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Macrium versus Acronis in cloning laptop drive. Seems a difference

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#1 pcumming


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 07:37 PM

Macrium versus Acronis in cloning laptop drive. Seems  a difference
I have used Acronis for years. In order to clone a laptop drive I have been told to take out the internal laptop drive and attach via USB. Then put drive I want to clone TO in the laptop. Then I would boot with the Acronis(14) USB media I had created. I would clone from the Source (external USB former internal laptop drive) to the laptop drive I just inserted. When done I would remove the USB cable and could boot directly from the drive in the laptop if desired. Have tried this and it works fine using Windows 8.1 (Do not have Win 10 at this time).
Macrium--from what I read in several places (I do not own software yet) you DO NOT have to take out the current internal laptop drive and attach as USB. You would simply attach a new or previous drive to the laptop via USB then run the clone option. This will create a bootable drive that when done I could insert in the laptop to boot.
Is this correct?
Thank you very much


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#2 britechguy


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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.

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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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