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How do I change to a cloned hard drive?

Q: How do I change to a cloned hard drive?

I'm cloning my hard drive onto another one, but I'm not exactly sure what the process is for setting the cloned one as my No1 drive. My old one is on its last legs and I'd rather use it for my less important things. What will happen when I disconnect my old one from my computer and only have the new one on it?

Will everything be literally the exact same on the new one? Same partition names and everything? And if so, can I then reconnect my old one and use its 2 partitions just like normal in addition to the 2 new cloned ones in My Computer? And won't those partition names conflict?

Any help on what I should do for this transition would be greatly appreciated, thanks

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Preferred Solution: How do I change to a cloned hard drive?

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A: How do I change to a cloned hard drive?

If cloning goes OK you will have exact copy of old hdd on a new one.
Then you can disconnect an old drive from the mobo and the system will boot from the new drive.
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I messed up by making a cloned SATA drive instead of just doing an image back up. Now, because it's recognized as a real system drive, I can't get to it to make it a backup drive with an image vice a clone.

A:How do I change a cloned SATA drive to use as a backup drive

Sorry to hear you are having issues Beaner...

Not sure how politically correct that name is either... LOL!

I messed up by making a cloned SATA drive instead of just doing an image back up.

What application did you use to make this "Clone"?

Now, because it's recognized as a real system drive, I can't get to it to make it a backup drive with an image vice a clone.

Can you boot into your OS? If yes, can you see both the old HDD and the Cloned HDD? If you can positivly ID the cloned drive just format it and start again!

I can give you more details once you give me more details!
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When you boot into that windows 7 - what drive letter does it give itself?
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Can this be done?

A:Cloned hard drive


Apart from some very simple programs such as Solitaire and freecell. This will not work.

The host computer would need the programs installed to have all the correct registry settings and files to run the program(s)

Things would also be very slow.


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A:Cloned Hard Drive

To add to the matter, I put the hard drive in my laptop to see how it would boot up.
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A:Cloned my hard drive

Maybe you simply cloned your 80GB partition onto a 120GB drive so you now have unused disk space. You may just need to resize your partition

You can use EASUS Partition Manager freeware to easily manage the partitions on the drive (including a resize if needed)
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A:Cloned Hard Drive will not boot.

ofladrt-have you got another machine you could hook the drive into as a slave?If you can do that to save documents to disk,save them there.It kinda sounds it's the long road but it may mean full reset(format) with xp and then upgrade to vista.
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A:Cloned Hard Drive Bad Blocks

OK, it is a mistake to partition or format the destination drive when using acronis. This will cause drive letter problems. Here is what I would do;

1 Download and run the drive maker's utility for checking the drive. If it checks OK, then there is usually an option to zero fill the drive or sometimes this is called a LLF [low level format]

2 Now that the drive is zero filled, boot with the acronis true image boot CD. Select your source [old] drive and destination [new drive]

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4 Once finished with the clone process, shutdown DO NOT reboot with both drives connected. After you shutdown, either pull the old drive out or just pull the pw connector.

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A:Replacing hard drive with a cloned copy

I know of no free image backup software to restore to dissimilar hardware.

Two good programs are Acronis True Image 2014 Premium or Macrium Reflect Pro. I have used them in the past.
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A:New cloned hard drive won't boot Vista

The new HDD dont have any Sata drivers installed for the new HDD. Reinstall the old HDD and boot from it with the new HDD still hooked up by Sata, reclone the old HDD to the new one.
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A:Cloned hard drive for new mobo, won't boot

If the hardware is different than the computer the drive was cloned from then it won't work. It needs to be formatted and installed with the hardware that the drive is currently in.
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OK, I have decided to reinstall XP to make all of drive C available, since only 60 gig is available now because the original drive was 60 gig. In addition, the appearance of bad sectors on the new drive is an issue.

My question now is whether I need to reformat the good drive which will be the boot drive. If I re-install XP, will the new re-install of XP reformat the drive or do I need to do a reformat as a separate procedure?

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A:Systems error with cloned hard drive.

I used the clone option and it finished successfully.  All the original files appear to be there.
Does this mean that the is no problem now?
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A:Inaccessible Memory on Cloned Hard Drive

Hello there,

It is absolutely normal not to see the rest of the free space in the moment. When you clone a drive you create the exact same image of old drive on the new one. This includes the size of the original HDD. However if you go to Disk Management ( type diskmgmt.msc in the search in the start menu and hit enter) you will see that you have one partition of 160GB and the rest of the space will be listed as unallocated. To use it you have two options ? you can create a second partition or you can extend the original one to take all the available space.

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Then you will get to choose and available drive letter to assign to this partition. Choose one and click Next.

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If at any point Windows pops up with the following message ?The operation selected will convert the disk to dynamic... are you sure you want to continue? ? click NO as this will most probably make your Windows unbootable and you will have to reinstall it.

If you want to extend the existing partition right-click on 160GB partition and select ?Extend Volume?. It will start the wizard and will only ask about how much space to add. Just select the maximum available space here and click Next, then click Finish. Once done your existing partition will be bigger and you'll be able to use all the space on your new HDD.

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I have also removed my old hard drive.

Does it matter that my old hard drive was labelled system amd the new one is labelled active in disk management?

Any help on this would be much appreciated.

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A:Format a cloned external hard drive

Never use any "wipe" tools unless you plan to destroy the drive. Some have been unusable afterward. There is never a need to wipe a drive you plan to keep.

There is no reason to "safely remove" a drive whose contents you do not care about. Data loss is a non-issue. Just unplug it.

A cloned drive will not work properly unless connected to the machine identically to the way the original was. It has the same drive letter and is set up to replace the original. It sees a different hardware environment than the original.

If it is truly a clone, then it will have the same partitions and structure as the original. It will also be a system drive due to the presence of a page file. Use a bootable CD to remove the partitions and create new ones.
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I get test diagnostics that appear. Nothing else...

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A:New cloned hard drive having windows update problems

I assume you have checked and the bios of your machine does support drives of that size.

Next have you tested the drive with seatools diagnostic?
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A:Switched (cloned) to new hard drive; only boots w/ old one plugged in

It is not the recovery partition that is the main issue. Your boot sectors are on the wrong drive.

This should sort it out,

1) Disconnect old HDD.

2) Boot from Macrium Rescue Drive, select restore tab, and click "fix windows boot problems", then it should list your C drive. If not, stop and come back for more advice.

3) Then click next, finish and boot sectors will be rebuilt.

4) Set pc to boot from new HDD in bios.

5) boot pc and check it is working ok.

6) Now the slightly tricky part is the Recovery Partition is on the wrong drive. Windows does not actually need that unless you decided to reset your PC. However, as you use Macrium, you can simply create an image backup of your C drive, or reinstall from scratch using the standard MS iso anyway. On my tablets, I always delete that partition and use image backups to an external drive instead.

You can backup and restore the partition to the disk with C drive using Macrium, by shrinking the C drive but you have to do something else to 'connect' it. TBH not really worth the effort.

7) reconnect old HDD, backup data temporarily to new HDD, and format old HDD, then copy data back.

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A:Cloned to a larger hard drive, but not seeing more free space

Look into Disk Management. You will find a lot of unallocated space that you can add to your C. Right click on C > Extend Volume.

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A:Hard drive cloned, installed. Win7 Home Prem.

Welcome to SF. I had a look around and this link could be a good read. I've had much better image successes with another clone program but I'm sure the Acronis is more then capable as well. The program I use is linked below:

EZ Gig IV Cloning Software with Data Select for Windows
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A:Installed & Cloned New Hard Drive - Windows Mail wont open

Well...a cloned drive is an exact programs that worked before should work on the cloned drive, assuming no drive problems.  I'd have to assume that problems now...were problems before the clone was made.
Why did you change drives and clone?
Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
Checkmark the following checkboxes:
  List last 10 Event Viewer log
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Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

Unzip to a folder. In it you will have two folders Win32 and x64, each containing DriveCleanup.exe for Windows 32bit and 64 bit respectively.

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This will remove all non-present drives from the registry.

Reboot and then plug-in your external drive.

The drive will be installed and hopefully you should be able to assign any free drive letter to it.

Please report whether it resolved your problem.
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Hi Matthew -

You don't need to partition the HD to keep your different backups on it.

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Hi KiityCancer,

What you say makes perfect sense. So, if a restart changed the drive letter to I, then H won't be there. Why not just leave it at I or is there more to this story...
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Welcome to Techspot!
Sometimes when you swap a hard drive over to another PC it doesnt like the hardware change.

Try the following:
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Your posting is a little bit confusing?
Which external HDD you have exactly?

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A:change system hard drive

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A:Change Hard Drive Letter

You can do that in Disk Management. Right click on the drive(s) and you will see. But you will first have to assign a different letter (e.g. M) to E or D to free up that letter. If you have data on E, it may lose the path though.
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Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Yes, it is okay to install windows 7 onto another hard drive.
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A:change hard drive boot order??

Quote: Originally Posted by msongs


I have win7 on the HD that boots up now. I also have another HD with the old vista set up. How can I change the bios so the vista HD will boot? tried a few things in bios but nothing changed. have sata system. the vista hd is listed as slave.

really what I want is to boot into the vista setup. I can get data files but want to see a program setting for access to internet (if that's possible), and that requires opening the program on vista, not the win7.


Hi and welcome.

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Kenn J++
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check out this thread: How to change icon for external storage
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Create a bootable pendrive with Lucid Puppy on it, boot from it and check whether you can access and retrieve your files from the external HDD.

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Into safe mode and login as Administrator and then change the user functions on that drive
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It should not be any slower on PIO 4 than it is on any DMA setting, they are capped at the same rate.

Ultra DMA would be different, doubling the transfer rate.

Could you help us out by:
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2. Telling us if you were doing anything when this happened?
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Quote: Originally Posted by daniellouwrens


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Hi and welcome to SevenForums.

I'm not sure I understand. These two internal hard disks are in another computer? What operating system is running on this other computer?

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