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Cloning C Drive to another SATA drive

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How do I clone the C drive to another SATA drive???

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Answer depends on what you are trying to accomplish ...


What Microsoft calls a "drive" is actually just a formatted section of a physical drive -- and everyone else calls this a "partition", NOT a "drive".


This is important because in Windows PCs, especially those that come preloaded with Windows, there is always another partition that the PC uses to boot, and that is NOT the C "drive".


So, if your intent is to "clone" the needed parts of this physical drive to a different physical drive, so you can use that one in place of this one, you need to clone the BOOT partition as well, otherwise, when you switch drives, your PC will not boot.


What I recommend is the following:
1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR)
2) Connect the new drive to the PC using a USB-to-Hard-Drive drive adapter (like the one illustrated below)
3) Follow the instructions in this link:
4) Shutdown the PC when done
5) Swap the drives and reboot the PC.

NOTE: To do this easily, the new drive has to be the same capacity as the old drive.  IF you get a new drive that is a lot smaller, then before you do the cloning, you have to shrink the largest partition on the HDD (usually the OS partition), to the size such that it, and the other partitions, fit easily on the new drive.

You should boot from the new drive without any problems.

Typical USB-to-Hard-Drive adapter:



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Or you can also use Acronis with the same result:


Ideally, in order to have a like-for-like copy you should start computer from bootable media first and create this copy offline.


Either way it's easier than it sounds, trust me!

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Thanks for the suggestion. Not sure I want to try it if I have to purchase a USB converter. Can I connect the target SATA drive to the internal disk power cable and plug the data cable into the extra port on the Motherboard.???

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