Macrium Clone of Windows 10

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    Macrium Clone of Windows 10


    I have a computer that has just been updated to Windows 10 from Windows 7. I have Samsung 1TB 850 PRO as system drive. I also have a Samsung 1 TB 960 EVO SSD as a back up drive. Right now there is an Image for Windows image of my Windows 7 system on it. To put a Macrium clone on that drive do I need to format the drive first? I am using the free version of Macrium.
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    WilliamP said:
    I have a computer that has just been updated to Windows 10 from Windows 7. I have Samsung 1TB 850 PRO as system drive. I also have a Samsung 1 TB 960 EVO SSD as a back up drive. Right now there is an Image for Windows image of my Windows 7 system on it. To put a Macrium clone on that drive do I need to format the drive first? I am using the free version of Macrium.
    If it is an IMAGE and not a clone then you can keep it on there if there is enough free space.
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    I think that space will be a problem. I would like to clear it out. My wife has a ton of programs and pictures. There is close to 400GB.
    Last edited by WilliamP; 27 Feb 2020 at 18:10.
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    WilliamP said:
    I think that space will be a problem. I would like to clear it out. My wife has a ton of programs and pictures. There is close to 400GB.
    Did you clone or image the Win7?
    Is it the one for the Win 7 computer you upgraded? I do not recommend getting rid of a backup of an upgrade until I am completely sure there are no issues that I might have to restore because of.
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    It is an Image For Windows image of the Windows 7system. I am sure we don't need anything off of it.The system was updated with a Windows 10 disk that I bought from Amazon.
    Last edited by WilliamP; 28 Feb 2020 at 13:06.
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    I decided to go ahead and give it a try. I formatted my back up drive. Then i cloned my C drive to the backup drive. I'm not sure what happened. It looks like it changed the destination disk letter.
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    I never use the CLONE feature I always IMAGE the drive to the external. I can keep several images on the same drive. Same computer or different computer it does not matter as long as you Name each backup for each different computer.
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    Why do you Image and not Clone?
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  9. Steve C's Avatar
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    WilliamP said:
    Why do you Image and not Clone?
    Imaging lets you save linked full / incremental / differential images and may be automated using a schedule. Also when you recover your PC using an image file you will not have a Disk ID conflict which you may have with cloning. Such a conflict will result in two connected drives having he same DiskID which could prevent your PVC from booting. I have never found a reason to use cloning.
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    Thank you for your information.

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    I have run a clone of my System disk and now when I go to this computer it shows a System Reserved (E) drive. If I click on it there is nothing there.What is it?
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