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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 of a working hard disk that was taken from an identical system. This is for Windows Vista.

I am unable to install Vista from scratch, something to do with Vista and SATA and the BIOS is very basic. Thanks.

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EASEUS Disk Copy is a potent freeware providing sector-by-sector disk/partition clone regardless of your operating system, file systems and partition scheme by creating a bootable CD. The sector-by-sector method assures you a copy 100% identical to the original. Disk Copy can be used for copy, cloning, or upgrading your original small hard drive to a new larger drive. Simply speaking, it can copy anything from the old hard drive including the deleted, lost files and inaccessible data.

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Might have a look at clonezilla.


I can recommend you HDClone or DriveImage. Both are free.


Partimage saves the hard disk as a image, and also allows to be uploaded to any network loction


Don't know if this will work with your hard drives, it is the Western Digital® version of Acronis True Image and it's free - http://support.wdc.com/product/downloaddetail.asp


Unless the source machine and the destination machine has identical hardware setup, you might run into problems where it's missing an important driver, and just craps out when you put in the drive.

I know that's the case back in Windows XP with HD controller drivers. Might want to sysprep the machine before cloning.


I'm a fan of GParted (particularly the LiveCD version) myself.

  • GParted is available on the SystemRescueCD; it helped me recently when I needed to copy partitions from an infected Windows 7 system to another drive. I also use Clonezilla.
    – moonpoint
    Jan 4, 2015 at 2:28

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