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Cloning Hard Drive

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June 11, 2014 10:39:11 AM

I recently installed a SSD on my system and re-installed Windows 7 on it, and pretty much have my system the way I want it with the programs I want. I want to use my old conventional hard drive as a secondary drive and a place to back up my system. First off, what's the best way to do erase this drive as I believe I still have some hard to remove malware on this? Should I just format it, or what is the best way? And then when I create a clone of my SSD, will it make it's own partition, or do I have to do that first? I want to have my backup image on a section of that disk, but also use it for files like music and photos.

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June 11, 2014 10:53:02 AM

You can just format the old hard drive. As far as cloning the ssd, the cloning software will give you the choice to clone a duplicate partition of the same size or use the entire size of the old hard drive. You may want to make a back up image that is not a clone. You can save space that way and not worry that it will potentially boot to the cloned image on the hard drive.
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June 11, 2014 11:37:55 AM

Before you do this, create an aligned partition on your SSD. This is important for performance. The Win7 installer does a good job of this.

You can also use something like a GPARTED live CD to create the partition and also clone/resize the data from the other drive into the new partition..
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June 11, 2014 11:39:49 AM

hans_pcguy said:
You can just format the old hard drive. As far as cloning the ssd, the cloning software will give you the choice to clone a duplicate partition of the same size or use the entire size of the old hard drive. You may want to make a back up image that is not a clone. You can save space that way and not worry that it will potentially boot to the cloned image on the hard drive.


What cloning software are you talking about, and if I make a backup image that is not a clone, how would I boot from that if I ever needed to?
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