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October 18, 2011 4:49:45 PM

Thanks for coming here to help me. My teacher ask us to bring the name of some software to clone HDD. That was yesterday and is for today. Does someone know a reliable and versatile software to do this? I know you guys are all beastified when it comes to PC. Thanks in advance.

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October 18, 2011 5:03:45 PM

Acronis True Image and Norton Ghost are both very good.
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October 18, 2011 7:12:21 PM

RetiredChief said:
You could always do this:
http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=kjrmc&cp=9&gs_id=q&...


It always amazes me that google and other search engines are the first sites to be hit when searching for free porn, yet they come to the forums to get the easy questions answered. Why? It makes no sense to me.

@OP: Consider yourself fortunate that others have answered. You have one of the greatest sources of information in the world, the Internet. When I was in school, I had to use encylopedias for my sources... I'm talking the physical books here, not the online versions.
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October 19, 2011 4:37:00 PM

Dereck47 said:
Acronis True Image and Norton Ghost are both very good.


Ghost has changed considerably and is no longer a quality program. I just tried to clone a hard drive to an SSD and Ghost killed both of them. AFTER I had my problem I went to the Norton community forums and found that lots of people have had the same issues. It is a known fault with Ghost and they do not plan to fix it until a later version of the software.
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October 19, 2011 4:52:17 PM

The only trouble with Google here is that it may produce a list, but not necessarily recommendations.
Anyway, I have used Acronis True Image Home for this specific purpose numerous times. It can be a little slow, but has worked well in each case.
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October 19, 2011 4:53:12 PM

cadder said:
Ghost has changed considerably and is no longer a quality program. I just tried to clone a hard drive to an SSD and Ghost killed both of them. AFTER I had my problem I went to the Norton community forums and found that lots of people have had the same issues. It is a known fault with Ghost and they do not plan to fix it until a later version of the software.


Good to know. I personally use Acronis True Image Home 2011. Thanks!
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October 19, 2011 4:59:30 PM

@ cadder.
Cloning a HDD to a SSD is NOT a normally recommendation.

From one of my earlier posts:
NOTE: Do NOT clone a HDD -> SSD, do a clean install with BIOS set to AHCI.
(1) Cloning will NOT enable windows 7 Trim, so you will have to manually do that
(2) Cloning will NOT align the partition which will decrease performance. Again can do manually.
(3) Was HDD setup using AHCI, If not you may also end up with a driver problem.

Bottom line Transfer Kit is worthless unless cloning from an SSD -> an SSD

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October 19, 2011 7:33:01 PM

Thanks to all of you that came here to help. I used Acronis but I used one called EaseUS as well and it was very easy. Anyone of you have used this EaseUS before?
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October 19, 2011 7:39:39 PM

cadder said:
Ghost has changed considerably and is no longer a quality program. I just tried to clone a hard drive to an SSD and Ghost killed both of them. AFTER I had my problem I went to the Norton community forums and found that lots of people have had the same issues. It is a known fault with Ghost and they do not plan to fix it until a later version of the software.

Many HDDs cannot clone over to SSDs, it has to do with the difference of technology, not the cloning program you are using
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October 22, 2011 7:51:01 PM

Best answer selected by theconsolegamer.
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October 23, 2011 3:38:24 AM

As a result of my recent hard drive cloning, I had some problems and did a lot of research. I found that the common cloning programs can have problems with getting the boot loader right, getting the Windows 7 system recovery partition copied in the right place, etc. And if you have anything more complicated than the standard arrangement it might be even more difficult to get the cloning done properly. The users manual for my program didn't cover any of this, I only found out by doing a lot of reading on their support forums. It would be advisable to do some research prior to beginning the cloning.
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