Questions tagged [disk-cloning]

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How to change a drive letter that has Program Files

I have a small SSD C:\ drive and therefore have installed most of my programs on a second drive D:. I now want to replace that platter drive with an M.2 SSD for improved performance. I have cloned ...
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Target 2TB NVME SSD same size as 1TB source after cloning

I've just done an offline clone of a 1TB NVMe SSD to a 2TB NVMe SSD (I tried software cloning a few times but I always had issues booting to windows). Whilst the clone does boot, it shows the exact ...
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My cloned HDD (win7) boots on new hardware, but USB doesn't work in Windows. Works fine in BIOS. How to fix without working mouse/keyboard?

I guess this is not 'best practice' but I was hoping to make it work. I created an image of my old Win7 system, then wrote that image to a new SSD. (used Macrium reflect and booted into WinPE to write ...
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How to get a (possibly corrupted) SSD to show up in Disk Management?

I was cloning my hard drive to an SSD the other day when my PC Bsod'd(watchdog violation) in the middle of that process and upon restarting, the drive i was cloning to was nowhere to be found. Did not ...
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What should I do after my PC bluescreens during a Disk Clone?

This morning, the disk clone process I was running since last night (HDD to SSD) was almost finished when my PC bluescreened with a watchdog violation, so it restarted. Upon restarting it took about 5 ...
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How to unlink two identical local drives Windows 10?

So I recently switched out my HDD for an SSD drive by first cloning the Local Disk (C:) onto the SSD which I gave the name "SSD (S:)." I then booted my pc from the SSD and everything went ...
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I cloned a HDD with ddrescue. What next?

The original drive would not pass chkdsk or a clone using Macrium Reflect or EaseUS. I read up about ddrescue and decided to give it a shot. This is after all just a hard drive I used for installing ...
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Unique issue with a BitLocker cloned partition

I have a unique problem for which I am seeking a solution. I have a laptop which originally had a 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD. I upgraded the drive to a 1TB model, and used MiniTool partition wizard to clone ...
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HDD replacement from a RAID system

Recently I had a problem with some HDD installed on a old Linux machine (2009 or so). The disks were installed on this machine with a RAID system (I was told that it was a RAID 1, the RAID controller ...
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Create macOS High Sierra and newer bootable recovery partition on a separate standalone disk

There are manuals on cloning the recovery partitions to a separate disk for any macOS or OS X version prior to High Sierra, but I can google nothing about creating a standalone recovery disk for High ...
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Clone Internal PlayStation 4 Drive

A little backstory; my brother upgraded the internal drive of his PS4 to a 2TB Seagate SSHD and the drive ended up dying. He somehow managed to disable automatic cloud backups for his game save data (...
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Trying to Clone Hard Drive to SSD Using a Third Hard Drive

I've recently purchased a Samsung 870 EVO SSD to replace the HDD inside my laptop. To clone the drive inside my laptop to the SSD, I found that I can purchase a SATA to USB cable to facilitate the ...
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Moving windows from SATA SSD to NvMe SSD

I have Win 10 on an old Samsung EVO 850 256GB drive, so I bought a new M.2 PCIe gen 4.0 SSD (2 TB WD SN850). In order to be able to boot with the NVMe drive installed, I updated my ASUS STRIX 570-E ...
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Installation or cloning Windows 10 on mSATA SSD

I have a laptop with 500gb HDD with Windows 10 in it and I have a free mSATA slot. I want to keep my files in HDD and install or clone windows in that 128 GB mSATA. So can I clone or copy Windows 10 ...
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Can't boot after cloning system to SSD

I'm trying to migrate a Windows install to a SSD. The current HDD contains installs for both Windows and Ubuntu, as well as data partitions. The SSD is smaller than the HDD, so I copied each partition ...
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ASUS ROG Win 10 not booting after SSD cloned to new SSD

On my ASUS ROG GL502VM, I used Macrium Software to clone my M.2 SATA SSD to a new Kingston SA2000M8250G NVMe SSD. The clone was successful. However, windows doesn't boot up from the new NVMe SSD. The ...
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Cloning MBR HDD to 2TB NVMe SSD over network (different computers)

I have 2 stations: (A) Old: Standard PC station with RAID0 setup for 2x500GB HDD, running Windows 10 (MBR structure). (B) New: Intel NUC with 2TB M2 SSD NVMe PCIe, new empty disk, no OS installed. I ...
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How can I clone a PC hard drive into a bigger hard drive?

I have an older PC hard drive with an WinXP operating system on it. The drive has some bad blocks. I want to clone the hard drive onto a new drive which is larger using linux. What is the procedure ...
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How to keep an alternate/backup Win 10 laptop in sync with main laptop?

I'm setting up an emergency backup laptop for someone, and am trying to solve the problem of keeping the backup laptop regularly in sync with the laptop they use daily. The main laptop is a high-end ...
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Windows Server Convert Dynamic Disks to Virtual Machine

I'm trying to convert a Physical Windows Server that has dynamic disks for mirroring to a Virtual Machine just for testing purposes so trying to keep costs down in buying a tool. When trying Disk2vhd ...
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How to clone computer image A to the computer B

I'm setting up computer for business purposes and I set up the main one as every employee should have. Whole process takes +/- 2 hours. Is there a faster way to clone whatever apps/settings are ...
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What happens to empty space when cloning to a larger disk?

I am trying to learn about cloning a small SSD to a larger SSD using Macrium. My OS (Windows 10) is installed on a 120 GB SSD but I need to clone the OS to a 500 GB SSD and then insert the new SSD ...
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WIndows10: change to SSD

I have a normal few months old (IBuyPower brand - awesome) desktop style PC in a full size case. It has totally normal, fully licensed etc Windows10 as purchased at a big box retailer. FTR I keep it ...
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Clone disk from cmd

Is there a way to clone a disk from the command prompt? I know about programs like Minitool Partition Wizard which can easily perform a clone from within Windows itself, but at the moment I only have ...
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How can disk cloning without dismounting work?

When last I cloned an HDD, a few years back, the program (I forget which it was...) rebooted my machine to write the clone. I'm now doing this again but all the versions of clone software I'm seeing ...
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Windows partition refusing to boot after cloning and extending

I recently bought a new, bigger and faster ssd. I needed to clone the disk and extend the windows partition, and did this with Acronis True Image, whose cloning function also happens to extend the ...
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Copying partitions to “cascade” drives (windows or live linux)

I want to install a new HDD, and "cascade" my existing partitions down. What I mean by this, is take the existing data from my 2,3, and 4 TB drives, copy all of them onto my new 12 TB drive, ...
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Fix cloned Windows problems (laptop system-recovery, memtest, Windows recovery environment)

Background/Cause Several months ago, I upgraded my laptop's hard-drive to an SSD. The SSD is smaller than the hard-drive, so I freed up enough space for it to fit and cloned the drive to the SSD, with ...
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Can we reduce bit by bit cloning time from source HDD to destination SSD by unallocating some memory from source HDD?

My laptop has 465 GB of C:(windows partition) and 465 GB of D:(empty) drive. C: drive is 183 GB full, D: is empty. I want to clone entire C drive to my new 512 GB, MX500 crucial SSD such that SSD ...
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How to transfer unallocated space to C: partition on Windows 10 after booting up a clone?

I hope I've come to the right place. Recently, I bought a 1 TB SSD that I switched out with my old 256 GB SSD. I put a bootable clone of the 256 GB drive on the 1 TB drive. However, my C: partition ...
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How to copy a Large disk to multiple smaller ones

So I have a 2TB HDD drive that is about to fail. I have around 1.5TB of used space. Now I want to copy all the files from my Big drive to smaller ones. I have 3 500GB drives. The problem is that there ...
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Need to make an exact copy of HDD

I use Ubuntu 16.04 (Desktop edition). I made an image of a whole disk by using Clonezilla. I've got my servers running on Ubuntu and I want to have a duplicate hard drive in case the old drive fails. ...
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Cloning a 512 bytes per sector HDD to a 4096 bytes per sector SSD

I bought a new SSD to replace my traditional HDD on my Windows 10 laptop. However, it seems my HDD is 512 bytes per sector (from msinfo32) and I cannot format the SSD to anything less than 4096 bytes ...
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Can I clone my hard drive into a better computer?

I'm buying a friend's old computer who has almost completely better specs than me (besides the GPU). Would I have any problems just cloning my hard drive onto his 1TB hard drive, then just putting it ...
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Cloning hard drive with rsync and accidently deleted home folder

I want to replace my old SSD hard drive with a new one that has double the size, but somehow fail to understand how rsync is working. I read this post Copy entire file system hierarchy from one drive ...
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How to restore a System Image VHD to a new harddrive?

I am upgrading the hard drive, from disk A (120 GB) to disk B (500 GB), in a laptop with Windows 7 professional. This is what I did: Made a system image of A using the built in backup tool, saving ...
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Samsung NVMe 2TB drive “toast”?

I've had this drive as my OS+data drive for about 10 months. It just apparently died on me. The computer was running Windows 10 and had a BSOD. When I booted it up, the drive was detected but not ...
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Can't get cloned disk online despite changing it's uniqueid via diskpart?

I've cloned a data drive using a StarTech disk duplicator, and now would like to view both drives simultaneously in Windows. Disk Management throws up a "Offline (The disk is offline because it has a ...
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Advice on replacing hard disk with bad sectors

So recently my I encountered an event 11 atapi error in my event viewer. It says The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\IdePort0. I am running Win 7 SP1. This all started after I ...
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0xc0000225 error after cloning windows 7 from one disk to another using dd

We have two hard disks. One is 80GB, most likely damaged/corrupt/failing. The second is 320GB. In the 80GB disk, we have Windows 7 enterprise installed. Since we would like to keep our application ...
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Full clone from one host to another

I have a headless mini-pc running Ubuntu Server 18.04 - nothing special, just a "Beelink Gemini X55" 8GB RAM, 128Gb SSD. Its benchmark's are quite impressive compared to VPS alternatives and even ...
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Can a disk clone be recognized?

When you clone a disk, is there a way to distinguish the clone from the original, such as a timestamp or any other information that could be read from both disks and compared ?
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Creating a Master Image to roll out to 30 new Machines Licensing Issues

At my company we are buying 30 new Identical PC's from Dell so we have standard setup. What i want to know is if its possible to configure one of these machines to our specification as a master and ...
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No signal to monitor after cloning M.2 SSD boot drive

My machine was running Win 10 just fine but its OS drive was getting full so I cloned it to another M.2. SSD using the latest version of Macrium Reflect. (Because the new drive is larger, I did move ...
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Disk cloning - How much data will it actually copy?

I am cloning a disk of size 500GB. Disk is not full of data. It has roughly 300GB data. How much actual data it will copy (how much read, and how much write specifically)? What if cloning utility ...
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How to Clone OEM Recovery Partitions

I have a PC running Windows 10 May 2019 Build 18362. I'm trying to migrate from a small M2 NVME SSD to a larger and faster one. I tried different disk cloning/imaging apps with no luck (True Image, ...
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Is it ok to fully clone into SSD (NVMe)?

I've read somewhere that a good rule of thumb is to keep your partitions/solid drives 50% full to have prolonged life. Now, I just bought an NVMe and I'm cloning my main drive in there (is going to ...
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How do I upgrade m.2 ssd to larger m.2 NVMe ssd with one slot (Laptop)

I just bought an m.2 ssd of greater volume and didnt realize i cannot have both of them plugged in. I struggled founding the answer on net. So the question is how do i migrate/clone, my current ssd to ...
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Setting up multiple Windows 10 PCs using a single image

I have 12 brand new computers that I am configuring for a client. Instead of setting them all up one at a time I want to configure one PC, create an image and mount that image across the rest of my ...
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Cloning HDD containing /boot and LVM to new HDD

I am trying to clone the drive below to a new drive of a bigger size: sda 8:0 0 223.6G 0 disk ├─sda1 8:1 0 500M 0 part /boot └...