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Cloning a hard drive to use as a back-up

I am wanting to clone my entire hard drive to a newer, faster, larger hard drive. I am new to this whole cloning thing. I want to install the new hard drive but keep the old one as a back up. But when I went to clone the hard drive, the Acronis software made it sound like it removed the information from the old hard drive. It this true or does it really "clone" everything to where there are two copies of the data?

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You're on the right track...but none of the imaging programs

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including Acronis remove the data from the SOURCE drive.

VAPCMD

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"none remove the data" Not actually correct with Acronis

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when transferring an image to a new drive, there is an option to delete or retain data on the old drive.
So it all depends which option he chose when cloning the drive, only he can answer that.

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Perhaps an option...but I've never seen or used it and it's

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certainly not a 'default' for imaging drives or partitions.

I use Ghost 2003 almost exclusively but also own several version of TI..perhaps 9, 10 and 11. Can't imagine many folks using that as an option until they've established the image creation was successful for the new/replacement HDD. That would certainly be a disaster to have created what one thinks was a good image only to find its not and have deleted the source data.

Thanks for the update.

VAPCMD

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Generally, it will not damage your source hard disk, but there is not one could guarantee the success absolutely. Why don't you try other product, for example, DISK COPY? It even is free.

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Any s/w provided?

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Didn't your new HD come with any s/w? If not then check at the HD support website and get that s/w. It should provide the service of cloning your old data to new HD. But, beware that you select the proper options, source->destination, etc.. You may also be required to prep your new HD, so again be sure to address the right HD. Depending on that s/w it may simply do all this as default actions. Most HD provide such s/w. Seagate offers Acronis(part of DiskMgr.) s/w to do this as I just did this recently on Seagate 500gb full retail HD package. good luck

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