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Windows 7: Simple straightforward hard drive cloning software?


03 Jul 2012   #1

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Simple straightforward hard drive cloning software?

Does anyone know of a simple program that will allow me to clone a hard drive of about 800gb onto a partition on the same physical drive as the boot drive, while in the OS, without mounting DVDs and all that kinda thing?

Thanks

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03 Jul 2012   #2

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So you have a pc/laptop with only 1 harddrive (Windows 7 is on it)? You want to clone that drive. Correct?

New drive is larger? Nothing on new drive yet? Old and new drive both SATA or both IDE?
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03 Jul 2012   #3

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Please post screenhot of "disk management". With all fields visible of source harddisk (the disk you want to clone). After cloning you want to format old harddisk and use it for other purpose?
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03 Jul 2012   #4

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The drives are all internal 1tb drives from Western Digital in my current rig. I have a temporary install of windows on one of the drives with plenty of room left which I want to use for the backup of the old drive, a second drive with about 780gb of data, all of which I want a copy of. The image illustrates:



As you can see here:
http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...ml#post1987779
I am trying to get the old disk working, but failing that I will reformat and perform a fresh install of windows. That I can handle by myself, I just want to make sure I have a copy of everything on it before I do this.
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03 Jul 2012   #5

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you want to clone disk 0 to disk 2? Or do you want to backup E and G to disk 1?
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03 Jul 2012   #6

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Backup E and G to disk 1, sorry if that created confusion, I say clone because I am aware sometimes things that give you "backups" end up giving you giant files you cant use or something, I want an exact copy of all the files, but can't just use copy/paste because windows wont let me do this for many of the files, especially restricted ones such as the user files.
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03 Jul 2012   #7

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I think you want to backup E and G to disk 1. Correct? If so:Post disk management screenshot when done.
How to Move/Resize Partition with partition manager? Partition Wizard Move/Resize Partition Video Help. resize C changing the right partition border NOT the left, otherwise most likely system doesn't boot!
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03 Jul 2012   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomha View Post
Backup E and G to disk 1, sorry if that created confusion, I say clone because I am aware sometimes things that give you "backups" end up giving you giant files you cant use or something, I want an exact copy of all the files, but can't just use copy/paste because windows wont let me do this for many of the files, especially restricted ones such as the user files.
Copy/paste files is not what you want! You want sort of copy/paste partition. All info like file owner/security and registry settings should be saved
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03 Jul 2012   #9

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Well if you just want to break the sysprep process: try this when booting from old drive (new drive disconnected)
  1. When the error: Windows could not finish configuring the system. To attempt to resume configuration, restart the computer. Press SHIFT – F10. Don’t press OK.
  2. Start compmgmt.msc, enable the administrator user, or create an extra user with administrator rights. Or do net user yourusername /active:Yes
  3. Start Regedit
  4. Go to HKLM\System\Setup
  5. Clear the Cmdline value
  6. Reset the MiniSetupInProgress, SetupType and SystemSetupInProgress to 0 / zero
  7. Restart the machine
Post results
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03 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Im running the defrag now. In regards to your previous post, what did you mean by " You ant"? I can't quite tell what those last 2 sentences are trying to say due to that, I'm sure its just a typo, but none the less.

As for the sysprep process, I'll try that, but come to think of it, I would still like that backup. A fresh install would actually solve quite a few of my problems, at least having a backup allows me to easily do that by myself.
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