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3 Hard drives and 1 computer how do i clone this?

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August 1, 2013 12:55:52 PM

I have my current computer with a hard drive that works fine. My problem is i need to clone another hard drive to another using this computer. I was wondering how i could do this and if it is possible. To make this easier to understand i have 3 hard drives 1 is the one that is in my computer and i am not cloning. Another is the damaged one and the third is the one that is going to be used to clone with. Which drives would i have to slave and how would i do this step by step. Could someone please help.

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a b G Storage
August 1, 2013 1:05:00 PM

Are we talking IDE drives or SATA Drives? There are no Master/Slave relationships with SATA drives.

Either way it doesn't matter much as long as the data is accessible to all three by the OS, which in this case should be a bootable cloning program. I recommend Symantec Ghost (not free) or Clonezilla (free).

Simply task the program to clone the from one drive to the desired destination drive. As long as you are sure which is which you should be fine.

On Clonezilla you have to specify expanding from a smaller drive to a large drive using switches, though this part is GUI driven it can be confusing. Look at the documentation on their website. For Ghost, it is just an option and it handles it pretty much automatically.



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August 1, 2013 1:09:21 PM

Eximo said:
Are we talking IDE drives or SATA Drives? There are no Master/Slave relationships with SATA drives.

Either way it doesn't matter much as long as the data is accessible to all three by the OS, which in this case should be a bootable cloning program. I recommend Symantec Ghost (not free) or Clonezilla (free).

Simply task the program to clone the from one drive to the desired destination drive. As long as you are sure which is which you should be fine.

On Clonezilla you have to specify expanding from a smaller drive to a large drive using switches, though this part is GUI driven it can be confusing. Look at the documentation on their website. For Ghost, it is just an option and it handles it pretty much automatically.




Im taking about sata for both, This would work right?
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a b G Storage
August 1, 2013 1:21:45 PM

Yes. Since you are using a new drive to clone an old drive, you can even make mistakes and still have the original, so no harm done.

Your Drive - basically not involved, you could even remove it if you are concerned.
Drive to Replace, plug into the first sata port
New Drive, plug into the second sata port

Ghost
Older versions go by drive model number (be cautious with two identical models)
Not sure on newer versions, I pretty much stopped using Ghost at version 14

Clonezilla
sda would be the first drive
sdb would be the second drive
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