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Windows 7: Macrium cloned drive REALLY slow


23 Jul 2013   #11
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

It looks like your C (OS) partition is on the large side. I find ~50GB manageable to image on a regular basis. I'd move fairly static data off this partition and use imaging of this partition on a regular basis. You can backup fairly static data in other ways.
I would not recommend cloning as a regular efficient backup method.


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23 Jul 2013   #12

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

So, what was the actual cause of the problem and what fixed it? This thread has been marked solved.
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24 Jul 2013   #13

Win 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 

There is no one particular cause that solved the problem, I did a bunch of cleanup and now it runs a lot smoother. The various links to tutorials other posters have suggested helped and led me to other tutorials: Disk Cleanup, using msconfig to limit startup, looking through and disabling services, uninstall unneeded programs, emptying recycling bin, Malwarebyte and AV scan. I'm not a frequent user of this computer so it was not kept to my "housekeeping standards." Over time junk just piled up.

Upon looking over the Event Viewer, I did see Bonjour has a bunch of errors constantly. Goggled it, seems like others have had same problem. Disabled in startup it for now, considering uninstalling, but I'm not familiar with Apple stuff I don't know if it's needed for the iPhone. If iTunes doesn't work wife's not going to be happy no matter how smoothly the computer runs. Looks like Bonjour is for Apple networking hardware stuff; don't know why Apple would install it since I'm betting not many PC users use Apple network hardware.
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24 Jul 2013   #14

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Thank you. I'm going to be doing the same thing as you—cloning the HHD in my notebook to another one only, in this case, the clone is going to a hybrid HDD—and just wanted to be ready for as many potential problems as possible. The OS install on the notebook is pretty new so, hopefully, I won't run into any "clean up" issues.
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28 Jul 2013   #15

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Thank you. I'm going to be doing the same thing as you—cloning the HHD in my notebook to another one only, in this case, the clone is going to a hybrid HDD—and just wanted to be ready for as many potential problems as possible. The OS install on the notebook is pretty new so, hopefully, I won't run into any "clean up" issues.
Have you considered imaging the drive and restoring it instead?
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28 Jul 2013   #16

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GeneO View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Thank you. I'm going to be doing the same thing as you—cloning the HHD in my notebook to another one only, in this case, the clone is going to a hybrid HDD—and just wanted to be ready for as many potential problems as possible. The OS install on the notebook is pretty new so, hopefully, I won't run into any "clean up" issues.
Have you considered imaging the drive and restoring it instead?
More work and time that way. Cloning the existing HDD to the new hybrid HDD is a single operation, after which I just have to physically swap drives. With imaging, I would have to make an image of the drive to a third drive, "restore it" to the new drive—two operations—before I could do the physical swap.
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29 Jul 2013   #17

Win 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GeneO View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Thank you. I'm going to be doing the same thing as you—cloning the HHD in my notebook to another one only, in this case, the clone is going to a hybrid HDD—and just wanted to be ready for as many potential problems as possible. The OS install on the notebook is pretty new so, hopefully, I won't run into any "clean up" issues.
Have you considered imaging the drive and restoring it instead?
More work and time that way. Cloning the existing HDD to the new hybrid HDD is a single operation, after which I just have to physically swap drives. With imaging, I would have to make an image of the drive to a third drive, "restore it" to the new drive—two operations—before I could do the physical swap.
Agreed. After I determined the difference between cloning and imaging, I opted for cloning with the knowledge that they are functionally equivalent for my purposes. With other scenarios, imaging might be a better option.
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29 Jul 2013   #18
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GeneO View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Thank you. I'm going to be doing the same thing as you—cloning the HHD in my notebook to another one only, in this case, the clone is going to a hybrid HDD—and just wanted to be ready for as many potential problems as possible. The OS install on the notebook is pretty new so, hopefully, I won't run into any "clean up" issues.
Have you considered imaging the drive and restoring it instead?
More work and time that way. Cloning the existing HDD to the new hybrid HDD is a single operation, after which I just have to physically swap drives. With imaging, I would have to make an image of the drive to a third drive, "restore it" to the new drive—two operations—before I could do the physical swap.
I guess you do what you are comfortable with. I have never bothered with cloning. There may be 2 operations with imaging but it is faster in the end and every image can restore your existing HDD or restore to a new HDD straight out of box.
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29 Jul 2013   #19

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GeneO View Post

Have you considered imaging the drive and restoring it instead?
More work and time that way. Cloning the existing HDD to the new hybrid HDD is a single operation, after which I just have to physically swap drives. With imaging, I would have to make an image of the drive to a third drive, "restore it" to the new drive—two operations—before I could do the physical swap.
I guess you do what you are comfortable with. I have never bothered with cloning. There may be 2 operations with imaging but it is faster in the end and every image can restore your existing HDD or restore to a new HDD straight out of box.
Actually, cloning is significantly faster, far simpler, and doesn't require a third drive (or extra space on the original drive, something that isn't always available), especially when transferring to a single drive. Transferring to multiple drives might be faster with imaging.
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29 Jul 2013   #20

Windows 7 Professional X64 Service Pack 1
 
 

I like cloning myself. D: is my cloned drive, if C: has a problem, just reboot and choose D: as the start up. Its a 30 second operation. The cloning process is a "smart" process. i.e. only clones the files that have changed since last clone. Not to be confused with incremental backup. If I do it once per week, it is a 4-7 minute process, without interrupting your current work. When C: might have a problem, I boot to D:, clone D: back to C: (assuming it was not a hardware problem) The more often I clone, the less amount of catchup I have to do.
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