A clone is a replication, or an exact copy, of something.

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What is the difference between a Windows system image and a clone?

What is the difference between a system image (generated using Control Panel -> Backup and Restore -> Create a System Image) created in Windows 7 SP1, versus creating a clone using a tool like ...
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Is it possible to repair the boot sector on an external hard drive?

Is it possible to repair the boot sector of an external hard drive without a Windows installation disk, without any CD-burning capabilities, and without a USB key drive? In other words, I have an ...
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Cloning HDDs from a hardware RAID array?

Is it possible to clone the individual disks of a hardware RAID to get a copy of the contained array? I have an Adaptec RAID controller. I put it offline, attached the RAID member HDDs to a regular ...
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How can I transfer Windows from a partition of an existing hard drive to a new (smaller) SSD?

I have a 500 Gb hard drive currently split into two partitions: +---------------------+--------------+ | Data (D:\) | System (C:\) | +---------------------+--------------+ Now, I just ...
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Can a partition size be changed between cloning and restoring the clone?

I need to do a full backup of a boot partition of Windows 7. I want to be able to restore it if needed. My understanding is that the only way to do this is to clone the partition byte-for-byte using ...
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How to Clone a Windows 7 Partition to a new Hard Drive?

I just bought a ssd drive and I have 2 partitions. 1 is for work and one is for personal. I did a fresh install for my personal partition. However for work I want to make a clone(it would be a huge ...
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Clone only space in use from hard disk

Can I use dd, rsync, clonezilla or any tool to clone only space in use in my hard disk in Linux? I need to do a backup from a 1 TB HD (with only 2 GB space in use) into a 500 GB HD.
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What is the point of using a template as opposed to clonning a VM?

I've red this article published by VMware and this blog post and neither actually explain what a template is. Why would one bother making and using a template, why not keep cloning a base image?
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DISM fails with 'There is not enough space on the disk.' while capturing an image

I use DISM to capture images and store them on a network disk. I use a standard 32bit WinPE 4.0 environment to capture them. My current path was set to i:\images and I executed the following command: ...
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Clone MacBook to an image usable on Windows VM?

I have a MacBook (running Yosemite) and was wondering if there was a way I can clone this so I can use it on my Windows machine as a VM (VMWare)? Is this something permissible?
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How to clone USB stick so the second one is also bootable like the first one?

I have a bootable USB stick with Acronis True Image and i want to copy it to another USB because right now the situation is like this: 1st. 16GB USB stick = Acronis True Image 2nd. 2GB USB stick = ...
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Can ddrescue's sparse option facilitate cloning a drive to a smaller destination drive?

Can ddrescue be used to clone a drive from a larger disk to a smaller one via the --sparse option? This discussion outlines the steps of using ddrescue to clone drives and the importance of using the ...
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Can you clone a larger drive onto a smaller drive (used space fits on the smaller)

I have a 500GB drive which is about 50GB full. I got a 80GB SSD, which has 74.5GB of available space. I want to clone the system drive onto the SSD. DriveImage XML will not let me copy a larger ...
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How to externally access the parent hard disk after cloning it and using the clone as primary internal drive

I have cloned my internal HDD C-drive (parent) to an internal SSD (clone) and I am now running my laptop (Windows 10) on the clone SSD. I have kept the parent as a backup HDD. Now I wish to access ...
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sysgrep and CopyProfile=true not actually copying profile or seems to be doing anything in Windows 8.1

I've been trying loads of times to build a reference windows-installation on a PC, with user customizations and installed software, and then deploy it on another PC, with different hardware. This ...
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Cloned HDD has boot, pagefile and crash dump on a non-'System' partition. Could that indicate an issue?

I cloned my old laptop (Win7, HP) HDD onto a new one using Seagate Discwizard. After some initial glitches, the cloned HDD seems to be booting normally and working fine in general (I have had it ...
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Good free way to clone a hard drive or a partition and send the image over the network (through FTP, Windows file sharing, “anything”)?

What I ideally would like is a free software solution which can: Boot from a CD/DVD/USB-stick and Clone a complete hard drive or a partition and Send the resulting image file over the network ...
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Migrating Windows 7 to a new drive, cloning the encrypted HDD to SSD

I have laptop with Windows 7. The whole drive is encrypted with Bitlocker. I want to switch magnetic hard drive to SSD. How can I mirror the entire system onto the SSD with the LEAST amount of user ...
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Cloning a HD vs. Copying Files - Which is faster?

Which is faster if I wanted to copy all files on a 6 TB hard drive to an 8 TB external hard drive? Cloning the 6 TB hard drive with Macrium Reflect or copying all files with UltraCopier? I noticed ...
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Cloning a drive with clonezilla yields error when cloning to disk of same size

I have 2 x 500 GB drives. One is out of the box new and is on a USB external mount. The other is the source drive in my laptop. When I use Clonezilla, I get an error saying The destination drive is ...
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Clone HDD to SSD

I currently own two 1 TB HDDs. I would like to replace my primary HDD with a 500GB SSD due to the decrease in pricing. However, I would like to clone my primary HDD after removing some data so that ...
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Slow SSD speeds when cloning disks?

I am making a disk-to-disk clone using CloneZilla where both source SSD and target SSD are connected to the computer using SATA-3. Both drives are from the same Vendor and have the exact same size ...
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Microsoft Office 2010 keeps freezing after Windows 7 cloning

I clone Windows 7 installation with all programs together with Microsoft Office 2010. After applying image to new PC - all Office programs freeze after a few minutes of running and I have to force ...
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Moved windows to other drive, now it fails to boot, why?

Long time ago, I decided to install linux to my laptop. I had windows 8.1 on my ssd1, with EFI boot, and I made a copy of that ssd using dd command, while booted from usb stick: dd if=/dev/sda of=...
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OSX: How can I clone a larger hard drive to a smaller one?

I'm replacing my spinning disk drive with a smaller SSD, because it should make my system much faster[1]. The data I have on the larger drive will fit on the smaller one. So far, I've done the ...
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VirtualBox cloned vdi starts but no display

I have virtualbox, host win7 and guest ubuntu 14.0.4. I created a fixed sized vm, then I cloned the fixed sized vm to a standard sized vm(dynamic). It worked perfectly, with only a message referring ...
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Can i clone a running vbox machine? [duplicate]

Is it possible to clone a running VBox machine? I need this because I can't turn off the machine during its purpose so I was wondering if something like that is possible? I tried by cloning the ...
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How to Move / Migrate a Hard disk with multiple bootable partitions to Larger size?

Currently I am using a 320gb hard disk on my laptop. I have a newer 500gb one. I decided to migrate the 320gb HDD and its contents into the 500gb one. Problem is that my 320gb HDD has multiple ...
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How do you make a drive bootable that should already be bootable

How do you make a SSD bootable after cloning it from a working Windows 7 HDD? Every time I reboot the Samsung NP-RV510 laptop with only the cloned SSD, I get the same error message for the past two ...
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clonezilla cloning partition to partition doesn't work for Linux

First dd command would not help here. In my case I don't same size hard disks to clone. Primary HDD: 500GB(around) but its not filled. It has only 20GB OS Linux External HDD: 320GB(around) I wish ...
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Clonezilla fails at cloning with mismatched GPT and MBR partition

I got this message: This disk contains mismatched GPT and MBR partition: /dev/sda Clonezilla's FAQ says: You might have installed an OS with GPT partition table, and later overwrite the ...
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Bootable Clone Hard Disk Drive Utility [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I easily copy or clone a Windows boot partition onto a new hard drive? My computer's 1TB hard drive failed not too long ago and I got a replacement from Western ...
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how to boot from a system that was cloned from usb HDD? [closed]

i cloned my 100mb partition and c partition into an usb HDD when i boot from my usb HDD it logs into the original system
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Boss is getting my emails in sync withn mine [closed]

I recently took some time off due to medical condition, My boss has been receiving all my emails and often replies to my clients on my behalf and calls me regarding some of the mail received. I feel ...
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Change Windows 10 installation from one physical drive to other

I have an old PC with a HDD of 500GB with Windows 10 installation and is almost 90% filled with. The HDD is now fairly old and response time of Windows has become too slow. I am planning to upgrade PC ...
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Why disk clone using dd takes more space then actual data size?

I'm trying to clone a disk using dd command. My input disk size is 1Tb which is only 10% filled. My Output disk size is 300Gb which is more than I expected to clone. But after my cloning got over, ...
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way to automate git repositories cloning

I have to clone several repositories on the VM-s and then building software on them. I have pretty nice build script but there is one issue. Before build, several repos should be cloned, and after ...
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Acronis Disk Director AFTER Clone Disk error: PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable

Used Acronis Disk Director 11 on my desktop, plugged in the laptop drive 240GB SSD (USB) and the new hard drive 500GB SSD (usb) and the copy seemed to be fine. I didnt see any error messages but I ...
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Vertex 2 SSD is running faster than my Vertex 3 SSD?

I used Acronis Disk Director to do a direct clone of my C:\ windows 7 x64 drive from my Vertex 2 to my new Vertex 3 SSD (Just to show the drive software winstall everything is identical.) I ran a ...
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How do I restore the operating system using Acronis?

I have made a backup using Acronis 2010. And I've tested it on vmware. And I'm having problems booting up the dual boot vm. After restoring from the .tib file. What do I do?What other software that ...
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Acronis Migrate Easy Work With Windows 7

I recently purchase a bigger seagate sshd drive to replace the currently smaller one in my laptop. I have been looking around for free alternatives that will clone everything including the OS (...
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Can I use Acronis to create and sync a mirror of my main drive?

Having had a complete disk failure the other day, and spending two days getting everything back to normal (read: i had backups of data, but re-installing apps and a million little configs were the ...
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Image hard drive containing Acronis Secure Zone

I'm trying to image the hard drive which has System, Windows and Acronis Secure Zone partitions. On my original machine I have recovery menu prompt ["Please press F11..."]. I'm able to image it over ...
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Is there a way to clone a hard drive to a smaller hard drive? [duplicate]

The Issue: The issue I have is that I have several hard drives ALL 250GB, however, they vary ever so slightly on the amount of sectors. When cloning with CloneZilla on Parted Magic, I get the volume ...
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Replace hard drive with new one on different connector

I have a small 300GB hard drive (data, not OS; some programs) which is getting full, and I've ordered a 2TB drive to replace it. I would like the replacement to be seamless - that is, I plan to clone ...
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Clonezilla failure when cloning and shrinking with a SSD destination

I'm trying to replace a HDD with a SSD of slightly smaller size. The machine runs Windows 7 and has two partitions. The source HDD is 250 GB has the two partitions, and about 60 GB of the HDD is in ...
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How to clone a floppy boot disk to a hard drive and make it bootable?

I'm trying to preserve some old bootable floppy disk by trying to clone it to a hard drive (disk C:) to run on the same hardware. (Important note: The hardware shall remain the same. I cannot use a VM ...
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Why does Windows Search “Indexing Options” select the wrong drive if it's cloned?

I cloned a Windows 10 HDD to a Samsung SSD using "Samsung Data Migration Software". I then installed a fresh copy of Windows 10 on the SSD. The SSD is now C: and the HDD is D:. When in Control Panel, ...
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I cloned a working Windows 7 disk, but it won't boot

I'm trying to clone my Windows 7 computer to a larger SSD. Using GPARTED, I have: Written a 'MSDOS' partition table to the new disk. Cloned the 100MB "System Reserved" partition. Cloned the larger ...
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dd clone HD to SSD?

I have a home machine running windows 7, and i'm wondering if it would work to do a dd if=/dev/${oldSataSpinningDisk} of=/dev/${newSSD} to clone the contents of the current system running on a SATA HD ...