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Windows 7: True Image Drive Cloning

04 Mar 2011   #1
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
True Image Drive Cloning

This is one function of TI that I have never used before, and since a new hard drive just arrived, that I want to move ~ 800GBs of video files onto, so that I can RMA the drive that they are on, and I don't want to take any chances on those files being lost for any reason.

The new drive is twice the size of the old (2TB vs 1TB), and all of the files are in one partition on the old drive, and the same will be true of the new one. I have gone through the steps prior to committing the operation and it appears simple and easy, but appearances are too often deceptive, thus the reason for my post. Is there anything that I need to be aware of, that isn't obvious?


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04 Mar 2011   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If these are just video files and data files that you have stored, why not just copy and paste them?
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04 Mar 2011   #3
OldMX

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional / Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Install the second disk and partition / format it.

Then load a command prompt with admin rights:

robocopy x:\*.* y:\ /E /R:1 /W:1

that shoud copy all the files from one disk to another
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04 Mar 2011   #4
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
If these are just video files and data files that you have stored, why not just copy and paste them?
I suppose that I could, but when I have done that with much smaller number of files, it was pretty slow. Maybe TI would be just as slow, but I was hoping otherwise. Yet, this may be the thing to do.
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04 Mar 2011   #5
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OldMX View Post
Install the second disk and partition / format it.

Then load a command prompt with admin rights:

robocopy x:\*.* y:\ /E /R:1 /W:1

that shoud copy all the files from one disk to another
About the last thing that you said, that I understand, is about partitioning and formatting. I'm really bad about understanding command lines. What does each of those switches mean? At first, I thought that they represented drive letters, just using arbitrary designations, but since that line includes four of them, it throws me. In my case, I'm going to be transferring from drive M:, which shall become M: also, but I suppose that I will need to use a different label, until after the switching is complete.

EDIT: I've been going over the help section for robocopy and I think that I have figured it out. x:\ = source, *.* = anything and everything, y:\ = destination, /E = copy all subfolders, including empty ones, R:1 = number of retries, W:1 = delay between retries (since the default is 30 seconds, what does 1 =?). Other than the space after robocopy, is there any other, or is it all continuous? Lastly, just how reliable is this if properly entered?
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04 Mar 2011   #6
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

robocopy

or

robocopy

x:\ = source drive letter
*.* = all files
y:\ = destination drive letter
/E = Copies subdirectories. Note that this option includes empty directories
/R:1 = number of retries, default (if not specified) = 1 million retires before failing (per file)
/W:1 = Specifies the wait time between retries, in seconds. The default value of N is 30 (wait time 30 seconds).


As for reliability, well, that depends on your system and drives.

You could also try Teracopy or even Toucan
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04 Mar 2011   #7
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Reliability of a command line tool should be 100%...unless your computer or hard drive fails. I do tons of admin work with command lines. And robocopy is the primary tool that I use for my backups which really matter.
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04 Mar 2011   #8
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Reliability of a command line tool should be 100%...unless your computer or hard drive fails. I do tons of admin work with command lines. And robocopy is the primary tool that I use for my backups which really matter.
I think they are referring to the reliability of the data integrity transfer itself.
akin to CRC checking, etc.

The command line will execute the command just fine, what it does after that,,,
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05 Mar 2011   #9
jcahow

Multiple Windows x32 x64 Systems
 
 

The main reason for using the Acronis True Image or Disk Director products to Clone a disk is because they give you more options than a straight copy.

You can Clone a disk so that the destination partitions are exactly the same size as originals (including empty space), expand them proportionally as per the destination drive size (i.e. all twice as big), or lastly configured size wise any way you want (i.e. C: same size D: twice as big, E: half size).

I have used their products to Clone a number of drives under XP and never had any problems but have not used their newer versions under Win 7.............
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05 Mar 2011   #10
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

jcashow,

Thanks for the explanation. it good to know that there is a useful purpose for TI's Cloning feature.
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