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User Info: The Sock

The Sock
2 months ago#1
I want to ghost my drive with Windows 10 on it onto another 1 TB HD so that I don't have to reinstall Windows and all that stuff.

What's the best way to do this?

Thanks.
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User Info: Master_Bass

Master_Bass
2 months ago#2
Clonezilla always worked for me.

http://clonezilla.org/
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User Info: JKatarn

JKatarn
2 months ago#3
If your drive is seriously about to die, it's probably not a good idea to clone the entire drive for various reasons:

1.) There's likely data corruption across the drive.

2.) Reading the entire drive to create the image could precipitate its failure.

3.) Transferring off key files first vs. cloning the entire drive ensures you get a backup of important data before the drive fails.

You generally want to make periodic system images BEFORE things start going wrong, not when failure is imminent.
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User Info: The Sock

The Sock
2 months ago#4
Master_Bass posted...
Clonezilla always worked for me.

http://clonezilla.org/


Thanks!

JKatarn posted...
If your drive is seriously about to die, it's probably not a good idea to clone the entire drive for various reasons:

1.) There's likely data corruption across the drive.

2.) Reading the entire drive to create the image could precipitate its failure.

3.) Transferring off key files first vs. cloning the entire drive ensures you get a backup of important data before the drive fails.

You generally want to make periodic system images BEFORE things start going wrong, not when failure is imminent.


Thanks for the heads up. I guess I'll backup the key files to the cloud then.
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User Info: JKatarn

JKatarn
2 months ago#5
The Sock posted...
Master_Bass posted...
Clonezilla always worked for me.

http://clonezilla.org/


Thanks!

JKatarn posted...
If your drive is seriously about to die, it's probably not a good idea to clone the entire drive for various reasons:

1.) There's likely data corruption across the drive.

2.) Reading the entire drive to create the image could precipitate its failure.

3.) Transferring off key files first vs. cloning the entire drive ensures you get a backup of important data before the drive fails.

You generally want to make periodic system images BEFORE things start going wrong, not when failure is imminent.


Thanks for the heads up. I guess I'll backup the key files to the cloud then.


I would just suggest you get your important data off the drive first, and if it's still working, then you have nothing to lose at that point.
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User Info: The Sock

The Sock
2 months ago#7
JKatarn posted...
The Sock posted...
Master_Bass posted...
Clonezilla always worked for me.

http://clonezilla.org/


Thanks!

JKatarn posted...
If your drive is seriously about to die, it's probably not a good idea to clone the entire drive for various reasons:

1.) There's likely data corruption across the drive.

2.) Reading the entire drive to create the image could precipitate its failure.

3.) Transferring off key files first vs. cloning the entire drive ensures you get a backup of important data before the drive fails.

You generally want to make periodic system images BEFORE things start going wrong, not when failure is imminent.


Thanks for the heads up. I guess I'll backup the key files to the cloud then.


I would just suggest you get your important data off the drive first, and if it's still working, then you have nothing to lose at that point.


Gotcha.

Luckily I don't that much important data on it. Just games and documents, and that's about it. I can reinstall the games and the documents of course are easy to move. The only burden is customizing Windows again the way that I had it, which takes me a week or so do to. Oh well.
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User Info: JKatarn

JKatarn
2 months ago#8
The Sock posted...
Gotcha.

Luckily I don't that much important data on it. Just games and documents, and that's about it. I can reinstall the games and the documents of course are easy to move. The only burden is customizing Windows again the way that I had it, which takes me a week or so do to. Oh well.


Well, as I said, mine as well chance cloning the drive now as if it does fail in the process, you have your important data off anyway, and if it clones the drive fine, you save yourself the trouble of re-installing/tweaking Windows.
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User Info: The Sock

The Sock
2 months ago#9
JKatarn posted...
The Sock posted...
Gotcha.

Luckily I don't that much important data on it. Just games and documents, and that's about it. I can reinstall the games and the documents of course are easy to move. The only burden is customizing Windows again the way that I had it, which takes me a week or so do to. Oh well.


Well, as I said, mine as well chance cloning the drive now as if it does fail in the process, you have your important data off anyway, and if it clones the drive fine, you save yourself the trouble of re-installing/tweaking Windows.


Will do. Thanks for all of your advice man!
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JKatarn
2 months ago#10
The Sock posted...
JKatarn posted...
The Sock posted...
Gotcha.

Luckily I don't that much important data on it. Just games and documents, and that's about it. I can reinstall the games and the documents of course are easy to move. The only burden is customizing Windows again the way that I had it, which takes me a week or so do to. Oh well.


Well, as I said, mine as well chance cloning the drive now as if it does fail in the process, you have your important data off anyway, and if it clones the drive fine, you save yourself the trouble of re-installing/tweaking Windows.


Will do. Thanks for all of your advice man!


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