Questions tagged [disk-cloning]

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

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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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Why didn't my UEFI bios recognize/boot from my cloned SSD until I removed the old hard drive I cloned it from?

A few days ago I cloned my C: hard drive along with it's various partitions such as windows recovery and the efi to an SSD. After successfully performing the clone operation I booted into my bios to ...
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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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Clonezilla / Partclone: What's the difference between Data Block Process and Total Block Process?

I'm in the process of restoring the image of a hefty 4-disk setup with a spanning LVM volume to fresh virtual disks inside a virtual machine. If it matters, I chose not to check the saved image before ...
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Why doesn't the F4 recovery key work on a boot after cloning HDD to SSD?

I've cloned 720 GB HDD to a new 480 GB SSD by Macrium Reflect software. When I did that, I exactly adjusted the partitions' size with this software to fit my data in to new SSD. After cloning, I ...
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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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All boot options disappeared after migrating from HDD to SSD

TL;DR: I recently installed an SSD and now when I turn my laptop on, it always goes to Bios and no boot options are displayed, but when I click "Save changes and exit" Windows starts normally. Long ...
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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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Clone EXT4 Drive on Windows with Buffer

I have an external drive with Linux on it on EXT4 partition. I want to clone it to another (Larger) external drive. I have the following constraints: Both drives can not be attached at the same time ...
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0xc00000f error after cloning HDD to SSD

I had a old Hitachi 1TB HDD, and I wanted to switch to SSD. I used just 200gb of it, so I decided to go cheap and buy a 480gb Kingston SSD from Amazon. I always cloned hard disks by using a Linux ...
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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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BIOS Boot Options does not show SSD, but laptop CAN boot

I have already googled and tried solutions I have found but so far nothing works. Anyway, here's my problem: My device is an Acer V3-575G. I replaced by DVD Drive with an SSD in hopes of better ...
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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 └...
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Issues cloning MacOS drive into smaller one

I am trying to move my OS X install to a smaller disk because I plan to move to another OS, but this is taking much longer than planned so I hope someone can help me here. The SSD that now holds OS X ...
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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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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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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 an HD clone

I cloned an SSD from a device to another device's SSD. The SSD as well as the Surface 2 Pro are the exact same model, however the wifi password got lost. This isn't necessarily a problem, I'm just ...
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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 ...