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Discussion in 'Security and Privacy' started by James Martin, 2017/06/16.
1 TB should have plenty of space to clone your 500GB _ you would have trouble going the other way
I've never done a clone before. Should I clone the new drive, or just restore a backup file to the replacement drive?
If I'm thinking correctly, I have to remove the backup drive and install the new drive in its spot in order to do a clone of the C drive. (computer only has space for two drives)
If I'm restoring a backup, I'll remove the old C drive, install the new C drive, and restore the backup to the new C drive? For what it's worth, the old C drive has three partitions (C,D, & E), and all are part of the backup file that also includes the recovery partition, and the hidden OEM partition.
As for the size of the drive, my old C drive is 500GB. How would things play out if I purchased a 1TB drive instead? Would that confuse Acronis?
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I've used AOMEI Backupper which is very easy to follow and use. I've used it with 3 HDD to SSD changeovers.
Don't clone the drive as it already has bad sectors. The files on these sectors would be corrupt on new installation. If you have image backup before the hard disk went bad, use that.
Only the software that created the backup/image can restore it.
If you are worried about a recovery partition get yourself a new 1 TB HDD and have a dell recovery disk or created a set. Try that. but first try an image if you have one created. retiredleaners method works but rsinfo makes a point . I'm sure they would agree with the idea to err on the side of caution and reinstall on a new drive then use any clean back up you have.
Not sure if my backup (tib) files have bad sectors or not. I did create a new backup this week after running chkdsk. Chkdsk fixed errors according to the report, but you say that can't be trusted?
I also have restore disks (made right after PC installation), and Dell sent me a Windows 7 install disk, too, along with necessary drivers (on a separate disk). I've often desired to reinstall Windows, but I dreaded reinstalling 3rd party software and subsequent customizations.
I have found that reinstalling the Windows is immensely satisfying in terms of speed. In fact I used to reinstall Windows annually till Win 10. Now various updates/Service packs do it for me.
That is news to me. One thing to look forward to when the time to comes to upgrade.
I used to do it regularly until W7. After that, starting over set you too far behind in security updates. Plus, I got tired of reinstalling Office and my other apps - especially downloaded apps. And lastly, Windows 7 and later just does not need it like XP and before did.
I never migrated to Vista so that does not count - for anything.
That's why Win 10 is blessing in disguise. Since MS is releasing 2 new versions annually, Windows is getting re-installed twice every year without doing a thing. And cherry on top - the installed software remain as it is.
I may do that yet, but for now, I restored a recent backup file after replacing C drive. Here is the latest chkdsk report...
Checking file system on C:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is OS.
A disk check has been scheduled.
Windows will now check the disk.
CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)...
214784 file records processed. File verification completed.
1124 large file records processed. 0 bad file records processed. 0 EA records processed. 64 reparse records processed. CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)...
283810 index entries processed. Index verification completed.
0 unindexed files scanned. 0 unindexed files recovered. CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)...
214784 file SDs/SIDs processed. Cleaning up 21 unused index entries from index $SII of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 21 unused index entries from index $SDH of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 21 unused security descriptors.
Security descriptor verification completed.
34514 data files processed. CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
33566496 USN bytes processed. Usn Journal verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)...
214768 files processed. File data verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)...
16829643 free clusters processed. Free space verification is complete.
Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.
157289468 KB total disk space.
89546828 KB in 165456 files.
103904 KB in 34515 indexes.
0 KB in bad sectors.
320164 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
67318572 KB available on disk.
4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
39322367 total allocation units on disk.
16829643 allocation units available on disk.
00 47 03 00 2e 0d 03 00 c1 98 05 00 00 00 00 00 .G..............
18 04 00 00 40 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ....@...........
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
Windows has finished checking your disk.
Please wait while your computer restarts.
Windows would not load the first time due to boot manager missing error, so I had to delete C drive and start all over. All seems to be well for the moment.
I'm marking this as resolved. It appears that Dell System Detect requires a newer version of .net framework (4.5 or higher) than I currently have installed.
Thanks for your help, all!