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Posted 31 July 2017 - 07:37 PM
Posted 31 July 2017 - 10:34 PM
You should be able to do a clone either way if you're not booting the operating system to do so, but using a bootable version of the clone utility.
If you clone from the internal hard drive to an external one that will replace it then you're going to have to do the drive swap after you're done. If you're going to clone from what had been your internal drive, but want it to go on to the replacement drive with the replacement drive already in place, you'd do what you've been doing.
When I've done clones in the past I generally leave the existing drive in the computer, clone to an external drive, then swap the newly cloned drive in.
Brian AKA Bri the Tech Guy (my website address is in my profile) Windows 10 Home, 64-bit, Version 1709, Build 16299
Posted 01 August 2017 - 06:52 PM
Sometimes it is necessary to use disk management, Windows or 3rd party, on the former target hard-drive which is now the internal hard-drive, to mark the boot partition Active, and ensure it is also Primary. I have not been able to figure why it is sometimes necessary.
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