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Windows 7: Cloning a Hard Drive Questions

17 Jul 2010   #31
ignatzatsonic

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The original poster has no current intention of doing any imaging or backup or storing of anything.

He intends to clone, as he has said many times in this thread.

Does anyone reading this have first hand I say first hand experience with CLONING with the Seagate version of Acronis when the source drive was not Seagate?

Does anyone reading this have first hand I say first hand experience with CLONING with the Seagate version of Acronis when the destination drive was not Seagate?


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18 Jul 2010   #32
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
He intends to clone, as he has said many times in this thread.
We're already all aware of that.

We're already all aware of that.

Should I go on?

or smply mention the options were simply being pointed out since Acronis is an imaging and backup not cloning software to begin with! The program familiar to most by this time would be Norton Ghost.
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18 Jul 2010   #33
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

On Seagate site the Disc Wizard software states at least one Seagate or Maxtor disk is required. It also shows CLONING to a USB drive so I think the OP should have no trouble with his system. It has the option to erase the source disk or to leave it as is and as I have said it is better to leave it so at least for a while he will have a backup.

Jim
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18 Jul 2010   #34
GamerKingFaiz

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
It has the option to erase the source disk or to leave it as is and as I have said it is better to leave it so at least for a while he will have a backup.

Jim
Yeah, I plan on keeping the source drive as is for a week or two (maybe more), and see how the RMA'd drive works before I format the old drive, hopefully it doesn't die right after I format the old drive, hehe...

*knock on wood*
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18 Jul 2010   #35
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

That will certainly you there! For running any drive externally you may still want to consider a few of the other external enclosures particularly having better cooling to keep the drive temps down. One of the original complaints seen when the usb external HDs were first out was overheated drives failing on people.

As far as what Seagate is providing as far as what features you'll notice they use their own brand name on what they have there. The WD download is named Acronis not WD anything besides the WD version of Acronis.
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18 Jul 2010   #36
drum4life2death

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Disk Wizard should work fine for him. I used it on my old laptop to clone onto my self-installed seagate. I finally caughed up the $20 to get the pro features. I have yet to find something it cant do, or doesn't have a "wizard-tool" for. I wasn't intending on throwing him (you) any app, I just heard about. I have experience with this stuff.
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20 Jul 2010   #37
GamerKingFaiz

Windows 7
 
 

So I got the drive back in the mail today, and it still isn't being recognized in the enclosure. I decided to just pop it in the laptop and try installing Windows 7 on it (through DVD), and lo and behold, the installer did recognize the drive.

SO, I think this whole time the problem was the enclosure...
So I wasted the $5 bucks on shipping where I could've just spent the money and gotten an enclosure...
>_<

*sigh*

Is there anyway to clone the drive without an enclosure? Or maybe even resorting to imaging, if necessary?
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20 Jul 2010   #38
Computerguys

Windows XP Home, Professional, Media CenterWindows 7 Home, Professional, Ultimate
 
 

Why not????

What if you use casper latest edition, select

1) Auto
2) 80 as your primary
3) 160 as your target
4) Don't touch the auto partition
5) Ready to go

Whatz d problem??

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Is this what you mean:

You get the 160 back from RMA and put it back in the enclosure.

You then clone directly from the 80 notebook internal to the 160 as it sits in the enclosure.

And then remove the 80 from the notebook and replace it with the 160 from the enclosure.

And then put the 80 into the enclosure.

If that's what you mean, the only hangup I can think of is that maybe you can't clone to an external drive. That's quite possible. You can image to one of course, but cloning is a different operation.

Worst case scenario--you try it and fail.
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20 Jul 2010   #39
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GamerKingFaiz View Post
So I got the drive back in the mail today, and it still isn't being recognized in the enclosure. I decided to just pop it in the laptop and try installing Windows 7 on it (through DVD), and lo and behold, the installer did recognize the drive.

SO, I think this whole time the problem was the enclosure...
So I wasted the $5 bucks on shipping where I could've just spent the money and gotten an enclosure...
>_<

*sigh*

Is there anyway to clone the drive without an enclosure? Or maybe even resorting to imaging, if necessary?
Thats a bummer. First I would try the external in a different USB port if you have one. Or take it to a friend and plug it into his system and see what you get. That way you will know for sure. The other way is to put both drives in another computer (desktop) that has extra internal ports and then clone between the two. If you do this, do NOT boot from your drives. Threat them like extra drives.

Jim
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20 Jul 2010   #40
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

If you did go out and buy a separate enclosure rather using the ones you get with the drive itself you can find some that are worth the effort. Then you can take away the problematic enclosure you have at the moment and not worry about having something better.
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