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A question for any ACRONIS users


Graphicool1
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Hi, my WD SATA 500GB HD (2 years old) is showing signs of going belly up sometime soon. I've run a diagnostic and I'm being told it can probably be fixed. However they are telling me to back-up the drive because there maybe some data loss. They've given me free ACRONIS cloning software. The disk to be cloned is 240GB of data, I want to move it to an external IDE drive. The external drive is 1T of which only 833GB is used.

My Question is...

Can I move the cloned image to this drive without it overwriting the data already there. Or does the drive it's moved to have to be empty?

ASAP Please, every second lost is a second closer to my breakdown!

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lotvic

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Good point there xox101, it would be better to just copy the personal My documents data folder over to the external harddrive. Then original contents of My Docs on C: can be deleted which makes a much smaller GB to be cloned and/or .tib'ed with Acronis.

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bumpkin

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Create a new partition on your external drive then you can transfer all you you require by whatever chosen means without it interfering with your existing stuff.

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Graphicool1

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But if I copy from disk to disk using 'TeraCopy' will the disk be bootable?

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Graphicool1

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I'm now doing what you do lotvic, trying to get ahead of myself, although in my case it tends to put me back.

What I meant to say was if I transfer everything from the old drive to the new drive using TeraCopy. Will the new drive be bootable? I don't think so?

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bumpkin

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I don't know what TeraCopy is but if you use Acoronis then you can always boot from the CD if you need to.

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bumpkin

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Another suggestion, use "XX Clone" free to download, just google it. This will give you the option of making the target i.e. the disc you are sending it to bootable. Very easy to use but spend a few minutes reading the on screen instructions and go to "cool tools" and check the appropriate boxes.

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lotvic

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TeraCopy is not for the OS, it is for 'faster than Windows can do it' when copying your personal My Documents files and folders, for example to an external drive.

So it has nothing to do with making an image, 'bootable' or the OS.

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xox101

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Yeah...Teracopy is simply a replacement for the normal Windows File Copying which tends to trip over itself.

If you have a dying hard drive the most important thing is to get your files off it and on to another one as quickly as possible. Then and only then can you mess about with cloning. If the cloning operation goes wrong or it puts undue pressure onto an already on it's last legs hard drive then you stand to lose everything. If you get your important stuff copied over onto another drive and then try cloning you have nothing to lose.

If you only have one hard drive to copy to then do what was suggested earlier in this thread. Connect that hard drive to your PC, partition it so the partition is big enough to hold your files, copy over your files to said partition and then either clone to the remaining partition or install a new copy of Windows to it.

Then buy another external drive and copy all your files to it as well. And yes I am a little anal about backups. Comes from experience!

Provided you are extremely careful about which partition you either clone to or install on you shouldn't have any trouble.

For partitioning you can try Partition Magic or install Parted to a USB stick and boot from it. Do a google search for these programs.

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Graphicool1

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Hi Guys

Thanx for your input, however...

"the most important thing is to get your files off it and on to another one as quickly as possible."

I don't keep any important files on the 'C' (Boot) drive, they are all as safe as I can keep them. Multi copied three times and kept on three external drives. No, it's the programmes that I want to keep, many of them were free and are now unavailable unless you purchase them. Otherwise I would just install a new HD and do a fresh install of Windows on it. Then reformat or whatever to the other (old) one.

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bumpkin

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Do a full backup using Acronis or clone it with XX or use both if you want belt and braces. I don't think you will have any problems retrieving your programmes.

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