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Cloning Hard Drive Qs


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#1 sodicka320

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Posted 19 May 2015 - 11:14 AM

Hi everyone

Just about to order a 1tb WD hdd and usb caddy and use WD 's free Acronis True Image WD Edition Software to clone my main drive on my work Pc which is around 6 years old...

A couple Qs i have are :

1 1tb new drive to back up 300 gb of used disk on a 640gb , ok?

2 How long to copy.

3 How long to update (subsequent copies of same disk)

4 If Pc completely redlined would clone copy work in new pc?

Cheers Kev 
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#2 RolandJS

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Posted 19 May 2015 - 11:29 AM

As far as I can see from your writings - you're good to go!  How long for cloning or image restore or copying folders/files -- don't know.

Addendum:  I was wrong about being good to go.  A later poster is very accurate, follow that advice.


Edited by RolandJS, 20 May 2015 - 08:58 AM.

"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

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Clone or Image often! Backup... -- RockE (WSL)


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Posted 20 May 2015 - 03:57 AM

Thanks for reply , would it be able to be slotted into a new pc and work though ?

 

Cheers Kev :)



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Posted 20 May 2015 - 08:35 AM

Regarding question 4, your cloned drive would not work in a new PC if the hardware was not identical. If both drives have the same interface which on modern drives is SATA then yes, you would be able to install it in them new PC.

 

If you are planning on putting the drive in a new PC, you would need to first create a disk image of the old drive and then restore it to the new drive in the new computer using a imaging program that would be able to recover to new hardware. You would still have to provide the needed drivers and also activate windows on the new computer but if the OS is an OEM version then you would not be able to activate as the OEM versions can only be used on one computer.






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