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Cloning a Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Prescott, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. Prescott

    Prescott Flightless Bird

    I have a 320GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive that I would like
    to clone to a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive. I downloaded
    the Acronis disk management software from the Western Digital Website
    and started trying to clone the drive. The Acronis Disk Management
    software showed the 143MB partition after the Windows 7 boot partition
    on the from drive, as Unallocated space, and it was clear that it was
    not going to copy it.

    I went back to the Western Digital Website to get the Acronis user
    manual, and the Acronis disk management software is only for Windows
    2000, XP, and Vista. It is not listed as being for Windows 7, and not
    surprisingly, it apparently does not know how to clone a Windows 7 drive.

    Does anyone out there know a procedure for copying the boot partition,
    and then using the install disk to recreate the boot manager? Or does
    anyone know of any free download that can clone a Windows 7 boot
    partition and end up with a bootable clone?

    Thanks
     
  2. Thip

    Thip Flightless Bird

    "Prescott" <Prescott@bogus.com> wrote in message
    news:huehg9$onb$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Does anyone out there know a procedure for copying the boot partition, and
    > then using the install disk to recreate the boot manager? Or does anyone
    > know of any free download that can clone a Windows 7 boot partition and
    > end up with a bootable clone?
    >
    > Thanks


    I've had mostly--but not perfect--luck with Macrium Reflect (free).

    http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp
     
  3. Roy Smith

    Roy Smith Flightless Bird

    On 6/5/2010 5:01 PM, Prescott wrote:
    > I have a 320GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive that I would like
    > to clone to a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive. I downloaded
    > the Acronis disk management software from the Western Digital Website
    > and started trying to clone the drive. The Acronis Disk Management
    > software showed the 143MB partition after the Windows 7 boot partition
    > on the from drive, as Unallocated space, and it was clear that it was
    > not going to copy it.
    >
    > I went back to the Western Digital Website to get the Acronis user
    > manual, and the Acronis disk management software is only for Windows
    > 2000, XP, and Vista. It is not listed as being for Windows 7, and not
    > surprisingly, it apparently does not know how to clone a Windows 7 drive.
    >
    > Does anyone out there know a procedure for copying the boot partition,
    > and then using the install disk to recreate the boot manager? Or does
    > anyone know of any free download that can clone a Windows 7 boot
    > partition and end up with a bootable clone?


    Go to the Acronis website (www.acronis.com) and download the fully
    functional demo to clone your drive. Just make sure you get the latest
    edition which is Win 7 compatible (Acronis True Image Home 2010).

    --

    Roy Smith
    Windows 7 Professional

    Timestamp: Saturday, June 05, 2010 5:21:51 PM
     
  4. Parko

    Parko Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 05 Jun 2010 18:01:52 -0400, Prescott sgraffire:

    > I have a 320GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive that I would like
    > to clone to a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive. I downloaded
    > the Acronis disk management software from the Western Digital Website
    > and started trying to clone the drive. The Acronis Disk Management
    > software showed the 143MB partition after the Windows 7 boot partition
    > on the from drive, as Unallocated space, and it was clear that it was
    > not going to copy it.
    >
    > I went back to the Western Digital Website to get the Acronis user
    > manual, and the Acronis disk management software is only for Windows
    > 2000, XP, and Vista. It is not listed as being for Windows 7, and not
    > surprisingly, it apparently does not know how to clone a Windows 7
    > drive.
    >
    > Does anyone out there know a procedure for copying the boot partition,
    > and then using the install disk to recreate the boot manager? Or does
    > anyone know of any free download that can clone a Windows 7 boot
    > partition and end up with a bootable clone?
    >
    > Thanks


    I've had no trouble with Acronis WD Edition, however, try Clonezilla.
    http://clonezilla.org/



    --
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    And bought a computer
    Set it up in the home
    Elusive big one
     
  5. gumby patrol

    gumby patrol Flightless Bird

    On 05/06/2010 3:01 PM, Prescott wrote:
    > I have a 320GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive that I would like
    > to clone to a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive. I downloaded
    > the Acronis disk management software from the Western Digital Website
    > and started trying to clone the drive. The Acronis Disk Management
    > software showed the 143MB partition after the Windows 7 boot partition
    > on the from drive, as Unallocated space, and it was clear that it was
    > not going to copy it.


    Use the software to create an Acronis boot disk and use that to clone
    the HDD. I own a few copies of Acronis and never install the Windfows
    software, just use the boot disk and it will have no problems becuase it
    just does a blind read. It's when you use the Windows software that you
    will get possible compat issues and soemtimes bad clones.

    BTW, Win7 has its own imaging software built in so you don't even need
    Acronis Windows software to do what you want, it will also make a rescue
    cdrom to restore the image without Windows installed. I've never used it
    but know the software is already there for you to use.
     
  6. Canuck57

    Canuck57 Flightless Bird

    On 05/06/2010 5:26 PM, gumby patrol wrote:
    > On 05/06/2010 3:01 PM, Prescott wrote:
    >> I have a 320GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive that I would like
    >> to clone to a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive. I downloaded
    >> the Acronis disk management software from the Western Digital Website
    >> and started trying to clone the drive. The Acronis Disk Management
    >> software showed the 143MB partition after the Windows 7 boot partition
    >> on the from drive, as Unallocated space, and it was clear that it was
    >> not going to copy it.

    >
    > Use the software to create an Acronis boot disk and use that to clone
    > the HDD. I own a few copies of Acronis and never install the Windfows
    > software, just use the boot disk and it will have no problems becuase it
    > just does a blind read. It's when you use the Windows software that you
    > will get possible compat issues and soemtimes bad clones.
    >
    > BTW, Win7 has its own imaging software built in so you don't even need
    > Acronis Windows software to do what you want, it will also make a rescue
    > cdrom to restore the image without Windows installed. I've never used it
    > but know the software is already there for you to use.


    Does it work? I ask this as I haven't seen a native home MS-Windows PC
    ever recover using MS-Windows native tools. The only ones that seam to
    work are vendor added recovery tools.
     
  7. Simon Jones

    Simon Jones Flightless Bird

    In article <huehg9$onb$1@news.eternal-september.org>, Prescott@bogus.com
    says...
    >
    > I have a 320GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive that I would like
    > to clone to a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive. I downloaded
    > the Acronis disk management software from the Western Digital Website
    > and started trying to clone the drive. The Acronis Disk Management
    > software showed the 143MB partition after the Windows 7 boot partition
    > on the from drive, as Unallocated space, and it was clear that it was
    > not going to copy it.
    >
    > I went back to the Western Digital Website to get the Acronis user
    > manual, and the Acronis disk management software is only for Windows
    > 2000, XP, and Vista. It is not listed as being for Windows 7, and not
    > surprisingly, it apparently does not know how to clone a Windows 7 drive.
    >
    > Does anyone out there know a procedure for copying the boot partition,
    > and then using the install disk to recreate the boot manager? Or does
    > anyone know of any free download that can clone a Windows 7 boot
    > partition and end up with a bootable clone?
    >
    > Thanks



    Partition Manager (Symantec) has a bootable CD which clones drives. I
    haven't tried it for Win7 yet but I am guessing the filesystem is the
    same as XP so it should work fine. It runs in DOS but does a good job of
    the actual cloning.
    --
    A: Yes.
    > Q: Are you sure?
    >> A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
    >>> Q: Why is top posting annoying?
     
  8. LSMFT

    LSMFT Flightless Bird

    Prescott wrote:
    > I have a 320GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive that I would like
    > to clone to a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive. I downloaded
    > the Acronis disk management software from the Western Digital Website
    > and started trying to clone the drive. The Acronis Disk Management
    > software showed the 143MB partition after the Windows 7 boot partition
    > on the from drive, as Unallocated space, and it was clear that it was
    > not going to copy it.
    >
    > I went back to the Western Digital Website to get the Acronis user
    > manual, and the Acronis disk management software is only for Windows
    > 2000, XP, and Vista. It is not listed as being for Windows 7, and not
    > surprisingly, it apparently does not know how to clone a Windows 7 drive.
    >
    > Does anyone out there know a procedure for copying the boot partition,
    > and then using the install disk to recreate the boot manager? Or does
    > anyone know of any free download that can clone a Windows 7 boot
    > partition and end up with a bootable clone?
    >
    > Thanks


    I use Clonezilla which is free, with no problems. You can't be using the
    drive you are cloning you know. That's why a cloning program like
    Clonezilla has a boot CD to operate the clone operation.

    --
    LSMFT

    I haven't spoken to my wife in 18 months.
    I don't like to interrupt her.
     
  9. Char Jackson

    Char Jackson Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 05 Jun 2010 18:01:52 -0400, Prescott <Prescott@bogus.com>
    wrote:

    >I have a 320GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive that I would like
    >to clone to a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive. I downloaded
    >the Acronis disk management software from the Western Digital Website
    >and started trying to clone the drive. The Acronis Disk Management
    >software showed the 143MB partition after the Windows 7 boot partition
    >on the from drive, as Unallocated space, and it was clear that it was
    >not going to copy it.


    It sounds like you were accidentally trying to copy partitions instead
    of entire disks. When you get into the disk clone mode, you won't see
    or worry about partitions. You're just dealing with entire drives at
    that point. Whatever is on the source disk will be recreated on the
    destination disk. Note that if you're trying to clone the boot disk,
    Acronis will require you to reboot so that the OS is unloaded.
     
  10. Bob Hatch

    Bob Hatch Flightless Bird

    On 6/5/2010 3:01 PM, Prescott wrote:
    > I have a 320GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive that I would like
    > to clone to a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive. I downloaded
    > the Acronis disk management software from the Western Digital Website
    > and started trying to clone the drive. The Acronis Disk Management
    > software showed the 143MB partition after the Windows 7 boot partition
    > on the from drive, as Unallocated space, and it was clear that it was
    > not going to copy it.
    >
    > I went back to the Western Digital Website to get the Acronis user
    > manual, and the Acronis disk management software is only for Windows
    > 2000, XP, and Vista. It is not listed as being for Windows 7, and not
    > surprisingly, it apparently does not know how to clone a Windows 7 drive.
    >
    > Does anyone out there know a procedure for copying the boot partition,
    > and then using the install disk to recreate the boot manager? Or does
    > anyone know of any free download that can clone a Windows 7 boot
    > partition and end up with a bootable clone?
    >
    > Thanks


    CopyWipe.

    http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/copywipe.php

    Download the CopyWipe for DOS, make a boot disk and work from that.

    It's free and I've used it with Win 7.

    --
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    but under the name of liberalism they will adopt every
    fragment of the socialist program until one day America
    will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened."
    Norman Thomas
    http://www.bobhatch.com
    http://www.tdsrvresort.com
     
  11. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    Canuck57 <Canuck57@nospam.com> écrivait
    news:ihBOn.43097$h57.10438@newsfe22.iad:

    > On 05/06/2010 5:26 PM, gumby patrol wrote:
    >> On 05/06/2010 3:01 PM, Prescott wrote:
    >>> I have a 320GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive that I would
    >>> like to clone to a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive. I
    >>> downloaded the Acronis disk management software from the Western
    >>> Digital Website and started trying to clone the drive. The Acronis
    >>> Disk Management software showed the 143MB partition after the
    >>> Windows 7 boot partition on the from drive, as Unallocated space,
    >>> and it was clear that it was not going to copy it.

    >>
    >> Use the software to create an Acronis boot disk and use that to clone
    >> the HDD. I own a few copies of Acronis and never install the Windfows
    >> software, just use the boot disk and it will have no problems becuase
    >> it just does a blind read. It's when you use the Windows software
    >> that you will get possible compat issues and soemtimes bad clones.
    >>
    >> BTW, Win7 has its own imaging software built in so you don't even
    >> need Acronis Windows software to do what you want, it will also make
    >> a rescue cdrom to restore the image without Windows installed. I've
    >> never used it but know the software is already there for you to use.

    >
    > Does it work? I ask this as I haven't seen a native home MS-Windows
    > PC ever recover using MS-Windows native tools. The only ones that
    > seam to work are vendor added recovery tools.
    >


    Yes
     
  12. Prescott

    Prescott Flightless Bird

    I went to www.acronis.com and downloaded the single workstation version
    of Acronis 10, and tried to install it, but it wanted to install for a
    particular user, not for the machine, and for that user it refused to
    install unless I put a password on the account. If something else
    doesn't work, I may do that, but for now, I'd rather try something else
    than have Acronis tell me how to manage my accounts.


    Roy Smith wrote:
    > On 6/5/2010 5:01 PM, Prescott wrote:
    >> I have a 320GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive that I would like
    >> to clone to a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive. I downloaded
    >> the Acronis disk management software from the Western Digital Website
    >> and started trying to clone the drive. The Acronis Disk Management
    >> software showed the 143MB partition after the Windows 7 boot partition
    >> on the from drive, as Unallocated space, and it was clear that it was
    >> not going to copy it.
    >>
    >> I went back to the Western Digital Website to get the Acronis user
    >> manual, and the Acronis disk management software is only for Windows
    >> 2000, XP, and Vista. It is not listed as being for Windows 7, and not
    >> surprisingly, it apparently does not know how to clone a Windows 7 drive.
    >>
    >> Does anyone out there know a procedure for copying the boot partition,
    >> and then using the install disk to recreate the boot manager? Or does
    >> anyone know of any free download that can clone a Windows 7 boot
    >> partition and end up with a bootable clone?

    >
    > Go to the Acronis website (www.acronis.com) and download the fully
    > functional demo to clone your drive. Just make sure you get the latest
    > edition which is Win 7 compatible (Acronis True Image Home 2010).
    >
     
  13. Prescott

    Prescott Flightless Bird

    I downloaded Clonezilla, and it is running now on my Windows 7 machine.
    When it is finished, I'll see if it will boot.

    Parko wrote:
    > On Sat, 05 Jun 2010 18:01:52 -0400, Prescott sgraffire:
    >
    >> I have a 320GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive that I would like
    >> to clone to a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive. I downloaded
    >> the Acronis disk management software from the Western Digital Website
    >> and started trying to clone the drive. The Acronis Disk Management
    >> software showed the 143MB partition after the Windows 7 boot partition
    >> on the from drive, as Unallocated space, and it was clear that it was
    >> not going to copy it.
    >>
    >> I went back to the Western Digital Website to get the Acronis user
    >> manual, and the Acronis disk management software is only for Windows
    >> 2000, XP, and Vista. It is not listed as being for Windows 7, and not
    >> surprisingly, it apparently does not know how to clone a Windows 7
    >> drive.
    >>
    >> Does anyone out there know a procedure for copying the boot partition,
    >> and then using the install disk to recreate the boot manager? Or does
    >> anyone know of any free download that can clone a Windows 7 boot
    >> partition and end up with a bootable clone?
    >>
    >> Thanks

    >
    > I've had no trouble with Acronis WD Edition, however, try Clonezilla.
    > http://clonezilla.org/
    >
    >
    >
     
  14. Prescott

    Prescott Flightless Bird

    Canuck57 wrote:
    > On 05/06/2010 5:26 PM, gumby patrol wrote:
    >> On 05/06/2010 3:01 PM, Prescott wrote:
    >>> I have a 320GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive that I would like
    >>> to clone to a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive. I downloaded
    >>> the Acronis disk management software from the Western Digital Website
    >>> and started trying to clone the drive. The Acronis Disk Management
    >>> software showed the 143MB partition after the Windows 7 boot partition
    >>> on the from drive, as Unallocated space, and it was clear that it was
    >>> not going to copy it.

    >>
    >> Use the software to create an Acronis boot disk and use that to clone
    >> the HDD. I own a few copies of Acronis and never install the Windfows
    >> software, just use the boot disk and it will have no problems becuase it
    >> just does a blind read. It's when you use the Windows software that you
    >> will get possible compat issues and soemtimes bad clones.
    >>
    >> BTW, Win7 has its own imaging software built in so you don't even need
    >> Acronis Windows software to do what you want, it will also make a rescue
    >> cdrom to restore the image without Windows installed. I've never used it
    >> but know the software is already there for you to use.

    >
    > Does it work? I ask this as I haven't seen a native home MS-Windows PC
    > ever recover using MS-Windows native tools. The only ones that seam to
    > work are vendor added recovery tools.


    I couldn't find the CD with Acronis True Image WD Edition that I burned
    before, so I burned another CD and booted from it. It still doesn't
    know what to do with the 143.5 MB area that Windows 7 creates when it is
    installed.
     
  15. Prescott

    Prescott Flightless Bird

    Parko wrote:
    > On Sat, 05 Jun 2010 18:01:52 -0400, Prescott sgraffire:
    >
    >> I have a 320GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive that I would like
    >> to clone to a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive. I downloaded
    >> the Acronis disk management software from the Western Digital Website
    >> and started trying to clone the drive. The Acronis Disk Management
    >> software showed the 143MB partition after the Windows 7 boot partition
    >> on the from drive, as Unallocated space, and it was clear that it was
    >> not going to copy it.
    >>
    >> I went back to the Western Digital Website to get the Acronis user
    >> manual, and the Acronis disk management software is only for Windows
    >> 2000, XP, and Vista. It is not listed as being for Windows 7, and not
    >> surprisingly, it apparently does not know how to clone a Windows 7
    >> drive.
    >>
    >> Does anyone out there know a procedure for copying the boot partition,
    >> and then using the install disk to recreate the boot manager? Or does
    >> anyone know of any free download that can clone a Windows 7 boot
    >> partition and end up with a bootable clone?
    >>
    >> Thanks

    >
    > I've had no trouble with Acronis WD Edition, however, try Clonezilla.
    > http://clonezilla.org/
    >
    >
    >


    Okay, clonezilla has succeeded for the most part.

    My Windows 7 computer has booted to, and is now running on the 1TB
    drive. I'll wait a few days to make sure that there aren't any glitches
    before I scrub the 320 GB Windows 7 drive and clone the 76GB WD Raptor
    Windows XP drive to it, but so far it looks good.

    Acronis WD edition would have scaled the partitions, but clonezilla has
    copied them across the same size so that now Windows 7 Disk Manager
    shows 633 GB of unpartitioned space, but that's not a problem. I can
    work with that.

    Thanks Parko and thanks everybody else.
     
  16. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    Prescott <Prescott@bogus.com> écrivait
    news:huh34f$64b$1@news.eternal-september.org:

    <snip>
    >
    > Acronis WD edition would have scaled the partitions,


    <snip>

    But the scaled partitions are just suggestions from ATI, they can be
    resized to your liking before proceeding with the cloning.
     
  17. Canuck57

    Canuck57 Flightless Bird

    On 06/06/2010 2:46 PM, Prescott wrote:
    > Canuck57 wrote:
    >> On 05/06/2010 5:26 PM, gumby patrol wrote:
    >>> On 05/06/2010 3:01 PM, Prescott wrote:
    >>>> I have a 320GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive that I would
    >>>> like
    >>>> to clone to a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive. I downloaded
    >>>> the Acronis disk management software from the Western Digital Website
    >>>> and started trying to clone the drive. The Acronis Disk Management
    >>>> software showed the 143MB partition after the Windows 7 boot partition
    >>>> on the from drive, as Unallocated space, and it was clear that it was
    >>>> not going to copy it.
    >>>
    >>> Use the software to create an Acronis boot disk and use that to clone
    >>> the HDD. I own a few copies of Acronis and never install the Windfows
    >>> software, just use the boot disk and it will have no problems becuase it
    >>> just does a blind read. It's when you use the Windows software that you
    >>> will get possible compat issues and soemtimes bad clones.
    >>>
    >>> BTW, Win7 has its own imaging software built in so you don't even need
    >>> Acronis Windows software to do what you want, it will also make a rescue
    >>> cdrom to restore the image without Windows installed. I've never used it
    >>> but know the software is already there for you to use.

    >>
    >> Does it work? I ask this as I haven't seen a native home MS-Windows PC
    >> ever recover using MS-Windows native tools. The only ones that seam to
    >> work are vendor added recovery tools.

    >
    > I couldn't find the CD with Acronis True Image WD Edition that I burned
    > before, so I burned another CD and booted from it. It still doesn't know
    > what to do with the 143.5 MB area that Windows 7 creates when it is
    > installed.


    My comment was aimed at the OS, never have used Acronis so I don't know
    it. But MS Windows OS utilities supplied by Microsoft, can't say I have
    heard people having a success rate with them.

    --
    Liberalism - a disease of envy, greed, entitlement and KAOS.
     
  18. Frank

    Frank Flightless Bird

    On 6/6/2010 7:39 PM, Canuck57 wrote:
    > On 06/06/2010 2:46 PM, Prescott wrote:
    >> Canuck57 wrote:
    >>> On 05/06/2010 5:26 PM, gumby patrol wrote:
    >>>> On 05/06/2010 3:01 PM, Prescott wrote:
    >>>>> I have a 320GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive that I would
    >>>>> like
    >>>>> to clone to a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive. I
    >>>>> downloaded
    >>>>> the Acronis disk management software from the Western Digital Website
    >>>>> and started trying to clone the drive. The Acronis Disk Management
    >>>>> software showed the 143MB partition after the Windows 7 boot partition
    >>>>> on the from drive, as Unallocated space, and it was clear that it was
    >>>>> not going to copy it.
    >>>>
    >>>> Use the software to create an Acronis boot disk and use that to clone
    >>>> the HDD. I own a few copies of Acronis and never install the Windfows
    >>>> software, just use the boot disk and it will have no problems
    >>>> becuase it
    >>>> just does a blind read. It's when you use the Windows software that you
    >>>> will get possible compat issues and soemtimes bad clones.
    >>>>
    >>>> BTW, Win7 has its own imaging software built in so you don't even need
    >>>> Acronis Windows software to do what you want, it will also make a
    >>>> rescue
    >>>> cdrom to restore the image without Windows installed. I've never
    >>>> used it
    >>>> but know the software is already there for you to use.
    >>>
    >>> Does it work? I ask this as I haven't seen a native home MS-Windows PC
    >>> ever recover using MS-Windows native tools. The only ones that seam to
    >>> work are vendor added recovery tools.

    >>
    >> I couldn't find the CD with Acronis True Image WD Edition that I burned
    >> before, so I burned another CD and booted from it. It still doesn't know
    >> what to do with the 143.5 MB area that Windows 7 creates when it is
    >> installed.

    >
    > My comment was aimed at the OS, never have used Acronis so I don't know
    > it. But MS Windows OS utilities supplied by Microsoft, can't say I have
    > heard people having a success rate with them.
    >


    And you never got past XP did you, other than your wife's laptop with
    Vista Home Premium.
    So you have no real basis for an actual opinion, other than expressing
    your outright hatred for all things MS.
    Asshole!
     
  19. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "Canuck57" <Canuck57@nospam.com> wrote in message news:6_YOn.146591$jt.109432@newsfe04.iad...
    >>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> BTW, Win7 has its own imaging software built in so you don't even need
    >>>> Acronis Windows software to do what you want, it will also make a rescue
    >>>> cdrom to restore the image without Windows installed. I've never used it
    >>>> but know the software is already there for you to use.
    >>>
    >>> Does it work? I ask this as I haven't seen a native home MS-Windows PC
    >>> ever recover using MS-Windows native tools. The only ones that seam to
    >>> work are vendor added recovery tools.

    >>
    >> I couldn't find the CD with Acronis True Image WD Edition that I burned
    >> before, so I burned another CD and booted from it. It still doesn't know
    >> what to do with the 143.5 MB area that Windows 7 creates when it is
    >> installed.

    >
    > My comment was aimed at the OS, never have used Acronis so I don't know
    > it. But MS Windows OS utilities supplied by Microsoft, can't say I have
    > heard people having a success rate with them.
    >


    I don't normally see your posts as I have you kill-filed due to your constant replies
    to the other trolls on this newsgroup.
    I have used Win7's disk image creation and recovery on several machines
    and it works just fine. You don't need to buy any third party software.
     
  20. Roy Smith

    Roy Smith Flightless Bird

    Well now that you do have your OS on the new drive you can expand the
    partition. Just right click on Computer (either on the Desktop or in the
    Start Menu) and select Manage. In the Computer Management window click on
    Disk Management in the left pane. In the center pane right click on your C:
    drive and select Extend Volume... and you can then specify how large you
    want the partition to be.

    "Prescott" <Prescott@bogus.com> wrote in message
    news:huh34f$64b$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Parko wrote:
    >> On Sat, 05 Jun 2010 18:01:52 -0400, Prescott sgraffire:
    >>
    >>> I have a 320GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive that I would like
    >>> to clone to a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive. I downloaded
    >>> the Acronis disk management software from the Western Digital Website
    >>> and started trying to clone the drive. The Acronis Disk Management
    >>> software showed the 143MB partition after the Windows 7 boot partition
    >>> on the from drive, as Unallocated space, and it was clear that it was
    >>> not going to copy it.
    >>>
    >>> I went back to the Western Digital Website to get the Acronis user
    >>> manual, and the Acronis disk management software is only for Windows
    >>> 2000, XP, and Vista. It is not listed as being for Windows 7, and not
    >>> surprisingly, it apparently does not know how to clone a Windows 7
    >>> drive.
    >>>
    >>> Does anyone out there know a procedure for copying the boot partition,
    >>> and then using the install disk to recreate the boot manager? Or does
    >>> anyone know of any free download that can clone a Windows 7 boot
    >>> partition and end up with a bootable clone?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks

    >>
    >> I've had no trouble with Acronis WD Edition, however, try Clonezilla.
    >> http://clonezilla.org/
    >>
    >>
    >>

    >
    > Okay, clonezilla has succeeded for the most part.
    >
    > My Windows 7 computer has booted to, and is now running on the 1TB drive.
    > I'll wait a few days to make sure that there aren't any glitches before I
    > scrub the 320 GB Windows 7 drive and clone the 76GB WD Raptor Windows XP
    > drive to it, but so far it looks good.
    >
    > Acronis WD edition would have scaled the partitions, but clonezilla has
    > copied them across the same size so that now Windows 7 Disk Manager shows
    > 633 GB of unpartitioned space, but that's not a problem. I can work with
    > that.
    >
    > Thanks Parko and thanks everybody else.


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    Roy Smith
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