Some time ago I posted a question about finding software that can make an exact clone of my hard drive. I want to clone my hard drive to a larger hard drive. Remove the current hard drive and install the cloned hard drive to take its place. It needs to be able to boot an function exactly like the hard drive it is replacing with nothing lost or changed. I was told to download "Macrium Reflect Free version". I did download it and just got around to trying to use it to clone my hard drive. I installed the software on a test PC running Windows XP and it installed perfectly. When I start the Macrium Reflect software it appears to only be able to make image backups not clone a hard drive. Am I missing something?
(Solved) - Macrium Reflect Free version for to clone hd(12 posts)
OK; with StringJunky assistance I was able to get it to do a clone. Thank you StringJunky. However; the purpose of doing this clone was to get a larger hard drive for my C drive. It did not give me the option to expand the partition to the entire size of the new hard drive. Way back in the dark ages I had software that could clone and expand to use the entire hard drive. Is that option in this software and I am again working with my blinders on or is this software unable to do what I want?
I've never done a clone with it but if you use the default image function you do get the option to expand. As far as I remember, an image would have put the files as they were in the original. I see no point in using a clone....you gain nothing except a much bigger space-wasting file to store. An image of a 20gb partition is typically 8GB compared to the full 20GB for a clone. It's YOUR computer though and I'll help you do it the way you want it, if I can. ;)
Edit: Read this; http://kb.macrium.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50081.aspx
Thanks whs for jogging my memory. I went to the command line and used the diskpart.exe command to expand the partition and it work beautifully. Now the next step is to test this clone with the extended partition. I will be taking out the current C drive and installing this new cloned and expanded partition hard drive as the C drive then attempt to start up the computer booting from this drive. I will let you know the outcome tomorrow. Thanks whs.
Everything worked great. I took out the C drive, set the cloned hard drive with the expanded partition to use the entire drive to master and installed it as the C drive. The computer booted perfect and I now have the much larger C drive with everything looking and working as before. Thanks everyone for all your help.
If this is an XP (or Vista) system on the SSD, periodic Secure Erase operations would be in order. Only Windows 7 supports Trim and without it, your Write performance will degrade over time.
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