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Windows 7: HDD cloning time

12 Dec 2014   #1
tinmar49

w7 ult 64 and w7 hp 64 X 2 mint 64 8.1 64 10wtp 64
 
 
HDD cloning time

I have a new ssd to put my W7 on. The ssd is 240gb and the hdd is 250gb. I was hoping to clone Windows and everything else on the hdd (less than 100gb) using one of the free disk management programs. I started one and the estimated time got longer and longer until I aborted the clone. My power management is set to shut down after 5 hours at the moment so I thought it would be a waste of time continuing. How long does it normally take with a low end system?


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12 Dec 2014   #2
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Using Acronis True Image 2014, it takes me less than 30 minutes with my system.
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12 Dec 2014   #3
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tinmar49 View Post
I have a new ssd to put my W7 on. The ssd is 240gb and the hdd is 250gb. I was hoping to clone Windows and everything else on the hdd (less than 100gb) using one of the free disk management programs. I started one and the estimated time got longer and longer until I aborted the clone. My power management is set to shut down after 5 hours at the moment so I thought it would be a waste of time continuing. How long does it normally take with a low end system?
You could always transfer by image rather than by clone.

Might take 15 minutes to make the image and a half hour to restore it to the SSD.

Guessing maybe twice that long if you have a low end system.

What program did you use?
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12 Dec 2014   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. Use free Macrium- that has never failed yet

2. Make an image of all the partitions - cloning is iffy and does not work half of the time

3. You have to image to another internal or external disk (not the SSD). Depending on the speed of the disks that can take a full hour. But the good news is that you can continue working on the PC whilst Macrium writes the image.

4. The restore will equally take abot 1 hour. For that you need to boot with the Macrium WinPE CD. Rather than producing it yourself (which may take 2 hours) download the .iso from my OneDrive and burn it to CD. That takes only a few minutes and is the latest version.

5. Then boot the PC with the CD you produced from the .iso and follow the instructions in this tutorial.

6. Change the BIOS boot order to boot from the SSD and you are all set. Enjoy your new SSD.
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12 Dec 2014   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
1. Use free Macrium- that has never failed yet

2. Make an image of all the partitions - cloning is iffy and does not work half of the time...
"Curiouser and curiouser," said Jeannie. The only times I've had a clone fail was due to a messed up HDD format (easily fixed by reformatting the messed up HDD) and power delivery issues (a single USB port was unable to provide enough power to consistently run a 7200 rpm 2.5" HDD in an external enclosure (also easily fixed by using a USB cable with two connectors on one end that pulls power from two USB ports). Otherwise, I've had no trouble cloning with Macrium Reflect.
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12 Dec 2014   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

LF, you must be more skilled than me. I had my share of problems with clones - never had any problems with images though. When I want to clone, I use the Paragon Migration Tool. But I only recommend that to the OPs when things are desperate because it costs money.
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12 Dec 2014   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
LF, you must be more skilled than me. I had my share of problems with clones - never had any problems with images though. When I want to clone, I use the Paragon Migration Tool. But I only recommend that to the OPs when things are desperate because it costs money.
Me, more skilled than you? Dumb luck on my part would be more accurate. Heck, you've forgotten more about computers than I'll ever know! Ironically, you are the one I learned about Macrium Reflect from.

Even more ironic, I've had nothing but bad luck trying to use Paragon Migration Tool.
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12 Dec 2014   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I guess you win a few and you lose a few. And you are right - looking back to my 53 years with computers I really forgot a lot. But that 'old' stuff would not be useful any more these days. Who has word machines these days or even variable word machines or computers where the RAM is a drum.
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12 Dec 2014   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

53 years ago in computing they were using rocks to make holes in punch cards.

Wolfgang that is a very long time in computing. I can only imagine all the things you have dealt with in computing all those years.
By the way thank you for hanging in their and sharing your knowledge with us.
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12 Dec 2014   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That is very kind Jack. I like to be around the forums. It is fun and keeps my neurons active. Unfortunately it does not do much for my bones, LOL.
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