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Windows 7: Could the the WD Acronis cloning software of Windows-7 be flawed?

13 Dec 2016   #1
Mike Lynch

Vista Ultimate 64 and Windows-7 both are 64 Bit
 
 
Could the the WD Acronis cloning software of Windows-7 be flawed?

I just did a complete re-install of Windows-7. Yes, it took a long time but was badly needed. To begin the re-install, I used a Windows-7 install CD and allowed it to delete and write the new install over the existing "C" drive. Many hours later it finished with over 200 Updates. Then I used a freshly downloaded copy of the WD Acronis Cloning Software. I used it to clone from the original "C" drive to a new, never used, drive. The clone appeared to be successful. I then went to clone the new, "never used" drive to a second new, "never used" drive and it appeared to work also. Then I physically uninstalled the original "C" drive and replace it with the second cloned new, "never used" drive. It booted right up and I was happy for a minute or two. For what ever reason, I looked at the "properties" of my new boot drive. It was almost full. Certainly I thought, I needed to clean it up from the "debris" of the re-install of Window-7. I did and it remained almost full. I then opened the drive and to my surprise, files from the original "C" drive were on it! YIKES, I could see that after the Windows-7 re-install, maybe. I can not see it after two cloning operations. My suspicion is the WD Acronis Cloning Software version is flawed and is picking up debris remnants from a Partition on the original "C" drive. I am old and essentially stupid. I redid it and it produced the same results. Does anyone have any ideas as to what went wrong in my process, assuming I did something in error?


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13 Dec 2016   #2
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

"I used a Windows-7 install CD and allowed it to delete and write the new install over the existing "C" drive."
If, during Win 7 re installation, you don't delete all partitions, Win will save the old installation and make a new one.
You can then go to this Win old folder and delete all folders BUT not Win_old\Users and then move your files to your new C:\Users. Then delete Win_old\Users
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20 Apr 2017   #3
Mike Lynch

Vista Ultimate 64 and Windows-7 both are 64 Bit
 
 

Thank you for your feedback. it makes sense and I will use it.

Best regards,

Mike Lynch
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