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Questions tagged [clone]

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

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Free way to clone HDD to SSD? [closed]

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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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 drive)...
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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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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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Clone hard drive to another, smaller hard drive [duplicate]

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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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 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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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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Cloning Fresh Windows 7 -fsed HDD to Linux Server because having no external HDD or disks for the Backup

New lenovo x220 laptop with Windows 7 Pro with the below specs. I want to backup the disk to my server but I need to know the W7 fs, what is it? $ sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/sdb Windows/ NTFS signature ...
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restore a smaller hard drive 320GB image to a larger harddrive 1TB

I want to transfer my current system hard drive to a larger hard drive. Doing so, I thought of creating an image of my system hard drive which is 320 GB in size. Would I be able to restore this ...
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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. Is there an optimal value for the blocksize parameter ...
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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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How do I prepare my system for cloning, before using CloneZilla?

Part 1 is here if anyone is interested: Clone or Image a PC I've got 100 PC's to setup. Is it possible to set up 1 of these PC's with software, drivers, settings, configs, licenses etc, then ...
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Advice for attempting to get data from a hard disk by putting it in a freezer

One of my hard drives on a RAID0 setup failed and I have basically nothing to lose. There's a trick that seems to be more than a myth that involves taking a hard disk, sealing it in a bag and freezing ...
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How to incrementally backup whole HDD to external from Windows?

What I want exactly is a hard drive to hard drive incremental backup, not an image file. The original HDD has three partitons - ext3, linux-swap, and NTFS. What would be the easiest way to do this ...
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How to clone a Windows 10 dell onto an SSD

I've recently bought a Dell Inspiron 3650, and would like to clone the disk onto a samsung SSD I have bought for it, in order to speed up boot times etc. Samsung provide a clone tool called "Samsung ...
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What is “cloning a hard drive” and how does one go about doing it?

What does cloning a hard drive mean? Is it just simply copying over all the "CONTENT" of the hard drive EXCLUDING the operating system, drivers, all the installed programs? or is it copying the ENTIRE ...
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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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Image copy Mac drive, how to do this?

How do you make an image of whole Mac disk drive and tranfer it to another Mac? What is the best software to do this? I am looking to make an exact duplicate copy of my machine to reload on a new ...
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Steps of manual HDD to SSD migration

Ok, I want to do a "paranoid" migration from a a HDD to a SSD. There will be no shrinking involved. For the moment this is what I know/have: Connect SSD and create an 1MB aligned partition, at least ...
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Cloned screen on monitors with different resolutions [duplicate]

I want to set up a system with two displays connected. One display will be a 22inch monitor with a native resolution of 1920x1080. The other display is a 19inch display native resolution 1024x768. ...
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Replacing hard drive of laptop having geniune windows 8 [duplicate]

I have bought a new Laptop Sony VAIO E17, it has a pre-installed windows 8 64bit. Now after using it few days I want to replace my HDD with new SSD, if I will change my hard-drive I will loss my ...
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Image and Deploy New Computers

I am getting several new computers for my office. I want to install Microsoft Office and my proprietary software and all updates on a single PC and create a system image that will be copied to every ...
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What is the best way to clone a Linux partition onto a smaller partition?

I've currently got an 80 GB RAID 0 (yes, I know, that's why I'm changing it...) ext3 Linux device that's about 80% free, and I want to change it to a 40 GB ext4 partition using one of ...
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Copy a DVD in Windows 7

Is there any built-in way of copying DVDs in Windows 7 or do I need to install a third party tool?
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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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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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When cloning on with git bash on Windows, getting Fatal: UriFormatException encountered

I am using git bash $ git --version git version 2.9.3.windows.1 on Windows 7. When I clone a repo, I see: $ git clone https://UserName@bitbucket.mycompany.org:5555/scm/repofolder/repo.git Cloning ...
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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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Cloning HDD to SSD but Windows fails to boot

So I've got a laptop with a 300GB HDD which I want to replace for a 120GB SSD. The 300GB HDD will then act as a secondary hard disk. I've tried cloning my hard disk with EaseUS ToDo Backup and EZ GIG ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Free Partition Migration Tool [closed]

I'm looking for a free tool that will move a single partition from one drive to another. I have found tools like HDClone and Clonezilla but both want to clone the entire hard drive, not just one ...
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Can my laptop's Hard Disk be cloned and loaded to another laptop? [duplicate]

I bought an Asus X202E laptop and installed Ubuntu on it and then completely formatted it which deleted everything including the recovery partition. So i could not restore it. Then I installed Windows ...
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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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Can cat be used to clone a partition?

For example, can I do: cat /dev/sda1 > /dev/sda2 instead of using dd, and if not, why will this not work?
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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 of a ...
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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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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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Cloning Windows installation (while in use) to new drive, without leaving Windows

Is it possible to just copy and paste, or do I actually need to clone it at a lower level? I've tried DriveImage XML, but it complains about the fact the source drive is in use.
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Can I move Linux from running on a USB to a hard drive partition?

I'm working on helping my brother with a project. He has been running Lubuntu Linux from a USB drive while he was setting up some server and web projects (proof of concept). Now that he has the ...
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CloneZilla errors when attempting to clone and create partition table proportionally

Carrying on from a question regarding hard drive space on a cloned hard drive, i'm attempting to recover the space using CloneZilla and using the setting -k1, create partition table proportionally. I'...
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Cloned XP won't boot properly - stuck before log in/user select screen

I have cloned an installation of Windows XP Professional SP3 from a failing hard disk using Norton Ghost. I set up the correct partition size on the new hard disk (using GParted) and ghosted it on. I ...
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How can I make a bootable clone of one SSD to another SSD?

Is it possible to clone a SSD with Windows 7 installed onto another SSD? I want to do this so I can then choose between the 2 SSDs as to which I want to boot.
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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 do I clone a Firefox profile in windows?

I've copied %appdata%/mozilla/firefox/profiles/myprofile1 into %appdata%/mozilla/firefox/profiles/myotherprofile2 but if I do a text search inside the files of either profile directory you can see ...
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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 disk ...