AOEMI disk clone versus system clone, all of the c:\ drive is copied?

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  1. Posts : 1,238
    win10 PRO on 5 PC's and Linux mint
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    AOEMI disk clone versus system clone, all of the c:\ drive is copied?


    Looking to make a bootable backup of win10.
    Does Aoemi system clone copy all of the c: drive?
    I only have the c: drive, there is no d:\ drive partition on this hard drive.

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    System Clone/System Migration
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  2. Posts : 1,621
    Windows 10 Home
       #2

    With AOMEI or any other backup / restore / cloning program, if you clone source HD onto target HD, the target HD normally should boot up fine. Sometimes a disk manager must be used to Mark As Active the target HD's partition containing Windows. Do not have both HDs connected at the same time during normal non-backup operations -- ransom-ware can strike both HDs. If/when you ever need to fix a boot and load problem, do not have both HDs connected, more problems might occur.
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  3. Posts : 1,238
    win10 PRO on 5 PC's and Linux mint
    Thread Starter
       #3

    you did not answer specifically, will system clone backup the c: drive

    mute issue as the free version only does the entire drive clone which is ok
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  4. Posts : 1,621
    Windows 10 Home
       #4

    I don't know the answer, I have to learn exactly what a AOMEI system clone is and exactly how it is done. I'll listen in and learn alongside you from those who have used AOMEI's System Clone operation.
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  5. Posts : 13,803
    Windows10
       #5

    System clone will clone all files on C drive and required hidden partitions. Drive clone will clone all files on all partitions.

    IIRC, free version only has clone all partitions.

    I use minitool partition wizard free, as it can do partial cloning directly - you have to manually select partitions though.

    Even the great Macrium Reflect does not allow partial cloning directly, but does allow you to do it via image backups.

    If you just want to backup OS and not data on C drive, simply create a usb recovery drive or dvd from Windows.
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  6. Posts : 2,790
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
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    cereberus said:
    System clone will clone all files on C drive and required hidden partitions. Drive clone will clone all files on all partitions.

    IIRC, free version only has clone all partitions.

    I use minitool partition wizard free, as it can do partial cloning directly - you have to manually select partitions though.

    Even the great Macrium Reflect does not allow partial cloning directly, but does allow you to do it via image backups.

    If you just want to backup OS and not data on C drive, simply create a usb recovery drive or dvd from Windows.
    Not True. Sure it does.
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  7. Posts : 20
    Windows 7
       #7

    Clone and Backup are different operating tasks.
    To clone system with AOMEI Backupper, you'll clone entire C drive as well as required hidden partitions (system reserved partition for example) to target disk, so that successful boot ensured.
    To backup C drive with AOMEI Backupper, you will create a system image of C drive as well as required partitions to the destination place. But you have to restore the system image before you can use it.
    In your situation, if you have only C drive on that hard drive, there is not much difference between Disk Clone and System Clone. That is, the free version Standard is able to do system migration.
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  8. Posts : 1,238
    win10 PRO on 5 PC's and Linux mint
    Thread Starter
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    It did succesfully clone win10 and it booted also. However it added several partitions which were empty. 100mb in front of win10, a 60gb and a 500mb or something raw partition behind it. I deleted the ones behind win10, and win10 expanded into the space
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  9. Posts : 13,803
    Windows10
       #9

    topgundcp said:
    Not True. Sure it does.
    To which statement does this apply - regrettably I am not a mind reader .
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  10. Posts : 17,458
    Windows 11 Pro
       #10

    cereberus said:
    To which statement does this apply - regrettably I am not a mind reader .
    The statement that was highlighted in RED in your post that the reply quoted. Macrium Reflect Free will do partial drive cloning. You just have to drag and drop the partitions you want cloned.
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