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Windows 7: Clone HDD to new HDD?

23 May 2012   #11
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Can't go wrong with Clonezilla. It's been a long time since I've messed with Acronis so can't say much about it. I've used Clonezilla for years and have never had a restore attempt fail.


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23 May 2012   #12
darkstarsinner

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Are the four systems hardware-identical?

Do you have four licenses?
Yes all four systems have been built using exactly the same components. And yes again as all four OS's are licensed legit.

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Can't go wrong with Clonezilla. It's been a long time since I've messed with Acronis so can't say much about it. I've used Clonezilla for years and have never had a restore attempt fail.

Can you give any tips to using Clonezilla. I'll be heading out of town tomorrow to manage the four systems and would greatly appreciate any early input.
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24 May 2012   #13
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darkstarsinner View Post
Can you give any tips to using Clonezilla. I'll be heading out of town tomorrow to manage the four systems and would greatly appreciate any early input.
Well, one tip. I use the preselected defaults except:
  • when making the clone (copying) I always use expert mode, but on healthy hard drives I only change the selection to remove the paging and hibernation files (I remove them) and at times change the compression mode (gzip, bzip2, and "no compression" all work).
When applying the image to a new drive I just select beginner mode and go with all the defaults.

You can clone an HD directly to another HD or simply make a clone to save wherever you want to use later.

Some good info here: The new and definite CloneZilla tutorial
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24 May 2012   #14
darkstarsinner

 

Well I just ran it on a fresh install and cloned it to an external HDD. Rebooted to the External and everything started right up. I just used beginner mode and didn't edit any settings. I'm thinking this may be best for now until I have time to dive in some more. Many thanks to you sir.
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24 May 2012   #15
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You're quite welcome. Glad it worked out well for you!
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