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How do you clone a hard drive on a P6770T

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Background:   I have a P6770T desktop, product number XX204AV#ABA, OS: Windows 7 Home 64 bit service pack 1.  

Partitions:    C:   685 GB, 😧  12.7 GB (Recovery),  Q:  0 GB (MS Office 2010 protected).

 

Question:    I wish to add a second hard drive to the PC as a clone.   First, can a second internal hard drive be added ( is there a slot for the drive and a SATA cable port) ?    Second, how do you clone a hard drive with the three partitions as described above?    I need cook book style instructions because I am a newbee.      THANKS.   

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It is usually better to perform a clone with an external drive. No sense having the drive under power (spinning). Both Seagate and WD offer similiar programs called "DiskWizard".

What you will need:

1) Cloning software (I'll link Seagate)  download the utility and download the User Guide from that page.

2) Purchase a 1T Seagate drive (as your HD is a nominal 750GB).

extras you will need:

3) Sata drive enclosure includes ESata rail.

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It is usually better to perform a clone with an external drive. No sense having the drive under power (spinning). Both Seagate and WD offer similiar programs called "DiskWizard".

What you will need:

1) Cloning software (I'll link Seagate)  download the utility and download the User Guide from that page.

2) Purchase a 1T Seagate drive (as your HD is a nominal 750GB).

extras you will need:

3) Sata drive enclosure includes ESata rail.

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"It is usually better to perform a clone with an external drive."

I bought a Seagate Backup Plus, an XHD.    I down loaded Seagate DiscWizard.    I saved the folders on the XHD in the event at that the intended use as a bootable drive did not work.   I reformated the XHD and then used DiscWizard to clone my internal hard drive.   I made the XHD the first drive in the boot sequence.    The XHD was skipped in the boot sequence and the PC booted from the internal HD.      I contacted Seagate which responded:    

 

 "Thank you for contacting Seagate Support.
Unfortunately the Seagate Backup Plus drive is not meant to be used as a bootable disk.  We can only provide support in the environment it has been tested in which is connected to computer as a backup drive.  However we do a software program called Disk Wizard that will allow you to create an image of your computer.  Here is the link to the DiscWizard software. This is for disaster recovery, and is recommended only periodically, perhaps once every few weeks. It will create a complete image which you can save to your external drive to recovery your complete Windows installation from in the event of malware corruption to your OS or perhaps a failed internal drive:"

 

So  the Seagate XHD will not function as a bootable drive.     I will attempt to salvage the XHD by restoring the Seagate  files.       

 

Is there a way to make the XHD a bootable drive?    If not, the instructions to the user community should be modified to include this key fact. 

 

 

 

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The instructions are correct for an implied cloning of an existing hard drive. These instructions were never meant for anything except a "bare" drive. Utilizing a hard drive that has backup software, or  installed applications exceeds the purpose of cloning. You should not attempt to re-write the rules.

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