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Windows 7: How to clone a Windows OS partition with all the files, including temp

18 Mar 2015   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32 & 64 bit, Windows 8.1
How to clone a Windows OS partition with all the files, including temp

Hi all! I have got a 256 GB SSD and wish to use it for my OS and essential software (100 GB + 150 GB, C and D drives, in place of 50 and 150 GB in my current disk). I tried cloning my current 50 GB C drive on a 2 TB Seagate HDD using Acronis TrueImage Home Free and FarStone Drive Clone Free. Both copy the partition but leave out many files (temp files) even though I choose the appropriate options when I am asked to include or exclude temp files. (I would rather delete the temp files manually after cloning.) Is there a way or tool to clone the partition exactly as it is, temp files and all?

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18 Mar 2015   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

You could try imaging rather than cloning, although I'm not positive cloning would include temp files. I'd guess that it does.

Macrium Reflect Free Edition might do a better job than Acronis and Farstone. Never heard of Farstone.

Is the D drive intended for data only? Is that all the data you have or do you have another standard HDD for data, in addition to D?
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18 Mar 2015   #3

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

I'd also go with the Macrium reflect imaging option. Partition your destination SSD then do the drag and drop image restore shown here:
v5: How to restore a backup image (Restore, v5)
Alignment should be ok with the drag & drop but check. See the check here
SSD Alignment
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19 Mar 2015   #4

Windows 7 Professional 32 & 64 bit, Windows 8.1

Thank you, mjf. Will try out the various options in the weekend.
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