7 HD was warning of failure so I decided to clone and replace it. During the clone process there was a Properties window in the way that would not close so I hit Cntl-Alt-Del and got rid of it. Mistake! This terminated the clone process and as a result neither disk would boot. Why the clone program changed the boot disk, I don't know. The original disk was just under a TB and the new disk is 2TB. After trying everything I could think of to get either disk to boot, I decided to just install windows on the 2nd disk and try to copy the files I want off the original disk. It was late at night and I mistakenly reinstalled windows on the original disk.

I am trying to get the cloned files off the 2nd disk. I ran a disk recovery program that made 300 or so folders of recovered data that I stored on to a 3rd disk. The files I really want to recover are extension ini files, of which there are many. My question is, "How can I search the disk of ~300 folders for the files". Using the regular Windows Explorer search, only finds file names. Using "Content:xxxx only searches text files. The files I want are text files, but have a dot-ini extension. Is there any other way to search these 100's of GB of files?

A:Disk Clone Mess

Did you try doing a Windows Search for *.ini which should give you all files with the .ini extension.

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I'm trying to understand how to make an exact copy of my system C: , and I understood I can use AOMEI and create a clone.
I know the differences between a clone and an image and a clone is exactly what I need, as I understood it keeps all the settings, softwares, updates... exactly everything as it is.

Main doubt: where and how do I recall / evoke this clone?
for example, I have 2 disks, an SSD , C: , where i have my windows installation and that's what I want to clone.
I'd like to clone in an external HHD, usb connected. but then how do I get it back ?

AOMEI suggested me to clone it to another SSD, exactly the same SSD that I have now up and running... ok, but how would I connect this SSD to my laptop? I couldn't do this via usb port would I?

any suggestion is welcome!

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I am trying to clone (not image) my pre-installed OEM Win 8 OS to a partition on another (external) hard drive using Paragon 12. The problem: my Win 8 OS is on dynamic disk and paragon does not work with Dynamic disk. How do I solve this problem? Thanks!

A:Trying to Clone Win 8 on Dynamic Disk

Perhaps the free paragon doesn't do that.

If that is the case, you will a version of paragon that does work with dynamic disks.

I think those more esoteric functions are in the paid versions.

What paragon are you using?

Maybe the trial version Home will do it.

Or you could try the aomei free version.

I have the Server edition - so not sure you can do it with the freebie, but it worth a look, just atiny 3mb download, and it is a great program.

All new features of AOMEI Partition Assistant 5

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I just bought a new 160gig harddrive and fixing it for my new computer

Can i use my 200gig and clone over to my newly 160gig harddisk ?

does the size matters ?

A:Clone system to new disk

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I have an old Dell and a newer HP PC, both are running XP Professional. I can connect both PCs to a LAN. I cannot put the Dell hard disk in the HP because a) there seems to be no bay free and b) the connectors are different. The Dell disk is about 40GB, the HP is about 150GB, if it makes a difference.

I would like to clone the old Dell hard disk on to the HP hard disk so that I end up with all my programs on the HP and don't have to find all the program disks, updates, drivers, program keys, etc. Is there any way I can do this? If so, what would the procedure be and could you recommend software (if required).

Many thanks.

A:How to clone hard disk to new PC

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I purchased Norton Ghost 2002 several years ago and now I would like to know how to use it.
I want to clone my computer's hard drive with Windows 98SE into a brand new Western Digital 40GB disk, just in case my old hard drive goes bad.
1. Do I have to format the new hard drive(WD 40GB) before I start with the cloning procedure? Or does Ghost 2002 automatically partition and format the destination hard drive?
2. Upon starting the computer do I need to have the created boot diskette in the floppy drive, and do I need to have the Norton Ghost 2002 CD in the CD-ROM also, or do I install the Norton Ghost 2002 in the old hard drive or in the new hard drive?
3. I am thinking of making the WD 40GB hard drive as a Slave? Is it this the correct configuration?

Thank you in advance for your help.

A:Norton Ghost 2002 How to clone a Disk to Disk

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I need to clone my CNC machine hard disk for spare before the original CNC machine hard disk fail.
The machine hard disk (3.5" / 30Ggbyte) is running Window NT 4.0 with IDE connection.
I use USB 2.0 adapter connect the machine hard disk to the PC USB port, and also connect the new hard disk to another PC USB port.
My PC OS is Windows 7 and use Ghost 2003 to clone the machine hard disk to the new hard disk,
when i cloned the hard disk and fix the new hard disk it to the machine, it can't boot up propriety.
am i do the right way to clone the machine hard disk ?

Best Regards,

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Hello, I recently had to change my Parckard Bell Easynote's failing hard disk and as I am not a computer expert, I chose to clone it after I read this was the best and easiest option. Everything seemed fine after the clone except for Windows Update which reported errors. Now, I am getting warnings that my copy of Windows is not being recognised as authentic. I still have the original hard disk and some rescue disks, but I have a lot of personalised files, music and programs that I am really nervous of losing if I reinstall Windows.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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Hi guys

I want to clone a 120GB laptop harddrive (multiple partitions inc. hidden factory restore, vista, xp, logical data) to a 320GB laptop drive across a network (prefer via crossover cable, but can use router).

I have tried (& failed!) using Macrium Reflect(free), Acronis True Image Home 11.0, PC Network Clone Free, and Clonezilla.

Has anyone done this and can help ?

I have spent > 20 hours already and its bugging the hell out of me.

A:Solved: Trying to clone disk across network

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Haven't been here for quite awhile but couldn't think of a better place to get the best answers.

I'm running xp professional and my HD is about full. I have a new hard drive, installed it as a second drive, and I did a disk to disk copy. I think I got everything copied inculding the boot sector. Before I go on maybe someone to tell me how to make sure I got the boot sector..... I used XML to do the copy. Both drives have 2 partitions with the first one being NTFS and the second one FAT. Both of them have the first partition marked as "active". When I took the main drive out and changed the jumper on the second drive to indicate it was the only drive, it would not boot.

Some of the things I have thought about are:

1. Did I not really get the boot sector?
2. Does the first partition need to marked something more than "active"?
3. Does XP prevent you from using a "copy" of the OS?
4. Do I need to change something in the BIOS?
If I leave both drives in, could I try rebooting and set the boot disk to the second drive to determine if it will work?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.



A:Trying to clone new disk and make it bootable

If you did a disk to disk copy, all files should be there bit for bit.
Try flopping the drive cables so the new drive is plugged in the C drive on the MOBO and Let er rip.
I have cloned several drives via Acronis and had great success.

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I've been trying to understand the differences between Disk backup vs clone vs. drive imaging....I am confused! Can anyone break it all down for me?


A:Disk backup vs clone...what's the difference?

They are all the same, but a disk clone and disk image are the most identical. They would both be bootable.

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Hi, first time posting.

In the last few years I've been using Vista, with
-500GB WD main drive
-500GB identical WD backup drive (for automated file backups)
-500GB external drive ( for automated staggered file backups and rotating weekly image archives using Acronis)

Its been working quite well.

Recently, I decided to migrate to Windows 7 Home Premium. It was going very well...until I decided to "improve" my backup strategy by cloning the main drive onto the back up drive. In that way, it would be everything I do now, plus. if the C drive crashed, I'd simply swap it with the clone, and buy a new back drive and I'd be back to normal ( whereas now, for that same sceneario, I'd have to play around with restroing the image archive files)..

Cloning is dead simple - I've done it many time before when installing a second drive.

But the last few days have been a nightmare, and each time I attempt to clone, it messes up my source boot drive, and I need to reinstall Win 7 all over again. See sequence appended below.

Hoping another set of eyes might steer me to a solution.

I'm getting to the point where I should forget about cloning to the backup drive altogether and just use my tried-and-true backup file/image based strategy.

My status quo is this:a working bootable Win 7 C drive ( installed with custom/format option)
a working D backup drive, with a quasi-clone copy of the Win7 setup (but unsure if it would boot to Vista or Win 7
there are still Vista re... Read more

A:Simply trying to clone a Win7 disk - Need help

Here is what the disk management layout looks like:

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I have a T43, 1871-WKL, with a 60G HD.  I purchased a 160G Samsung HM160HC as an upgrade.  I cannot get the system to clone and boot the new drive. I hook up the new Samsung drive with a Sabrent USB to IDE cable and the drive works fine.  I can use it for storage with no problem.  Doing a full format with verify works like a champ. First I tried Acronis TrueImage 10.0.  It tells me the target media has write errors about 4% into the clone. So I tried Clonezilla.  It works fine, either as the same size or expanding.  I and see the drive and copy stuff on and off the drive no problem.   However, when I insert the drive into the carrier for the internal drive and try to boot from it, it hangs with a blank screen and blinking cursor.  I was TOLD that it MAY be due to the fact I have no R&R on my drive.  So I download the R&R software and installed in on the original drive and cloned it.  Again, it won't boot.  I even tried booting the R&R rescue CD.  It will boot the CD with the ORIGINAL drive in the laptop, but the CD Boot hangs if I have the new drive in the laptop.   I tried it with the Acronis rescue disk as well, even though I didn't have an Acronis clone of the drive. I must have swapped out the drive over a dozen times, and I getting tired of wearing out the mounting screws.  Any ideas? Mike 

A:T43 still can't clone hard disk and boot

Mike, welcome to the forum,
you need to firstly create an Acronis rescue disc and then reverse clone. Install the new drive as primary in your T43 and your original drive in the USB caddy / USB -> IDE cable and then simply clone the drive.
Please see the following article in the forum Knowledgebase; Cloning Hard Drive Including The Predesktop Area With Acronis

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Dear Sir,

I have one flash disk 512Mb with IDE 40Pin interface, which is mount in my machine PC. DOS base programs are running on my PC which is installed on this flash disk. I have arrange 1GB IDE flash disk from market & I want to prepare clone as existing. please give me guide line.

A:How to make clone of Flash Disk IDE (Help)

dear sir, very strange that u have a IDE boot drive like that. but usual process for cloning a HDD

i personally use parago drive backup

but many people on here use acronis true image

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I have over 600 GB on my HDD from games, media, and files. I bought a 250GB SSD to boot my OS off of and put some selected programs on. Even after deselecting all my media files, there is still too much on my HDD for the included Samsung clone client to proceed.
I just want to use my new SSD as a boot drive for the OS and for several programs while retaining all my other files on my existing HDD. What's the best way to go about this?

A:Want to make SSD boot disk, too much on HDD to clone

Sounds like your going to need to clean install your OS and program files only keep the most important on the SSD. Reinstall the other programs on the old hard drive and your data is already there. I would suggest you remove the hard drive and only have the SSD in while you install the OS and first time booting it up. Prevents UEIF from spreading boot manager across to the other disk. There are several Clean Install guides here for which ever OS you have a license for.

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I have dozend of idendical PCs - same mainboard, vga, HDD, LAN, RAM .. all is the same
instead of installing each PC manuell I setup one PC and use Acronis or Ghost to DNA copy the hard disk sector by sector
for xp64 all is working like a charm - after clone I set IP and PC name and that it

for win7 prof. I do the same but my PC randomly reboot within 3min to 40min

I have
-no hint in event log (expect impropper shutdown)
-stoped most services
-killed all task
-no bluescreen, popup, error message
-"disable reboot on system failur" do not affect
-disabled all onboard hardware bios and disabled non importent devices
-lastest drivers (or factory drivers)
-disable all "energy save" options
-installed all W7 updates and fixes
-win7 boot without problems
-common up to date hardware

only "save mode" is stabil and not reboot (within 12 hour tested)

I install W7 -> plug disk to other PC (new hardware found message about HDD) -> pc permanent reboot randomly within 3 min -> disk back to source PC -> all fine

I have no clue what to do (poem)
I waste 14 days on that matter without success

any hints?

A:clone disk -> random reboot

Do you have a license for each Windows installation? If not, then maybe you are running into trouble because you have the same OS running on multiple machines.

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I am trying to clone an Embedded XP operating system from one 2gb compact flash to another. I have to make hundreds of these and cloning these would make life much easier. But not sure why it isn't working.

Using EaseUS I clone a working Compact flash to a second blank compact flash of the same size and it gives me a Disk boot failure when I try to load the new compact flash.

The mother board I am using in the embedded system is a PCM-9375F. Also I am using a win7 PC to clone with.

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Hi I have a currently active post here

Basically my PC is at risk of stopping working at anytime and I wonder the following-

I bought my PC with windows MCE installed, yet I dont have the software, just recovery disks, however due to past problems my hardware setup has changed so the recovery disk are useless. Is there a way, or rather what is the best way of copying my operating system (or total drive contents) to either disks, or if necessary cloning it to another hard drive - and would this other drive (as I don't own it yet) have to be the same size as my current 200GB drives. This becomes slightly more complicated as I have 2 x 200GB drives but I'm sure the operating system is only on one of them.

Sorry if this is really simple I have never done, nor know about cloning. I just hope yor not going to tell me I'll have to fork out for the operating system...

A:copy(clone?) HDs/operating system to another disk

acronis true image is supposed to copy the whole drive over from the posts i have seen

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I have Windows 8.1 Pro running and my C: drive is an SSD which is only 120GB. I'd like to replace it with a large drive, but I don't want to go through the headache of reinstalling Windows, reinstalling all my apps, etc.

Is there a way to:
connect a replacement driveclone my present 120GB C: drive to the new driveswitch them, boot off the new drive, and everything works the same as before (except I have more space)

I don't mind buying a third-party product if that's the best route. Someone mentioned CloneZilla to me but I'm not that familiar with it. Obviously, the partitions won't be the same in the sense of doing a 1:1 clone new drive would have a much larger partition :-)


A:Replace C: drive with bigger disk - clone OS somehow?

I've used Macrium Reflect free version for creating a backup of my 1TB HDD and used the backup on my 250GB SSD.
Ofcourse I had a lot of stuff removed and had the free space trimmed to let the backup fit.
For you it would be much easier as you don't have to trim any space.

Short answer, yes there is a very easy way to do.

EDIT: only thing required is creating a bootable USB or CD with Macrium, a Windows PE (Pre Environment) to use the backup

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I'm trying to clone my hdd to make a live, bootable backup in case of sudden disk failure.

The actual cloning works fine, but when I try and boot off the cloned disk I get a BSOD soon after boot-up, saying that windows had shut down my pc to prevent damage and complaining about WDFLDR.SYS.

I'm running XP Pro SP3 on a Lenovo X60 laptop, my hdd is a Kingston ssd and the target disk is a newer Kingston ssd. I've also tried it on a normal hdd which has previously worked 100% as a bootable disk and I get the same problem. I've run Avira full disk scan and also chkdsk (automatic fix - but it didn't find any errors).

And, I'm using Casper to make the clone. I've also tried Acronis but with that I didn't even get a bootable disk.

Does anyone have any ideas what's going on?

I've used Acronis successfully before when upgrading from a magnetic disc to my current ssd so I was thinking it would go really smoothly but it's being a right royal pain in the *bleep*!!!

Hope someone can help.

Oh, and by the way I don't even get a minidump file (even when I hit F8 and choose safe mode or debugging mode). If anyone can tell me how to get one I'll happily re-run it.

Thanks in advance for any help!

A:XP disk clone problem - BSOD on boot

Did you run the appropriate hard drive diagnostic...before attempting to clone...to verify that the hard drive used for clone was functional?

After that...I'd try the clone process again, possibly with a different product.

The fact that Acronis failed...points to the hard drive, IMO.


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I have a HDD 1T with
c: win7 system
d: data

- as this disk is slow, I would like to transfert system and data to another disk
and keep this HDD as extension (data2)
- I use EASUS partition master tool to clone each partition to a new HDD 500G
- but now when I disconnect the 1T and try to boot on 500G its blocks on 'loading operating system'
- I suppose its an issue of the type of partition. how can I solve that and make the 500G bootable ?

thanks for help

A:How to clone win7 disk and make it bootable ?

Looks like you had a problem with the image. Try this (it was originally for a SSD transfer but will work for any disk): SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

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I am trying to clone an Embedded XP operating system from one 2gb compact flash to another. I have to make hundreds of these and cloning these would make life much easier. But not sure why it isn't working.

Using EaseUS I clone a working Compact flash to a second blank compact flash of the same size and it gives me a Disk boot failure when I try to load the new compact flash.

The mother board I am using in the embedded system is a PCM-9375F. Also I am using a win7 PC to clone with.

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I have an acer 9920G, 2x250GB HDD, intel centrino core2 duo 2.4GHz T7700 processor, NVidia GeForce 8660M, 4GB DDR2, came with vista home premuim (with a hidden EISA partition, whish is still there but i cant access it since i put xp on it!)

my acer came with vista, and after a very long 2 weeks of searching and reinstalling, i finally got xp and all drivers working perfectly (no actual xp drivers available).

so when it was all working perfectly, i downloaded the trial version of acronis true image home 11, and what i thought i was doing was cloning my hard drive to an external 3.5" hard drive as a back up...But...ACRONIS MOVED IT!

the option i chose in acronis was "clone disk"

when i rebooted my laptop, there was no operating sytem.
ive went out and bought a usb sata 2.5" external drive, and had a look at the drive on another laptop to see what the state of the drive is.
Acronis left a big unpartitioned space.

so, i thought i would have a go at manually copying the files over from the usb 3.5" to the new usb 2.5" sata drive, but "machinekey" in "Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\MachineKeys" wouldnt copy over... everything else has copied fine.
(i copied the partitions also to the same size too)

i then put the 2.5" manually copied drive into my acer, and i get to the welcome screen and i can still move the mouse, but it stays like it until you decide to hard... Read more

A:XP Pro stuck on welcome screen after acronis clone disk

when in doubt read the documentation!

I use Acronis myself tho haven't tried the Clone Disk option yet. But i read from the documentation, Acronis can be used to move (i.e. copy the bootable partition, make the copy bootable and then delete the original) or simply copy but not otherwise change the original. Obviously, you went the "copy and then delete" path.

Seems a couple options

1. i;ve never done it myself but have read it should be possible to boot from an external drive (which is just the situation you have now). We could try that route (see what part is missing that it's not booting from it as is now)

2. Acronis is working as advertised (per its user documentation). Could try the "clone disk" operation again to put it back AND THIS TIME NOT CHOOSE IT DELETE THE ORIGINAL PARTITION

In either case, would like to see the layout for each drive before we do anything. Can you (or you know how) to run XP Disk Management (or similar tool) to report on the layout of both disks currently (i.e. before doing anything to them)

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My presenting problem is that I have two new Sandisk Cruzer Minis (1 GIG) and these came with some proprietary software that I may or may want to keep. The files are structured (that is they're saved) in a weird fashion. First, there's a small partition that all utilities agree is using CDFS file system (!?) - that's about 4 megs and some of the files there are hidden (the VOL name is U3 System). The "Properties" for that partition include it being a drive type of "CD/DVD Rom". Next is 2nd partition which looks (in Explorer) like any jump drive--even the "General" tab in "Properties" says it's file system is "FAT". However, under "Hardware" (still in "Properties") it says it's a CD/DVD drive.
I want to reformat and play with one of these to see if I can get it to boot my PCs. However, if I can't or decided I'd rather return it to a virgin state I need to be able to "clone it back" to original specs. I'm flummoxed there. My trusty ol' Drive Image 2002 won't "see" any drives (it's not one drive or the other--neither appear). Thinking it's a limitation of the program I d/l a trial of Acronis' TrueImage 9.x Also tried a couple of freeware pkgs. All the same--none "see" a jump drive as another HD.
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A:Disk copying (clone) USB jump drives

Good Evening, that seems like a strange set-up on those flashdrives.
I have used many different types of drives for several years and found that odd extra partitions (usually passworded) on them were a massive nuisance so I cleaned them off and use simple straight drives.
I kept the software, so can reload if needed, but it seems I never will, even if it is loaded anyone can reformat the drive and the files are all lost anyway.

Have a look at this program, it is called Recovery Manager and is extremely useful for anyone using flashdrives.
You can use it to clean your drive.

There has been discussion on this site previously about booting windows programs from a flashdrive and some people have achieved it.
But it appears to be an interesting exercise, end of story!
This idea is restricted to one machine, so it is pretty pointless.

Windows is also more or less purposely designed to be booted from a a fixed point, obviously to maintain copyrighting integrity.
How can Bill charge for a portable system?

It is however, quite easy to load a Linux Operating System onto a flashdrive and have a good useable bootable arrangement which will really operate on different machines, independent of their device arrangements and architecture.
The boot priority is really the only problem, and there is work-around software for that.

But there are even simpler alternatives.

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I have performed disk cloning for OS several times, but it as during the era of WIndows XP, which Partition Magic still works. Now that PM does not under development anymore (to my knowledge - please prove me wrong, it will make me happy), I lost my only way to clone harddisks.

In a few days I'll have to perform an installation on 6 identical barebone PCs, each using a non-SSD SATA hard disks. Upon agreement, Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1 with all of available updates (updates are installed using "wsusoffline") will be used, along with additional softwares like Microsoft Office, Google Chrome, etc. All 6 PC will need to have the same softwares installed.

I no longer possess the ability to clone without the Partition Magic. Installing one-by-one will take too much time, due to the weak processing power of the PCs.

I would like to know a recommended software for cloning Windows 8.1 partition. If no software is needed and Windows 8.1 can do this by default, I'll be super awesome if anyone can provide the step by steps.

Thank you in advance!

A:Clone Hard Disk for Windows 8.1 Installation

You could try using imagex but that can get complex. You could also use Symantec Ghost which does hard drive images, but make sure you do sysprep also and its not free.

If you have a spare computer, I would recommend using MDT 2013. Its free, easy to setup and you can create images and task sequences with it and deploy those images anytime you want. There are also a lot of documentation and materials out there for MDT.

Also, with MDT, you can apply the image, install drivers, install windows updates, software, and settings with little or zero touch, you can make it all automated. It is a very nice tool to have if you do imaging often.

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I have several family computers running Windows 7 that I am considering updating to Windows 10.
However, just to be safe, i would like to have a very reliable way to go back to the previous Windows 7 setups if the Windows 10 update crashes anything and the rollback feature doesn't work properly.
I've heard about possibly making a hard drive image or a clone using Macrium Reflect Free, but don't know much about that process.  Some of the computers have a second harddrive, if that helps any, plus I also have an external USB 2.0 Western Digital 500GB harddrive.
For example, what is the difference between making a harddrive image and cloning a harddrive?  Or is there any real difference?
Also, do I need to make some sort of bootable USB drive as part of imaging/cloning, or is that needed only for copying to a completely empty, reformatted drive, like if I were to install an SSD to replace my system harddrive?
Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.

A:What is Difference Between Disk Image and Disk Clone?

Hi again Torvald There's an article on PC World that sums pretty much the differences between cloning and imaging, you should give it a read.http://www.pcworld.com/article/2029832/backing-up-your-entire-drive-cloning-vs-imaging.htmlThere's another article here that you could read if you want.http://www.whatsabyte.com/P1/Image_or_Clone.htmlTo sum it up, when you clone a hard drive on another one, you can swap the original with the copy and it'll be back up and running in no time. If you image a drive, you need to boot from the Imaging software and restore that image on the drive before being able to use it. So to answer your question, when you image a drive you need a bootable media to restore the image, yes.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 3500 with a 6G drive to be updated to a 20G. I have Norton Ghost and have made the requisite boot disks.

1. With a USB boot disk, Norton Ghost does not see the USB. So that won't work.

2. With a network boot disk and installing a packet driver for the Linksys Network PC Card. (A PCMCIA), Norton Ghost doesn't recognize that either.

Any suggestions to make a mirror of my laptop's HD on the Desktop PC?

A:Norton Ghost, Dell laptop, clone disk to another PC

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I had a perfectly working 250GB SATA HDD that I tried to clone to a 1 TB SATA HDD. I used EASEUS's free disk copy software. The clone said it would take about an hour and 20 minutes, and I read that it would be quicker, as all the free space would not need to clone over sector by sector. I aborted so that I could use different software that would quick clone. Anyway, afterwards, neither HDD would boot.

The source drive should boot, as all it was the one being cloned and not written to. The cloned drive had the data on it, but it was just corrupted because the clone never finished. I tried to get into recovery console from the Windows 7 CD, and it kept saying it was the wrong version. Basically the program screwed up both my hard drives.

Finally, I was able to get into a UEFI recovery console that allowed me to see that the cloning program somehow changed my partitions into GPT. The source hard drive is all intact, and I'm pretty sure the only thing that is screwed up is the partition types and perhaps the boot record. Is there a way I can edit the partitions to make them back to normal and bootable again?

The only thing I was able to do so far was delete the partitions on the cloned drive (as it made them GPT as well), and install windows 7 on to that. So now I can boot into Win 7 from the cloned drive, but it has no drivers and programs. Ideally I'd just like to make my source drive which should have remianed unchanged bootable again and start the proces... Read more

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not sure how or why my current system SSD is dynamic, but the fact that it is is keeping me from cloning to a different SSD in preparation to migrate to a different box.

Acronis True Image 2016 will not clone dynamic disk and does not seem to be able to make it a simple volume.

I have not been able to find any satisfactory solution yet, maybe someone in here can point the way to one.

A:Clone a dynamic system disk? Acronis cannot. Workaround? other way?

Hi, this may help, assuming you actually want a basic type of disk rather than one used for RAID or spanning multiple volumes:
Change a dynamic disk back to a basic disk: Storage Services; Local File Systems

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It always fails to Clone/copy my current hard that has bad sectors, to a new hard disk. My present HDD is a 320GB and its health is really bad. I bought a new 500 hard disk and tried to clone and copy the whole HDD. I tried Paragon HDD Manager, O&O disk image and other two Software. All of them failed to clone or copy my old hard disk to new one.

What is the best solution. Paragon, copied data partially and gave an error at 80%. I tried few times and the same thing happened

A:Always fails to Clone/copy old hard disk with bad sector

Maybe try running

chkdsk {drive letter} /f
as in
chkdsk D: /f

on the older drive it will identify and lock out the errant sectors. The "/F" means "Fix" so run it first without that and see what it returns as "Bad Sectors" then try the clone.

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Hi there,

Yesterday I used Macrium Reflect (free version) to clone my Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit install to a new larger SSD (went from Sandisk Ultra 256GB to Crucial MX100 512GB). The clone operation worked perfectly, and I then extended the cloned destination partition to the maximum available space using the Windows Disk Management tool which also worked okay. I then switched the machine off, swapped the SSDs over (completely removing the old one), and switched back on. I received a 'Invalid System Disk, press any key' error during the boot process, but I hit a key and the machine booted fine. I continue to receive this error now upon booting but it does not prevent the system from booting.

Can anyone suggest why this might be happening?

Many thanks!

A:Invalid System Disk Startup Error following SSD to SSD Clone

Hello and welcome Jon mate that is how I do mine and I think maybe you should have let that partitioning process alone first to see if it worked .

What I use for partition work is preferably the Partition Wizard program Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online I find it much more flexible for that and a heap of other stuff too the free version is fine

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I am using ATI 9 build 3677 on Win XP SP2.
I am having challenges cloning my system disk to a bigger hard drive in my system.
I have an 80 gig system drive and 3 320 gig, all SATA, drives. My wish is to clone my system drive (80gig) to one of the 320s and remove the 80 gig and add in a fourth 320, with the intent of being able to use the 80 as a quick replacement should I have issues in the future with the 320 due to potential "tinkering" or other things that may cause problems.
Using ATI 9 I get as far as the reboot then it either boots up with the 80 gig drive C, or not at all "error loading OS", "Reboot using the correct boot sequence/media..."
I have also had the message from ATI "Congrats...etc" during the boot up process.
I have tried several different options during the boot up from disconnecting the old system drive, leaving it alone, changing BIOS settings in the Boot menu etc, however none of them have worked for me.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated in helping me get this to work.

A:Solved: Acronis True Image and Clone Disk - Help requested

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I have a 500gb dynamic hard disk that contains the Windows 7 64bit Ultimate OS. Just the OS, programme files and libraries. That's about 94gb. The rest is free. Unfortunately it was set up as dynamic. It has just 2 partitions. 100 MB (system) and 465gb (boot, page file, crash dump).

I want to clone this to a 120gb SSD for faster response. I dont need a dynamic setup, basic is fine.

But, I dont want to have to reinstall Win 7 64 from the start. Too many programmes, too much hassle.

Can it be done?


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For starters, the Macrium Reflect Pro cloned my drive flawlessly...couldn't be happier (and to a larger correct partition on my new SSD Samsung 830, 128GB drive). However, in some aspects, I can see in Win7 where the original Disk name 'CDM_Recovery' still pops up. I can't figure out a way through Device Manager or Manage my Computer to remedy this. I have a feeling that this is why my 'Samsung Magician' software never finds the drive. I've updated to the latest firmware for the drive and I'm using the latest 3.1 flavor of the Magician but it stubbornly refuses to acknowledge it's present (I think it's the naming and/or drivers currently loaded)...even though I've now located it as the primary drive in my laptop (original LITEON SSD which came with my Dell 6420 is now my external drive/clone copy). I also noticed that the drivers are all 'Intel' and of the 'generic' flavor for the drive; my concern is that I'm not getting full functionality with it set this way. I do see where the name is in the Registry, but it is held in many locations...don't want to screw that up...unless there is a excellent mapping strategy to accomplish it. There was one Windows support article that describes changing partition names, but it only shows altering one item in the Registry...doesn't seem near enough complete. Thoughts anyone? Do others have this issue when they clone? By the way, many thanks for the Macrium advise, great product and tutorial...!

A:Macrium Reflect SSD drive clone; disk naming convention/issue...

Correction to my last...the 7.9 Win7 performance rating was with the Samsung 830 SSD in the internal drive location, I have the original Dell 'Lite-On' SSD connected externally with eSATAp>SATA cable and use it for backup (I think it had a 7.2 Win7 performance rating when resident in the laptop)...nice improvement.

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I've got a Dell mini 1012 with Win7 Starter. The 160 SATA drive is well on the way out with over 2000 failed sectors. I've tried several ways to clone it, including clonezilla and rawcopy in sector-by-sector mode, and they all fail. Backing up from within the installation also fails, using easeus and win7, with Windows abruptly crashing.

I tried a chkdsk /r, and it froze at Stage 4, on file 4019. I'm running a SFC currently.

The odd thing is that the installation is working fine. I have added and deleted user accounts, done multiple uninstalls and installs, etc.

The Restore partition is on the drive, but it is just as corrupted as the C partition. And the Win7 coa is unreadable (which quite seems to be a case of planned obsolescence...).

Is there any way to clone this installation so I don't have to order recovery disks from Dell?

A:Disk quandary: works fine, but failing: can't backup, clone or restore

Quote: Originally Posted by paul1149

I've got a Dell mini 1012 with Win7 Starter. The 160 SATA drive is well on the way out with over 2000 failed sectors. I've tried several ways to clone it, including clonezilla and rawcopy in sector-by-sector mode, and they all fail. Backing up from within the installation also fails, using easeus and win7, with Windows abruptly crashing.

I tried a chkdsk /r, and it froze at Stage 4, on file 4019. I'm running a SFC currently.

The odd thing is that the installation is working fine. I have added and deleted user accounts, done multiple uninstalls and installs, etc.

The Restore partition is on the drive, but it is just as corrupted as the C partition. And the Win7 coa is unreadable (which quite seems to be a case of planned obsolescence...).

Is there any way to clone this installation so I don't have to order recovery disks from Dell?

Hi paul1149,

It seems hard-drive has completely failed and that is the reason you are unable to clone the partion from the hard-drive.

If the system is under warranty then please contact me through a private message with your service tag and contact information so I may access your system records.

And, if the system is out of warranty then you contact our Expired Warranty Support at the link below:


Hope it helps.

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Hi guys,
I'm having some issues here, after cloning SSD-a to another larger SSD-b (extending the partition table to take advantage of the extra space), I go to add it to boot list in BCDEDIT (even though the ssd-b is set to 1st boot in bios windows doesnt seem to care) and a new entry is created and confirmed (with drive letter of new partition given) it takes several reboots and re-checks in bcdedit before it finally appears in windows boot menu, is chosen, and then, boots from SSD-A ANYWAYS...
Then, I figure ok, well maybe thats just a fault of some sort, go back into BCDEdit feeling satsified that both of my drives are adequately cloned and still in good health, and delete ssd-a from BCDEdit with the /f and /cleanup switches (completes successfully) and its STILL showing up in the boot list, and if ssd-b is chosen, ssd-a is still booted and is the primary partition
(cannot format the drive in windows as its "the partition windows is running from" which makes no sense as SSD-b was chosen)
Can anyone shed any light on this? because this is really stupifying.
Edited to add: just opened up the recovery envrionment and its only showing the ssd-b in the boot list, so BCDEdit did in fact remove the entry but its STILL showing in the boot list... upon further investigation into BCDedit once more ssd-a re-appeared as {bootmgr} shedding its original 30+ key unique id {xxxx-xxxx-xxx.....} was deleted and restarted, reappea... Read more

A:BCDEdit issues for dual boot (clone upgrade then removal of original disk)

Well...just about any software that I've used to clone a drive onto/from...including SSDs...probably makes the clone in DOS mode when both drives are inactive...and, as part of the cloning process, suggest shutting the system downl after the process.  This is so that the two individual drives can be checked out for proper booting individually.
If that works...then it's a simple matter to dual-boot them, using EasyBCD, if a dual-boot is what you want.
If it doesn't work that each can boot individually...that problem should be addressed when encountered before proceeding to attempt the dual-boot.
I've never even thought once of using BCDEdit to do anything since I've never seen anything that noted it as "user-friendly".  I need "user-friendly" to do anything on a PC .
I've cloned SSD to SSD with no problems, using Macrium Reflect and Easeus Partition Master software.

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I've been trying to clone my Yoga 2 11 500gb HDD drive to a 500gb SSD. I've tried two different cloning software: Acronis True Image 2014 and Macrium Reflect. Both return the same error: error 10: Unused cluster. Both suggested I use chkdsk /r to repair. I was able to find a little more information from Macrium Reflect; that the bad/unused cluster is in the SYSTEM_DRV partition. The rest of the disk/partitions seem to be fine. I ran Windows chkdsk /r several times. Doesn't seem to repair issue. Any word on how I can repair or replace that SYSTEM_DRV partition?

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I have a multiboot win7 /xpx64 TWO DISK system, showing win7 as the C; drive and XPx64 as D: when examining via My Computer.
Cloned the C: drive (win7) using Samsung tool to same size Samsung evo SSD. When put in computer the dual boot option gone. The SSD clone of win7 runs ok, but with that in alone (no XP disk) My Computer now shows two drive, C: local disk 488GB free of 931GB, and D: Data 100Mb containing a folder Boot containing folders such as cs-CZ containing a single file such as bootmgr.exe.mui
Minitool Partition shows
D: Data primary active&boot
C: system
(Trying to fix the multiboot on the original installation has killed the old XPx64 disk drive (now unrecognisable during boot) and left me with a system having only win7, and no boot loader showing during startup.)
What I want is a duplicate of the original setup but with the SSD running the win7 section. Am prepared to reload the XPx64 as reinstall, although I have a copy of the XP drive if that could be somehow reattached. or if the damaged XP disk could be repaired.
My guess is that the problem comes from the cloning not being what is should, ie bit for bit image of the original disc including MBR etc. (Correcting this would not help because I have damaged the original setup.)
For a start, is it possible to make the SSD run win7 but appear as a single drive,and then add a disk and load XP and have it show as D: (This keeps all the higher disks with their original labels, ie DVD E: datas F:... Read more

A:clone multiboot two disc win7 xp install to win7 ssd plus disk XPx64

PW confirms that C is the booted OS as signified by the System label - while in Disk Mgmt this label would be Boot. The boot files actually booting Win7 are on D as signified by System Active.

To confirm this please post back screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image and we will tell you how to correct it once we know for sure. If it confirms it by showing the labels reversed (which would be correct due to PW's unusual labeling scheme) then as long as C is a Primary partition you'd simply Mark C Partition Active and run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times to move boot files to C.

The best way to configure a Dual Boot on separate HD's is to set have each HD boot itself, then set preferred to boot first in BIOS Boot Priority, boot the other (XP) using the one-time BIOS Boot interrupt key at boot. If this is not to your liking, install EasyBCD to Win7 to add XP.

But we need to sort out your Win7 boot first so let's see the screenshot. Confirm also whether XP partition is marked System Active in DIsk Mgmt, or Boot Active in PW.

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How is the best way to do this to use the whole drive instead of the partition sizes of the source?

A:When I clone to a larger disk drive how can I make partition larger?

Don't partition the drive you will copy the cloned image to. The source itself is not a partition, although it may reside on a partition on that drive.
Is the drive you will be using partitioned? 

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