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Windows 7: Cloning HD

09 Feb 2014   #1
bonkers72

Win 7 Premium 64 Bit
 
 
Cloning HD

I know there are some threads out there for this but I wanted to ask certain questions. Wanted to transfer my current HD to a SSD using Aconis True Home image 2012. Have my current HD all backed up as an image on an external HD. Question I have is there is a feature in Acronis that has "clone disk". Is this the one I use? Also the bootable media feature, I need to use this feature as well? Thanks for the help.


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10 Feb 2014   #2
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Bonkers, Acronis will clone your hard disk by booting from the recovery cdrom. Select the option to clone and it will work fine.
I have done it several times. I suggest that you give it a shot.

Rich
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11 Feb 2014   #3
bonkers72

Win 7 Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks for responding Rich.
Gonna need to be a little more specific . So I use the clone option in Acronis and go from there? The recovery CD rom? Do I need to make a bootable disk? Thanks for the patience. Any screen shots you can provide?
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11 Feb 2014   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Do I need to make a bootable disk
Yes, you need that recovery CD and boot the system with it. Then you navigate to the image and specify the SSD as target and off you go.
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11 Feb 2014   #5
bonkers72

Win 7 Premium 64 Bit
 
 

So looking at the Acronis program I need to to select the "create bootable media" and create a bootable CD ROM. Essentially........ is what it were doing here is taking information from my current HD and putting it on a CD Rom so we can boot my new SSD up? I don't need to install a new Win 7 OS do I ? Thanks for the help.
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11 Feb 2014   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I don't use Acronis, Aomei Backupper is free and excellent.

FREE Backup software for Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008 R2, 2012

The general principle with these things is to clone one drive to another, which is like directly copying one HD to another. You don't make a backup image in that scenario. Rich and whs suggest you do the operation from the bootable cd, instead of from within windows.

It is also possible to do the same thing in 2 steps. First, make an image of the source drive, second , restore that image to the other HD.

The program that does the copying ( or restoring ) is on the cd, not the contents of the HD , it wouldn't fit.
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11 Feb 2014   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bonkers72 View Post
So looking at the Acronis program I need to to select the "create bootable media" and create a bootable CD ROM. Essentially........ is what it were doing here is taking information from my current HD and putting it on a CD Rom so we can boot my new SSD up? I don't need to install a new Win 7 OS do I ? Thanks for the help.
No, No - this bootable CD contains the Acronis recovery program - nothing from your system.

Imagine your disk breaks and you cannot boot the OS anymore. You put a new disk in and attach your external drive with the images. But how are you going to get your image on the new disk - you have no operational OS. -- That is where the CD comes in. You change the BIOS boot sequence to boot from CD and run the PC with the program on that CD. With that you can place your image on the new disk.

In your case it would be the same if your PC were a laptop with only 1 disk. Once you take the HDD out and put the SSD in, you have no running OS.
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11 Feb 2014   #8
bonkers72

Win 7 Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Image, image.......getting close to understanding this thing. Image is everything on my old HD EXCEPT the OS (Win 7)? Thanks for coaching me along
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11 Feb 2014   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Image is everything on my old HD EXCEPT the OS (Win 7)
What do you mean by that. I am afraid I do not understand your logic.
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12 Feb 2014   #10
bonkers72

Win 7 Premium 64 Bit
 
 

When backing up my current HD as an image file with Acronis to an external HD, what exactly is doing. Backing up everything on my current HD? Do I need to load a new OS on my new SSD? Sorry for the confusion.
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