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I'm trying to clone my friend's HDD for him. I'm booting off of my windows install, and I have his HDD with his windows install on it and another blank HDD both plugged in. What is a good program that will clone his data from his HDD to the blank one, so it will boot off of the blank one?

Any help is greatly appreciated
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I use gparted for stuff like that.
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I guess I could use gparted, but i'd rather use a windows solution (read: too lazy to burn a CD/boot from USB) XD
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post #4 of 10
Seagate Disktools works well. It's basically Acronis. WD has the same type of backup/cloning software. I used it without any issues. It just takes a bit of time to fully clone the drive.
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cheers guys, I ended up using clonezilla. reps all around anyways =P
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just a quick question:

lets say i cloned my hdd. i place it on another hdd it should be able to boot up okay right? drivers and everything original form.

i'm planning to Update my Laptop to 7 but scared drivers might not work so imma clone and hopefully if the os7 doesn't work i would be able to put the image back on and load it properly without losing any data *crosses fingers*

SORRY IF I HIJACKED but IMO i rather continue a thread than make another. also pure info
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You often need to restore the MBR - see my mini FAQ linked below (boot drives and MBR)..
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post #8 of 10
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You often need to restore the MBR - see my mini FAQ linked below (boot drives and MBR)..
yes i get that but when you clone the partition should you make a boot device in order for the computer to recognize it from the hdd cause it doesn't have an MBR so you use the proggy to make you one and that should be able to load up the OS right?

also another question about Acronis is that for settings when being copied which setting should it be? the first one right cause your trying to make sure that the OS is bootable on the HDD with all files and stuff intact.... therfore my theory is that its just your copied OS on another hdd BUT can you copy that OS back to the original hdd if anything were to happen.
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post #9 of 10
If either are Western Digital drives, you can download Acronis for free: http://support.wdc.com/product/downl...19&wdc_lang=en

It doesn't always let me copy partitions so I usually just make a backup and then restore it to the other drive.

As for booting, you can usually put in your Windows CD and it will repair startup for you. You can also manually do it. Open the command prompt on the disk and type:
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bootrec.exe /fixmbr
bootrec.exe /fixboot
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well acronis ended up making my hdd into 2 partitions i don't know why but it just did. one containing windows os and the 2nd partition is like back-up back-up i'm assuming.

@IEATFISH: i will try that once i isntall W7 on my laptop and if it doesn't work out well *crosses fingers* i can take the back up and redo vista on this laptop all over and pray that all drivers and nothing is missing when W7 decides to fail on this lappy
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