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Windows 7: Cloning C: to mSATA - "Set active"?

07 Jul 2014   #1
clemenzina

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Cloning C: to mSATA - "Set active"?

I'm using EaseUS to clone my current C: drive onto an mSATA (currently A: ) which is already fitted and recognised in the BIOS.

During the cloning setup there is a box above the target mSATA "Set active" - I would think that this is so that the system can boot from it, which is what I want.

However, EaseUS's Help has confused me, it gives me the impression that I only tick "Set active" if I want the laptop to boot from "the cloned partition on another hard disk"

I think this is the last little query that's stopping me getting this done, I'd be so grateful for instructions.




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07 Jul 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by clemenzina View Post

However, EaseUS's Help has confused me, it gives me the impression that I only tick "Set active" if I want the laptop to boot from "the cloned partition on another hard disk"
What exactly confuses you about "the cloned partition on another hard disk"? Can you clarify that?

I agree that the EaseUS instructions aren't well written and the intent is not crystal clear.

The active partition typically contains the loader for an operating system, but I often see situations where partitions are marked "active" unnecessarily.
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07 Jul 2014   #3
clemenzina

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post

What exactly confuses you about "the cloned partition on another hard disk"? Can you clarify that?
I take it to mean that I do NOT tick the "Set active" box because I want to boot from the A: drive I'm cloning to, not from "the cloned partition on another hard disk".

Is that right?
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07 Jul 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

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My guess is that the instructions are rather generic and intended to fit all cases.

Therefore my take would be that you should tick it to set active.

I'd think you could later correct it if wrong---or even re-clone if necessary and make the other choice.

Have you rejected using an image rather than a clone?
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07 Jul 2014   #5
clemenzina

W7 Pro 64-bit | W10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Have you rejected using an image rather than a clone?
I haven't even thought of it, Ignatz - if it involves ISOs 'n stuff I would be lost. I don't have an optical drive, if that makes any difference.

As you have said that the operation could be redone (note how I'm putting the blame on you ) I'll go ahead and tick the box. I've done a restore point, what have I got to lose besides the use of my new/secondhand rather expensive laptop?

EDIT - or maybe I'll wait a little while, in case someone comes along who has experience of this. I'm OK with the 1TB 5400rpm, it's just a little slow.
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07 Jul 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by clemenzina View Post

EDIT - or maybe I'll wait a little while, in case someone comes along who has experience of this. I'm OK with the 1TB 5400rpm, it's just a little slow.
OK, nothing wrong with that. I'll admit to not having any experience with mSATA, but I don't know why that would be different than an ordinary SSD.

Yeah, imaging means burning disks or bootable flash drives, so a clone is worth a shot.

I assume that mSATA gizmo did not include any type of cloning software?

Additionally--you might take a look at Macrium to make a clone. It's very well thought of and is noted for clarity and a straight-forward interface. Unless you are wedded to EaseUS for some reason.
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07 Jul 2014   #7
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

The "cloned partition on another disk" will be the mSATA you cloned too, so yes it does need to be active. This shouldn't affect the original drive.
Be sure the system is capable of booting from the mSATA slot, not all can and are used for drive caching only.
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07 Jul 2014   #8
clemenzina

W7 Pro 64-bit | W10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post

I assume that mSATA gizmo did not include any type of cloning software?

Additionally--you might take a look at Macrium to make a clone. It's very well thought of and is noted for clarity and a straight-forward interface. Unless you are wedded to EaseUS for some reason.
No cloning software with the mSATA - it's a Crucial M550, it did come with a couple of screws though. I've cloned an SSD before but with Acronis, which I don't have any more and it's not free. I remember that being very straightforward but do not remember any detail.

I have Macrium and have got thus far with it (see attached). I haven't yet seen anything about catering for SSD - maybe it's not necessary? Also, they use the term "copy" rather than "clone" - is that a different procedure prior to cloning, or is it the cloning itself?

I appreciate your attention, Ignatz.


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07 Jul 2014   #9
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

If you put a Macrium image on the mSATA (called Restore) it will make the needed modifications to it, alignment, setting active, formatting, etc.
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07 Jul 2014   #10
ignatzatsonic

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I've done lots of imaging with Macrium, but no cloning.

OK, just saw your new picture.

You're already into the "cloning" choice, so I'd figure that you just highlight the partitions you want to clone (copy) and choose next. "Copy selected partitions".

You need to include the system reserved partition as well as C.
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