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#195370 18-Apr-2016 11:08
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Hey

 

I haven't had the need to clone a Windows PC in a long long time, since I was building HTPC's in fact.  Back then I had Acronis True Image and it worked a treat.  Is that still the go-to in 2016 for cloning Windows, or do we have better/cheaper/free tools available now?  How do people rate Clonezilla?  Can Windows Backup do a full clone image?

 

Thanks!


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I use acronis as it seems to always just work.

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  #1534797 18-Apr-2016 11:29
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There are free products that can work like Macrium Reflect Free (see Best Free Drive Cloning Software). But if you are like Acronis then I'd say stick to it because you can waste a lot of time if you get the cloning wrong.


 
 
 
 


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  #1534816 18-Apr-2016 11:50
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GParted can also be handy BUT with the new boot systems and secure boot etc partition clones don't often work. I would suggest a new clean install on another PC, and possibly a migration using MS cloud backups system or file transfer etc.

 

Acronis is still an excellent go to but the boot partitions do need to be handled.

 

 

 

I also have a two disk cradle, one button push, clone from one harddrive to another. Works a treat.

 

 


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  #1534821 18-Apr-2016 11:58
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Clonezilla has a reputation for being unintuitive and too easy to make mistakes but if you are interested here is a Dedoimedo's Clonezilla tutorial

 

I wouldn't use Windows Backup because it is very slow compared to third-party alternatives.


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  #1535141 18-Apr-2016 18:30
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Macrium Reflect Free is good, used it many times.

 

It's also work checking if any of your SSD or HDD manufacturers have related free clone software on their website, eg: WD has a Free Acronis Edition for use on WD drives.. Samsung has their Magician software, Intel has "migration" software etc

 

 

 

 


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  #1535143 18-Apr-2016 18:32
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Macrium free. One click. Always works.




Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.


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  #1535155 18-Apr-2016 19:05
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I used easus todo backup free twice recently to move Windows 10 to SSDs and it was fast and easy and worked fine each time. Would use again.

http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm

 
 
 
 


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Dairyxox: I used easus todo backup free twice recently to move Windows 10 to SSDs and it was fast and easy and worked fine each time. Would use again.

http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm

 

Me too.  No problems at al with win 10 for me.





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  #1535189 18-Apr-2016 20:44
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Ah well, I went with Acronis True Image since I already had a code from years ago and was able to use it to get a cheaper upgrade price.  Pretty happy with that!  Thanks for the help team!


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I have a promo code for Acronis True Image HD 2015 if anyone is keen, first to pm gets it.

 

Update: Gone to joker97


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