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a b G Storage
July 21, 2013 7:30:34 AM

As stated by the title, I'm trying to clone my SSD to a partition on my new 3TB. Clearly I'm having a fine trouble doing it.

Here's the setup, I have a 128GB SSD, a 1TB HDD, and a 3TB HDD. My goal is to have a 128GB partition with a complete copy of the SSD and a 2+ TB partition with the 1TB HDD backed up and room for other stuff. Here's the problem. I can't easily get the SSD copied over because it is made up of two partitions. My 1TB HDD has 3 partitions, Id prefer not to have my disk in 5+ partitions, is there any easy way or alternative?

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a c 353 G Storage
July 21, 2013 8:04:02 AM

Why not just stick an image of the SSD on to the HDD.
My quess you are tring to protect yourself in the event the SSD fails - Great Idea.

What I do is use windows Backup app (Control panel - system - Backup. On left side will see "create a system image" The image will be placed on a Internal HDD in the root director (No new partition). once done you will be prompted to create a repair disk (Can skip and use your win installation disk to restore image).

Restoring is a matter of 10->15 Mins. Put in repair disk (or wind install disk) and select repair, then repair using a stored image.
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a b G Storage
July 21, 2013 8:50:11 AM

RetiredChief said:
Why not just stick an image of the SSD on to the HDD.
My quess you are tring to protect yourself in the event the SSD fails - Great Idea.

What I do is use windows Backup app (Control panel - system - Backup. On left side will see "create a system image" The image will be placed on a Internal HDD in the root director (No new partition). once done you will be prompted to create a repair disk (Can skip and use your win installation disk to restore image).

Restoring is a matter of 10->15 Mins. Put in repair disk (or wind install disk) and select repair, then repair using a stored image.


Oh so if I just make a system backup I can use my windows "disk" (I have it on a USB drive) to restore it from that backup. Can I do that for my HDD too? I have win 8on that one too. Can I backup from both of them?
One last thing, can I get it to backup on a monthly basis or something like that?
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a b G Storage
July 21, 2013 10:03:29 AM

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a c 353 G Storage
July 21, 2013 4:54:57 PM

Tom's must be having a problem - not letting me submit a resonse

Yes, windows 8 also has the same utility - BUT uSoft inter infinite wisdom Hid it.
Read this: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/windows-and-office/res...

A windows 7 and a Windows 8 system image may not (not sure) on the same HDD.
I normally direct windows to put the image on an internal HDD, but then copy it to a external HDD - I've also copied it to a thumbdrive (Need a 32 or 64 gig thumbdrive, depending on size of image).

As long as when you boot to the Windows install and have access to "repair" you are ok bet it thumbdrive, or DVD. If you have a DVD drive, might just go ahead and create the Restore DVD - It's like only 30 cents.

I 0nly redo this image about ever three months, since this is a OS + program drive - only really need to redo when you have loaded several new programs.
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a b G Storage
July 21, 2013 5:11:34 PM

Thank you so much, you have been a great help! I'm making a restore disk as I write this. I decided to put both backups in different folders on the 3TB. I'll back it up every three months like you said, I won't be booting from my 1TB often, but there are games on there I can only play from there. I got acronis backup something, its brought my computer to a crawl, even after I shut if down :/  hopefully uninstalling it will change that. Thanks again.
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