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Windows 7: Problems after cloning C drive

17 Nov 2015   #21
magicant

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 w/latest updates
 
 

Thank you all. I will give macrium a try this weekend and let you know how it goes.


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18 Nov 2015   #22
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

In my experience, I have stumbled across one thing about any within-Windows cloning and imaging software:
such are dependent upon Windows explorer.exe and its "drive train" to be in excellent working order.
I've discovered: any problems within that "drive train," sometimes led to non-restorable backups.
It is best to periodically test any clone/image product by restoring a folder [and its files] to a test area.
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18 Nov 2015   #23
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote:
such are dependent upon Windows explorer.exe and its "drive train" to be in excellent working order
Very valid point magicant but lets see how it goes.
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18 Nov 2015   #24
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

My method and I do keep it simple.

1. I use Macrium which is installed on the "C" partition.
2. Clone the entire drive "C" is on.
3. Then boot (F8) into the Clone and test drive, kick the tires and look under the hood if I'm happy I unhook the Clone and get on with my life hoping I will not need the clone.

Note:
Their are other advantages to a Clone.
1. You can boot into it and update date Windows 7 and programs ever now and again.
If you have went through the 2 1/2 life times it takes to download and install Windows Update from scratch you will also like this method.
2. If the system goes down you can be up and running in the time it takes to hook up a couple of harness and tapping (F8).

If you are happy then just Clone the other data drives.

I told you I would keep it simple.
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18 Nov 2015   #25
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

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Then boot (F8) into the Clone and test drive, kick the tires and look under the hood if I'm happy I unhook the Clone and get on with my life hoping I will not need the clone.
Excellent Jack didn't know about - thanks
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21 Nov 2015   #26
magicant

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 w/latest updates
 
 

UPDATE:
So first I downloaded crystaldiscinfo and checked all my drives, including the troubled drive. All showed good health which led me to believe it was the docking station.

So I plugged the troubled drive into my computer directly (not using the dock), with my original C drive in there. I used macrium reflect free. It cloned in 15 minutes, while windows was running. I shut down, removed old C drive, put new drive in same location and rebooted. Everything was fine. No windows repair, windows update worked, no error messages with anything. So I guess the docking station is no good. I also recloned my D drive using macrium since I didn't trust it.

Thanks all for the suggestions.
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22 Nov 2015   #27
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Glad you got things working again.
If you want to make things a little easier and if you have the room a HotSwap 5 1/4 bay adapter for sata works great.
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22 Nov 2015   #28
magicant

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 w/latest updates
 
 

Was actually just looking at that on amazon and think I'm going to get one. Thanks
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22 Nov 2015   #29
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yep good it is fixed and for what it is worth I would invest in the USB / SATA adaptor too I use one all the time and they are cheap as.
NEW USB TO IDE SATA S-SATA Converter CABLE Adaptor w/ POWER - Newegg.com

There are a load of these on EBay too I have four now but the best being a Vantec I bought from my local supplier Vantec ? Vantec SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter - CB-ISATAU2 - 2.5"/3.5"/5.25" SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter a little more expensibve but the most practical.

Edit Here is one from EBay and the best type to get USB 3 0 TO IDE Sata S ATA 2 5 3 5 HD HDD Hard Drive Adapter Converter Cable POP | eBay
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22 Nov 2015   #30
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I like the idea of a HotSwap because their is no adapters required. Sata cable off the motherboard and a power cable off the power supply. I have one that is SSD/Hard drive and one that is dual SSD.
Never use the hard drive part. If I ever need it, it's there.
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