I hope this is the right forum for this. I have a Windows 7 64 bit PC and I have all my data on a secondary drive so that my C drive just has Windows and the installed programs. Being the paranoid sort of guy that i am, i would like to clone my C drive so that if it ever goes down, i can put the clone in and be off again. I heard that when cloning the C drive, you should plug the blank drive you're making the clone on in the same SATA connector on the motherboard that the original C drive uses (then move the original C drive temporarily). Something about it helping with geometry. Is that true? I wouldn't think it would matter if you're making an exact copy.
If it does matter, what if the C drive is plugged into slot "1", I plug the clone into slot 2 and then, if the C drive ever goes bad, i just replace it but have the clone run from slot "2" thereafter. Wouldn't that solve the issue?
also, a crazy question. I'm going to want to do this again from time to time as i add/update programs and i don't feel like taking off the side of the machine each time. What if i drill a hole in the side, hook up a Sata cable to the motherboard, put it through the hole and maybe seal it in place with a grommet, then tape the cable to the side of the PC so it's handy. Of course, i'd still have to supply power to the drive i was hooking up but i have an adpater that plugs into the wall for that. Would that work?
Edited by hamluis, 11 October 2017 - 06:37 PM.
Moved from Internal Hardware to Backup/Imaging/Disk Mgmt - Hamluis.