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Do someone know about a hdd cloning software? What it has to do is clone my programs disk (where i keep all games and programs) over to a new higher capacity disk and without the need of reinstalling is preferable

And i need it (or instructions to) take the data off of my os disk reformat that and another ssd and make a raid0 then copying the data back to the raided disks, again no need of reinstalling anything is preferable thumb.gif

Any ideas?
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I use Macrium Reflect Free. Here is a good tutorial on how to use Macrium Reflect for imaging). While mostly used for imaging, it also does an excellent job of cloning. When cloning from a smaller drive to a larger one, it may be necessary to expand the partition to fill the drive the clone is on. Cloning with Macrium Reflect is simple enough you should be able to work out how to do it.

Cloning normally can't be used to transfer just a single partition of a multi-partition drive to another single or multi-partition drive. One has to clone the entire drive. Imaging is more versatile but requires that one have unused space to put the image, then use recovery media (which you can make yourself with Reflect) to restore the image to the new drive.
Edited by Lady Fitzgerald - 3/19/14 at 2:10pm
     
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I use Macrium Reflect Free (do not download from the homepage; this page is safer to download from. Here is a good tutorial on how to use Macrium Reflect for imaging). While mostly used for imaging, it also does an excellent job of cloning. When cloning from a smaller drive to a larger one, it may be necessary to expand the partition to fill the drive the clone is on. Cloning with Macrium Reflect is simple enough you should be able to work out how to do it.

Cloning normally can't be used to transfer just a single partition of a multi-partition drive to another single or multi-partition drive. One has to clone the entire drive. Imaging is more versatile but requires that one have unused space to put the image, then use recovery media (which you can make yourself with Reflect) to restore the image to the new drive.

+1, great recommendation! I use Macrium too and it's a great piece of software. smile.gif
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+1, great recommendation! I use Macrium too and it's a great piece of software. smile.gif

Thank you! I use (and love) the paid version but the free version will easily meet most people's needs.
     
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The best hard drive cloning software out right now is Paragon. It can even clone the special partitions that Windows 8 uses.

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/hdm-personal/


You can usually get it for less using promo code at check out. I got my copy for 39.99. Or you could just get the drive copy pro. Its cheaper and can be had for 29.99 with a promo code.

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/dc-professional/
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great biggrin.gif thanks guys or gals!

I've just bought my new drives so ill fiddle around with the software you have suggested when i get home thumb.gif
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or ya know, you could just boot a Linux live-cd and use DD + gparted, dd to image the whole disk and gparted to resize the partition to fill the extra space on the new disk.

just did that my self to upgrade the old 40gb ssd on my htpc to a new 120gb
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or ya know, you could just boot a Linux live-cd and use DD + gparted, dd to image the whole disk and gparted to resize the partition to fill the extra space on the new disk.

just did that my self to upgrade the old 40gb ssd on my htpc to a new 120gb

is that possible to do with a usb you think? i only got a external laptop cd-reader which do not let me read os cd's (at least for windows 7 and linux ubuntu LTS 12.somthing)

anyhow, ill start copying my media drives, since they do not require correct lanes and stuff so basically i just have to copy my 2 tb drive with programs which have to be an exact copy with the larger space.. somehow i do not wanna re install those 2 tb rolleyes.gif
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is that possible to do with a usb you think? i only got a external laptop cd-reader which do not let me read os cd's (at least for windows 7 and linux ubuntu LTS 12.somthing)

anyhow, ill start copying my media drives, since they do not require correct lanes and stuff so basically i just have to copy my 2 tb drive with programs which have to be an exact copy with the larger space.. somehow i do not wanna re install those 2 tb rolleyes.gif

yes simply download an Ubuntu .iso and use something like

http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/files/latest/download

to copy it to usb\

btw price: = 0
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Acronis Disk Director and True Image can be used to do a basic clone as well. An usb key can be created to boot on it.
I use mine (usb key with both software) to backup my SSD once in a while, was very useful to have an image ready to be restored when one of my ssd died.
I'll use it again soon to clone my actual rig ssds on my new ssds for the project rig. thumb.gif
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