Cloning WIndows 7 to a larger hard drive...?

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       #11

    Thanks for the huge help guys :) - another quick question - about to try checking the SATA drive using that WD tool on a DOS-formatted flash drive - does the drive have to be partitioned at all for the WD tool to work...?
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  2.    #12

    Not that I know of. Try it the way the drive is now.
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  3. Posts : 142
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
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       #13

    Running an extended scan as we speak, seems to be scanning fine without a partition, so I shall let it continue! I'll let you guys know if all works out, although I probably won't do the cloning until tomorrow evening, it's 11:30pm here right now...
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
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       #14

    Hi guys, once again - thanks for all the help!

    Just a quick note as it HAS been quite awhile since I've used a cloning tool. When I clone my 80gb drive to my 160gb drive, is there any risk of Data Loss somehow on my 80gb? I'll be doing the cloning, then perma-installing the 160gb and taking the 80gb out, but I won't be wiping the 80gb for awhile until I know the 160gb is fine, so I want to be certain that the 80gb will still be a good backup in case something goes awry...?

    I've got the latest version of CloneZilla AND Acronis now, so I'll be trying the actual cloning later tonight....not sure which software I'll use yet though. I'm more familiar with CloneZilla, but as it's a WD drive, maybe I should use WD's recommended software...
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  5.    #15

    Shouldn't be any way to affect data on your source HD.

    It's good to have two choice so if one doesn't work perfectly you can try the other. I have never tried CloneZilla but have reliable results with Acronis. Be sure to read the Manual first available on the download site.
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  6. Posts : 142
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
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       #16

    Reading the manual now! Seems pretty straight-forward! So Acronis runs from within Windows...?

    Is it safer to do an exact clone to the new drive and then manually enlarge the partition on the clone disk later, or should I let Acronis try to automatically do it?
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  7.    #17

    On page 84 it shows how to create bootable rescue media and on page 88 it shows how to create a bootable flash stick.
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  8. Posts : 142
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
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       #18

    Just a quick note to say the cloning has gone perfectly and I am typing this from my cloned 160gb! Thanks for the help guys! :)
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