Windows 10: How do I clone a HDD Windows 10 -> windows 7? Solved

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  1.    25 Sep 2015 #1

    How do I clone a HDD Windows 10 -> windows 7?


    I have one computer with Win 7 pro and recently purchased one with Windows 10. Both 64 bit. I swapped my data HDD from the win 7 computer to the one running win 10.

    I now would like to clone the data HDD back to the older win 7 machine to have the information present on both machines. How do I do that with freeware or Acronis 2012?

    My reason for wanting to do this is that I have a dozen or so apps that I had installed on the older computer to save space on the small SSD. Several of these will not run on Windows 10 even after trying the compatibility option.
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  2.    25 Sep 2015 #2

    Hi! I'm not sure of your question. Do you have a program to clone a HDD?? I have been using Macrium Reflect free for years.
    It is very user friendly. I'm sure it would get the job done!
    http://www.macrium.com/help/v5/How_t...one_a_disk.htm
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  3.    25 Sep 2015 #3

    donetao said: View Post
    Hi! I'm not sure of your question. Do you have a program to clone a HDD?? I have been using Macrium Reflect free for years.
    It is very user friendly. I'm sure it would get the job done!
    http://www.macrium.com/help/v5/How_t...one_a_disk.htm
    Sounded good, but it's not free now, $70 for the home single user edition.
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  4.    26 Sep 2015 #4

    Hi News to me! Have you tried this site. It's a good site. No PUP's. Give it a look and post back!!
    http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/deta...e_edition.html
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  5.    26 Sep 2015 #5

    Just downloaded the free addition you show in the link above. Haven't tried it yet. Don't know why programs web site only shows you have to pay??? Thanks for the link.

    The install screen says it's a free/trial version. Don't know how long the trial lasts, or if it will work completely. I plan on getting a 1 tb SSD soon and will install the program and see how it works.
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  6.    26 Sep 2015 #6

    The Web is getting very greedy. You have to be very careful these days. All free programs are now using PUP's
    I have always trusted Major Geeks for down loads.
    You will love Macrium. If I can help you with the software, it would be my pleasure. I consider myself to be very knowledgeable of Macrium Reflect. It is highly recommended here on the forum!
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  7. Posts : 4,333
    Win 10 Pro x64
       26 Sep 2015 #7

    Maddad said: View Post
    Just downloaded the free addition you show in the link above. Haven't tried it yet. Don't know why programs web site only shows you have to pay??? Thanks for the link.

    The install screen says it's a free/trial version. Don't know how long the trial lasts, or if it will work completely. I plan on getting a 1 tb SSD soon and will install the program and see how it works.
    Install the Free version.
    +1 for Macrium!
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  8. Posts : 3,357
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       26 Sep 2015 #8

    If you already have a drive available in an external enclosure you can try direct copy and paste of files and folders for those things that will work on 10 and see the first drive reinstalled on the 7 machine once the 10 stuff has been hand picked and copied over to the intended drive. For the second desktop here of course having a dual boot of 7 with 10 on both no less the drive in the usb enclosure is now plugged into the second machine following upgrading the size of the storage drives on the main build.

    Acronis sees a free version provided by both Western Digital and SeaGate support under the Acronis WD for WD drives only and SeaTools rebranded for use on most drives. You can easily create and restore images made from any drive to the destination drive. You first need to agree to the SeaTools for Windows agreement terms on the page seen at http://www.seagate.com/support/downl...ls-win-master/

    So far they show that listed as supporting upto Windows 8 as far as compatible OSs but went right onto the 64bit 10 here and immediately detected all drives present.

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    As you can see things here are a bit more involved when it comes to push and shove data around! When going to click on the Seagate Recovery Services option that will open to a new web page where you can opt to purchase a data protection plan, recover data, or try the shareware option for "Get your data yourself" in order to download the trial version of their rebranded form of Acronis True Image. I still run the 2010 Home edition of Acronis T.I. on 10 here with it seeing great results.

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    From that page you will end up at Seagate where you simply registry to download the free trial version of the Seagate File Recovery software package. Or you can simply provide your email address for a free 30 day trial of Acronis True Image 2016 which for me would be the need to buy Acronis here all over not having an upgrade option from the 2010. Acronis True Image 2016 | Acronis

    They will simply send you the email with temp product key good for the 30 day trial will every function available during that time period. Grab an image to store and then plug in the destination drive to replace the first on the 10 and simply restore the image you made.
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    Dual boot - Win 10 Pro & Win 10 Insider (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       26 Sep 2015 #9

    badrobot said: View Post
    Install the Free version.
    +1 for Macrium!
    Always works....
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    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       26 Sep 2015 #10

    Maddad said: View Post
    Just downloaded the free addition you show in the link above. Haven't tried it yet. Don't know why programs web site only shows you have to pay??? Thanks for the link.

    The install screen says it's a free/trial version. Don't know how long the trial lasts, or if it will work completely. I plan on getting a 1 tb SSD soon and will install the program and see how it works.
    I go direct to the company site not some retail outlet when going to look things up!

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