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Can I clone a drive from a spanned volume?

Q: Can I clone a drive from a spanned volume?


I have a spanned volume setup with 4 drives. One of the drives is starting to throw read errors which is preventing WHS from backing it up (Yikes!).

Is it possible to clone the drive with the errors and to reinsert a new drive into the array?

Can the new drive be bigger?


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A: Can I clone a drive from a spanned volume?

You may end up cloning the errors as well. An imaging program capable of handling all four drives at once like the Acronis True Image server edition would be able to handle Dynamic volumes if that's what you are working with there.

The best time for any imaging however is while everything is working 100% to make your backup of the entire setup just in case something like this comes up. The imaging program used would back up each block to be restored on the new identical replacement drive in order to work.

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Hi all,

First I'd like to say that I'm an idiot, I just deleted my spanned volume . I'm about to run the MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition v8.1.1 (free version), and just wanted to run this by you guys so I don't mess it up even more. Here's the setup I had that I am trying to recover.

Disk 0 - 1T Spanned volume (F:)
Disk 1 - 64G NTFS System, Boot drive (C:)
Disk 2 - 1T Spanned volume (F:)
Disk 3 - 1T Spanned volume (F:)
Disk 4 - 1T Spanned volume (F:)
... a few others that don't matter
Disk 9 - 2.5 T iSCSI Spanned volume (F:)
So, I was trying to pull the iSCSI Disk 9 off the other spanned volumes on F:. I did a Delete Volume, and they all disappeared. Was I supposed to use Shrink Volume? Anyway, there were a lot of threads about recovering partitions, but none of them I saw had spanned volumes. Is recovering a spanned volume the same as recovering a single partition, multiple times? Or is there something I'm missing?

I am in the MiniTool Partition Wizard, and I see all of the disks that I want to recover. However, it doesn't allow me to select multiple disks. So the only option that I have with this tool is to go through the recovery process on each disk individually. Is this the right method? If so, how do I get the full spanned volume back after each disk is recovered?

Thanks in advance!

A:Spanned Volume Recovery

Just a quick update. I've been scanning the disks for partition data using the MiniTool, and it's come back with some strange results. Disk 0 shows an abnormally large partition. And after a long while of scanning, I haven't found any partitions on the other disks yet.

Even though the first disk is 931.51GB, after finding the partition, the MiniTool is displaying it as a capacity of 6167.3GB (the sum of the entire spanned volume). Does this mean disk 0 holds the partition data for all 5 disks, and recovery of this will undelete the partition on all disks?

Thanks again!

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So here's the situation: I have two 320GB disks that were setup as a spanned volume under XP Pro, hanging off a third-party PCI SATA controller. That controller has died. I know in theory, I should be able to replace it in the machine and the volume will still be there. However, this system MAY be totally dead... and putting it all back together will be a pain either way.

Is it possible to recover the volume by plugging both drives into a new machine using USB-SATA docks or external cases?? And if so, HOW?

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I had three 2TB drive spanned together into a single volume for all my media files. I had the hose on my liquid cooler break and dump all the coolant on one of the drives. It, obviously, is toast.

Now, I would like to get the data of the remaining two.

I have run two different recovery software suites (Easeus and File Scavenger) on them and only find about 1TB of data.

Is there any other way or did I really lose 4 TB of data?



A:Recovering data from a spanned volume

Wow, This was posted a long time ago. I think you may have already solved your problem, but Spanned volumes take the first disk, fill it and moves on to the next disk. For example:
If the 2TB drive that got trashed was the first, well you're ****ed.
If it was second, and no more than the drives capacity was full, you're ok.
If it was 3rd and untouched, you are good to go.
Word of advice: DO NOT FORMAT

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A friend of mine, not me, accidently deleted a spanned volume, One of the disks is an IBM Deskstar 80GB and the other is a Maxtor 200GB with 8M Buffer. The Spanned volume was a total of 190 GB (using unallocated space from both). The volume was deleted using the MMC utility from windows. I was wondering if there is any software out there that would me, not me, my friend, recover the data that was in it.

A:Recover Deleted Spanned Volume

I would think that this is the app your looking for, but its not free. Most app's that are worth there salt aren’t.

File Scavenger

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Hey all,

I had a question regarding a spanned volume versus RAID 0.

I understand that RAID 0 uses stripping, and for that reason, if one HDD dies you lose the data of the entire array. However, what I don't understand is why people suggest the same fate if you lose a single drive in a spanned volume setup. Even the Wikipedia page for spanned volumes states that "if any disk fails, the data on the whole volume could be lost." The entire volume? That doesn't sound right to me...

My understanding of a spanned volume is that most files would only be on one drive or the other, and very rarely split. So, if one drive fails, the data loss would be very limited. I always assumed that with a spanned volume, data would just be written to where ever there's free space, so splitting files between multiple drives would only happen when free space is low. Are my assumptions wrong? Do files frequently get split between multiple drives? Or is that just some over exaggerated caution?

A:Spanned volume versus RAID 0 ?

That's due directly to the type of RAID setup you have...so for basic RAID setup (2 HDD's) that copies data on to both HDDs, you should use RAID 1. This method will allow you to remove any failed drives and replace with new drive and data will be transferred automatically with no data loss.

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I have a system with a spanned volume of five 2TB disks. Actually, the "disks" are all iSCSI targets (since Windows XP won't see targets >2047GB on my QNAP array)... but in any case, Windows shows all the disks as being present and the spanned volume as being "Healthy"... it just doesn't appear to be formatted any longer. The array itself (RAID5 with a hot spare) shows as healthy, and the SMART on all the physical drives shows fine as well. So all the components look to be good, I've just lost the NTFS structure.

Any suggestions on how to recover??

A:Solved: HELP: Spanned volume unformatted??

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I have Windows XP installed on a 500 gig drive. I also have a collection of drives that are setup as Spanned Dynamic Volumes through Windows XP.

I want to re-install XP and wonder if the Spanned Volume will survive the reinstall?


A:Windows Spanned Volume Survive a re-install?

I am thinking it would be very wise to disconnect those spanned drives during XP installation, updating, driver installation, then reconnect them, and follow these instructions.

Scroll down to "Moving Disks to a Different Computer"

But as always, I recommend backing up Irreplaceable data first.

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Hello all.

I have been researching this to no avail.

Here is the TL DR;

Old computer died which had two 400GB sata drives that houses a lot of family pictures and MP3s. The drives were dynamic and a 745 GB volume spanned across the drives. I now know these drives are also RAID-0, but I wanted to see if I could see any data on them and I had a USB sata dock. Learned the hard lesson that a dynamic disk wont be visible via USB no matter what (at the time I didnt know it was also a RAID-0) . I put the drive (which just happened to be the first drive) in my dock and somehow the drive got corrupted and became a basic disk. Pop up came asking if I wanted to format which of course I didn't. Odd thing is that the partition is intact (745GB) which causes the issue of not allowing me to convert it back to dynamic. It would seem if somehow I could just get it back to dynamic everything would work again or would be a heck of a lot easier to repair.

The issue is I cannot convert directly back to dynamic because it appears I don't have enough "free space" due to the partition reporting a 745GB volume which is correct.

I have tried multiple pieces of software mostly from Acronis, EASEUS, and Runtime (Disk Director, GetDataBack NTFS, Raid Recovery for Windows, and Data Recovery Wizard). Problem is these products don't fully solve the problem and I cannot reliably get the data off. The one product Runtime does have is raid reconstructor - but I am not ready to spend ... Read more

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I just bought myself an HDD docking station, and following instructions on lifehacker, tried to create a spanned volume, so that I can use two spare Western Digital 500Gb HDDs as a single 1Tb HDD.

All seemed to go OK until the last point, when I got an error "The operation is not supported by the object"

The two drives are fine, and the dock seems to work fine. I can format the two drives individually, and they show up in File Explorer correctly, but I can't crate a spanned volume.

Anyone any ideas? Thanks

A:Create new spanned volume - Operation not supported by object

I would not bother. Spanned drives are PITA to backup, and if one fails life gets complicated.

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I have Windows Server 2012 R2 and it is my file server and it auto syncs user's file every minute. I have 3 disks. The primary partition (Disk 0) and two others (Disk 1 & Disk 2). My question does not include the primary

I shrunk Disk 2 so that I had unallocated space. I then extended Disk 1 using the unallocated space from Disk 2 creating spanned volume on Disk 1 (extended volume on Disk 2). It did not do what I wanted so I want to 'undo' it. Can
I just delete the spanned volume on Disk 2 (space that added to Disk 1)? Or more accurately if I'm going to delete the spanned volume on Disk 2, will it affect my users' files?

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Hi there
I'd accidentally deleted an entire Video library from a set of TWO disk drives defined as Spanned as a single 4TB GPT formatted drive.

I thought I'd had that -- but eSupport Undelete Plus worked an absolute miracle and was able to restore the entire library even though at delete time I got message "File to big to send to recycle bin -- delete permanently".

I was just in the process of going to arrange backups -- and was re-organising my Disks -- just shows you that an accidental delete can happen to ANYONE no matter how careful you usually are -- and it would have been a HUMUNGOUS pain to re-create this all over again. -- I'm running W8 x-64 enterprise (TechNet edition) BTW.

For example (it can show in Folders as well as files stuff available for restore) screenshot enc -- here's just one part of my video library --the entire 5 seasons of Stargate Atlantis.

Fortunately I hadn't touched anything an the drive after deleting the library so the ENTIRE library was re-coverable -- nearly 400 GB of Video !!!!!. and this was on 2 disks spanned and set as GPT.

Well worth EVERY EUROCENT / CENT / PENNY etc. -- Everone is going to delete some major library by accident at least ONCE at some time.

On restore it restored all the files to the original directories and sub directories so I just had to click the boxes for the files and the program did the rest -- brilliant piece of software.

If you accidentally delete stuff then STOP all activity as far as possible o... Read more

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I used Partition Magic 7 to clone a Windows 2K disk (old drive is showing signs of failure). New disk partially boots and hangs in a loop loading personal settings UNLESS the old drive is still connected as D:. Any suggestions for how to convince it that the new drive is all it needs?

A:Volume clone no booting

ok microsoft has setup a wierd thing in 200 and xp where your windows installation looks how the file system is on the hard disk platter and if it dont match or isnt connected to original drive it wont boot all the way, the fix i know works for xp, i dont know if it works for 2000 but it should.

what you need is norton ghost 2002 or newer. in the program files \ symantic ghost directory there is a boot disk exe wizard use it and boot ghost in dos and it should work

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Can anyone advise on the absolute safest, most foolproof way of cloning/copying an existing Windows 7 volume onto either the same drive, or a separate drive, with a view to creating a robust dual boot envorinment?

I've tried this before and had boot issues afterwards, so I'd be grateful for any advice on:

1. Is it better to clone onto a seperate drive, or a new partition on the same drive or does it not matter?

2. What is the best software to do this with - Paragon, Ghost, Acronis are the ones I'm aware of, which clone volumes and in some cases offer boot manager functionality?

3. Can anyone tell me step by step how they would do this, what advanced settings are important, and critically, how I can avoid creating an environment where I have too identical volumes and MBR's which causes all manner of boot problems?

4. Do the experts consider it safer to use Windows 7's own multi-boot abilities to manage booting, or is a 3rd partry boot manager preferred?

Many many thanks in advance. I've no doubt this information would be helpful for others also, as it's hard to find a definitive guide on this, at least from what I can make out.


A:Safest Way to Clone Windows 7 Volume for Dual Booting

Hello again.

To start, it is always preferable whenever possible to use the BIOS to "manage" a dual boot, have a look at the info below for some ideas how to go about that.

The way I would suggest is to purchase a good program like Paragon 11 Home and just start learning how to use it, that's how I started with it.

Partition Manager 11 Personal


The easiest way to do away with boot issues between separate Operating Systems (OS) is to use the BIOS one time boot menu to select which OS to boot at system startup, each motherboard has an individual hot-key to tap during system start-up to access this menu.

If you have 2 separate Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and have one OS installed to one HDD and you want to install another OS to the second HDD, disconnect the HDD with the first OS installed on it and leave only the HDD you want to install the second OS to connected.

Just be sure not to change where the original HDD SATA cable was connected, it has to be re-connected to the exact same port to avoid boot issues.

Install the second OS to the connected HDD and when complete and the system is booting good, power down and reconnect the first HDD with the first OS on it.

This way the OSs will boot independently of each other and there will be no boot conflicts between the 2 separate OSs to have to sort later.

Then set the BIOS to boot the HDD / OS you want as default and if you want to start the other (new) OS you use the B... Read more

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I am new a member and was looking for help with the next steps of how to resolve the following error message 0x8000ffff "Failed to Create Volume Snapshot". I got this whilst trying to clone one disk to another (which have the correct amount of space to make a clone) so far on all other machines i have not got a clone error until now.

Followed the advice on Macrium's Knowledge base:
VSS Error:0x8000ffff - Backup aborted! - Failed To Create Volume Snapshot. (VSS)

All Solutions have been tried but the same error occurs. The service is set to automatic but according to the user it has not started.

However, on my own laptop Macruim clone goes through without my Volume shadow copy being set to automatic.

Anyone got any thoughts how i can get this clone to go through?

A:Macrium Clone error 0x8000ffff "Failed to Create Volume Snapshot"


I got an some more information from my persistant googling to find another piece of the puzzle.

On the affected machine i did the following:
Opened a command prompt (with elevated privileges) and type ?vssadmin list writers? (without quotes).

This command listed all of the VSS writer i had installed on the machine. This came back with no errors.

I then did a search in Event viewer around the time i did my clone last week. I did a find and searched for 'VSS'. This came back with many errors about the following service:

Oracle VSS Writer
Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release - 64bit Production Oracle VSS writer version Production Error at line : 4576 Failure on PrepareForBackup event
0x800423f4, The writer experienced a non-transient error. If the backup process is retried, the error is likely to reoccur.
Operation: PrepareForBackup event Context: Execution Context: Writer Writer Class Id: {26d02976-b909-43ad-af7e-62a4f625e372} Writer Name: Oracle VSS Writer - Instance Name: XXXX Writer Instance ID: {ac1b06ab-f083-4bb7-bf62-7f41df8734c0} Command Line: c:\opt\product\11.2.0\dbhome\bin\OraVSSW.exe XXXX Process ID: 2428
2D20436F64653A20575254575254494330303030353239392D2043616C6C3A20575254575254494330303030323630302D20 5049443A202030303030323432382D205449443A202030303030313534382D20434D443A2020633A5C6F70745C70726F6475 63745C31312E322E305C6462686F6D655C62696E5C4F7261565353572E65786520434D5332352020202020202D2055736572 3A204E61... Read more

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I have a 300 gig SATA drive on my computer. Stats in my profile.

I bought a 500 gig SATA drive to replace it with.

When I get done, I want the repair/recovery part and the C:\ part to be on the new drive.

I have an external hdd SATA USB holder to hooking it up to start the process isn't a problem.

But I'm not sure of the exact method as the times I've cloned a drive in the past, no recovery partition was there, and the drives were the same size.

I look through the tutorials and didn't see one that fit. I searched for 'clone hard drive' and 'clone boot drive'.

Thanks for your help.

A:clone/copy boot drive to larger replacement drive ?

This free software has a drive cloning component. I've not used it myself. (I am using it for image backup.)

Free Hard Disk Copy/Clone Software for PC & Server Hard Drive. Disk clone, disk backup, disk image and partition copy freeware.

As far as the recovery partition, if you still have the option, I would make the recovery DVD set. I don't know if these are hard wired to expect to be on certain disk sectors. Maybe someone who has Acer can chime in. But according to Easus user manual, the disk clone will copy the entire drive as long as the new one is of equal or larger capacity.

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I need help. I was trying to clone my laptop drive to my new drive using Copy commander but when I had the new drive partitioned, it will not allow me to clone my drive. But if I do not partition it, it works. Any input would be appreciated......!!

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well i just got a brand new WD Elements basic storage 1tb external hard drive. my plan was to create a back up image of my laptops hard drive and instead created a clone. my computer no longer recognizes the drive as an external hd but as replicated computer and recovery drives. i just want to wipe the drive but i cant locate it. i did find it on disk management but i cant delete all the parts and it would not let me format it. i can format the cloned drives just not the the external drive as a whole. some help would be amazing

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I recently bought a faster 2TB hard drive to replace my old 1TB 'games' hard drive. Unfortunately, the software that came with the drive (Seagate Disc Wizard) will not clone my 'games' hard drive onto the new hard drive. Every time I try the clone, the software tries to reboot the PC, thinking that I'm trying to clone the OS onto the new drive, and I'm not.

Will copying everything from the old drive onto the new drive and then renaming the new drive letter (I to the old 'games' drive letter (E (after removing the original 'games' HDD) work the same?

A:Can't clone a new drive; can copy and rename drive letter work?

When cloning software asks you to reboot it's because they notice that some of the stuff you want to clone is used by Windows somehow. Even if you were just copying files or whatever. Maybe Steam was active or some kind of background program.

Anyway, in case that utility is just dumb, you can try with the program I use all day, EaseUs Partition master. Once installed, just clik on Wizard and then on Clone disk wizard, follow the wizard and you're set. Click on Apply when ready.
In case it asks for a reboot, let it do so (it takes a bit of time for so big drives though, so do it when you have something to watch on TV or whatever). If you selected the right drives in the wizard it won't screw with C, maybe it just needs everything to be sleeping while doing its job.

Will copying everything from the old drive onto the new drive and then renaming the new drive letter (I to the old 'games' drive letter (E (after removing the original 'games' HDD) work the same?

Yes it will work fine. FastCopy is an utility that will help you transfer so much data quickly and efficiently (more than copy-paste), and can check that all files were copied successfully (just to be sure), and stop/begin again the transfer without a lot of fuss.

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Hi Guys,

I need help with this situation:

I've cloned a 1GB CF with XP embedded and image it onto a 2GB CF, but the new 2GB CF is getting stuck while booting.

The boot process would get stuck somewhere within in "PCI device listing... " .

Obviously, it seems like the system doesn't like the boot disk size change, but I don't know how to fix this.

Can someone help me resolve this?


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What I am attempting to do is clean up my wife's Toshiba L555 laptop. the problem is she can not be without it because of her work requirements. (her life is on that drive) so can I clone the toshiba drive onto another drive that she can work on till I get her laptop cleaned up? I am even willing to give up my computer for a day or two if I need to clone onto it so she can keep working. and how do I go about it. (obviously I am less than an "expert" I know just enough to hurt myself)

A:clone a hard drive to an external drive? or maybe a second pc

I don't think Windows is going to boot from an external drive.

What do you mean by "clean up"? Reinstall Windows?

Even if you "clone" (a loosely used word) her installation to some other location, such as to your PC, you'd have issues because your PC hardware differs from her laptop hardware.

Does she ever sleep? Do it then.

Does she ever have a day off? Do it then.

Is her laptop Windows installation backed up?

Is her laptop data backed up?

Regardless---"cloning" is an imperfect procedure. You'd be nuts to assume it will work if "her life is on that drive" and "she cannot be without it". Cloning is an unnecessary complication to what I assume you want to do----correct some errors/issues on her laptop. I'd find a way to work around her schedule.

What happens if her hard drive fails at sundown today? What's your plan?

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Hi. My Dell had a hard drive failure and I replaced it on my own and also they replaced it. They wouldn't do it at first so I did and I set up a lot of good programs and settings so I wanted to partition the new hard drive that they installed yesterday so that I can clone mine and then compare things and go with all of the drivers and programs that work best.

Does that make any sense? I don't want to keep all of their bloat but I would like to keep some of it. I also don't want to have to reload all of my programs again. I have Acronis Disk Director 12 and I also have Acronis True Image 2015. I have a SATA cable connected to my hard drive. I also have two additional external backup hard drives. I am using Windows 8.,1 and I have Window 8 currently on the newly installed Hard drive. I also would like to have a partition to try Windows 10. Any help would really be appreciated.

A:How to partition a new drive to clone 2nd hard drive

clone a hard drive will delete all the data on the destination drive. You'd better clone all the partitions on the drive that clone disk.

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Hi there.

I am looking to move my 1TB of data (documents+games+movies+programs) to a 2TB harddrive (brand new harddrive). So what I want to do is to install a fresh Windows 7 onto the 2TB, and then I want to clone and copy over the 1TB harddrive's data to the 2TB harddrive, so that all of my games (with their saves) and programs will work on the 2TB harddrive.

And the obvious reason why I don't want to copy or clone the OLD windows 7 install from the 1TB is because it's full of bugs and errors, and is like 6 years old (I regularly get "rpc server is unavailable" errors and sometimes BSODs). So I want a fresh harddrive with a fresh windows 7 install, but I want all of my old data + games copied over exactly as they are. How would I go about doing this>? I do have a program called "Macrium Reflect" which will do the cloning (or I could use the Windows Transver feature maybe?).

PS. The computer will be the same ie. no new hardware will be added, I'll only be slotting in a bigger harddrive, so there won't be any hardware changes or anything of that sort. I'm an IT-tech of 3years (even though I've never done this), so don't worry about using any IT jargon, I'll understand what you're saying.

Computer setup is: Windows 7 Pro, 64bit, service pack 1.

So, is this achievable?

A:Clone old drive, to new drive that already has Windows 7 installed?

- First of all: disconnect your actual disk from the MB. This is very important to make sure your boot loader will be on the new disk.
Do a fresh install Clean Install Windows 7
When creating a user, select Test.
After installation finish, install all drivers and win 7 updates.
To save time with the updates: MS releases SP2 for Windows 7
Install all your programs (Office, games etc)
Under user = Test create a new user with the same name you have on your old computer (Plank?).
Log off Test and log in as Plank. Windows will create a Plank user.
Shut down.
Attach the old disk. Make sure you boot on the new disk.
Log in as Test

Now the trick.
Under user = Test rename the new \users\Plank to \users\Plank_New
Copy from the old disk your folder \users\Plank to the new \users
Shut down and remove the old drive
Boot and log in as Plank. You should have all your user settings on the new installation.

With this trick, you moved all the old registers for Plank to the new disk

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Hello All,

I have just downloaded Visual Studio Professional 2010 onto my PC through Dreamspark.

I have not used clone drive for ages; the download completed and the virtual clone drive application launched; however, I cannot find the image anywhere in my computer.

Running Windos 7.

I seemed to remember from last year that an icon was placed in my computer somewhere. There is 2.2GB about of application somewhere and I cannot find out how to install it properly - please help.


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Other than acronis, what is a good drive cloner?


A:drive clone

xxClone is one I have had good results from.

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I'm trying to clone my current drive to a new ssd. Current windows 7 install is on a 232gb hard drive and i want to move it to a 220gb ssd.

running into problems though. Seems the hard drive is messed up any any clone i try to do in macrium just fails at 1% with the error read failed 22- broken pipe.

even tried to do a system image restore from within windows 7 itself after installing it to the ssd but it just gives me an error during that process with no information.

any help?

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I purchased a new hp laptop. I cloned the new hard drive to my ols hp laptop. When I boot the laptop it si starting up using the new settings and not the clone settings I want.

A:Clone drive

If I understand you cloned the new laptop's drive onto the old laptop's drive and now the old laptop is behaving like the new laptop ? That's to be expected, or have I missed something ?

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hi I want to clone my existing hard drive containing the operating system (WinXP Pro sp3) and ALL drivers etc, to a new larger drive. The intention is once cloned I make the new drive the master and I wont have to reinstall everything again. (The current HDD will become a secondary/slave device)
any advice on a free program that will do this for me please? If it will work in windows that would be best Im not familiar with DOS based programs. I have tried Norton Ghost 15 which does have the option to do this but not in the free trial version sadly.
Any advice, particularly from someone with practical experience, would be really appreciated
many thanks

A:Clone OS Drive help!

Try Clonezilla here, simple to use. Just burn the ISO using something like Imgburn here, then boot from the CD.

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I bought a laptop on Ebay and it has a 5400rpm hard drive and I'd like to clone it to a larger, faster drive. Is there a free way to do it. It has a clean install if Windows 7 but no install disk. Thanks

A:I need to clone a drive

This is what I use. I works very well.


Here is the free home addition:

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So I have a storage drive that is pretty much dead and it contains some programs that I still use, like steam. And I was wondering if I could just copy and paste everything to a new drive and change the drive letter of the new drive to match the old drive instead of cloning. I'm curious, would that work?

A:Do I need to clone a drive that does not contain an OS?

Anything that was custom, advanced, default installed will have to be installed likewise again.
Everything that was copied and pasted onto that ol' drive can be copied and pasted onto the new drive.
Using Macrium Reflect free or fee, you can make a full image of the drive. Then restore said full image onto the new drive.

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Hi all. I have a Maxtor external hd and I would like to clone my C drive to have a copy in case of a C drive crash. I have used xxcopy before, but I'm hesitant to use it again because when I tried I got a warning message that says "the source includes the destination-warning make sure the destination (C:\Windows\Desktop\E is correct." I don't want to copy the former cloned C drive copy on the external drive back to C by mistake.
Please help.

Peggy Nielsen

A:How to clone Drive C

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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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hello. I'm new here so sorry if i have made the thread in the wrong place.
i have a seagate 2tb hard drive that recently started having bad blocks. so i bought a seagate 4tb drive.
I have a motherboard compatible with UEFI(asus P8H61-M LX) and a Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
My question is: how can I clone my atual 2tb drive(which is mbr) to the new 4tb drive and make it bootable? if possible, explain to me step-by-step.

Thanks in advance for any reply.

A:Clone windows 7 to new gpt drive

Ten minutes with Google tells me there are a lot of people that want to do this, but I can't find a clearcut answer.

Lot of suggestions, try this, try that, reports of errors and roadblocks, and more suggestions and guesses.

All I can suggest is to try your own Google-fu and hope.

I'd probably throw in the towel without trying and just do a clean install in the interest of avoiding frustration.

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I want to put a new, bigger, HDD (just a SATA, not SSD) into my ASUS X54C laptop, and wondered how easy it would be to clone and transfer the C (operating system) drive to a partition on the new drive? I have W7 Home Premium OS.

A:How do I transfer clone of my C drive to new HDD?

It depends on which software you use to create the clone. Just as an example, Macrium Reflect Free edition allows cloning.

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

And their tutorial explains how:

v5: How to clone a disk (Clone Disk, v5)

If you choose to use a different imaging/cloning software the steps should be similar but probably not exactly the same. Check the support forums and/or knowledge base articles for specific information.

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Hi guys,
I just want to upgrade from an 80 gig hard drive to something in the 250-500 gig range, and I would like to clone my existing drive with operating system directly to the new drive. Is it possible with freeware? I'll then format the old drive and use it as the slave.

Thanks in advance for the info,

A:How do I clone a hard drive?

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I just bought a 1TB hard drive and wanted to know how to clone my operating system and all its data from my old HDD to my new one. I tried using AOMEI backupper. I tried to clone a partition to my new drive but I think I did something wrong, when I go to my computer I can no longer see my 1tb drive and can only see "Copy of C" any help would be appreciated.

I followed these steps: How to Do Partition/Volume Clone, Partition Clone, Volume Clone

A:How to clone a hard drive

I think you would be better cloning the whole disk, not just doing a partition copy.

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Hello Guys,
Im new to this forum.

Im deciding to make an upgrade to the hard drive on my notebook. Its a 250gb hitachi.
I have a 500gb WD and i need to know if there's a way to clone everything from my old hard drive, (including the os)
Which steps should i follow and which kinds of software would you recommend?

I have a 64 bit based computer and obviously w7.

I will appreciate your help!

A:Hard drive clone help!

Since you have a WD drive check this link.

WD Support


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I have a program running on one laptop, an older one, that I'd like to run on my Windows laptop. Is it possible to completely clone the older laptop drive and "run" my program from the newer laptop?

A:How to clone drive and run on another laptop?

Not really. A cloned drive will only run Windows on the original machine. If the program is more or less "standalone", you can run it on the other machine by just moving the Program Files folder for the program. If it's more complex, you will need to reinstall it on a new machine.

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I have an S210 that I am trying to clone with a Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA I/II/III Dual Bay External Hard Drive Docking. My hard drive is 500gb and the SSD is 960. It gets to the second step on the device and never goes any further. I have run scans on the drive and no errors or issues have been found. I have tried 512GB, 1000gb, 960gb, and 500gb ssd's with the same results. Has anyone else run into this? I love this device, but it is so slow with a standard hard drive. 

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Hi all,a quick question here.Is there a good application that I can use to clone my hard drive so I don't have to re-install the OS all the time.Doesn't matter if it's a paid program or not,Tony.

A:Clone hard drive

Norton Ghost OR Acronis True Image

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Stuck for hours and hoping somebody can help. I'll try and make this as short and succinct as possible. Ty in advance if anyone can help direct me.

I have three drives:

0. New 1tb SSD to replace my smaller drive 2.
1. 1tb HDD for data.
2. 250gb SSD for windows and programs.

I downloaded Acronis Migrate Easy and asked it to clone drive 2 onto drive 0. It completed. But I've not been able to boot from the new clone drive 0. No matter what I try or do, my old drive 2 is always listed as C: and always shows the boot files ( image after cloning below ).

One item that is worth noting. My system files are held separately on drive 1. I guess I had that drive plugged in when I originally installed windows. I'm not sure if this has an affect on the process. Once again, you can see this in the image.

Here are things I've tried:

1) Cloning, then unplugging the original 2 drive prior to reboot. But it says device missing and won't boot without drive 2.

2) Cloning, then leaving all drives plugged in. It boots, but from drive 2 again.

3) Variations on the first two attempts and swapping the drive cables in case that was important.

4) Going into the UEFI bios to try and assign the new drive as boot, but it is not available in the boot priority list.

Before I go nuclear and reinstall windows which makes my soul die inside when I look at home much work will be needed, here are some questions:

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A:How do I get my new clone drive to act as boot?

The System Reserved Partition is on Disk 1, totally wrong.

Unplug all drives accept the new ssd with your cloned install.

Run startup repair until Windows boots on its own on the new ssd.

The system files have to be written to Disk 0 before it will boot on its own.

Startup Repair may work it may not.

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I tried to clone a smaller system hdrive (750 GB) Seagate, with a 1TB Seagate. I used Seagate DiscWizard. I ended up with a problem or two.
1. DiscWizard completed successfully, but it shrunk the 1TB partition to match the old hdrive of 750GB. I was hesitant to use the free ease4us Partition Master to resize it, since DiscWizard left a lot of unallocated space. This is new to me. I was afraid to make any changes. If I resize the clone...I won't have another problem will I?

2. If I did a clone with the above hdrives with free Macrium, will I end up with the partition shrunk to the old hdrive 750 GB partition?

3. When I tested the DiscWizard clone, it was ok and loaded up as the system drive. But when I tried to use Windows Update...it was in red and shutoff. I went to Service and 'start' the Windows Update and reboot the machine then, again, tried Windows Update...still in red and left message as before.
I don't have any idea on how to get Windows Update to START UP. I don't know that kind of troubleshooting. I would like to know in case I have to deal with that error with being unable to get Windows Update to work. I'd appreciate knowing how and what to do.

I have an HP Pavilion...Windows 7 64 bit
If I didn't make myself understandable, please ask me to clarify.
With much appreciation...strum101

A:Clone new larger drive...?

I don't have any idea on how to get Windows Update to START UP. I don't know that kind of troubleshooting

DiscWizard left a lot of unallocated space

Worth trying as the first step: control panel > troubleshooting > Fix problems with W updates

Regarding the disk, it's normal that the used disk space (partition) is equal to the source, after all it was a clone job. If the disk is in good shape there will (should!) be no problems to extend the current partition to incorporate the unallocated space, using something like EaseUS Partition Master or MiniTool Partition Wizard.

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Need advice please

I'm the "nerd" who tweaks the computers of my tech-less friends & family, but this clone problem with a 1TB hdd has me baffled.

My goal: add space & speed to my computer.

1) I got a new 1TB Samsung hdd & installed it. My OS (XP Pro,SP3) recognized, partitioned & formatted it perfectly! :-D

2) I made a 20GB primary active partition on the Samsung for the OS plus 1 more primary partition for data. Then I cloned my reliable-working, identical-sized 20GB OS partition from the "old" 74GB Velociraptor I'm using.

3) Changed the BIOS so that the Samsung = boot drive.

4) Computer boots up fine UNTIL THE VERY END when I get an error message that says, "kernel32.dll" (or sometimes "ntoskrnl.exe") is unhappy and must close. When I close the message, the computer freezes, needing power-off to reboot. ;-(

5) Read online that this error means I must run FixBoot & maybe FixMBR from Recovery Console of my original M/S XP installation disk.

6) BUT, my original M/S disk is XP Home Ed (2001). I got a Microsoft package (2004) to upgrade from XP Home into XP Pro, but it is only software, not a boot-able disk. I then let M/S update my software to SP3.

7) Sadly, there is NO Recovery Console program on my XP Home Ed disk, nor in the XP Pro upgrade software. So no easy way to run FixBoot.

8) So, I used BartPE to run "WINNT.exe" (& later tried "WINNT32.exe") off my X... Read more

A:How to Clone XP partition to new drive?

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I have a 2G Seagate HD (jumpered as master) that I am trying to image onto a new 30G Western Digital HD (jumpered as slave). I downloaded the EZ-Drive & EZ-Copy utilities from the WD website. I can get everything all set up to format, partition, & copy, but then I get an "error reading Drive C" and no other help or messages beyond that. Any ideas????

A:Problem using EZ-Drive to clone HD

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I have a Dell inspiron that is approx 5 years old. I currently have avast free anti virus and today received a notification of blocking a threat. I did the undates and ran a quick scan which indicated a need to restart...so I did. Now After the Dell logo runs I get a screen with message indicating:

cannot initialize me, error code : 3
Please uninstall me, and contact DriveClone FAQ _

Not sure what I have done or what drive clone is or how to correct the problem.

When the Dell logo is running I can push F2 or F12. Cannot utilize F8 for safe mode.

Suggestions are appreciated.


A:Cant Boot---drive clone something

Did you accidentally leave a USB drive in the computer ?

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