Questions tagged [disk-cloning]

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Windows 10 clone fails to boot from 2.5” SSD USB 3.0 Enclosure (USB to ATA/ATAPI Bridge)

Prerequisite Description Computer used: UEFI-only laptop with Startup Manager (boot volume can be selected on boot) Clone source: Laptop's internal NVMe AHCI SSD (soldered to motherboard), 500 GB ...
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Cloning vs fresh install [closed]

I have to create roughly 3-5 systems a year which ship with software A. They use the same base Linux Debian operating system with the same modules and settings, though A's version and database ...
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Cloning multiple hard drives into one mass backup drive

There are two computers I need to back up to one hard drive. The hard drive is big enough for both of their drives (one is another HDD, the other is an SSD). Both have only one internal drive. How ...
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How to make a standard image/installation for an new PC in AD?

Surely, there must be a way to clone the programs/configurations of one PC to another one, such that the new PC can be installed automatically in Active Directory. You cannot configure 100 new PCs by ...
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Windows refuses to shrink volume beyond a certain limit, but I need to clone the data, what do I do?

My old hard drive, that I am currently using, is about 600GB and my new SSD is 500gb. My actual data is only about 70GB to be cloned. However I learned that I have to shrink the volume to be able to ...
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Why do I have to clone a disk from live USB?

Why do I have to clone a disk by running a live USB (with programs such as Clonezilla .iso) ? I don't understand it, its just copying, why can't I do it while windows is running? I would like to ...
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Disc clone failure - Software says destination drive is in use when it's not

I am trying to clone my C drive (120 GB) to my D drive (2TB). My AOMEI Backupper Pro is saying that my cloning destination drive is in use, and keeps asking me if I want to 'continue' in 'restart mode'...
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Is there a way to revert a changed computer SID?

I've cloned recently my Windows OS on another hard drive, and using O&O DiskImage I've generated a new computer SID, which affected both OS [oops]. This caused a series of other problems. So, is ...
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Cloned SSD won't boot Windows 8, shows "Your PC/Device needs to be repaired"

A friend of mine asked me to help him migrate his original HDD to an SSD (Crucial MX500 480GB) he bought. He's using a 27" HP Envy Recline Touchsmart All-in-one PC. So I went and used the same ...
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win10 cloning to bigger hardisk results in unusable recovery partition

does anybody know what could have happened: after cloning win10 HDD (with clonezilla) to bigger HDD everything went fine, able to start win10 on new bigger HDD with no problems, but recovery partition ...
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Can't choose which HDD to boot from. Old drive not showing up in msconfig boot tab

I have attached an image that shows my system information, my disk management, and my msconfig boot tab. This is very weird to me: previous versions of Windows allowed me to enter a menu at startup ...
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Cloning a linux installation to multiboot with the original

I installed arch linux on an empty drive partitioned as gpt on an UEFI board. My plan is to have three copies of this insatllation for the reasons that i'll furtherr detail. the partition table ...
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Weird partitions after cloning my disk to SSD

To start, I have three partitions on my disk, don't aske me why, I took this HDD years ago from my older PC then upgraded the O.S. twice, one from XP to W7 then from W7 to W10 and I'm so much grate ...
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Make clean install of Ubuntu 20.04/Windows image it and deploy to 10 computers

I am currently working on new project, where I have to install a clean system (Ubuntu 20/ Windows 10). Install all needed software, make and image of these system (Ubuntu and Windows), then deploy on ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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