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CPU activity at 20% after cloning a new hard drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

How can I do this?

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

Hi there

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

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

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

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


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Hello, I have a quick question about cloning a old hard drive to a new hard drive on a desktop computer.

I bought a new 320 GB EIDE hard drive (my computer uses IEDE not SATA) about 3 months ago.
I successfully installed it and it works, but when I set it up as a secondary (slave) hard drive (when I say set it up I mean: physically on the hard drive before I installed it into the computer, I put it to slave not master; and I virtually set it up to a slave hard drive when the computer booted up and all that stuff).
Then I put a music folder in the slave hard drive, that's it.

Now, about 3 months later, I see that I should have just set up my new hard drive to be the master hard drive because my old 70 GB hard drive is just way to small to be used for a computer.
I want to clone my old hard drive to the new hard drive (I want to boot on this hard drive and have everything that was on the old hard drive). I also want to set my new slave hard drive to the master hard drive and the old hard drive to the slave. I looked on the internet and youtube and I know how to clone so I'm alright there.

So since I want to set my slave hard drive as the master:
QUESTION: Do I take my new hard drive out of the computer and physically switch it to master BEFORE cloning, or AFTER cloning (because I'm sure you have to physically do this on the hard drive right? not just virtually through a program)? And do I have to put the new hard drive where the old hard drive cur... Read more

A:Need Help Cloning Old Hard Drive to New Hard Drive (quick question)

Never mind...I figured it out.

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Hi, I was wondering if it was possible to clone a SATA hard drive with Windows XP to a USB hard drive, and rather or not if Windows XP would work well on the USB hard drive after it was cloned from the SATA hard drive. The USB hard drive would be the only hard drive used after the SATA hard drive with Windows XP was cloned to the USB hard drive.

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I have a Windows 7, 64-bit Dell desktop with 60-GB primary C: drive and 500-GB secondary E: drive. We keep bumping against size limitation on 60 GB drive.

I would like to consolidate to a single 1-TB hard drive. What would you recommend as the best approach?

I have been looking at various posts on TSG. It seems cloning the 60-GB C drive to 1-TB drive (over USB 2) is a start. But what to do with the data on E drive. Also, I noticed the E drive also has Program Files\ and WINDOWS\ directories. Is that cause for concern?

I was thinking of using Macrium Reflect Free, unless there is a better tool.

A:Solved: [hard drive] Cloning to larger drive, Win7

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

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


2. Western Digital Scorpio WD1200BEVE 120GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache ATA-6 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM

3. Acronis True Image 11 Build 8053 Home

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

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

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


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

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

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

Thanks for any help.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is there such a thing made that do this?

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

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

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

Just an idea. Tell us if this can work.

-- Andy

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Hey there everyone,

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

Thanks, Jack-O-Bytes

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you very much and have a good one!

A:What to do before cloning hard drive

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

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

A:Hard Drive Cloning?

Acronis True Image

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

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

I would like to do the following:

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

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

3. INSTALL THE 400GB DRIVE into the laptop.


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

Things I do not want to do:

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

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

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

I DO NOT want to buy cheap viagra.

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

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

Will I be able to use XXCLONE to do this?

A:Cloning a hard drive.

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

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

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

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

Any Help would be Appreciated.

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

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

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

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

Free Drive Cloners/Imagers:

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

Commercial Apps:

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

Can you suggest software to clone my existing disk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exactly what steps do I have to follow?

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

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

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

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

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Yes in all cases, basically

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is Tech Support guy best and easy suggestion?

Thanks in advance.

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

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

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

A:i need help cloning a hard drive..

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

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

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

A:Cloning Hard Drive Qs

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

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I am running win 10. I want to have a clone on a removeable hd. I have a hd docking system. I have purchased reflect but I can't seem to get it to work easy. Is there a good easy program that will clone the drive? Does win 10 have any thing in it that will let you clone it?

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You can't clone a drive while it's being used by windows. The normal approach is to. Create images of the drive with compression on the backup you will then get a lot of images so you have a few backups these can be done in windows and you can schedule them. You can mount images to get files back. If you want to clone you will have to boot the cloning rescue cd

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

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

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

Regards Brian.

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

Cloning the hard drive of a laptop

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

What steps do I take next?
Windows 7

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Hello - I work in a small-medium business where one of our daily tasks is installing windows xp onto new laptops/desktops. We typically get about 3 computers of the same model at a time, then hand them out after they've been installed with our license of windows xp. We work on a small scale and we only order a few of each type of model. We'll order maybe 2-3 of model X laptop, then order another 2-3 of model Y desktop. I was thinking a convenient way to get them up and running quickly would be to:

1. install windows xp, with correct config onto 1st computer.
2. copy hard drive image to a usb external drive.
3. copy image to hard drives of computers of same model

Many of the hard drive cloning utilities I've used only support IDE/SATA hard drives. We do a lot of laptops, so USB would be ideal. Doing it via network would take more time to develop, so USB it is.

Any suggestions for good cloning programs that support USB?

A:Cloning Hard Drives Using A Usb Drive

My recommendation is True Image. I?ve been using it since version 8 release and it haven?t failed me yet. You will use the same laptops so the home version will do the job however Acronis True Image Workstation with Universal restore plugin can image on the machines with different hardware.

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

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

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

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

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Is this what you mean:

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

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

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

And then put the 80 into the enclosure.

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

Worst case scenario--you try it and fail.

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Got a new 320 GB internal ATA Maxtor HD. I used Maxblast 4 to clone my orignal boot drive to it, so that I could replace the original with the new drive. The new drive, however would not boot. Tried downloading Maxblast 5 and using that, but got an error stating that there was no maxtor drive found, causing the program to shut down. Tried changing jumper settings to Master and Cable select, but neither worked. Tried other ribbon positions, tried using on the IDE secondary ribbon, but it didnít work.

Set up as a secondary drive, I could see that all files SEEMED to have been copied over and were accessible, but, it just wonít boot. Tried writing Maxtor by email, but no reply in two days.

This has become a much bigger issue now because of an accident I had with the original drive. I accidentally bumped the printed circuit board on back with part of the new drive and have apparently shorted it out. There was a small puff of smoke, and now the bios doesnít see it any more.

So, I would REALLY like to get the new drive working without having to start from scratch. Tried using an original Win XP Home disk (my OS) to boot with the CD, so that I could go to the recovery console to execute a fixmbr command. But, that cd, and other bootable cds, wonít boot with that hard drive attached. I get the message that itís going to check hardware settings, but then screen goes blank and then....nothing. When the HD is not attached, the CDs will boot with no problem and witho... Read more

A:Hard Drive cloning issue

IMHO the absolutely best software to do exactly what you want is Partition Magic.

I've use it and it was a life-saver.

Here's my story:
I had a very old (like 1999) 20gb hard drive partitioned as C: & D: (10gb each), and it was giving indications of I-am-old-and-going-to-die.

So I bought a brand new 80gb HD (smallest on the shelf these days).

I already had Partition Magic installed on my old C: and new it had a copy drive/partition option. I first ran a virus scan on both C: & D: and optimized them.

I connected my 80gb HD as a Secondary Slave and booted WinXP and ran Partition Magic.

Using the copy drive/partition option, I had PM copy C: & resize it to 20gb, then rebooted (required to do the operation). PM did its thing. Next I copied D: & resized to the remaining 60gb and rebooted again. PM did its thing. After reaching the desktop this final time, I check my new drive and it had the partitions I specified and all the files. Did you note that the copy+resize was one operation?

I shutdown, and replace my old 20gb HD with the new 80gb (set as Master of course) and my system booted to the desktop without a hitch, like I had never changed the HD. Everything work as before!

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

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

A:Hard drive cloning questions

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

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I am getting a new pentium 4 with 120 gigs of space...I want to clone my C: drive from my old Dell....so I was wondering when I do that, will Win XP transfer over too? Or will I need to get a new copy of it? It says that it makes a complete copy of your hard drive. If that is the case, then I would love to just be able to clone the Hard drives through an ethernet cable and move on to the new computer. Is this a possibility?

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Dear Lenovo: I would like to clone the aging, impacted hard drive in my ThinkPad R60 9456CTO (80 GB, 5400 RPM) to a new, larger hard drive (1TB, 7200 RPM). [full system details below]I?ve read posts in the Lenovo forum as well as other sources but I have a couple questions to fill in gaps:Before I even think about going farther, the most basic question: will the 1TB, 7200 RPM hard drive work in this computer?Regarding the Security Chip and the Predesktop Area (PDA): There is a statement in another post* to the effect that disabling the PDA is not necessary in models later than, say, R52. Can I successfully clone this R60 hard drive without disabling the PDA, or should I still disable it?. * https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-T61-and-prior-T-series/Cloning-Hard-Drive-Including-The-Predes...In the event that I do need to disable the PDA: I previously made one false start on cloning. I went into the BIOS set-up to disable the Security Chip and Predesktop Area as instructed in procedures for cloning that I?ve found in various sources. But stopped when I encountered the warning below in the Options area for the Predesktop, about the PDA being ?reclaimed? and ?overridden? [over-written?] by OS tools. I appreciate the warning, but I would like to know what actions/ events might cause that, and how to prevent it.  Thank you very much ?CMarkey System DetailsCOMPUTER: IBM / Lenovo ThinkPad R60, Type 9456CTO, S/N LV-AW630 07/01, with original hard dr... Read more

A:Cloning Hard Drive, ThinkPad R60

Rather than waiting for answers, I went ahead and tried it. Shirt answer: it worked. New 1TB 7200 HD running smoothly. Did NOT need to disable PDA. / CMarkey

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Hey all,

More noobishness here.

Basically a second SATA HDD, intending to replace my old one (250gig 5000RPM to 500Gig 7200RPM with improved cache).

Note: I refer to old hard drive as Maxtor, new as Seagate.

Thought that it'd be simple enough, bang it in, plug it in the second slot on the board and give it a PSU cable... (see image for cables in Mobo).

Booted into boot order to check that maxtor was still booting, set it to master and the seagate to slave; easy enough.

Boot up into windows, fine, but now windows doesn't detect my HDD I want to use this to simply clone it, but can't detect it

Do I need to format it? Have I missed something obvious?

Cheers for any help.


A:Second Hard Drive cloning/installation; no get.

Did you try Windows Disk Management? There should be an unallocated disk under your active primary disk.

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Hi All

I am using Vista and I have cloned my o/s hard disk using Acronis 2010 onto an external hard disk, linked to PC via USB port. The external disk has been cloned fine, but I am unable to boot from it. I start up PC, F12 to get into boot record, choose boot from external hard disk and it starts as if it is going to start the microsoft thing comes up and the green starts going across, then we get a very quick blue screen, can't read what it says its too quick and then the PC takes us back to the opening bios screen and PC boots up from old hard drive, am I doing something wrong?

On computer management, it does not say that the external hard drive is a boot drive, it just says primary, active.

Any ideas, thanks.

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

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

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

A:Hard Drive Cloning - IDE to SATA


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

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Hi all,

I purchased a new hard drive (Wewstern Digital model WD3200AAKS) to clone my old hard drive from a dell pc (Dell Dimension E510). Western Digital's software (Data Lifeguard tools) tells me that I cannot copy the hard drive because the old one is a "dynamic" hard drive. I guess there is multiple partitions or something like that. I also tried norton Ghost to clone the whole hard drive but it will on clone the C: partition.

My question is whether or not I can copy everything, all partitions, to the new hard drive because I have not been able to do it so far with these two programs.

A secondary question is do I need to or is cloning just the C: enough?

Thanks for any help.


A:Solved: cloning to a new hard drive

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Is there a relatively simple way to clone one laptop hard drive to another laptop? I just
got a newer laptop and would like to clone the hard drive from the older one to the
newer one in order to have all of the files, etc. I tried swapping the hard drive but it
would not boot when I did that. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some licenses may have to be re-entered.

Yes, You must re-activate with new License.

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

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Have been working on this problem for over a year now. I am using Ghost to clone my HDD in my Thinkpad T42 to a HDD in the Ultra Bay. The Cloning Op completes just fine. On the reboot,if I use F12 to select Boot Device, I can see the cloned drive, and can boot up with it just fine. However, If I shutdown, and take the drive out of the Ultrabay, and swap it to the HDD0 location in the laptop, and try to boot, it is unable to find any operating system, and won't boot up. I can boot up with Ultimate Boot CD then, and as long as I leave the drive in the 'normal' HDD location in the laptop, the T42 is unable to find it..at all...Recently I bought a refurbed T43, and used another hard drive, and cloned a drive (also in the ultra bay adapter) put it into the HDD0 position, and it works fine .. Then got brave and put my T42 cloned drive into the T43 and attempted to at least start the bootup to see if the machine could at least recognize the drive as being there, and the T43 does not either..Have tried this on 3 different drives , with the same result. And yet , using the same program on the T43, and any of the 3 drives , can clone the drive and it works fine. Have looked in many forums and still have been unable to figure out why.. One addl thing... When the T42 was new, I bought a new HDD, did the above procedure, and it worked . Still using that cloned drive 3 years later.. Any ideas on what I am missing?

A:Cloning Hard Drive issue

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