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How to partition a hard drive for cloning? Clonezilla

I am running windows 8.1 on my desktop PC, which has two-3TB hard drives installed. The first drive is where windows is installed. It has one NTFS partition labeled "System Reserved", another NTFS ...
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Periodic slow performance after a clone from SSD to HDD

User was complaining about C: Partition size and refused to reduce his personal content on the drive. At the time he had a SSD and we only had spare HDD of larger size. All parties agreed to replace ...
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Failing to boot after disk cloning

I had the following configuration of partitions on old 160GB disk: /sda /sda1 - 100MB - NTFS - System Recovery (hidden Windows partition) /sda2 - 75GB - NTFS - Windows /sda3 - extended ...
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partclone.btrfs thousands of correctable csum errors

I just cloned a btrfs file system from one disk to another using partclone.btrfs --dev-to-dev. Afterwards, I mounted the cloned file system and started a scrub to see if everything is in order. After ...
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Why do I need to reregister DLLs?

I recently cloned a partition with Windows 7 on it. Hoping that it would work fine, I booted it successfully and was able to get it running except that I got something like "Interface Not Supported" ...
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512B to 4KiB (Advanced Format) HDD cloning with dd

What is the best practice to clone with a dd an existing 512-bytes-per-sector HDD (whole disk, not specific partitions) to a modern 4-kibibytes-per-sector Advanced Format drive? What options should be ...
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Do norton ghost has a feature similar to acronis one click restore?

Clonzilla and Acronis has this recovery program and pc image in one disk feature, does Norton have this feature too? if yes what is it call? i cant seem to find it acronis true image one click ...
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Cloning Cloned HDD's

One thing I do for my job team is create master hard drives for a software platform that they develop for. We get these installer disks that are inserted into a machine (laptops in this case), which ...
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Cloning a Linux software RAID and LVM setup to another computer

I need to create a number of (almost) identical Linux machines (Debian Wheezy) with software RAID and LVM. I'm thinking of creating a base installation and cloning that one to all machines. I tried ...
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ssd cloned to hdd won't boot in USB

I'm upgrading my SSD on my Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 notebook. In order to clone the original SSD, I wanted to first clone it to an external device, then boot the computer using the external device and clone ...
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Copying numerous drives to one HDD

In the last month I took out about 5 HDDs from my laptops and replaced them with SSD drives. Now these drives are very old, and the heads are worn out, so working with the data that's on them seems ...
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Can not mount copy of image file (ddrescue): “can't have a partition outside the disk”

I'm struggling for days now moving my old Windows XP installation to a new hard disk, because the old disk is failing. Long story short: I successfully created an image of the entire (failing) disk ...
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Disk Cloning and Drive Partition Tags

I have cloned my single HDD to a new, larger disk but am having trouble matching the drive status tags. The C: partition on the current drive is marked with the following tags: Boot, Page File, Crash ...
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Cloning two internal HDDs on to one external HDD as a backup

My Asus M51AC desktop PC has a 500MB HDD with pre-installed Win 8 (upgraded to Win 8.1), so I also installed a 1TB HDD with OEM WIN 7 Pro SP1. Can I copy/clone both HDDs to one backup 2TB HDD, so I ...
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Partitioning issue after HDD to SSD sector copy and swap in Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)

Recently decided to replace my nearly full 500GB hard disk drive with a 1TB SSD to breathe some new life into my mid-2010 MacBook Pro. I used a “toaster”-style drive cloner (Dyconn Dubbler) to do a ...
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Removing GRUB when migrating to SSD

I have an SSD that I would like to migrate windows to. It previously had Ubuntu installed. After reformatting the hardrive, then using cloning software to clone the windows onto it, I tried to boot to ...
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Is it possible to convert .vdi or .vhd into OS cloning images?

I think the question isn't so clear. I'm asking if it's possible to convert Virtual Hard Disk files (.vdi, .vhd, etc., including snapshots) into Acronis Images, so I could emulate the system, set the ...
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HD cloning without deleted files

After cloning a HD, I analyzed target HD and found deleted files from source HD (files which i deleted long before the cloning!). So, do you know what settings in Acronis True Image prevent copying ...
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How can I identify bad sectors on a hard drive to check if files are affected? [duplicate]

Last week a six year old Vista desktop blue screened with a registry error. Rebooting, it loaded fine. I ran SeaTools on the drive (Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB) and it said that I should replace the ...
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What needs to be done to a target hard drive before using Clonezilla for disk-to-disk bootable clone?

My 500GB hard drive reported a failure to Windows (I have Windows 7) and I want to clone this drive to a good 1TB drive before the 500GB drive stops working. I have been reading the manuals on how to ...
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Confusion while cloning the ubuntu

Currently I am working on an Ubuntu system (which is not mine). Now I have to create a backup on the other hard drive, such that I can replicate/install my whole system on the other system. After ...
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Is a cloning of a Hard disk into an img.gz image file a corruption safe backup?

I want to save all the files in my Hard Disk to install a new OS but most of the files are really precious to me. I decided to use dd, namely (following ...
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What does “parse junctions” mean when copying all files to another drive?

The free program Shadow Copy is supposed to copy all files from one drive to another, including system and hidden files, so the destination will also be bootable if the source was. There is an option ...
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Cloned Windows XP does not boot

I used DriveImage XL to do a disk-to-disk clone of an old copy of Windows XP. I took it from a failing hard drive that had two partitions (one for Windows, one for storage) and cloned it onto a new ...
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Moving Windows 7 to a new drive

I have a Win 7 64 bit system with two 1 terabyte drives - each with multiple partitions. When I built the machine 6 months ago, I repurposed an older drive as the primary drive, but this drive now ...
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Device for easy hard disk imaging

I am looking for a device of which I don't know how it should be called. The current situation is that we provide computer services and often have to take disk images of hard disks before doing ...
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Cloning SSD sector-by-sector to HDD for a “zero downtime” backup in emergency situations?

I have 120GB Intel 330i SSD drive that I initially migrated my data from stock 250GB WD hard drive to with Acronis migration tool that Intel supplied. Since SSD was only 120GB I had to do some cleanup ...
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BSOD after cloning data hard drive Windows Vista Ultimate

I have an issue with my current system not running properly after I clone my data drive to another, bigger hard drive. I have tried Acronis TruImage as well as a couple of other programs that I cannot ...
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Cloning drive to drive of same size in Ubuntu Server 12.04LTS

I'm trying to replace a 3.5in hard drive with a 2.5in hard drive inside a 1U server. The drives have the same capacity (250GB, 232GB formatted). It's been years since I've cloned a hard drive, and ...
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Need to install Win7 on 8 identical computers

I am putting together 8 new computers for my dentist. All brand new with exact same hardware. These are generic machines I am assembling with Gigabyte motherboards and not name branded computers. ...
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Cloning smaller flash drive to a larger flash drive

Short Version: How can you clone a smaller flash drive (8Gb) to a larger flash drive (16Gb) without losing the empty space on the drive? More Details: I have a 8Gb flash drive with files on it that ...
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How to clone a disk with laserlock protection?

I have a CD with laserlock protection. The disk is old and I want to make a backup. I use the disk for running a software, the disk needs to be inserted every time I launch the app. How can I clone ...
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Most faithful, accurate, lowest-level HDD imaging software? [closed]

I'm preparing to do archival imaging of a bunch of IDE/ATA HDDs (disk capacities range from 1 GB to 300 GB). I'll be using a Windows 8 machine to create the images, and afterward there must be some ...
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Clone Windows without deleting target drive's partition/files or formatting

I need to clone Windows and a couple other directories from a live drive to a backup drive. I need to do so without rebooting, without deleting any files, without deleting any partitions and have the ...
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Is it possible to move a 32bit laptop HDD (with win 7 already installed) to a 64 bit machine?

I have a HP laptop(32 bit machine), 160 GB HDD with windows 7(32 bit) and all programs, profiles etc ,set up to my liking. I would like to a move this HDD to a brand new Dell laptop(64 bit machine) ...
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Clonezilla/partclone of an NTFS partition sees too much used space

I'm cloning an HDD using Clonezilla (which in turn uses partclone). When it reaches an NTFS partition of mine, it thinks the partition has many tens of GB of used space, despite the fact that the ...
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Disk clone: Is it possible to speed up entire process?

I have two identical USB 3.0 hard disks (750GB). One of them is empty and i want to use it as mirror of first disk (as a backup). Both disks are connected to USB 3.0 ports and in tests read and ...
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Convert a USB drive into a Virtual Machine HDD

I am creating a bootable USB flash drive to install the OS and application on several PC. I need to test UFD in virtual machine with VMware (or VirtualBox). I could make a raw image of the UFD and ...
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Accurate drive backup or file/folder synchronization that maintains metadata

Problem What I need is a way of quickly and easily, but properly and completely backing up a memory-card to a flash-drive (see scenario below for details). Research Obviously there are plenty of ...
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Backup Windows 7: Can I just copy files from one partition to another?

I've had a lot of issues recently with HDDs so I'm about to make huge backups of everything, but I need some suggestions. First, here is my current setup: SSD1: 128 GB with debian + my debian "home ...
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How can I completely transfer my Windows XP installation to a new hard drive? [duplicate]

I have a PC with Windows XP SP3. It has a 320GB hard drive. Disk Management shows 2 partitions: C:\, Windows XP, 74.52GB D:\, Files, 223.56GB I need to transfer just the C:\ to a new hard drive I ...
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Creating and Deploying Windows 8 Pro images for Surface Pro tablets

I have a stack of Microsoft Surface Pro tablets that I would like to setup with a base image, and some software for the company I work for. I know on Desktop machines I can go into Audit mode, make ...
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Cloned Windows 7 Hard Drive Won't Boot

I have been trying for about three weeks to clone a Windows 7 hard drive to get it to run in another computer. Where I work, we have 600+ computers that need Windows 7 installed on them before support ...
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Cloning a HDD that has an “Invalide node structure”

If I clone a HDD that has an "Invalide node structure" (or other type of error, for that matter), will the error follow with the data? Thanks all!
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Data Recovery Machine

When building a machine for data recovery, what specs should I look for in a CPU/MOBO? From my understanding the BUS speed will be the most important factor over CPU speed correct? Because you are ...
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Can I clone 2 HDDs to a single one if they fit in size?

I have 2 o.s. (debian and windows 7) and I use both. They are stored on SSDs, so rather small in size (125GB/80GB), can I clone both of them on a single hdd (like in two different partitions) so that ...
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Use Macrium Reflect to Clone an SSD with three partitions to a larger SSD, expanding the middle partition

I'm trying to use Macrium Reflect Free to clone a disk from a 75 GB SSD to 225 GB SSD. The source has three partitions, and I want to clone them all, but I want the first and third to be the same ...
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Image/Clone Entire Disk including OS X and Boot Camp Partitions

Is it possible to clone an entire Mac disk including both OS X and Boot Camp partitions? Background: My company is switching from PCs to Macs. We want to have a dual boot platform. Before I used to ...
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Can I create a cloned system image and deploy it on a new machine?

I am attempting to create a backup image of a system deployed on a machine now. Then I would like to deploy this image on a different computer. Despite driver incompatibilities is this ...
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Renaming WebSphere after disk cloning

I know it is not the correct ways, but since keeping other installed stuffs is needed. Does anyone have the steps of renaming a WebSphere Server after cloning at disk level ? Any help are welcome.