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

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Free way to clone HDD to SSD?

Is there a free way to clone a full Windows 7 installation from HDD to SSD? (The free part is important, I know I can pay for Acronis True Image.) SSDs are usually much smaller than HDDs which ...
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Good block size for disk cloning with diskdump (dd)

I use dd in its simplest form to clone a hard drive dd if=INPUT of=OUTPUT However, I read in the manpage that dd knows a blocksize parameter. I was wondering whether there is an optimal value for ...
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What must be changed for cloned Linux systems?

When cloning Windows systems, it's fairly well-known that one should run sysprep before creating an image. This way, when the machine starts up, it will reconfigure itself for its new environment: ...
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Imaging new hard drive in Windows 7 laptop?

I'm upgrading my Windows 7 laptop to a new hard drive. How can I clone or image the old hard drive over to the new hard drive, so that it looks like nothing has changed (other than the new hard ...
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Why does a cloned Windows 7 BCD contain incomplete data (and, therefore, prevent booting)?

I have had the misfortune to need to clone a dual-booting Windows XP/7 box to replace its hard drive with a smaller one. I had great trouble getting it to boot and would like to understand what's ...
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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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Windows 7 - Cloned partition onto 2nd disk (in same machine) won't boot

Notes: using a MacBook Pro 2011, UEFI and GTP. Replaced the DVD drive in my laptop with an SSD (disk 2). Installed Win7 onto the new SSD, which worked fine. Decided to clone Win7 from disk 1 onto ...
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Clone a Hard Disk Content to Another Hard Disk

I subjected my hard disk ( C drive) to a scan disk and found that there was a 12kb of bad sectors, I now consider that disk to be unreliable, and am looking forward to transfer all my data to another ...
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How to clone entire VirtualBox OS to a new PC (real-hardware)?

The situation is; I am running a web server (Ubuntu 10.10 server) on virtualbox v.4 inside Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop and now I want to clone entire web server on my brand new PC. Please help me with this, ...
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Clone hard drive to another, smaller hard drive

Is there a good tool/program that allows me to clone a system drive to another, smaller hard drive? I've bought a new 64GB SSD drive and would like to move my current Windows 7 Professional 64-bit ...
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Does cloning a hard drive also copy over errors like bad sectors?

For example, I have Windows 7 on a hard drive where SMART reports "many bad sectors". If I buy a new hard drive, and attempt to clone over Windows to the new hard drive, will that fix the problem so I ...
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can Windows 7 clone the OS HDD to new SSD?

can Windows 7 clone the OS HDD to new SSD? i.e have a new SSD to introduce for the main OS in my windows 7 PC, and it is of a different size to my existing HDD...
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Copying an HDD to an SSD?

I am thinking about buying an SSD in the near future for my notebook. Is it possible to copy all files from an HDD to the new SSD, without having to format everything and install all apps again?
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Can I resume an interrupted disk image done with dd?

I am going to reinstall my system and I want to backup it first. There is an 80 GB HDD with Ubuntu and 750 GB HDD on which I want to put image. So, I run a live CD and use dd to transfer my sda to ...
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Clone drive in Windows

I have two 2 TB external USB hard drives, call them HD1 and HD2. HD1 is USB 2, HD2 is USB 3. Each drive contains exactly one NTFS partition. I want to clone HD1 to HD2, because it's newer and much, ...
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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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Clone Hard Disk Software [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What utility can move my Windows boot partition over to another hard drive? Can someone recommend some software (free or opensource) that will allow me to make a clone ...
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Image Hard Drive with Bad Sectors?

I have a hard drive with important data on it. I have Spinrite running right now and it has located lots of bad sectors so its pretty much toast. I would like to image the drive and get as much data ...
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Is it possible to clone only the software on a machine?

Is it possible to clone only the software installed on a machine? Obviously in order to copy it to an identical machine that doesn't have the software installed.
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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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How to clone VirtualBox VM?

I'm running Windows 7 64-bit and need to clone a VirtualBox VM of Windows XP Pro. How do you do this on Windows 7?
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How do I copy/clone a dynamic disk in Windows 7?

I have some dynamic disks (or "partitions" but they are not really partitions) that I want to copy onto spare hard drives. I tried using gpartd (and fdisk for that matter) from a linux live disc. All ...
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Disk copy of failing drive with Fedora 14

I have a WD disk drive of 1 Tera Byte capacity with Fedora 14 installed. On it I also have Virtual Box with a Windows XP guest installed. Now BIOS startup and Fedora is reporting that disk failure ...
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Full system clone, snapshot using rsync

I have automated backups running on my ubuntu box using rsnapshot (rsync) basically following this tutorial. My concern is how to restore if everything is lost. Since it does not seem that I can ...
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Is there a way to do a sector level copy/clone from one hard drive to another?

Without going into distracting details, I'm attempting to duplicate the contents of the 500GB drive in my MacBook to another 500GB drive. But this is turning out to be an unexpected hassle because the ...
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How to clone a Hard Drive to a slightly smaller Hard Drive?

I have a hard drive which is 153 GB with 116 GB free space. I would like to clone this drive to a hard drive which is a 149 GB big (this is the largest hard drive I have... It would be typical that my ...
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How do I clone a RAID 0 array to a single disk?

Situation: One empty 120GB SSD Two 60GB SSD's is RAID 0 containing a Windows 7 installation The RAID is firmware-based (a.k.a. fakeRAID) which means it requires a driver for it to be seen by an ...
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Can you successfully clone a Mac OS X boot volume directly to another larger volume with ddrescue?

Can you clone a Mac OS X boot volume (specifically a "Mac OS Extended, Journaled" a.k.a. JHFS+ volume) directly to another, larger volume using ddrescue or even dd, and have the target volume end up ...
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How do I make a VMDK format virtual hard drive from a physical partition on a disk?

I have a 320 GB HDD, which actually only has an 80 GB NTFS format partition which was being used by a Windows 7 system ... I want to create a VMDK format clone of this partition, so that I can use it ...
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Can Clonezilla clone a computer that is running live over a network? Can anything?

I saw a similar but not duplicate question. Is it possible to use Clonezilla to clone a computer over the network? Now I have to boot into the CD like always, but wondered if it could be done. If ...
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How to copy a DVD on Mac

Is there any software (preferred free) which allows me to copy a DVD (Disk to Disk copy)? I have installed Burn, but it does not seem to let me do what I need. Thank you.
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Can I clone a Windows 7 virtual machine without having to reactivate it?

I'm using Virtual Box under Debian and want to create a Windows 7 virtual machine. I'd like to be able to clone it (in case I mess up something and need to reset it later), but have read that clones ...
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Copy a “Bad” Drive to a New Drive

I have a bad 500GB drive that has important data on it. The drive gives loads of Error 51 warning messages in the XP event logs but in disk management the drive shows as healthy. I'm wondering if I ...
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Can I Use My Linux Box As A 'System Imaging' Server? (i.e., Norton Ghost Server?)

I'm curious if anyone has accomplished the following, or knows a good terse description of how to set up the following. I'd like to set up a Linux server that is able to clone PC's over the network, ...
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eth0 not starting on boot after Virtualbox clone

After cloning my CentOS VM in Virtualbox (I used the Reinitialize the MAC address of all network cards option), the original and the clone VM both now has 127.0.0.1 as their IP. Anyone knows how to ...
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How can I clone a hard drive directly to a vdi image

I would like to make a VirtualBox .vdi image out of my hard drive. I've found howto's online that describe doing this by first usind DD to create a .raw image, then using VBoxManage to convert the ...
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I want to make a fully bootable clone of my hard drive with no boot cd or dvd

I want to make a fully bootable clone of my Windows-XP or Windows-7 hard drive with no boot cd or dvd so that in the case of a catastrophic hard disk failure I can just take my "clone" and install it ...
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Can I clone a hard disk to one from a different maker?

We have cloned a hard disk from Hitachi to hard disks from Western Digital of the same size. The systems with the cloned drives worked well for a couple of weeks, but now we're getting disk errors on ...
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How do you clone a Windows 7 installation?

I am getting a new laptop and wish to "move" my desktop installation exactly as I have it on my desktop to my laptop. I imagine that drivers will be an issue, but beyond that, how do I do a clone?
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Clone Windows partition from Linux

So I've got a 120 GB Intel SSD, with a partition for Windows and another for Ubuntu. Ubuntu is my main OS, Windows is for gaming. But now I'm looking to install Mac OS X, and I'd like it to be on the ...
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Quickly clone a microSD card

is there an easy and quick way to clone all data from one microSD card to another? I want to periodically backup contents of my phone card to a backup one, and as I have a lot of small files on the ...
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Backing up to smaller drive

In a few hours I'll have a new 500GB Sony laptop, filled with the usual Sony rubbish which I'll promptly be replacing with Ubuntu or Crunchbang or something. However, first I want to make a full clone ...
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dd clone hard drive: Input/Output Error though “chkdsk” says OK

I've used dd to clone hard drives before using 'dd' and a live cd, but have run into a problem. The issue: dd fails with an "Input/Output Error" on /dev/sda3 , even though windows "check disk" ...
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Does cloning clone also the old MAC address?

If I clone my Linux system to other computers will this also clone the old MAC address to the new computers? EDIT: due to the answer below I really know what is a MAC address... And sure Linux is ...
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Am I the victim of internet service theft from a cloned modem?

I purchased a modem from someone on craigslist to use for my new cable internet service. The modem appeared to be unused and in brand new condition. However, the sticker on the box with the modem's ...
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Lost hard drive space after clone

I'm running XP and just cloned the current hard drive to a new SSD. After cloning my new SSD is exactly the same size as the drive I cloned from (80GB) - not 128GB as it should be. I assumed there ...
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How do I “clone” a user account, i.e create an account using another account as default settings in Windows

Is there a way to create a new user account in Windows (Server 2008 R2 we are using, but Windows 7 would be much the same I'm sure) using another one for default settings? I.e. let's say I have an ...
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Migrating Dual Partition HDD to Solid state drive

My current Configuration is a Macbook Pro 15" early 2008 with a 100gb HDD and I'd like to replace this with a Solid State Drive. The tricky part is that I have an OS X partition and a Windows 7 ...
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Why did MAC-Adress Cloning Fix My Router?

I have a Belkin router, and about a year ago, I suddenly lost my internet connectivity from Comcast. The internet worked fine when I plugged it right into my laptop, so I just ignored it. When I ...
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Should I be using snapshots or clones for my purposes?

I have a VirtualBox machine representing a "clean" install of my OS. I would like to use this VM for several types of machines - one for simple games, one for programming, one for my audio editing. ...