Best way to clone boot drive?

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by Megalith, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. Megalith

    Megalith 24-bit/48kHz Staff Member

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    So I'm on the verge of installing Windows 8.1. In the event of a fuck-up, I'd like to be able to restore the contents of my C: drive to EXACTLY the way it was before installation.

    Most cloning software should allow me to do this, correct? Ideally, I'd like to be able to create a copy of C: on another internal drive and restore from that if 8.1 boots up and there's something severely broken.

    My concern is that the restored version won't be a 1:1 copy or problematic in some way based on the sensitive nature of boot files.
     
  2. drescherjm

    drescherjm [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I recommend clonezilla however I myself would use ddrescue (being a person who uses windows and linux almost daily since the 1990s).

    Either of these you would boot off a linux livecd (or as I prefer a usbstick) to do the clone. Possibly with only the source and destination drive installed.
     
  3. Araxie

    Araxie [H]ardness Supreme

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    Acronis True Image, will allow to select exactly what folders do you want to clone from a disk to other.. i've used that software tons of times no single issue at all, specially the western digital edition..
     
  4. westrock2000

    westrock2000 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Windows has built-in Backup & Restore. Just type in Backup in the search bar.

    It will have you burn a bootable disc that will let you re-image the drive.

    It can restore from an image on internal harddrive, external harddrive, and even another Windows computer on your network.
     
  5. schmuckley

    schmuckley [H]ard|Gawd

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    ^This..and with the wd edition..You just have to have a wd drive plugged in,It doesn't have to be involved...and it's free! :D

    Or you can use an Older Hiren's boot cd and Norton Ghost.
    You have to go back several versions, though.
     
  6. REDYOUCH

    REDYOUCH [H]ardness Supreme

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    I use GParted. Why not just install fresh on a new drive?
     
  7. Brahmzy

    Brahmzy [H]ardness Supreme

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    That's what I was thinkin. New OS, fresh install.
     
  8. Firebug24k

    Firebug24k [H]Lite

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    It takes extra work with GParted to get all the boot sector stuff correct - not that I don't love GParted, but Clonezilla is a better option in this case.
     
  9. Shockey

    Shockey [H]ard|Gawd

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    clonezilla is what i used to move from spinning disk to SSD :) and several other systems.
     
  10. REDYOUCH

    REDYOUCH [H]ardness Supreme

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    You have to click the partition, go to manage flags, and click the "boot" checkbox.

    Not that much work.
     
  11. joe123321

    joe123321 n00b

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    gparted/clonezilla for sure.