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    Alan
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    My “C:” and “Audio” drives are nearly maxed out. I am planning to clone and swap them. I have never done a “C:” drive and I’m a bit nervous, but I REALLY don’t want to do a full reinstall of everything. I would appreciate any insight, guidance, instructions, advice, warnings. Of course I will back up all my data first.
    Cheers!

    #23431 Reply
    Michael Nickolas
    Participant

    The audio drive should be easy enough. If it’s just data, files can simply be copied and pasted to a new drive. If both drives can’t be in the computer at the same time, first copy to an external drive, then transfer to a new drive.

    “C” is more tricky, like you said, you’ll need to either use cloning software or imaging software. I don’t know if it happens these days, but in the past I’ve had problems with protected software and cloning/imaging. The software knows it’s on a different drive and assumes it is being stolen and won’t run. Some software may check other factors like the processor ID and motherboard and be smart enough to realize it is the same system and not being stolen. I guess you could check with the vendor so at least you’ll know ahead of time. Still, re-installing or re-registering some programs is better than a full system rebuild. And hopefully you’ll be lucky enough to clone the drive and have everything fall right into place!

    #23432 Reply
    SteveW
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    Alan, I’ve just done this exact thing and it went very smoothly with no issues at all afterwards! I initially tried Seagate’s DiscWizard but kept getting an error before it even got going. So I ended up using another free prog called Macrium Reflect.

    I was cloning a 500GB WD SATA (with 3 partitions) to a Seagate 1TB SATA. The only thing with the free Reflect is that you’ll have to resize the partitions afterwards using Windows or some other prog.

    Good luck, Steve

    #23433 Reply
    Art Munson
    Keymaster

    free prog called Macrium Reflect

    I use the paid version of Macrium Reflect and recently cloned my Win 8 system drive so I would have a backup when converting to win 10. Worked great. As Michael said you might have an issue with some software and would need to re-install or re-register. That happened to me on my music DAW when I expanded my C Drive.

    #23434 Reply
    Michael Nickolas
    Participant

    FWIW- I also use free Macrium Reflect for my “just in case” image backups.

    #23435 Reply
    woodsdenis
    Participant

    Carbon Copy Cloner if you are on Mac.

    #23436 Reply
    MichaelL
    Participant

    Carbon Copy Cloner if you are on Mac.

    +1

    #23447 Reply
    Alan
    Participant

    Thanks for the input guys, wish me luck

    #23591 Reply
    Brian Curtin
    Participant

    I’ve been using SuperDuper on my Mac for a long time and it’s been great…

    http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html

    They have a trial version available too.

    #23593 Reply
    The Dude
    Guest

    I’ve been using SuperDuper on my Mac for a long time and it’s been great…

    http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html

    They have a trial version available too.

    Been looking at this as a drive cloner. I always see people talking about a making bootable clone in case of a hard drive crash. Forgive my ignorance on this, but has anyone used this (or any other software) just to restore after a hard drive format? I’d like to set my system up the way I like it, then clone it. That way, when I decide to wipe my hard drive (which I do once or twice a year), I don’t have to go through the hassle of reinstalling all of my plugins and quirky settings again. Probably a stupid question, but I’ve never done a system backup before.

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