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Windows 7: Copying Drive


24 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Copying Drive

I want to copy my entire C drive because I may be getting an SSD tomorrow. I navigated to "Computer" and right clicked my C drive and chose copy. Then I pasted it to the desired folder on ym external HDD. The problem is that It says it's only copying 45.0 GB, but my HDD is 532.48 GB. How can I properly copy my entire Hard Drive?


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24 Dec 2012   #2

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You cannot copy and use the contents of the HDD C: drive for anything meaningful on the SSD. What are you hoping to achieve by doing this? Is it only user files that you want to backup?
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24 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Use Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download and make an Image. It will copy everything and compress it. And its FREE.

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24 Dec 2012   #4

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Thanks for the quick response guys. I was going to use macrium, but will I be able to access the files from the back up easily? I am going to need access to some of them. I mainly want my user folders, but also some other files.
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24 Dec 2012   #5

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I would identify and only copy those files/folders you require manually - you cannot selectively pick & choose what you want to restore from the Macrium image (you will need to restore the entire image)
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24 Dec 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Oh, i would rather clone the disk. Is there a way to clone it without deleting the files on the drive I'm cloning to? What I really need to do is make a copy of the drive so I can go through it later and find any files that I need.
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24 Dec 2012   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
I would identify and only copy those files/folders you require manually - you cannot selectively pick & choose what you want to restore from the Macrium image (you will need to restore the entire image)
WRONG! You can "Open an Image in Windows Explorer" and then can pick and choose what you want to copy back. Then "Detach" it when you are done. It mounts the image as a new drive.

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24 Dec 2012   #8

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Jeez, sorry.
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24 Dec 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I would use Jim's suggestion. Just copy what you need from the image when its attached to your PC.

Also remember that the image is read only so you can't add to it once its created without creating a new image.
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24 Dec 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Okay, that's what I'll do, thanks guys and merry Christmas!
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