Ways To Clone hard drives/ ssds

  1.    30 Jun 2016 #1

    Ways To Clone hard drives/ ssds

    I figure the people who are into building pcs would also have great knowlege of hard drive duplications.
    Our defense is making a duplicate of all those little marks on the hard drives. Take marc one 0 on sector what ever and track whatever and put that on the other drive sector 0 track 0 or wherever it starts and make a duplicate of this haystack when its working that way when its not I dont have to spend a lot of time fussing with it. You all on this "PC Custom Builds and Overclocking" I beg you for wisdom about making hard drive clones, making images of a partition, making an image of hard drives.
    What is a NT signature ? How do I see and know if the boot sector has what the bios or UEFI is after. ( hex editors )
    Is there a Computer that works really well for making clones of drives. I want to set one of them up for doing just clones - Or would it be better to by a disk duplicator ?
    Any tricks that make hard drive duplications successful. Any useful bits of information about hdd ssd duplications. Should I begin to learn linux ? And when in the server environment what applications do they use for this. Mirror Raid ?
    Thus far I am exploring software packages both free and paid. But I am seeing that Windows 7 -10 have built in commands for this. It looks like I need to work with powershell more as well.
    Its all about the BIOS and the UEFI when it comes to booting? Its the program that says no I wont boot or yes I will boot. Or maybe windows has some conditions that must be met as well. I need to find out what the conditions must be for a drive to boot in order to diagnose why a drive wont boot.
    One thing that totally baffels me is why I need to wipe my ssd clean before I do a clone otherwise it will not boot. This baffels me because I thought when I cloned a drive it wiped EVERY thing off.
    Also the people who write these programs to do hard drive imaging, are these glorified batch files with a user interface. If so would there be a way to view the commands that is makes ? Do hard drives have a program embedded in there chips that can be looked at in any way. ?
    Last edited by DonMurray; 30 Jun 2016 at 08:57.
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  2.    30 Jun 2016 #2

    Ok I see there are forums just for this subject alone. But still you all might have some tips for me. THank you
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  3.    02 Jul 2016 #3

    No need to build an extra pc for it. Just take whatever machine you have (laptop, old pc...), install a decent backup/ cloning software like Paragon Hard Disk Manager (Pro), Acronis True Image, Macrium Reflect... Any computer that is not older than 5 - 6 years can easily clone HDD's as background task. A laptop would be ideal since those usually need less power than desktop PC's. Plus they are portable so you can take them wherever you need.
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  4.    05 Jul 2016 #4

    I had zero problems cloning my old drive to my SSD and new bigger drive. I used Macrium Reflect, so simple to use and effective as well.
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  5.    24 Aug 2016 #5

    I have use simple way of use the partition wizard cloning my hard drive in windows.
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       24 Aug 2016 #6

    I have used Macrium Reflect to do this and it works very well :)

    Macrium Reflect Free
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  7.    24 Aug 2016 #7

    Stephanie said: View Post
    I have used Macrium Reflect to do this and it works very well :)

    Macrium Reflect Free
    100% agree - Macrium Reflect is a jewel in the crown.
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  8.    25 Aug 2016 #8

    Thanks all for all the info ! I now am wondering what applications are looking for when they have found themselves on a different drive that they have been cloned to.. Like an ssd upgrade. Would the applications know that they have been cloned to a same size brand drive ? Or are they looking at some number on a chip in the hard drive. ? It would be nice to know I had a working known good clone of all my os and its painstaking setup. An image of a drive only proves good when it actually restores. I have used Macrium and really liked it. I see it is really free for home use so I am going to download the newest version and install it. I looked at their business pricing and wow. I think it might be worth it if I was supporting an attorney office or such.
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