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Cloning A Drive - Acronis

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#1 Khellendros


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Posted 30 August 2013 - 03:01 PM

I have a 2 TB WD Elements drive that is dying. It is so corrupt that I cannot move most files off of it normally. I purchased a 3 TB WD Elements drive so that I could attempt to drive clone the data over before it is lost. They are the same brand and model, so I did not foresee any problems.

Acronis will not let me select the 3 TB drive as the cloning destination, only my other two 2 TB drives. I have no idea why. I am considering moving everything from one of the other 2 TB drives onto the 3 TB one and then just cloning the dying drive onto the other 2 TB. This would be really inconvenient though and take a lot of time.

Does anyone know a way to just make Acronis clone it to the 3 TB? Even an explanation as to why it won't would be appreciated!

Oh, and I already tried shrinking the 3 TB down to the exact size of the 2 TB ones in Computer Management, but Acronis still showed it as 3 TB (despite Windows treating it as 2 TB now) and still would not let me select it as the destination.

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#2 smax013


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 10:03 AM

I don't know if you figure this out as it has been more than two weeks since you posted...


It might be related to the drive being a 3 TB drive:





Keep in mind that when you clone a drive with Acronis True Image, you are dealing with the WHOLE drive, not a specific partition.  That is Acronis "sees" that you are trying to clone a 2 TB drive to a 3 TB drive and it likely cannot deal with a 3 TB drive, unless you have gotten the "Plus Pack" for support with GPT disks.

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