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How do I copy the entire OS from one hard drive to another?

by Magic-wand / November 17, 2012 4:37 AM PST

Which tool is to be used?


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The one you like.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 17, 2012 4:43 AM PST

We have Acronis, CloneZilla and a dozen others. Many choices.

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Is it needed to format or clear the drive before coping?
by Magic-wand / November 17, 2012 8:39 AM PST
In reply to: The one you like.

The target drive is Momentus XT, which is bigger than the original drive, has been installed the window 8 preview version with advanced format.

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With the target drive being bigger ...
by Edward ODaniel / November 17, 2012 9:12 AM PST

you really do not have to do anything but run the cloning application of your choice and follow its instructions. Acronis True Image costs a few bucks but is worth every penny and Clonezilla works quite well for many but it is command based and these days many are not comfortable with a command line interface.
Here is a helpful link for Clonezilla:

Macrium Reflect Free is a pretty decent piece of cloning software and actually most drive manufacturers offer their own drive installation software that includes cloning.

Here is a helpful link that steps you through Macrium Reflect's cloning a drive (with screenshots):

note that with either cloning does not require partitioning or deletion of partitions by the user as the utility handles this.

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