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Windows 7: Hard drive cloning programs

16 Dec 2009   #11
hoganth

WinXP / Win 7 / Win 8.1 64bit Dual Boot
 
 
Cloning

I used MaxBlast5 downloaded from maxtor website. It is a limited version of Acronis True Image but has the cloning feature you are looking for. I originally installed win 7 rc on a 40 gig drive. I was able to clone to a bigger maxtor drive (120gb). Running for about 2 weeks now with no problems. I used the automatic settings and followed the prompts.
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17 Dec 2009   #12
Duker

win 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

Acronis messed up my MBR . I tryed Macrium reflect,it screwed up major .I just want to do an image so I can go to a bigger hard drive . Kelly
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17 Dec 2009   #13
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you had trouble with both those products - that is surprising.

If you want to make an image or clone , give Todo (free) a whirl - see if you can get that to work for you:

Free backup and restore software for system backup and restore, partition or disk backup and restore, disk clone and disk image under Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/2003/2008..


Paragon have a new program B&R 10. It has a couple of bugs they are working on - it will be truly excellent, like all Paragon products. You might also try that:

Free Backup Software: Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Free Edition - Overview
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17 Dec 2009   #14
TGSoldier

 
 

Acronis works great for me. You sure you're following the steps properly? There is an option to check the MBR. Make sure you have it checked.
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17 Dec 2009   #15
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Duker View Post
Acronis messed up my MBR . I tryed Macrium reflect,it screwed up major .I just want to do an image so I can go to a bigger hard drive . Kelly
I had a problem with Acronis when I backed up and tried to restore one of my Windows 7 machines.

It had 3 things it was backing up
--MBR
--100MB system reserved partitioin
--150GB C drive.

Turns out my problem was that when I was doing the restore, I wasn't marking the 100MB system reserved partition as Active...so after a restore I would get a message at boot saying BOOTMGR couldn't be found. Once I discovered that little trick, I was back in business.
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17 Dec 2009   #16
netomx

Windows 7 Professional x86
 
 

Have you tried these ones:


*GPARTED
*Clonezilla
*Selfimage
*PING
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17 Dec 2009   #17
harpua

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

Acronis, used properly, has always worked great for me, for both cloning and imaging.

But to fix an MBR problem, one can probably just boot from the Windows 7 installation disk and run startup repair.
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17 Dec 2009   #18
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harpua View Post
Acronis, used properly, has always worked great for me, for both cloning and imaging.

But to fix an MBR problem, one can probably just boot from the Windows 7 installation disk and run startup repair.
Yes, but if the System Recovery is not marked as Active...then you can run the fixmbr tools all you want and it won't resolve the issue. I spent a few hours thinking the problem was with my MBR...and I ran every repair utility and windows command line tool trying to get the box to boot. Eventually noticed that my 100MB "system reserved" partition was not set to active. Once I did that, the missing BOOTMGR.EXE went away.
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18 Dec 2009   #19
Duker

win 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

I ran Acronis twice and it screwed up the MBR twice, there is a thread about Acronis and Win 7 on this forum.I downloaded TODO and it is simple (supports Win 7) and seem to work.At least it did for meon 2 differnt computers,Win 7 home and 7 Pro. Kelly
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26 Oct 2010   #20
kevinlpugh

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
TODO is the BOMB!

Ghost wouldn't work, but TODO did!
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