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How to Clone my System Drive..
show user profile  ScotlandDave
I've just plugged in a new SSD and would like to create a fresh install of Windows 10 ( using the free upgrade from Win7 ).

I've downloaded the Win10 ISO and burnt it to DVD..

But - what i would like to do is clone my existing C drive maybe to an iso file ( for convenience ) and just dump that to the second SSD, then wipe my original C drive completely and install win 10 onto it..

Basically just so i have a backup mirror of my current system in case it all goes balls-up.

So i guess the real question is - what software do you guys recommend for cloning a drive? There seems to be a few out there, but it's hard to know what to trust.. Preferably free if possible..

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12/2/2015 5:18:50 PM (last edit: 12/2/2015 5:18:50 PM)
show user profile  9krausec

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12/2/2015 5:19:19 PM (last edit: 12/2/2015 5:19:19 PM)
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12/2/2015 6:35:39 PM (last edit: 12/2/2015 6:35:39 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
If it's a Samsung SSD, the Samsung software will do it for you.

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12/2/2015 6:36:02 PM (last edit: 12/2/2015 6:36:02 PM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Thanks chaps. The original drive is a Corsair Force3 and the new addition is a Sandisk Plus 120Gb I got for 27 quid.. Just planning on using the Sandisk as overflow for the C drive but would like to make an image of my existing C drive and store it somewhere just in case I have any problems with Win 10.

There is some confusion as to whether I can do a clean install of Win 10 using the free upgrade without having first updated my existing Win7 and then rolling that back and THEN doing a clean Win 10 install. But the info for the windows download tool thingy that creates the ISO seems to state that it can be installed clean as long as I have an existing Win7 product key, so I'm going to try that :/

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12/2/2015 7:29:52 PM (last edit: 12/2/2015 7:29:52 PM)
show user profile  ccampbell
Becareful! I'm pretty sure theres no rolling back once you upgrade. Once more, I've recently read that Microsoft will start forcing manditory windows 7 upgrades to 10 in the future after this free one year thing.

They be phasing shit out brah.

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12/2/2015 7:36:32 PM (last edit: 12/2/2015 7:36:32 PM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
C Drive being CloneZilla'd as we speak.. Had to disable Secureboot to get the damn bootable dvd to run..

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12/2/2015 11:59:28 PM (last edit: 12/2/2015 11:59:28 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
It's so good dude.

Super easy to put an image on too. I like to install my base OS with drivers and shiz, then clone it, then I installed all production software on it, clone it, then do a wipe once a year. You know, to get all the clown porn off.

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12/3/2015 12:03:08 AM (last edit: 12/3/2015 12:03:08 AM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Okay, question:

The folder it has created, is around 60Gb, whereas the C drive itself was around 100Gb used.. Is that normal?

[edit] It's possible it ran out of space although there were no errors - as the 1tb hd it saved to only has about 4Gb left, i forgot to check that first :/

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12/3/2015 12:28:07 AM (last edit: 12/3/2015 12:43:03 AM)
show user profile  TiMoN
Most ghosting tools, have some compression options, so it is not impossible that 100GB of random data could be comrpressed to 60GB.
I have never used Clonezilla, but I would imagine an error message, if it ran out of space.

I use some ass old version of Symantec Ghost for my ghosting jobs, and it offers Fast, Best and None as compression options. And even just using Fast, tends to give some fairly good compression, when dealing with a system drive.

Edit. It may be a good idea to do a disk clean, before Ghosting, if you are low on space.
If the system is running well, then you can remove all Update and service pack rollback info, which can free up a good bit of space.

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12/3/2015 8:33:31 AM (last edit: 12/3/2015 9:07:03 AM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Yeah that's what I was thinking although it didn't give any option for compression.. Maybe just the process of converting a drive to a consecutive array of pure data removes a lot of 'white space' from the drives file allocation..

Going to have one final pass over my C drive for anything important and then just go for the wipe and install..

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12/3/2015 10:03:25 AM (last edit: 12/3/2015 10:03:25 AM)
show user profile  TiMoN
ooh.. A little tip. When installing a fresh OS, it is a good idea, IMO, to unplug other drives during the installation.
I have seen both Windows 7 and 8 place their boot sector on other disks. And I have seen Ubuntu take over the boot sector on a different Win8 disk, and point it to the Ubuntu drive, which resulted in win8 not being able to boot, when I removed the Ubuntu drive.

This does not always happen, but it is easy to avoid by removing the other disks.

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12/3/2015 10:18:11 AM (last edit: 12/3/2015 10:18:11 AM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Ahh - Thanks, will do that!

Technically, i could have just installed to my new SSD, the Sandisk one, but i think Corsair is a better drive, so i'm sticking with that :)

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12/3/2015 10:28:38 AM (last edit: 12/3/2015 10:28:38 AM)
show user profile  Garp
I'm planning on doing just the same in a few weeks.
Thanks for the thread and the advices, everyone. MF rocks :)

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12/3/2015 2:08:15 PM (last edit: 12/3/2015 2:08:15 PM)
show user profile  donvella
TiMoN - you can always open the grub in etc and tell it which partition windows is on, it takes a few seconds. ive done the same thing before.

Its advised you install the partitions yourself - including the boot. its only 100mb anyway.

Anyone know how to do a format with the windows10 upgrade. We tested on 1 machine for production, so far so good. Just need to know how to format instead of just update

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12/4/2015 5:52:45 AM (last edit: 12/4/2015 5:53:27 AM)
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