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How to clone HDD 1 to new HDD 2?

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So I bought a 1TB drive to replace my aging(and now slightly noisy) Samsung 1TB drive. What would be he best method for me to say transfer as in Clone / Image the old HDD entirely to HDD 2, So after that its just plug and play? I have 2 external SATA enclosures as well.

I want the best free program that would let me make this move from Drive 1 to Drive 2.

PS: Any difference between cloning and imaging? What is better and why?
post #2 of 11
"Any difference between cloning and imaging?"
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When you clone a drive, you copy everything on it onto another drive, so that the two are effectively identical. Normally, you would clone to an internal drive made external via a SATA/USB adapter or enclosure.

But imaging a drive is more like creating a great big .zip file (without the .zip extension). Image backup software copies everything on the drive into a single, compressed, but still very large file. You would probably save the image onto an external hard drive.
"What is better and why?"
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So what are the advantages of each?

Should your primary hard drive crash, a clone will get you up and running quickly. All you have to do is swap the drives.

On the other hand, if your drive crashes and you've backed it up to an image, you'd have to buy and install a new internal hard drive, boot from your backup program's emergency boot disc, and restore the drive's contents from the backup.

So why image? An image backup provides greater versatility when backing up. You can save several images onto one sufficiently large external hard drive, making it easier and more economical to save multiple versions of the same disk or back up multiple computers.
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"I want the best free program that would let me make this move from Drive 1 to Drive 2."
5 Free Apps to Clone Your Hard Drive
From the article, it looks like the free version of Macrium Reflect is the "best free program that would let me make this move from Drive 1 to Drive 2."
Hope that helps! thumb.gif Good luck!
post #3 of 11
I've been using easeus disk copy, partition master, and backup free for years now. no complaints at all.
post #4 of 11
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Thanks, looks like I'll go with easeus disk copy. smile.gif

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post #5 of 11
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Guys, do I need to format the new HDD (target) when cloning using the EaseUS? Should I format it or delete the partition or something? Because I actually formatted it and placed some movie files inside just to test it around. Should I delete the partition? And whats sector to sector cloning? is it necessary or good to tick? I will be leaving it to clone it overnight.
post #6 of 11
it will do that all on it's own. or it'll ask you before it clones
post #7 of 11
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Could I get some help here guys.

So I ended up using Maricum Reflect to Clone it since EaseUS was not making a EXACT Clone and automatically wanted to change the Partition sizes on the new HDD.

Now I was able to boot into Windows 7, but Windows XP started to freeze at the log on/ welcome screen. I tried to reinstall windows but it messes it up. Why cant I just click click clone it and have it work instantly? What am I missing here. Should I try a different software?
post #8 of 11
I'd use nothing but Clonezilla wink.gif
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+1 for clonezilla
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+1 for clonezilla
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Mondo Rescue and FOG aren't too bad either, tongue.gif.
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