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Windows 7: HDD cloning time

13 Dec 2014   #11
spike999

(3 comps)Win7-1 ea. Home Premium 32,Home Premium 64,Pro 64
 
 

I use XXCLONE (free). It doesn't care about drive size as long as there's enough room for the data. Makes a bootable copy in less than an hour for around 100GBs. When my system goes south I just swap SATA cables, update from last time I swapped them, and then send new copy to the old, replaced drive. It's pretty much painless.


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13 Dec 2014   #12
gregrocker

 

Never heard of it. I'd use Macrium as suggested. You can try to clone with it first and then if that becomes a problem, save a backup image instead to recover using the boot disk. It's good to have the disk for rescue anyway.
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14 Dec 2014   #13
tinmar49

w7 ult 64 and w7 hp 64 X 2 mint 64 8.1 64 10wtp 64
 
 

I am hoping to use a free program as it is a once only thing. Cloning seems to be a bit iffy as I have just tried Mini Tool Drive Copy, Drive Clone and Macrium Reflect and all have failed. I have turned off all power saving and cool and quiet. WEI is 6.2 7.2 4.6 6.3 5.9 , a slow graphics card should not affect things. SATA3 throughout. At the moment, I am running Easus Todo backup free 7.5, still running after 1 1/2 hours with no end in sight.
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14 Dec 2014   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Use imaging. That always works.
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14 Dec 2014   #15
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Did you shrink C so it would fit on the SSD ?

Did you try windows native imaging ?
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14 Dec 2014   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Brian is right. For cloning, the partition sizes matter. They have to be equal or smaller to the SSD size. For imaging, the partition size does not matter - at least not with Macrium.
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14 Dec 2014   #17
tinmar49

w7 ult 64 and w7 hp 64 X 2 mint 64 8.1 64 10wtp 64
 
 

Yes. I shrunk C so that it was just smaller than the ssd. I have let Todo continue, it is 3hours 22 minutes so far and the estimated time to go has slowly increased to 2 hours 26 minutes so far. If this fails, I will try the imaging route.
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14 Dec 2014   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Something is strange. It should not take that long - unless you do that on a bicycle.
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14 Dec 2014   #19
tinmar49

w7 ult 64 and w7 hp 64 X 2 mint 64 8.1 64 10wtp 64
 
 

Could my windows background, which is set to change every ten seconds be the problem?
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14 Dec 2014   #20
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Clean install is more straight forward and less frustrating
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