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Copying a VHD to a physical disk

I've seen a lot of guides on how to do physical -> VHD, but is there any way to easily move a VHD image to a physical disk easily? Or should I just attach the disk and go to town with GNU DD?
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Take a regular Windows 7 clone with clonezilla (device-to-image) partition only

I am unexperienced with cloning software and I've decided to use Clonezilla as it seemed best as freeware. I chose device > image and left most options standard. I chose expert mode anyway to see what ...
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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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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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Free program to clone 3TB hard drive to another one with USB3 support in Windows 7?

All I'm trying to do is clone one WD 3TB GPT drive to another identical drive. One is internal, one is attached with a USB 3.0 dock. I'm copying from internal to external drive. Macrium Reflect ...
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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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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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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 possible/...
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Cloning OS X to many machines at once

Perhaps thisis an age old question, but as we started to have more and more Macs in the department I feel the need to streamline the setup time. I have about 30 latest MacPro's and I need to install ...
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Missing ssd storage space

I cloned my old HDD to a new HDD. My old HDD was 149GB with 6.8GB free space. The new HDD is 750GB. As you can see the new drive is much bigger than the old HDD. After the cloning was done I ...
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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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Bootable CD to backup a hard disk?

There are lots of tools like FoG, G4L, PING, CloneZilla, etc. which allow you to boot from a CD/USB-key and follow some on-screen menus to backup your hard disk to an FTP server, SSH server, or file-...
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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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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 size,...
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Best program to clone partition [closed]

I need to directly clone two different partitions; I will be storing the two clones on another hard drive. Are there any good quality programs that anyone can recommend? I'm looking for stability in ...
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Replacing hard disk with bad sectors

My hard disk has become very slow. (for ex. Listening music or watching movies which are stored on the hard disk is nearly impossible because they keep getting stuck for seconds before continuing, ...
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How to check if a drive has an MBR?

I cloned my drive. Then I wanted to select that as boot device, but it didn't show up in BIOS. This forum post says it's because the MBR was not copied. So how do I verify that the MBR was copied? ...
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Which partitions should I clone when migrating Windows from HDD to SSD?

I have a Lenovo desktop PC where I'd like to migrate my Windows 10 installation from the HDD it's currently installed on to a new SSD. I plan to do this by cloning the relevant partitions on the HDD ...
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Using dd to backup disk to same disk

I've tried using dd to back up my computer's hard drive, but I met with some rather confusing results. I've seen on multiple sources (e.g.: http://www.backuphowto.info/linux-backup-hard-disk-clone-dd,...
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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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Is it possible to clone system drive in Windows 7?

My current problem is that my Windows 7 system drive is unstable. I would like to try to clone this drive to the same type of disk (OCZ Vertex 2 120GB to OCZ Vertex 2 120GB) and replace the system ...
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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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Alternative to rsync for file level cloning?

I have 500gb of files that I want to copy to a temporary drive and then back. I would like to be able to do this as fast as possible. I checked out doing a block level clone, which is nice and fast (...
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Clone McAfee encrypted partition to SSD

I have a corporate laptop with a slow 5400 rpm C: drive, and I want to clone the drive to an SSD drive to improve performance on the laptop. The plan is to replace the original drive with the new SSD ...
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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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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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Disk showing as dynamic with Acronis and Easus Clone, but it's actually basic

I regularly clone my Dell Inspiron 1525 hard drive with Vista home premium to an identical HDD through a USB using either Acronis True Image 2010 Home or Easus. This time when I use it, either I get ...
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What would I need to do to clone a Linux install to another machine?

Basically, I want to make an image of one Linux install I have, and distribute it over similar (if not identical) spec machines on a network. I know it is possible, however am unsure of what needs to ...
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Cloning a dieing drive

I have a drive that is failing. Lots of bad sectors and the OS crashed. 1) Can I clone the drive and hope it boots up or is it a lost cause? 2) And what is a good way to clone it? I know people use ...
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How should I copy data from HDD to SSD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Copying an HDD to an SSD? I am going to buy a SSD for my laptop. For now I have 500GB HDD drive and I am thinking about buying 128GB or 256GB of SDD. I would like to copy ...
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how to undo my RAID 0 setup while preserving data?

I currently have a RAID 0 setup with 2 drives with a single partition which holds my OS on it. Now I want to take one of those drives out and put them into another computer. But I want to keep my OS ...
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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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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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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 do I perform the same customized Ubuntu install on many machines?

We have eight or so machines with similar (but not necessarily identical) hardware in our development team. We're pair programming, so we want all the machines to be set up in and behave the same way. ...
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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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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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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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Is there a performance difference between Windows 7 on SSD installed from scratch versus it using a recent ghost/clone drive image from a harddisk?

I'm planning to upgrade a notebook PC to a Solid-State Flash Drive (SSD) soon. I want to use the notebook before that and am considering installing Windows 7 on the hard disk (spinning variety, ...
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Cloning sysprepped factory Windows 10 HDD to smaller SSD before first boot

I have ordered a new laptop computer with Windows 10. It comes with a 1TB HDD. I would like to clone the drive and move it to a 256GB SSD before first boot. This way, I can maintain the sysprepped ...
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Getting windows to recognize new SSD after cloning and swapping

Today I cloned my SSD (some OCZ Vertex where Windows 10 x64 is installed) to a bigger SSD (some Crucial M500) then swapped the drives. (I followed this guide, pretty much step-by-step.) Everything ...
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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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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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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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Dead-simple USB-based Windows partition cloner?

Clonezilla is a fine open-source tool, but it requires going through several screens. Since I need to save/restore the same Windows partition, I was wondering if someone knew of a tool (open-source ...
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Cloning old hard drive to new hard drive without External Hard Drive or CD Drive

The previous day I ran some hardware tests, only to find that my hard drive was failing and needed replacements. So I called my computer manufacturer to receive a fresh hard drive under warranty. I'...
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Clone system partition windows 7

I have bought a Samsung SSD drive, 256 GB. I already have Samsung HDD (512 GB) with several partitions, but now i want to reorganize my system - to move my Windows 7 system partition to the SSD. The ...
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Cloning a failing disk in Windows 7

I have a Windows 7 machine with several partitions on a 1.5T drive. Windows has been complaining about disk errors and imminent failure, so I have purchased a new 2TB drive. The failing disk has not ...
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Number of Heads MisMatch - DriveImg XML

I am trying to clone my windows drive onto my new SSD drive. I am using DriveImage XML to do this. However it came up and said there is a "Number of head mismatch (original 240, target 255)". It ...
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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 ...