Do I need to copy 'Other' and 'Unallocated' when I clone hard drive?


  1. Posts : 24
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       #1

    Do I need to copy 'Other' and 'Unallocated' when I clone hard drive?


    Hi,

    I want to copy a 4Tb hard drive to a new 8Tb hard drive (using Easeus 11.5 Clone option) but when I look at my drive list, it seems to have 3 partitions:

    - 3.64Tb which is the content area (NTFS)

    - 15.98Mb called 'Other' which is completely full

    - 1.29Mb called 'Unallocated'


    I have no idea what 'Other' and 'Unallocated' are. Are they even partitions?

    I'm guessing they're something that the drive or Windows creates for control purposes, so should I also copy them to the new drive when I clone, or should I simply ignore them and the new drive will create it's own version?


    Thanks.

    (using Windows 10 - screenshot attached)
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Do I need to copy 'Other' and 'Unallocated' when I clone hard drive?-drive-screenshot-2023-06-03-115518.jpg  
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  2. Posts : 15,581
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    tallonius said:
    Hi,

    I want to copy a 4Tb hard drive to a new 8Tb hard drive (using Easeus 11.5 Clone option) but when I look at my drive list, it seems to have 3 partitions:

    - 3.64Tb which is the content area (NTFS)

    - 15.98Mb called 'Other' which is completely full

    - 1.29Mb called 'Unallocated'


    I have no idea what 'Other' and 'Unallocated' are. Are they even partitions?

    I'm guessing they're something that the drive or Windows creates for control purposes, so should I also copy them to the new drive when I clone, or should I simply ignore them and the new drive will create it's own version?


    Thanks.

    (using Windows 10 - screenshot attached)
    That "other" folder looks like some kind of hangover from a previous installation - maybe Linux.
    I would just copy the NTFS partition.

    The small unallocated space is quite normal - there is always a bit of residual space left at end of a drive due to partitions being aligned to boundaries. You will not even see it in Windows disk management - just ignore it.
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  3. Posts : 8,221
    windows 10
       #3

    A drive copy means everything if you only do some the boot sector may not copy so it won't boot
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  4. Posts : 17,049
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #4

    I think you should post the Disk mgmt version of that diagram so we can all see what it says about those partitions.
    How to Post a Screenshot of Disk Management - TenForumsTutorials
    I expect that Other will not appear. If so, it does not need to be cloned or imaged.


    All the best,
    Denis
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  5. Posts : 24
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    Thread Starter
       #5

    Disk mgmt version


    Thanks - Disk mgmt version image attached
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Do I need to copy 'Other' and 'Unallocated' when I clone hard drive?-diskmngmt-screenshot-2023-06-03-143813.jpg  
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  6. Posts : 4,701
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       #6

    Unallocated is space that is not inside a partition

    Other is probabaly the msr partition which is recommended by microsoft on gpt disks. Though the minimum recommended size is 16mb.

    you can have a look with the diskpart command

    at Admin cmd prompt type:

    diskpart
    sel dis 1
    lis par

    see if that shows as Reserved
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  7. Posts : 6,660
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    SIW2 said:
    Unallocated is space that is not inside a partition

    Other is probabaly the msr partition which is recommended by microsoft on gpt disks. Though the minimum recommended size is 16mb.

    you can have a look with the diskpart command

    at Admin cmd prompt type:

    diskpart
    sel dis 1
    lis par

    see if that shows as Reserved
    I agree.
    The 16M (other) is MSR partition created when you set as GPT.
    Unallocated space is a drive space that hasn't been allocated to a partition.

    My answer would be, no you don't need to copy the Other or the Unallocated space on your clone.
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  8. Posts : 24
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    Thread Starter
       #8

    Many thanks everyone for that info - has put my mind at rest
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