Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: trying to clone my drive

05 Dec 2015   #1
Tylerr

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
trying to clone my drive

I'm trying to clone my current drive to a new ssd. Current windows 7 install is on a 232gb hard drive and i want to move it to a 220gb ssd.

running into problems though. Seems the hard drive is messed up any any clone i try to do in macrium just fails at 1% with the error read failed 22- broken pipe.

even tried to do a system image restore from within windows 7 itself after installing it to the ssd but it just gives me an error during that process with no information.

any help?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
05 Dec 2015   #2
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Try to image it (backup) from the WinPE Rescue CD and then restore it to the new SSD. This seems to have worked for many with that problem. ( Read Richie3000's post dated May 03, 2013 here Macrium Support Forum - Clone Failed - Read Failed 22- Broken Pipe)

Good luck.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Dec 2015   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Cloning to a smaller drive does not work because a clone is a physical copy of the whole file including all the empty space.

Imaging should work. One option is to download this Macrium WinPE .iso, burn it to a CD and work with that. It will make images and restore images.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

05 Dec 2015   #4
Tylerr

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Cloning to a smaller drive does not work because a clone is a physical copy of the whole file including all the empty space.

Imaging should work. One option is to download this Macrium WinPE .iso, burn it to a CD and work with that. It will make images and restore images.
macrium says that it does, my problem with the cloning is errors on the source disk.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Dec 2015   #5
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

As whs rightly said you cannot clone - which is a sector to sector one to one copying - a large drive to a small drive. But you can restore an Image of a larger partition to a smaller partition. My post also said use the WINPE Rescue CD to image and restore. WHS has that WINPE ready for you. You need not install Macrium Refelect and create a Win PE Rescue cd. Why are you not listening? And did you read the post in the Macrium Support site I had referred in my post?

After you restore the image if you have problem in booting, you can use the FixBoot feature in the WinPE Rescue CD.That OP had successfully done it. Upto you to take it or leave it. No better advice could be given.

(Actually could be given . Using ddrescue to clone your drive. But again to a larger drive. nkaufman did it Best method/tool for cloning a failing HDD for Data Recovery?
But that is an elaborate procedure. If the above simple procedure fails that will be your next stop.)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Dec 2015   #6
Tylerr

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
As whs rightly said you cannot clone - which is a sector to sector one to one copying - a large drive to a small drive. But you can restore an Image of a larger partition to a smaller partition. My post also said use the WINPE Rescue CD to image and restore. WHS has that WINPE ready for you. You need not install Macrium Refelect and create a Win PE Rescue cd. Why are you not listening? And did you read the post in the Macrium Support site I had referred in my post?
But Intelligent Sector Copy doesn't copy one to one, only whats in use.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Dec 2015   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I'd start by checking the integrity of your source HDD using Windows or better the manufacturers diagnostic utility.
I agree with the general comments on cloning from a larger to a smaller drive but Macrium does allow a drag & drop feature (is this "smart" cloning?). You could try it. Still I'd probably go down the standard Macrium imaging procedure.
For reference
Cloning a disk - KnowledgeBase - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Dec 2015   #8
Tylerr

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I'd start by checking the integrity of your source HDD using Windows or better the manufacturers diagnostic utility.
I agree with the general comments on cloning from a larger to a smaller drive but Macrium does allow a drag & drop feature (is this "smart" cloning?). You could try it. Still I'd probably go down the standard Macrium imaging procedure.
For reference
Cloning a disk - KnowledgeBase - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase
yeah i've been trying do to an image but it keeps failing verification.

going to try saving it to a different hd to see if that works
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Dec 2015   #9
Tylerr

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

i gave up trying to to use macrium, both images and cloning kept failing.

used EASEUS Todo Backup Professional 2.5 to do a clone and it finished fine.

though i did have boot problems, windows repair disk wouldn't do anything at all, i used the windows pe usb i made for macrium and it fixed the boot problems with one click. Also had to re-align the drive after cloning, apparently my old hd was at 31k. I used MiniTool Partition Wizard Free to do that.

I am currently typing this from the ssd, everything seems fine (knocks on wood)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Dec 2015   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Good job. You knew how to help yourself.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 trying to clone my drive




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Clone old drive, to new drive that already has Windows 7 installed?
Hi there. I am looking to move my 1TB of data (documents+games+movies+programs) to a 2TB harddrive (brand new harddrive). So what I want to do is to install a fresh Windows 7 onto the 2TB, and then I want to clone and copy over the 1TB harddrive's data to the 2TB harddrive, so that all of my...
Installation & Setup
Do I need to clone a drive that does not contain an OS?
So I have a storage drive that is pretty much dead and it contains some programs that I still use, like steam. And I was wondering if I could just copy and paste everything to a new drive and change the drive letter of the new drive to match the old drive instead of cloning. I'm curious, would that...
Backup and Restore
clone a hard drive to an external drive? or maybe a second pc
What I am attempting to do is clean up my wife's Toshiba L555 laptop. the problem is she can not be without it because of her work requirements. (her life is on that drive) so can I clone the toshiba drive onto another drive that she can work on till I get her laptop cleaned up? I am even willing...
Backup and Restore
Unable to Clone drive
I have an issue when trying to clone my main drive (a 64Gb SSD) whereby the clone fails shortly after starting with an Error code "Failed to prepare operations code: 10 'file system error is found' with extended code: 458,777 File record corrupt" . I am using Acronis but get the same result using...
Backup and Restore
Can't clone a new drive; can copy and rename drive letter work?
I recently bought a faster 2TB hard drive to replace my old 1TB 'games' hard drive. Unfortunately, the software that came with the drive (Seagate Disc Wizard) will not clone my 'games' hard drive onto the new hard drive. Every time I try the clone, the software tries to reboot the PC, thinking that...
Hardware & Devices


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 13:27.
Twitter Facebook Google+