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Cloning an entire drive

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#1 mikey11


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Posted 03 December 2014 - 09:29 PM

not sure which category to put this post in, sorry,


i have a hard drive that is failing in a computer, but is still operational, what would be the best way to "clone" or make a copy of the entire drive to a brand new hard drive? i basically want to replace the hard drive with a new drive and keep everything as is, including the operating system, all program files and documents?

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 10:01 PM

I recommend using Acronis True Image from a bootable cd. It will clone the disk 1:1 and modify partition sizes automatically according to disk size, if required. Or you can manually set everything in advanced mode.


There is a trial version that is available for the 2015 version (on the Acronis site), which will suit your purposes. Though I bought the 2009 version that works just as well today as it did in 2008. (always have to be one up on the actual date you see.)

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 10:14 PM

not sure which category to put this post in, sorry,


What would be the best way to "clone" or make a copy of the entire drive to a brand new hard drive?  the operating system.

Ive tried Acronis 2010 albeit ok , did have some minor issues , and still use for Backups Daily.


Yet for Clone to New Drive i prefer "Mini Tool Partition Wizard" - free version - works flawlessly regardless of new drive size.

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