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Questions tagged [disk-cloning]

For questions regarding cloning or imaging a partition/file system from one device to another.

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Windows 10 not booting from SSD cloned from HDD

I have installed an SSD in my laptop as second drive as below: Removed the optical drive from the laptop Removed the primary 1TB HDD from its bay/slot Inserted the 500GB SSD in the bay/slot ...
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Clonezilla disk check incredibly slow

I am doing backup of my entire disk to image stored on another HDD connected via USB. Creating images went relatively fast (~700-1000 MB/min) but checking afterwards is slooow: 7MB/min. Which means ~...
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replacing C: with larger M.2 NVme drive and move programs installed on D: to the new M.2 drive

I have a DELL Desktop Computer XPS XPS8920-7581SLV-PUS Intel Core i7 7th Gen 7700 desktop running Windows 10 Pro with the Toshiba 250 GB M.2 NVme drive as the C: drive and a 1TB hard disk as the D: ...
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“This feature is not available in a portable workstation environment.” error

After cloning Windows 10 to an SSD, Windows 10 keeps opening dialog boxes with the message "This feature is not available in a portable workstation environment". They also appear when I try to use "...
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Cannot boot to Windows 10 on source HDD or target SSD

A bit about my laptop. It is a Dell 5577, and it has three OSes on it. 2 Ubuntu, and Windows 10. Windows is on sda1. Boot mode is UEFI. I'm going to mention the things I did before I created this ...
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Dualboot Windows can't boot after cloning partitions to new SSD

I have a dual-boot system with Kubuntu 16.04 and windows 7, both systems spread over multiple partitions, when I added a new SSD to the system. The plan was to copy the windows system-partition, the ...
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Can't resize NTFS partition

I'm cloning an old 1TB drive to a new 2TB drive. I've successfully managed to clone it, using ddrescue and SystemRescueCD, and can now boot into Windows on my new 2TB drive. However, the drive now has ...
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Cloning from a bigger hard drive to a smaller SSD with Macrium Reflect

I am working an HP computer with Win 10 x64 Premium with all the latest updates and Macrium Reflect 7.1.3317 Free Edition. I would like to clone my C drive, the only internal hard drive, to a small ...
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Cloning a Lenovo V520 HDD to other Lenovo V520 machines

I've a problem in preparing a number of Lenovo V520 machines (about 100). After building the Master HDD I want to clone it to the others. It does clone but then they don't boot up. I don't know why. ...
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Clone Windows 10 onto Windows 7 partition?

I have a hp laptop running Windows 7 and Windows 10 on an external drive. I swap out the drives when I need one or the other. I was wondering if there was a way to dual boot the two on one drive. More ...
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How to Recover Encrypted Hard Drive Data with System Rescue CD Over LAN

I would like to know what would be the best way to proceed with cloning my hard drive to the point that I can simply insert the cloned drive into my PC and seamlessly boot from it as I currently do ...
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cloning Windows XP using transfer box [closed]

I have 2 hard drives which are both 1TB SADA/64MB cache WD10EZEX. Neither of which are in a computer. The 1st hard drive has Windows XP installed on it with a ton of source code and a compiler. This ...
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After cloning SSD with Todo backup 10 SSD signature changed and OEM toolbox is non func

I cloned a Win 7 64 OS from a ADATA SSD to a Kingston SSD. Everything boots and works fine except neither the ADATA nor Kingston SSD utilities work on the cloned drive. I'm guessing the drive ...
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Cloning Win10 Home to Win10 Pro laptop

So I have a new work laptop with Windows 10 Pro installed that I need to make ready for my use. My previous just-a-little-too-crashy (for hardware reasons! probably...) work laptop already has all ...
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Clone disk over network

I need to clone one laptop's drive to another one which is basically the same built. They are M.2 PCIe drives so even if I wanted to open the laptops I can't currently find USB connectors for them. ...
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Is there a program that can reliably transfer installed software and application data from one computer to the other? [closed]

I have had some OS corruption in Windows 8.1 that is causing random reboots when copying files to/from USB and I am hoping that I can perform a clean install and cut out the part where I have to ...
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How to extend C: drive to claim unallocated space?

I bought a new SSD for my laptop (Windows 10), and after successfully cloning the old SSD to the new larger one, my C: drive is still the old size. I then had a huge unallocated space to the far right ...
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Hard Drive Failure - Next Steps and Process

I have a 2TB Barracuda that has some bad sectors (detected via CrystalDiskInfo). When I turned on my computer, I cannot detect my D:, E:, F:... which are all mapped to my failed disk. What I mean is ...
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Cloned a 120GB SSD to a 256GB SSD. 256GB SSD only showing capacity of 120GB

I got a 256GB SSD and wanted to clone my original 120GB SSD to the new one. I used a software that, I assume, works at the bit-level. Now the new 256GB SSD is showing a capacity of 120GB in Windows, ...
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How to Restore Windows 10 From C: Drive Clone?

I did a mistake while cloning my existing Windows 10 sytem. I could clone only C:\ drive of my PC. Where as There were three partitions on SSD Recovery MBR Boot Record C:\Drive Is it possible to ...
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How to make a bootable clone of a Boot Camp partition?

I have an old Boot Camp installation of Win XP on an old iMac (2006). I can boot into either Mac OS or Win XP. I cloned the Win XP partition to a USB drive using the dd command in Terminal. This is ...
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Cannot boot from any device after attempted drive clone with `cat`

I was attempting to clone a drive from a 120GB SSD containing Ubuntu 16.04 to a 1TB SSD using cat as I'd read it was generally faster than dd. After taking a suspiciously short time to finish (~20 ...
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Nature of a HD clone

I cloned a SDD from a device to another device's SDD. The SSD aswell as the surface are the exact same model, however the wifi password got lost. This isn't necessarily a problem, i'm just curious ...
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Clone laptop SSD to bigger SSD via USB HDD - Windows 7

What would be the easiest way to do the above, having in mind that the usb HDD is not empty (but it has more than enough room for the SSD contents) and that it doesn't have a OS, and also, that I don'...
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How to switch from 256GB to 500GB M.2 SSD on a new Windows 10 laptop?

I'm planning to purchase a Windows 10 laptop that has 256GB M.2 SSD. However, I would like to have more storage capacity and I believe 500GB M.2 SSD is much better for my applications. I don't know if ...
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How to switch from SATA 2 to SATA 3 after cloning HDD to SSD

I have recently cloned my old HDD of my laptop to a new Kingston HyperX Savage. But it only shows half the speeds it should get. I followed the tips from this thread: How can I determine the SATA ...
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Cloning disk without loss of information on IO errors

I want to test a partition creation software like parted. I found an old USB stick which crashes the program whenever I try to read it. In order to preserve this test case I need to copy the USB ...
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How to verify Windows 10 activation after cloning?

I have 10 identical PCs which I upgrade from Windows 7 to 10. I started this process with 2 PCs. I upgraded them individually from 7 to 10 and after Windows 10 started (connected to the internet) I ...
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Blue screen after disk cloning to another HP 840 G2 laptop

I had 88 pieces of HP 840 G2 laptops. On one of them I installed Windows 7 with updates and drivers and cloned whole hard drive (all sectors) to the rest of the laptops. According to this topic - if ...
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How to clone SSD with Linux Mint 18 to a larger SSD

Is there a way to clone an SSD with Linux Mint 18 system to a larger SSD and have a functioning system? Also, what to do with GRUB? I have multiple machines. And I plan on using one unused Linux Mint ...
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cloning old OS from Sata SSD to M2 SSD

Is this possible ? I got my old HP Probook with a 256GB Sata SSD. Now I got a new Dell XPS 15 with a 500 GB M.2 SSD. Ideally, I'd want to clone my current SSD onto the new one and keep using ...
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Restoring a disk image that was cloned with errors

I have a disk image of a 500 GB that was created using the following: # dd if=/dev/sda conv=sync,noerror bs=64K | gzip -c > backup.img.gz There were certain errors (approximately 15-20 of them) ...
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Trouble Cloning Hard Drive with Clonezilla

I'm trying to transfer a 2TB drive to a 4TB drive with Clonezilla. The problem is that the transfer speeds are progressively slowing down. Initially the status bar said that the clone would finish in ...
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Cloning a HD vs. Copying Files - Which is faster?

Which is faster if I wanted to copy all files on a 6 TB hard drive to an 8 TB external hard drive? Cloning the 6 TB hard drive with Macrium Reflect or copying all files with UltraCopier? I noticed ...
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Keeping cloned partition as bootable backup

I'll try to keep it short, I want to clone my current Windows 7 Install from an HDD [80GB System (C:) and 1,7TB Data (D:)] to an SSD. The last SSD I installed unfortunately broke after only a few ...
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Clone 2 seperate harddrives onto 1 TB SSD (dual boot)

I have a windows 10 machine and a xubuntu linux machine (both pc's are lenovo T450s) - i would like to put in a 1TB ssd in 1 T450s, and then clone each of the 2 drives onto that drive as dual boot ( ...
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M.2 (or NGFF) SSD cloning, how to clone to a M-key PCIe SSD using an external USB connection?

The usual way I do this is connect two drives to a computer using the USB interface and a cloning software like FarStone. Afterwards I would install the new cloned drive in the laptop/computer. I have ...
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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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How can I move an UEFI Win10 install to a BIOS only PC?

We have a ready to use on production environment PC, and want to clone its hard drive on ten workstations. The problem is the machine is a modern PC with a Windows 10 UEFI setup. Is there any ...
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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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Windows 10 HDD to SSD for primary partition [duplicate]

Just upgraded boot partition to a 480gb SSD and its so much quicker, but.. Now my primary partition is divided as followed. [111.16GB System Reserved][224.53GB NTFS][111.333GB Recovery Partition] It ...
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How to get Windows 7 ready to move to new hardware [duplicate]

Is there a way to get the driver state of Windows 7 ready to move into new hardware: 1) Without user profiles/folders getting deleted. 2) Without spending days per system making an image When I move ...
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Cloning a Hard drive to avoid re-installing OS and other programs

I guess , its been a long time since I did this but I have a HDD whose S.M.A.R.T readings report a "imminent failure" . Its an Apple HDD so I thought it'd long lasting when I bought it but alas - not ...
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How to copy the full C: drive to an external disk, to copy to another machine?

Windows 7: I need to return a loan PC and I want to copy ALL of it, to an external drive, to copy to my own machine when I get it back. How do I copy ALL on C: to E:?
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Cloning/Imaging A Mounted TrueCrypt/VeraCrypt Volume

From VeraCrypt's documentation (here, section "System Partitions"), it sounds like one should be able to: 1) Boot a PE (or secondary OS), 2-3) Create & mount a new, empty encrypted volume (...
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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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Issue cloning SSD to larger SSD

I have recently purchased a new SSD which I am trying to set as my primary drive for my OS. Currently my original drive (C:/) is also an SSD however space is becoming an issue (its only 60GB) while ...
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Can be Windows 8 drive with UEFI boot cloned trivially?

Due to lack of disk space, I need to replace bootable 128 GB SSD drive with 256 GB unit. Is it as simple as creating disk image of drive and restoring it on another drive or should I expect any ...
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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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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 ...