Techie Tuesday: Cloning a disk
It is possible to clone an entire hard drive or specific partitions on a hard drive. This is useful if you are upgrading to a larger hard drive. With Macrium Reflect you can boot the target disk on the same system after cloning. Cloning your hard drive creates a bootable new hard drive with the state of your computer at the time you undertook the clone.You can clone to a hard drive installed in your computer or to a hard drive installed in a USB hard-drive Caddy.
Windows cannot boot from a USB connected drive. This is a restriction imposed by Windows. If you clone your system disk to a USB connected external drive then, to boot your clone, the physical disk must be removed from the USB caddy and attached to your Motherboard SATA port.
Deleting and re-configuring existing partitions or configuring new partitions is possible with Macrium Reflect, so you don’t need to do this prior to cloning.
Show important information about MS Dynamic Volumes…
- Select the disk you wish to clone in the main application window and Click ‘Clone this disk’..
- In the wizard that opens Click Select a disk to clone to…
- Select the hard disk you wish to clone to. In this case, there is only one disk available.
- If you do not want to modify the order or size of partitions of the clone, click Next. This is the default behavior.Alternatively, drag the partitions you want to clone, the red arrow below shows this.
- In this example, there is 400MB of free space after the copied partition. You can modify the size of each partition to fit the new disk if required.You can delete partitions on the target disk by selecting and clicking ‘Delete existing partitions’..
- To modify the partition sizes, click Cloned Partition Properties and adjust the size of the partition by:
- Setting the partition size precisely using the Partition Size entry box.
- Resize the partition automatically by clicking Maximum size, Minimum size or Original size.
- Click OK.
- If required, click Advanced Options to change settings for this clone:
- Option_____________DescriptionIntelligent sector copyCopy only file system sectors/clusters that are in use. This reduces the time to create the clone as unused file system clusters are not copied.Verify File SystemVerifying the file system prior to cloning ensures that there are no file system errors transferred to the clone.
Please note that this may take several minutes to completeRapid Delta CloneCopy only file system differences between the clone source and target. This increases cloning speed dramatically.
Show more information on RDC…Enable SSD TRIMEnable SSD TRIM on the clone target to optimize the disk.
- Show more information on SSD TRIM…
- Forensic Sector CopyCopy every sector from the source to the target disk partition.
Please note tat this option is only necessary if you want to copy unused file system space and will significantly increase the time to complete the clone.
- Click Next.
The options to Add Schedule, Edit Schedule or Delete Schedule is displayed.
- Click ‘Add Schedule’ to optionally schedule your clone
- Make any required changes and click Next.
For more information see Scheduling backups.
- Review the settings and click Finish.
- Verify the settings in Backup Save Options and if appropriate, click OK.
- Note: Saving a backup definition enables you to run your Clone at any time with a single clickNote: You must save your backup definition if you have created Clone schedules. Your schedules cannot run if this step is missed.If you want to run the Clone at this point, select ‘Run this backup now’ and click OK.
- A Warning box appears, if appropriate click Continue.
The target disk for the clone operation will be overwritten. This is unrecoverable, so please ensure that the target disk contains no valid data.The clone operation now starts.
Incompatible Disk Selected
If you receive the error message ‘Incompatible Disk Selected’ when cloning then please see this article for more information: Incompatible Disk Selected