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Old 07-08-2014, 09:15 AM
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cloning hdd on the fly..

I have an old win xp pro system running and I am aware that the hdd is faulty.

It has had trouble booting up in the past and I dare not do a chkdsk on it for fear that it will overly tax the hdd and cause it to stop altogether.

My situation is that I need to clone the drive on the fly, whilst the system is still booted up.

I used to use Ghost for this sort of stuff back in the day (10 years ago). I am aware that Win XP will kick up a fuss due to a different drive controller etc but I am sure there is a way around this.

My question is what "RELIABLE" program would one use to achieve this, and my cloning will probably be done the long winded way, via USB due to not wanting to power the system down?
 
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:01 PM
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For simply imaging drives to put on new hard drives I use http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx and have for a couple of years.
Usually I do it off bootable media but you can install it and run from there if I remember right without the need to reboot after installation...


At companies I usually use http://www.easeus.com/ when it is important to be able to move to new hardware.
 
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:43 PM
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Thanks Techwizard.

I have installed Macrium (free edition) a while back but not tested it yet.

If I have to pay for software that is fine. I am aware that the hdd controller will kick up a stink due to different hdd (win xp) but other than that I guess it should be ok as the hardware is the same, just cloning a hdd.

Would you recommend a paid for version of Reflect over the free edition?
 
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I've used Acronis for cloning and have tested booting from the new cloned disk- it works. I'm using a "toaster" (for the destination disk). The software is for Windows and runs (at least my version) on Win 7.

I don't know if it's compatible with XP or not. Oh yes, there is a reboot required for the clone process to begin, but the actually cloning takes place without loading windows - it has to be this way to fully clone the main disk - data and OS as well.
 
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Thanks Techwizard.

I have installed Macrium (free edition) a while back but not tested it yet.

If I have to pay for software that is fine. I am aware that the hdd controller will kick up a stink due to different hdd (win xp) but other than that I guess it should be ok as the hardware is the same, just cloning a hdd.

Would you recommend a paid for version of Reflect over the free edition?
As to whether you would be better off with the purchased versus free, that all depends on the features. The free version is all you need in order to make an image to be able to put on a new hard drive. If you want the added features like the bootable, be able to move to new hardware etc then the purchased version is the way to go. To be honest I have always used the free for my needs which is just to have an image to go back to in case something goes wacky during a repair and cleaning or replacing a failing hard drive
 
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macrium reflect works great....
 
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+1 for Macrium... tested and works just fine for me
 
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