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Cloning a disk

Postby SteveOC » Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:52 pm

Hello.

I would like to us EaseUS to clone a disk - I am replacing my Samsung SATA drive (which is logging spin retries) with a Samsung SSD if that makes any difference, although I don't assume so. It looks like all editions of Partition Master will do this (unless you tell me otherwise) although previously I have used it only for partition management.
I will attach the new SSD externally using a SATA/USB adapter cable which comes with the SSD.
I do have Norton Ghost 15, and an old version of True Image - but I want to retain both my System and Recovery partitions, in addition to the others, and it appears that PM will do this where they do not appear to do.

I have read through the instructions and the articles and have some questions :

1) It seems that EaseUS will assign new drive letters to the partitions on the destination disk during the clone process - but I want to keet the C: Drive on the destination as it is my Windows 7 system partition.
I understand that Windows may require a different drive letter to be used during the copy, when both drives are connected, but is there a way to change this (or maybe Partition Master does something under the covers after the copy)?

2)Once the copy is completed, I would like to be able to test the new drive before opening the netbook and physically replacing the source disk with the destination disk- my netbook BIOS supports boot from USB.
However, it states in the clone disk instructions that the source disk should be replaced with the destination disk before rebooting, and that both drives should not be connected at the same time - then states that one should not attempt to boot from the destination disk immediately after the copy.
Is it possible to test the new disk attached via USB *before* removing the source drive, as the instructions seem to imply otherwise, and if no, can you explain exactly what is happening with the copy?

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Re: Cloning a disk

Postby Da-Boa » Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:31 pm

Dear Steve,

If you want to copy to SSD disk, we suggest you use the EaseUS Todo Backup instead.
You can try the trial version first:
http://www.todo-backup.com/business/wor ... wnload.htm

Please refer to the link to clone:
http://www.todo-backup.com/products/fea ... -guide.htm
Please ensure to tick the option "Optimize for SSD".

Tips: If the disk contains system (boot) partition, please shutdown the computer after cloning, and disconnect one of the disks to boot up. Otherwise, it may fail to boot up with both the source and destination disks connected.

After clone, when you connect only the destination disk to the machine, the drive letter of system partition would be C directly. And we don’t suggest you boot up with both disks connected.
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Re: Cloning a disk

Postby SteveOC » Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:09 am

Hello Paul - thanks for your reply.

I took a look at Todo but it seems to say that clone disk is not appropriate for unlike devices. In my case, I am moving from a 160GB hard drive to a 128GB SSD, although I have deleted/moved files and resized the partitions so that they total <128GB.

As it happens, I did try using PM to clone and was unable to boot from the USB attached destination (SSD) drive.
I removed the source internal hard drive and replaced it with the destination (SSD) drive and was able to boot and the drive letters are indeed correct (C:, D: and P:).

One issue though........
My recovery partition became unhidden on the destination (SSD) drive - and the partition type changed to 07. Even though I hid the partition and changed the partition type back using Diskpart, Samsung Recovery Solution will not run but puts out an error message that says "Recovery area of the computer not found".

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Re: Cloning a disk

Postby Da-Boa » Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:17 am

Dear Steve,

We suggest you refer to the link for some information about the issue:
http://blog.lynxworks.eu/2011/10/repair ... -nc10-mbr/

Or you can contact Samsung manufacturer for help directly.
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