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Understanding cloning

by tonyjeffs / March 13, 2008 3:03 AM PDT

Understanding cloning

I have two identical hard drives, C: (which contains Windows XP) and E which is empty:
If I clone C: to E: can I then remove the C drive and boot to Windows on the E drive? Does cloning copy the boot sector AND all the files?

Same for Vista which my new pc will have.

I'd use Powerquest partition Magic to do it.

My pc has a restore disk, but no windows installation disk. I want to make sure I have something to fall back on if I wreck windows.

Thanks

Tony

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 13, 2008 3:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Understanding cloning

"I have two identical hard drives, C: (which contains Windows XP) and E which is empty: If I clone C: to E: can I then remove the C drive and boot to Windows on the E drive? Does cloning copy the boot sector AND all the files?"

Just one more thing. Put the connections that were on C to the newly cloned drive. As to the boot sector, a proper clone does that for us. If not, you didn't clone the drive.

"Same for Vista which my new pc will have.

I'd use Powerquest partition Magic to do it.

My pc has a restore disk, but no windows installation disk. I want to make sure I have something to fall back on if I wreck windows."

Parting thought. I use G4U to clone drives since it's free and has a few tricks that some might like. Some users can't use it because it uses a command line. For me the three words I type in to clone a drive seem not too much to ask.
Bob

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If you donot want or donot know how
by lacsr / March 13, 2008 10:29 PM PDT
In reply to: Understanding cloning

Go the manufacturer's site for the drive and download the software they use to clone for free. Usually directions are there, too.
The cloned drive will be exactly like your C: drive. Remove the cloned drive before allowing Windows to reboot and see the drive. All set with a total backup of the C: drive in case you have a failure.

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