Windows 10: Using a cloned system drive the first time.

Discus and support Using a cloned system drive the first time. in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I’m using a win10 EUFI computer v1909 with only one hard drive bay. I want a second drive to use if I have serious problems. Normally, it will be... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Jim8080, Jan 7, 2020.

  1. Jim8080 Win User

    Using a cloned system drive the first time.


    I’m using a win10 EUFI computer v1909 with only one hard drive bay.

    I want a second drive to use if I have serious problems. Normally, it will be stored somewhere. It doesn’t replace periodic backups.

    I’ll use Macirum Reflect to clone the entire internal drive to another drive in an external drive enclosure, then install the cloned drive in the computer in place of the existing drive and disconnect the external drive enclosure. Will the computer start normally?

    After reading How to make cloned drive bootable? , I don’t think so, because it will not boot. What should I do? Remember that I only have one internal drive, and the posts in this thread seem to use two internal drives

    Jim

    :)
     
    Jim8080, Jan 7, 2020
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  2. Nickylee1 Win User

    Do window 10 offer a clone image feature for backup system?

    Hi, oemSoft

    I am sorry to tell you that there is no built-in clone feature in Windows 10. If you just create a system image backup, you can follow the steps below to create a system image in Windows 10.

    Step 1. Open Control Panel, go to System and Security > File History, then click System Image Backup at the lower-left corner. Or you can directly type backup and restore in the search box and select it from the search result list.

    Step 2. Connect the USB drive to your computer and select it as the destination path, then click Next.

    Step 3. Confirm your backup settings and click Start Backup.

    However, if you want to clone your system directly, you can choose a third-party software like AOMEI Backupper. This is a professional clone software that allows you to

    clone system
    to different places such as external hard drive, USB drive or Network, etc. without booting problems. With it, you also can clone the entire disk to HDD or SSD.
     
    Nickylee1, Jan 7, 2020
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  3. topgundcp Win User
    Cloning to SSD then swapping drive letters


    @SamHobbs
    What you want done is very simple and can be done in short period of time. Here's my suggestion:
    There's 2 modes that Windows can be installed: UEFI and the old legacy MBR. Open Disk Management, look at the disk where your C drive is, if there's a
    1. EFI System Partition, your Windows was installed using UEFI.
    2. System Reserved partition, your Windows was installed using MBR
    Next, Connect your SSD to an available Sata port (no need to format or do anything). Download: Macrium Reflect Free . Install and run. Follow the steps below:
    1. From Macrium, click on image this disk under your C drive and save it to either an Internal or External Drive. This will create a single backup image of the whole disk containing your C drive.
    2. Again, from Macrium, click on Restore tab and select the image created from step 1, Select your SSD as the destination drive, click Next->Finish
    3. Exit Macrium. If your Windows was installed using MBR, Open disk management and make sure the SSD is marked "Active" else go to next step.
    4. Shutdown your PC. Disconnect the HD containing Windows C drive then connect your SSD to it.
    5. Reboot. Your PC should boot and the Windows should have C as the drive letter.

    NOTE: The procedure above is to backup your Windows to an image file then copy it back to the SSD. This ensures proper cluster size aligment for the SSD. In addition, Macrium also perform Trimming for the SSD. This is more preferable than cloning.
     
    topgundcp, Jan 7, 2020
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  4. cadaveca Win User

    Using a cloned system drive the first time.

    Moving to SSD. Clone or not to clone?

    I kinda agree with you, but on a wholr, do not. While I have done things a bit differently than this specific situation, by installing Windows directly to the SSD, and cloning after, my testing shows that there are no issues doing this, very little that can go wrong, provided your system is stable.

    There are certain features that must be disabled in this situation, like auto defrag and such, but even with a fresh install to the SSD, you need to take steps to ensure that you SSD performs properly, regardless of how the data got there.

    Arming yourself with a bit of knowledge can go a long way.

    Installing the latest chipset driver, and the RST Tools, will ensure optimal performance of the SSD. but rather than taking my advice, I suggest the OP takes a look here:

    http://blogs.dirteam.com/blogs/sand...7-and-ssds-to-clone-windows-or-reinstall.aspx

    Installing The SSD - Install A Solid State Drive In Your Notebook | Tom's Hardware

    Keep in mind, also, Digibucc, that many retail drives include software and such that very specifically is to be used to ttranser the OS from an existing mechanical drive to an SSD, and if there really was alot fo issues stemming from the cloning process, they would not have packages like that, simply to eliminate tech support costs. While not the optimal option, cloning is NOT a bad thing, as long as you take the nessecary steps.
     
    cadaveca, Jan 7, 2020
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