Cloning A Hard Drive

• Cloning A Hard Drive A Word of Caution:

Prior To Cloning Your New Hard Drive:
With your (Old), original hard drive still installed, please inspect your system for any Viruses, Malware, or Spyware with the Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware software you have already installed on your system. If you do this prior to starting your cloning process and come up clean, you should be able to now clone your new drive safely and should be good to go.

If you have a new system in place, or you just purchased your computer, you needn’t worry because it is a new system.

Your new disk is now ready for CLONING.

• How To Clone A Hard Drive
The moment you have been waiting for!

Step 19: Re-Launch Acronis True Image

1. Find your Acronis True Image Home, application icon similar to the one below, and double click to launch it.

• How To Clone A Hard Drive (contd.)

Step 20: Re-Launch Acronis True Image Splash Screen

2. Next, after SUCCESSFULLY launching Acronis, you will get this Splash Screen that says Acronis True Image.

• How To Clone A Hard Drive (contd.)

Step 21: Select Task Window

When it finishes, it will now bring you to the “Select Task” Window in the example below, where you will now learn how to now CLONE your New Hard Drive.

In the above window, select “Clone Disk”, circled in Red, the first choice
at the top.

• How To Clone A Hard Drive (contd.)

Step 22: Disk Clone Wizard Window

The window above says, “Welcome To The Disk Clone Wizard”.
“This wizard will help you to clone your hard disk drive by copying the
partitions to another hard disk”.

In the above “Disk Clone Wizard” window, and at the bottom, to the right, Click “Next” to continue.

• How To Clone A Hard Drive (contd.)

Disk Clone Wizard” Window (contd.)

Step 23: Clone Mode Window

Still in the “Disk Clone Wizard” this next window is called the
“Clone Mode” Window.

Clone Mode, (in white at the top):
There are only two clone modes and it says the following:
“You can choose between either fully “Automated or
Manual Clone Modes”

Just below that it says the following:
“Select the hard disk clone mode. You can find the description of your selection below. Press NEXT when ready to proceed”.

In this tutorial we will use ONLY the “Automated Mode”. Choose the default at the top which says “Automatic”. It has a Green Radio button
which should already have been selected

When you select one of the two hard disk clone modes, you can find a full description of your selection below, at the bottom of the Clone Mode Window.

In the screen shot example above, if you look toward the bottom of the window, in the middle, it will say “Description”. Then further down for Automatic Mode it will say the following:

Automatic mode is used for hard disk cloning. All your partitions from the old hard disk will be copied to the new one in few simple steps and make your new hard disk bootable. All your partitions will be automatically resized to fit the new hard disk. Note that you have to remove the old hard disk when data moving is completed. Suitable for most users.

• How To Clone A Hard Drive (contd.)

Disk Clone Wizard Window (contd.)

Step 24: Source Hard Disk Window

In the “Source Hard Disk” window above, select your “old hard disk” which is your current drive that has your windows operating system.

If you notice Disk 3 in the window above is Hi-Lit in Blue and corresponds to the Yellow Stripe Hard Disk that says “XP System (C:), 152.7 GB, NTFS, Maxtor Drive, Model Number: 6Y160M0 Drive, System Identification, four digit number, YAR5″.

Yours will say whatever your Operating System is, and the size of your current (old) drive.

This is called your “SOURCE DISK”, your original (old) drive that you will clone to the NEW drive you just added to your system.

Ideally you will be cloning your old drive size of 152.7 GB which was formatted to NTFS file system to your new drive of 152.7 GB.

Note the NTFS file system which we selected earlier when we added the new drive to our system. When you clone your old drive to your new drive, your new drive will take on “ALL” of that drive’s characteristics, hence, the word “CLONE”.

Select your (Current), (Old), Source Drive that contains your Windows Operating System now and Click “NEXT” to continue.

• How To Clone A Hard Drive (contd.)

Disk Clone Wizard” Window (contd.)

Step 25: Destination Hard Disk window

Destination Hard Disk:
In the window above, at the top, it says “Select the destination hard disk from the list below”. You will notice in this instance the destination hard disk is Disk 8, 152.7 GB, Model Number: WDC WD 1600AAJS-00L7A0 followed by four digits, 3E01 that the system allocates for identification purposes.

We know this based on gathering all of the label information on your new hard drive that we did at the very beginning of this tutorial. Now hopefully you can see the relevance and importance of gathering that information. Furthermore, that is also why I had recommended installing your New Destination hard drive into an External USB enclosure for this entire cloning process. I find it to be an added insurance against selecting the wrong hard drive.

Furthermore, regarding the “Destination Hard Disk” window above, when you choose your new hard drive that you just added, your Disk Number will most likely be different from mine, depending on how many other drives you have installed in your system.

This new drive you select from the list above will become your new Clone. It will become your current drive that will contain the operating system, with all the data and applications that were on your original source drive, (your old drive). This new drive, (the destination drive), will become an EXACT Clone of that original Source Drive.
(Your Old Drive).

After you have selected your NEW “Destination Drive” in the above window list, click “NEXT” to continue.

• How To Clone A Hard Drive (contd.)

Disk Clone Wizard Window (contd.)

Step 26: Non-Empty Destination Hard Disk window

In the “Non-Empty Destination Hard Disk” window above it says:
“You have already chosen a hard disk that already contains some partitions.
(This pertains to the Newly Added Hard Disk that we just added to our system).

Furthermore, it says “The destination drive you have chosen contains some partitions that might have useful data. The operation is possible only if the destination hard disk is empty. In order to proceed with the operation, you should either allow Acronis True Image to delete all the partitions on the destination hard disk or click Back and choose another destination hard disk.” (The destination hard disk drive pertains to the new hard disk drive that we just added to our system).

Please note, there are two choices above pertaining to deleting partitions:
1. “Delete partitions on the destination hard disk”
2. “No, I do not want to Delete partitions”

When you choose either of the two choices above, there will be a corresponding “Description” below that will explain the choice you have made.

For this tutorial we will keep the Green radio button that is selected by default, and will “Delete partitions on the destination hard disk”.

The description below pertains to that first Green Radio Button default choice.
“Delete partitions on the destination hard disk”.

Deleting all partitions on the destination hard disk will destroy all your data on the destination Hard Disk. Make sure you have chosen the right destination disk.

This is very important because if you accidentally select one of the other hard drives that have already been installed in your system by mistake, “You Will Destroy All The Data On That Drive”

In this case when we select the correct drive, there is no data to worry about because the destination disk we are choosing is the new disk we added to the system. We will want to delete all partitions which is already selected by the green default radio button above, which says “Delete partitions on the destination hard disk”.

I would like to now direct your attention to the very first two steps of this tutorial which discusses the gathering of all label information for your new hard drive, (the Destination Drive). One can now see how gathering this information will help to prevent any confusion when selecting your new destination drive for cloning. You will also notice that your new drive, if you installed it into a USB enclosure, will say USB in the window list, which will also help to prevent any confusion with selecting your new drive that you want to clone.

I have made this mistake in the past by choosing the wrong Destination Drive which was disasterous. My intent here is to pass on these two precautions to you that I discovered in order to help prevent you from making this same, disastrous, wrong choice when choosing the NEW hard drive to clone.

• How To Clone A Hard Drive (contd.)

Disk Clone Wizard Window (contd.)

Step 27: Hard Disk Drives Structure window

In the “Hard Disk drives Structure” window above, it says, “You can see your source hard disk layout before cloing and the destination hard disk layout after cloning”.

This window simply shows a before and after of your (Old) Original Source Drive, and your (New), “Destination Drive”, (Your New To Be Clone), after the cloning process has completed.

Furthermore, it says “Please review the source hard disk layout before cloning and the destination hard disk layout that will be created during the cloning procedure”.

When you are certain the correct information is displayed above, and To continue with the hard disk cloning, press the “Next” button”.

Please continue to Part 6 of 6 of this tutorial, “How To Clone Your Hard Drive”, (continued), to completion.



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