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Solved: Clone or Image for Windows 7 with 2 TB PC

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  1. pbstpa

    pbstpa Thread Starter

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    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 620 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 5 Stepping 2
    Processor Count: 4
    RAM: 16126 Mb
    Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4200, 368 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 953866 MB, Free - 854043 MB; D: Total - 953765 MB, Free - 953619 MB;
    Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., M4A785TD-M EVO
    Antivirus: Trend Micro Client/Server Security Agent Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

    My machine is making a weird sound and I want to be prepared for the worst before I let a technician touch it.

    I'm running Windows 7 on my PC and am backing up files to a Microsoft Home Server but want a complete "copy" of my PC system (programs, files, settings, etc.).

    My head is starting to spin with everthing I've read and heard about cloning and imaging not to mention all the software choices (cloud or external hard drive) and if external hard drive is the way to go, which one.

    Can anyone here offer some straight forward, not tech talk, advice? I'm fairly competent with software, devices, etc. but sure could use some input from others that know about this topic before I proceed.

    Thank you!
     
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    It sounds like you want to make an image of the partition(s) that would be needed to "restore" your hard drive (or a new one) to exactly the system you are now running.

    Best to save the image on an external hard drive, although in a pinch a set of DVDs could be used. I'm sure some people favor one brand of hard drive or have an "un-favorite" but I haven't really seen it discussed. I have an Iomega, for no particular reason except it was on sale when I got interested.

    Windows 7 has a built in capability (which I will not bother with). Many people here use Acronis. I use the Macrium Reflect Free
     
  3. pbstpa

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    Thank you TerryNet. I've seen Acronis and I will look into the Macrium. I'm glad you addressed the Windows 7 tool. I saw it in the program but didn't see much conversation about it otherwise. Thanks again.
     
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    You're welcome, Debra. :)
     
  5. rainforest123

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    I have used Acronis True Image, on W7 computers, with great success. I have not cloned a 2 TB HDD, Debra.

    I have no success with Macrium, so I am unable to provide a comparison.

    Best of success.

    RF123
     
  6. pbstpa

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    Thank you for replying RainForest. I am leaning toward Acronis, the online backup version.
     
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    Acronis is simple and easy to use, and is relatively fast
     
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    I use True Image.
     
  9. pbstpa

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    Thank you Swiper and DaveBurnett. I'll check out True Image as well.
     
  10. rainforest123

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    Acronis True Image.

    An online backup will not allow you to clone your HDD. A clone [ or an image, my bias is towards a clone ] is what you will need if you want your programs backed up. It could be that I do not understand that which you want. Do you want the installation program FOR EXAMPLE, of Microsoft Security Essentials, or do you want MSE, as it appears on your computer? If you want the latter, you will need a clone or anb image.

    BACKUP IS VERY IMPORTANT!! :)

    You are welcome.

    RF123
     
  11. DaveA

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    A clone will only restore to the same size of drive, while a image will restore to any size as or larger than the original.

    If the new drive is large than than the original, then the restore will only be the size of it, BUT on can then using a partitioning program recover the remainder of the drive.
     
  12. pbstpa

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    Thank you DaveA. Good to know.
     
  13. rainforest123

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    Actually, DaveA & [ Debra ], I use Acronis True Image 11 to clone from a SATA 80 GB HDD to a SATA 120 GB HDD, and from a 120 GB HDD to a SATA 80 GB HDD. I have < 60 GB of data. Certainly 120 GB of data will not transfer to an 80 GB HDD.

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    I've also successfully cloned from a 1 TB HDD to a 250 GB HDD, with < 100 GB of data.

    RF123
     
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    From http://kb.acronis.com/content/17540

     
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    DaveA:
    Good to know :D that I was using ATI in accordance with their KB.

    Thanks for educating me.
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    RF123
     
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