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Windows 7: Clonezilla - cloning a drive to a partition

02 Oct 2010   #1
seduced

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Clonezilla - cloning a drive to a partition

Hey guys this is my first post on your site, I figured this would be the best place.

My dad passed away 2 years ago and he had a toshibia laptop, and today I've decided to start using it. I would like to reformat it to Windows 7 from Windows XP. I know this site is probably related to doing things for Windows 7 but it can't be much different.

He has a 80gb hdd with everything on one partition (thats how windows does it).
I would like to create another partition (~20gb, and I know how to do this) and have clonezilla clone the main partition and save it to the 20gb partition. This is because you can't clone and save to the same drive unless its partitioned. (I'm saying partition lot).

Anyway my fathers computer is very important to me, and having it remain intact as he left it is very very important to me. I know the easiest and most sarcastic response is to tell me not to use it, but I want to use this computer.

Does anyone have experience with clonezilla? Will it back up the ENTIRE HDD like it says it will, without missing any important documents and files scattered throughout the disc? And when I do finish the cloning, format, and at a later date restore using the image I copied, will it be like I never touched it?


Thanks guys, I appreciate your time.


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02 Oct 2010   #2
madtownidiot

 

Welcome to sevenforums..

There's always a significant risk of losing data when using a cloning program, and an even greater chance of corrupting xp when installing a 2nd operating system for the first time. What you propose to do wouldn't work anyway. If you really want to preserve the system as your father used it, I would recommend buying a new HDD and installing windows 7 to that instead... then store your fathers HDD in the antistatic bag the new HDD comes out of.

It's much easier to replace a HDD in a laptop than in a desktop. I can usually do it in less than a minute, with anything other than a Macbook. (although I've had a bit of practice)

Think about my suggestion for a while and if you decide to take my advice I can help you through the entire process.. even if you've never done it before
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03 Oct 2010   #3
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seduced View Post
Hey guys this is my first post on your site, I figured this would be the best place.

My dad passed away 2 years ago and he had a toshibia laptop, and today I've decided to start using it. I would like to reformat it to Windows 7 from Windows XP. I know this site is probably related to doing things for Windows 7 but it can't be much different.

He has a 80gb hdd with everything on one partition (thats how windows does it).
I would like to create another partition (~20gb, and I know how to do this) and have clonezilla clone the main partition and save it to the 20gb partition. This is because you can't clone and save to the same drive unless its partitioned. (I'm saying partition lot).

Anyway my fathers computer is very important to me, and having it remain intact as he left it is very very important to me. I know the easiest and most sarcastic response is to tell me not to use it, but I want to use this computer.

Does anyone have experience with clonezilla? Will it back up the ENTIRE HDD like it says it will, without missing any important documents and files scattered throughout the disc? And when I do finish the cloning, format, and at a later date restore using the image I copied, will it be like I never touched it?


Thanks guys, I appreciate your time.
Hello seduced, and welcome to Windows Seven Forums!

I have successfully used both Clonezilla and the Windows 7 "Backup and Image Utility" to save an image of my hard drive and restore it to another hard drive with no problems.

Here is a thread on Clonezilla: http://www.sevenforums.com/software/...ge-backup.html

Cheers!
Robert
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