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Cloning a Dell Computer

Q: Cloning a Dell Computer

I think my Dell Vostro must have a proprietary block to cloning to a non-Dell machine. I have tried spotmau, Macrium,Aeomei, Microsoft and maybe another. I can get the clone to load on the new machines hard drive, but I cannot get it so I can access it. Is there any way to overcome this? I have tried it on an Asus and Sony computer.


A: Cloning a Dell Computer

you cannot use a clone from a dell computer to another. It violates manufacturers oem license from microsoft. besides different computer, different motherboard, different drivers. windows would have to be reinstalled if it was a legit transfer.

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I talked to dell about my cloning problems....and they knew what is was instantly. The tech said that my computer has "Dell Media Direct" (I have media buttons on front of computer that allows me to play music etc without turning on laptop)....he said that cloning software won't work cause the drive has a hidden partition with the Media Direct stuff in it. He said it'll clone ,but the drive won't be bootable! He said that my only option is to do a clean install and copy and paste my stuff thru the USB and my external drive(my old drive in the enclosure). Now on to a Fresh Install(yuck!!). I've got a couple questions before I try installing XP.1. My new Seagate drive is now full of data from the cloning process...will the XP install disk just reformat the drive and erase what's on the drive?2. These are the disks Dell sent me: Reinstallation DVD Ms Media Center Edition 2005 with Update Rollup 2 Reinstall Dell Inspiron Software includes: Device Drivers and utilities Reinstall Tools System Software Contents: Antivirus Software,Support software,multimedia software,internet software Are these all I need to get my system up and running?3. Do I just install the new Seagate drive and boot of the XP reinstall DVD and follow the instructions.Moderator Edit: Moved topic to more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:Apricorn Says "cloning Won't Work With Your Dell !"

Here is some info on Media Direct. Could someone take a look at it and decipher it for me?

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My XPS has two HDD bays and I'm getting the 2nd drive today. The Dell XPS 8500 has not been tested for Windows 10 according to Dell, I have changed it over to Windows 10 with no problems (I even upgraded the graphics card and put 16 more gig's of ram into it) My question is can I clone the "C" drive onto the blank drive? I have the program "AOMEI backerupper" to do the cloning with. My second question might sound a little dull but the reason I'm trying to clone the drive is that my C drive after defragging it still is 50% fragmented and it only has 133GB on a 1 TB drive, plus it makes an awful noise when I start it up, when I clone it will the fragmented files load onto the new hard drive?(the new drive is also 1 TB)

Thank you 

A:Cloning the second drive on a Dell XPS 8500

If one of the disks is Seagate, then you can clone the drive using Seagate DiscWizard - it is free.
I've used it successfully several times (on XPS 720 and others), only time it failed was cloning to 2 disk WD Velociraptor Raid set up; was fine with 2 disk Seagate Raid.  Also it sometimes did not work if the disk was connected via USB but connecting it to the computer via SATA fixed that.
Note. my largest disk was 600 GB, so don't know it there will be issues on 1T disks.

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I have the Dell 755 OptiPlex large Tower. It had a small 250 Gb hard drive and I put a 1000 Gb hard drive in and loaded windows 7. The computer will not boot into the new hard drive, I have tried everything, including taking out the battery for a an hour or so, updating the bios to the A22 what ever is the latest Bios, I have checked all the Bios settings and from what I know it all looks good. I have tried changing the pin settings on the drive and so on. Tried boot order in different orders and so on. If I put the old hard drive back in, it will boot just fine, the only problem is that hard drive keeps saying it is going to fail. It's a Maxtor. The one hard drive I'm trying to install is the green 1 Tb western Digital Green Power. I have built several computers and installed a many operating systems and have never ran into this problem. It did belong to a business I bought it from. Is it possible it has some pin settings on the board for like maybe raid or something I'm missing? I'm at a loss. I have no external usb's plugged in except for a mouse and standard keyboard. No extra cards are installed at this time. Everything is standard across the board as far as I know. I have also tried cloning the Hard Drive with Bios set at Raid AutoDetect / ATA and it will not boot. Like I said though I can put the old hard drive in and it boots just fine with windows 7 ultimate 32 bit. Can anyone give me some advice please.

A:Problems Cloning Hard Drive On A Dell 755 Optiplex Dt

Sounds to me like your boot files are on the small hard drive and the rest of Windows is on the large drive. So both drives are needed.

I'm guessing you had both drives connected when you installed to the large drive?

If I'm right, that would not have happened if you had disconnected the small drive before installing to the large drive.

A screen shot of Windows Disk Management might tell us more.
You say "loaded" and you also say "cloning", so it's not really clear what you did.

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A coworker's Dell Optiplex 520 Desktop is reporting a failing hard drive. SMART is showing only 1 remaining available reallocation sector. The HDD is a Hitachi HDS725050KLA360 500GB SATA model. We are planning to purchase the same model drive as a replacement. I would like to clone the old System HDD to the replacement drive. The motherboard only has 1 SATA port. I have a USB to SATA/IDE adapter (

Will Clonezilla or any other free program allow me to clone the contents of the current SATA System Hard drive to the new SATA drive, via the USB adapter? I am going to assume I will need to have the cloning software burned on a bootable CD (easier than a USB drive for me).

A:Solved: Cloning SATA Drive on Dell Optiplex 520 via USB

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I recently purchased a 500GB WD Scorpio Blue hard drive and was hoping to clone my current 120 GB SATA drive to that one. I used Apricorn EZ Gig II and a USB SATA wire to clone the disk and then swapped out the 120 GB HD for the 500 GB one. After getting to the XP load screen I received a blue screen error message and could not properly load windows. Looking in the setup menu, the computer also did not recognize that a different hard drive had been installed.

I've read through other posts and have learned that the Dells that come Media Direct software have an HPA on the hard drives that cannot be copied normally. The other problems don't exactly match mine, which is why I decided to post my problem.

At this point, I'm having difficulty even trying to reclone the hard drive, as the new drive is not recognized as blank storage anymore.

I am hoping there is a solution I could use to re-clone the entire hard drive without any need to reinstall Windows.

A:Solved: Dell Inspiron e1705 hard drive cloning

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hello i am trying to clone my hardrive from my inspiron e1505 using cms data transfer solution which is called bounce back. there are no problems when i clone the drive and when i try to boot from the cloned drive i get and i get passed the loggin with password i get a rundll32.exe error that says windows cannot access the specific device path, or file. you may not have the appropriate permision to access the item. it also says that. there is a dell wireless WLAN card wireless network controller stopped working and was closed. i was wondering what could possibly be causing this i have media direct 4.7 so im not sure if the hidden partition from that might cause this? i also noticed that right after i put my password in with the cloned drive it says its preparing your desktop while with the actual drive it says welcome. any help would be much appreciated

A:trouble cloning my dell e1505 hardrive with cms data transfer solutions

Use on-board Windows 7 imaging to make image backup -

Regards. . .



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We just received 12 kind of old computers at work. I have already set up one computer with XP and applied all the updates and installed the necessary software and I want to just make an image from that and apply it to the other 11. they all are the same model, so they have the same hardware. what are some good programs to use and how do i do it exactly.

A:cloning a computer

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I have 20 dell computers I want to wip and reload op system and all programs. I was thinking cloaning or ghosting. I have read for hours trying to decide what would be the best least exspensive way to do this. I would like to copy one computer to a disk then run it on the rest of the computers. some of the software I have seen only allows 3 uses or the prossesors have to be the same. So on please help! All optiplex and demension these computers are a little different but I can adjust for driver issues after install. ghost the entire HD. I do have key codes for all op systems and office. All other programes are free.

A:Computer cloning

If the computers are identical then it's possible to install Windows over a network but I don't think simply cloning the hard disk and copying the image to the other systems will work due to product keys and drivers... OR you may have to put in each product key once the clone image is applied to each hard drive. I think there may be a free cloning tool or two available but one of the best solutions is Acronis TrueImage which offers an array of disk tools.

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     I just bought a new laptop and got it setup the way I want it and I would like to make a clone of it to an external hard drive before I start using it. Is that the right thing to do or is there a beter way to do this incase something happens. If so how do I go about doing it? Thanks

A:Cloning new computer for backup

Download and use (on a regular basis) disc imaging software. Either Acronis True Image (not free, but best of breed) or Macrium Reflect (best free alternative)

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I am about to purchase a laptop and if there is anything I've learned over the years, it's that these companies like to cram laptops with useless software, most of which expires after a certain amount of time thus making it even more useless. What I would like to do after purchasing the laptop is completely format the hard drive and then install my own copy of Windows along with software that I do use. If anything ever goes wrong however, the originally installed version of Windows along with the manufacturer's software/utilities will most likely be needed for warranty. So my question is about how to make a perfect copy of the hard drive before formatting it. I have Partition Magic which has an option called "Copy Partition" which I imagine is what I am looking for, but I would like to make sure I don't do anything wrong.

Would I install Partition Magic, make a hidden partition that is large enough for the currently installed version of Windows and the extra "bundled" software, and then copy Windows and the software to it? After which I would then format the rest of the hard drive and then install my own version of Windows there. If anything ever goes wrong, I would format the partition I was working with and copy the hidden partition back to it.

Is this the correct thing to do, and if so is there anything else I should be aware of before doing this. For example, will the original version of windows still function correctly if I ever ... Read more

A:Cloning Computer at Manufacturer State

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I have captured an image of a machine that I would like to deploy on multiple computers. I know that I can go to every single machine with my image and deploy it!

I wanna know if it is possible to use one of the machines that are running windows 7 as a server and copy the wim file to that server to deploy the image from the server instead of the Hard drive.

*all the computers are connected to a lan switch*

Thank you for your help!

A:Making a server for cloning a computer on many machines

Exactly what Windows 7 image did you capture?
How many computers do want to deploy the image to?

I don't know how to do such a thing but this information would be helpful to members that do know how to do such a thing. If it can be done.

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Hey guys,
So I'm interning at a small IT business. I was charged with the task of updating, installing software, and creating users. After that, clone the system to put on the other computers (5) to save time installing and updating.

I found a trial software (R-drive image) I wanted to try this on. Its currently making the image but will take 8+ hours to complete.

After the image is finished being created, how would I go about installing this image to the other 5 computers? Wont there be issues with service tag numbers and all that?

The computers are for the same company so the software is registered for multiple users. Im just concerned about the OS side of things.

Any help is much appreciated. Thank you!

OS system:
windows 7 (downgraded from 10)

A:Cloning 1 computer - paste to multiple computers

Either get a dual docking station to clone the HDD or learn and install an MDT server with WAIK (this will impress them).

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My HP dv8130us laptop's system drive, "C:" (100GB drive), is 99% FULL! Way too full. It is so full that I have encountered many operational problems. I need to migrate to a larger hard drive to get some elbow room to see if I can recover lost Thunderbird e-mail and my corrupted WinXP user profile <sigh!>. So, I am trying to clone my "C:" drive to a USB attached 250GB WD2500BEVE drive ("J:").

Prior to cloning I have run multiple anti-virus scans on the "C:" drive with clean results. When I ran CHKDSK against "C:" (from a booted CD) it found some errors and fixed them, and a subsequent CHKDSK operation runs without errors. The "J:" drive has been "discovered" (mounted?) by WinXP-SP3 Disk Management, and has been partitioned into one basic partition, initialized and formated (NTFS ... same FS as the existing system drive).

I am using a stand-alone program, HDClone 3.9 Free Edition by Miray Software (booted from a CD drive), to do the copy operation. The program successfully discovers all my drives and allows me to specify "C:" as my source and "J:" as my target. It correctly identifies the capacity of each, and dutifully warns that the process with distroy any data on "J:". The first 250GB drive I tried with this had many write errors and, seeming to just tire of the game, powered off my PC 16% of the way through the job. I cleaned up the "J:" drive and trie... Read more

A:Computer powers itself off during system drive cloning

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Is it possible to clone an existing Windows 7 pro OEM registered harddrive onto a different new computer, then just change the product key using the 2nd new OEM license code? Am hoping for an alternative to reinstalling everything new again plus our local computer shop has closed down where the first computer was purchased.

Have a nicely running Windows 7 Pro OEM registered computer and ordered another new computer(newer different hardware) with a 2nd Windows 7 Pro OEM license.

Already own and installed one license of the 3-pack versions of Office 2007 Home and 3-pack of Bitdender Interent Security 2011(had huge install issues almost destroyed my existing Windows install, took weeks to get everything working again). Plus various other freeware software setups, documents, pictures, home movies, etc. Another big hurdle to a full clean install is our unreliable and slow 30/k internet download speed out in the country.

Searched around this forum and this good post below by GregRocker detailing cloning BEFORE activation but we have already activated and do not want to invalidate one of my two OEM licenses.

Cloning Windows 7

Since you say you want to do this legally, then do you have a second license for Windows 7 Home Premium to use on your desktop?

If so, you can use a drive imaging software to copy and then reimage to the desktop. Macrium Reflect freeware is good.

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A:Cloning Windows 7 OEM with 2nd license code onto a new computer?

It won't work. You can install using the OEM DVD (or an iso image using multibootiso) for another computer, then activate it by phone if the licenses are for the same version of windows, but because the hardware configurations aren't identical, the drivers for the other system will probably cause a ton of BSODs, if the system even boots

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Ok, here is my issue.  I just purchased a brand new HP computer with a 2T hard drive.  However, I have a new SSD drive that I want to be the primary drive.  I have the new computer set up, but I have not turned it on because I want to clone
the pre-bootup image (with the recovery partition intact) to the SSD drive.  The SSD drive is around 500GB, so it should all fit. 

I looked a programs like Clonezilla, but it says that I can't go to a smaller drive, and it is not clear if it will copy the recovery partition as well. 

It does sound like I can boot it, go through the set up, shrink the partition, and do it that way, but I really wanted to start with a "factory" image.  And I don't know if doing that will capture the recovery partition as well.
If anyone has done this, or something similar, I would appreciate some advice.


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I need a full backup of my hard drive, a clone that has ALL the licensing of software included. Can anyone help suggest the RIGHT software.

I tried Apricorn but it only clones files but not licenses. I dont have them any more, so I need an exact copy. This is an old laptop and I am using my backup hard drive now. I cant afford to have this hard drive fail..

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Hi there. I've got what I would call a severe problem. Last week my bank phoned to ask whether I was in Thailand. I'm not...

My card was apparently cloned and used there. The bank cancelled the transactions. Very nice of them to phone me and ask...

I recently bought a new computer. It came riddled with spyware and virii. Not really nice to receive a new laptop computer and have all that crap on it. It also came with Norton, its a piece of crap. AVG free version seems to be doing a much better job.

Anyhow, the computer with virii and spyware is currently very slow. And receive popups to other search engines when ever I search for something on google. There are random Trojan.Nebular alerts along with a few others that I can't recall right now.

I've run Bit Defender against the laptop and a few of the other tools. I've got Spybot installed also as well as AVG suite (trial).

But.., I keep getting really random popups and the laptop is incredibly slow, almost unsuable.

Can someone please help me? Please?

The content of the HJT log is below and if anyone knows whats going on, I'd be really glad to hear from you.

Thanks a lot.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 13:11:19, on 03/12/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)

Running processes:
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A:Victim of card cloning, severe browser popups & random virii appearing on my computer

Hi and welcome to TSF.

My name is Iain and I will be helping you clean your system.

Apologies for any delay in replying, but we have been rather busy lately, and, of course, all our helpers are volunteers.

You may wish to Subscribe to this thread (Thread Tools > Subscribe to this thread) so that you are notified when you receive a reply.

Please read these instructions carefully and then print out or copy this page to Notepad in order to assist you when carrying out the fix. You should not have any open browsers when you are following the procedures below.

Note that the fix may take several posts. Please continue to respond to my instructions until I confirm that your system is clean.

Show Hidden Files
Go to My Computer > Tools > Folder Options > View tab and make sure that Show hidden files and folders is enabled. Also make sure that the System files and Folders are showing / visible. Uncheck the Hide protected operating system files option.

Please download Cleanup! or use this Alternate Link if the main link does not work and install it. You will use this later.
*NOTE* Cleanup deletes EVERYTHING out of temporary folders and does NOT make backups. If you have any files in any TEMP directory and you need to keep them, then please MOVE THEM NOW!

I see you already have AVG Anti Spyware. Please update AVG to the latest definition files.
Double-click the icon on Desktop to launch AVG Anti Spyware.
On the top of the... Read more

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The short version of my question is exactly what the topic says-- Can I install a Dell-provided OEM version of Vista on a non-Dell computer?

But, here's the wordier version giving context, if anyone's interested.

About 10 months ago, I guess, I got a Dell Vostro that came with Windows Vista Home Basic. However, I had no interest in Vista (because I already had a Windows machine) and the very first thing I did was install Ubuntu on it. I still have the Vista reinstall disk, though, which, to my memory, hasn't been used.

Now I'm planning on getting a barebones system and upgrading what I see fit. For the time being, I'm going to use the Windows 7 RC, but I'd like to get the uber-great upgrade deal that they're having to pre-order either the Business or Home Premium version upgrade. So, to do that, I'd need an XP installation or a Vista installation. Is there any reason, legal or software-related, that I wouldn't be able to install Vista using that disk that came with the Vostro?

I heard somewhere that sometimes if you try, it'll say something like "This is not a Dell computer, you evil, evil person" and refuse to install, so I wanted to make sure before I pre-ordered the upgrade. I don't want to get the upgrade and have nothing to upgrade, of course.

A:Solved: Can I install a Dell-provided OEM version of Vista on a non-Dell computer?

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop with Windows Vista OS. I have a Dell 926 printer interfaced to it via USB. Printer driver is installed and the printer does communicate at times with the computer and does a good job printing. However, intermittently when trying to print a document I'll get a message on the computer that says that communication has been lost and print job failed.

I've checked all connections to make sure they are solid and no debris that might cause this.
That has not corrected the problem.
The other thing that happens is that the document I want to print will stay in the print queue/spooler and if I shut the computer and printer down and restart both it will print the job. And it may continue to print jobs but it's just a matter of time.

Needless to say this is frustrating. I can print several jobs in a row with no problem and then I'll get this "communication has been lost between printer and computer". And I have to go thru the procedure above to get the last job printed.

My wife doesn't understand how this works and will try to print the same job several times with the commo problem and then complains when it won't print.....and then they all print when the above procedure is followed.

Any ideas what is going on??? Any fixes??

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So over the past 2-3 weeks I kept noticing that my battery kept dying even though I would shut it down (yes window > shutdown) the computer with a full battery. The next evening I would power up and see that the battery was at 20% from full charge. This is a BRAND NEW as in <2 months XPS 9550. I checked my event log and WHAT THE H@#$??? It is absolutely filled with Dell Foundation Service and Dell Product Registration events all saying  " Power event Handled Successfully by the service." Clearly it is not.. The stupid things run every 10 seconds. So when I think I am powering down my computer, it is being blocked by these services and actually just going to sleep... but it actually isn't sleeping. Its waking up every 10 seconds. Can anyone PLEASE help me determine the issue. Apparently according to update service everything is up to date. 
Dell XPS 15 9550 Win 10 Dell Foundation Services vers 3.1.330 DFSSvc.exeDell Product Registration  vers 2.2.38 PrSvc.exeDell Update Service vers 1.8.114
Log sample: (note the time... yes i was asleep) 
Information 5/21/2016 6:42:06 AM Dell Product Registration 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:42:06 AM Dell Foundation Services 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:41:56 AM Dell Product Registration 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:41:56 AM Dell Foundation Services 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:26:31 AM Dell Foundation Services 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:26:31 AM Dell Product Registration 0 NoneInformati... Read more

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Two months ago bought a Dell 8900 from Best Buy. After 20 days, it would not start, same with the next 8900 replacement... only fewer days. The first gameware as a replacement did not start at all. The Alienware Aurora worked beautifully for 3 days and then would not start. In the 8900's,,, got the blinking amber lights on the start button. Tech is coming to replace motherboard. What the heck is happening? Could it be the monitor... or the external hard drive or what? Come on Dell,,, what's up? I have a Dell XP Laptop as a back up using the same external hard ddrive.

A:Dell 8900, Gaming Computer, Dell Alienware Aurora

There is a power issue with the external hard drive.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 530, XP PRO, SP3, about a year and a half old. Almost since I first got it, every few months or so, when I boot up it hangs on the Dell screen. When I turn it off and reboot, it is fine. I use Rebit to back up everything on an ongoing basis and have an extended warranty from Dell. Is there anything I can do about this, or should do? Thanks for your help.

A:Dell computer occasionally stuck on Dell screen

I would run a memory tester

Download the prebuilt ISO, burn it to CD as an Image, boot from that CD and run the memory test for a couple of hours or overnight to stress test the memory.


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Was given a Dell Optiplex 360 that I found out after getting a nasty virus had a bootleg XP OS
I also did not have any disks with it. I had older disks for a Dell 4600 that I used to wipeout the hard drive and install the new OS. Everything works fine except that I can not load any of the drivers from the second disk, (it was a 3 disk series)
thus at least at this point not able to connect with my cable internet. Cable people told me I needed the drivers.Any suggestions or can it just not be done.
Thanks, Al

A:Loading Older Dell OS To Newer Dell Computer

You will have to go to the dell website look under support and then drivers and downloads for your model of computer.If you use the service tag number on the computer it will make sure you get the correct ones you need. For future reference so you wont have this hassle again burn all of the drivers to a cd so you will be all set the next time.

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Dell Audio doesn't work on my Dell computers but Realtek does. Why is Dell Audio on my computer if I can't get it to work? It looks like a better program with far more features.

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My battery for the above computer has expired and needs to be replaced but I do not know who sells replacement batteries XBT9E1 or compatible ones.

A:How do I buy a battery for my Dell computer Mod. Dell DE051

I believe the replacement battery you are after is a CR2032. If in doubt take the flat battery to your electronics store and ask for the equivalent. They're not very expensive.

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ok I have windows XP On Both Off my computers but my other one has a dell monitor and I've tried to get it to work so many times I got lucky I think twice first time it worked but then I shut it off for the night then I had a hard time to get it to work but I finally did and after that I can't get it to work it keeps saying to set it up through the disc drive I think I haven't turned it on for a bit I'll have to check it,
but can anyone help with what I said?

A:Does A Dell Monitor Work With A Non-Dell Computer?

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Can anyone suggest a way to get a dell 770 printer to work on a non dell win98 system?

My friend was given the printer from his friends, but it's a dell and it's pretty muh brand new so he doesn't want to throw it away. It's also better than his current printer

Anyway, he uses the dell install disk but once it begins and runs the setup app it gives a message akin to pirating. Saying something like -this computer does not support dell , or something like - this computer is not a dell.

Can anyone offer advice. I did a search on google and dells' site and here.
I couldn't quite find anything that might lead me to an answer..?


A:dell printer for non dell computer??

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I have connected my old Dell printer AIO 924 to my new Dell XPS 8500. I can't seem to figure out how to scan. I had no trouble with my old computer, but can't scan since connecting to my new XPS 8500. Can anyone help me please? Do I have to get A new driver? If so, where do I get it? Thanks for any help you can give me.

A:new Dell computer/old Dell printer

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I have a two year old Dell PC with Windows 7. I got a virus in my computer that by phone and computer takeover Norton located in my MBR. When they cleaned it my computer will no longer boot up. Norton worked with me for three days on the problem but we were unable to fix the computer. I followed other web sites and repaired my MBR but it still will not boot up. I tried System Repair, Check point, Image, and Dell system restore and all failed. I have tried to use the Windows install CD and all I get is a black screen with a flashing cursor and then after 3 minutes the compute attempts to boot again and fails. I tried everything to try and wipe the drive from C prompt and it will not let me. I have very weak computer skills but I can follow directions and I have wiped a previous computer I owned. (I confirmed that my CD drive is working) I also should mention I have a second hard drive on my computer that I backed everything up to.

A:Dell Computer PC will not load Windows install CD from computer crash

See if you can reset the BIOS hardware/software connections and then clear the CMOS to access your Windows 7 install disc.
Resetting hardware/software connections in the BIOS and clearing temporary memory of corruption:Shut down and turn off the computer.
Unplug the computer from the wall or surge protector (then remove the battery if it is a laptop).
"Remove the computer from any port replicator or docking station, disconnect
cables to printers or devices such as external monitors, USB memory sticks or SD cards, headset or external speakers, mouse or auxiliary keyboard, turn off WIFI and Bluetooth wireless devices." (Use Hard Reset to Resolve Hardware and Software Issues HP Pavilion dv5000 Notebook PC series - HP Customer Care (United States - English))
Hold down the power button for 30 seconds. This closes the circuit and ensures all
power from components is drained to clear the software connections between the BIOS
and hardware and clear any corruption in the temporary memory.
(If it is a laptop, plug the battery back into the laptop and then) Plug the computer back into the wall. Do not reconnect any unnecessary peripherals; monitor, keyboard,
and mouse should suffice and be the only peripherals reconnected.
Turn it on to reinitialize the software connections between the BIOS and hardware

Clear the CMOS:Use your system manual to find instructions for accessing the BIOS...
In the BIOS, go to the EXIT screen...
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I just wanted to know about how to reload my computer because i forgot the password and user name. I also wanted to know , my adobe reader want work it keep saying it ecountered a problem and it must shut down sorry for inconvenience. send report to microsoft. I need it to pull up important pdf files to read.

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I have a dell inspiron model 3276 computer. If any one has a dell computer I have a question for them. I have two sound ports on the front of the computer and 3 at the top of the computer one of those in the back is a line in(?) can you tell me what the three on the back does and the two on the front as well.

In the past I have been able to copy music from my external cd player to the line in on the back of the tower.
For some reason this is not working, so if someone can give me information on my problem would appreciate it.

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I got a dell computer running 512 and about 150 hdd. i switch hdds and cleaned the old one. well when i get to install windows vista or xp it says this blow in this picture:

then i cant boot anything up. I have NO FLOOPY it didnt come with one. so i thought i could install and boot from cd but i was wrong. i dont know if there a reformat the bios or something please help.

computer picture:

my dell computer didnt come with a floopy disk.

A:Dell computer Help

Have u looked in the BIOS and mad sure the CD is the first boot device, this should be installable (changeable) in the BIOS, altho your BIOS might not have that option, and u can leave it that way as it will not mess up anything. Once u boot to the Windows CD u should have options to format or anything u need to do.

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i recently bought a dell desktop but i cant use the right side of the keybord to type numbers also on the desktop when u double click on an item nothing happens any suggestions?

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Started complete restore by symantec windows, only partly done. The screen says(loading PBR for descriptor 1 Done. Starting Windows 95... Only thing I can do is turn computer on and off. HELP. jhaas41

A:dell computer

and welcome to the Forum

What model is the Dell?

Why was it only partly done? . did it stop?

What caused you to try the restore?

Starting windows 95??? Did it have win95 loaded?

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My computer stopped working giving me a black screen and everything and when i entered Safe Mode and uninstalled the Video Driver for my Geforce my computer started working again but when i reinstalled the driver my computer suffered the exact same problems and ideas how to fix this please

A:My Dell Computer

Which graphics card and driver are you trying to use? Have you tried older or beta drivers with your GeForce?

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I would like to install a new video card for my dell machine. Here is a list of my specs...

Dell Inspiron 531s
Windows 7 32-bit
Power Supply Unit: 250w
1 PCI-Express slot

Current Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
(motherboard gpu)

Here is the GPU I'm looking at: - SPARKLE SFPX95GT512U2L GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
I am concerned about the weak power supply and the motherboard GPU interfering.

Should I be considering a external power booster?

I would love to hear your suggestions.

A:New GPU for Dell Computer

I would look at the power supply and see if a normal size new power supply would fit into that case, if not I would "re-case" the whole machine when I add the new video card so I wouldnt have any power issues.

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Hi, I am new to this forum and not a brain on computers. My question is my flat screen goes black after I boot up. it shows the dell logo and than xp but than after that it goes blank. The computer is running in the back round. I could boot in the safe mode, but that is it. I need to know what has happen and how to fix.

A:Need help on dell computer

In Safe mode, go to Device Manager or Add/Remove Programs and remove the Display driver
Go back to Normal mode
Go to Dell support drivers page and download your updated video card driver

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my dell computer keeps cuting it self off i have cleaned the fans and my monitor is not picking up now.and it is still shuting off.please help?

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Ok, heres the deal. I have 2 computers (that I'm dealing with currently). One, I'll refer to it as Dellbert, has a 30gb HDD in it with Windows XP Pro. The other, which is the server has a 13gb HDD in it with Windows XP Pro. I bought a new 120gb 7,200 RPM HDD and wanted to replace the HDD in Dellbert with this new one and move the 30gb HDD to add more space to the server. But I don't want to reformat the entire system. Is there any way I can clone the entire drive onto the 120 GB drive, replace it, and still have a workable system (I have no problems formatting and using the HDD once I'm about to make the "swap"). Just about any info, utilities, etc would be appreciated. So far I've seen many ideas from manually trying to copy every file or using a utility called XXCOPY but both say they don't support XP. So, I'm at a loss. Thanks in advance!

Stefan Mai

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I have a spare hard drive and want to clone my XP as a backup since I think my old XP disc won't install anymore. (I lost the original installation disc and have only a copy slip-streamed with SP3).

Can somebody recommend a good free cloning tool, please? And on cloning do the donor drive and the recipient drive need to be exactly the same size?

A:Cloning my XP

Well two free programs come to mind, which are Easus and Macrium, of course there are other free open source programs, listed here: for example.
As for the size, that would be ideal but not a necessity, generally the destination drive should be the same size or larger than the source drive.
Some programs will let you clone to a smaller drive, but that depends on the amount of space used on the source drive.
Good luck.

The Cleaver

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hi anyone know anything about apricorn unit for cloning .I have a pata hdd and i heard that when you hook it to the unit it will cover the pins on the cloning hdd power. the video i saw said i need to use a ribbon between the hdd and the apricorn unit i am lost and want to learn how to make this work or a better way

A:Cloning HDD

The ribbon cable is a IDE (PATA) data cable used to connect those devices to motherboards etc.

e.g. Your hard disk connects using the ribbon cable to your Apricorn (whatever that is. lol)

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I am looking for some help as this is driving me crazy, I am attempting to upgrade a dell inspiron 3157 to a ssd. I cloned the drive with Acronis true 2014 (it came with the ssd). the clone was succesful but when i install into the bay I get
error code 0x0000225 (failed to boot system needs to be repaired). i have visualy verified all files are present. I have looked through the forum and see most suggest to use a boot disk but I don't have one, (only a rescue thumb drive) however my dell does not have a cd\dvd drive so windows will not let me create a rescue disk. i have looked in the bios to change the boot to usb but it does have that option. anyhelp would be greatly appreciated.

A:ssd cloning.... help

D/L and look through the manuals to see if you are just not looking in the right place in the BIOS for USB boot.
Product Support | Dell US
Hope this helps.

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Hey gang,

So, my new laptop has an HDD with Windows 8 on it and I want to take my SSD out of my old laptop and clone the HDD onto the SSD. This is all new to me and I'm having a bit of trouble obviously. When I connect my SSD to USB on the new laptop and try to initialize the disc, it won't work (don't recall the error message, reinstalled the SSD in my old laptop for now). Is this happening because the SSD is fully loaded with Windows 7 from my old laptop? Do I need to format the SSD manually before cloning to it (using EaseUS todo backup)?

I posted on these forums a couple weeks ago with another plan of attack but I scrapped that because it was a terrible idea.


A:Cloning To An SSD

First of all, I use and recommend acronis true image to do any cloning/imaging/restoring of drives. To clone with acronis, the new drive must be blank ie just like it came out of the box. If there is any partition info on the ssd, you will end up with incorrect drive letters, unable to boot, etc. Again the ssd must be empty. Here is how I would do this task;
1 Purchase acronis true image. Install the program; make the bootable media ie either cd or flash drive.
2 After you secure erase the ssd [note secure erase is needed for a multitude of reasons] Place the ssd in an external housing or connect via usb.
3 Boot the system with the bootable media you made ie cd/flash drive.
4 Select source [old drive] and destination [new drive]
5 Complete the clone process and shutdown. DO NOT reboot with both drives connected.
6 Pull the old hd and install the ssd
7 Pw ON and make sure drive letters are correct, etc.


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Q: cloning

Clone app todo backup, desktop DELL DMENSION 6100, 2 hdds for cloning, both set to single/master NO jumper as shown. Second hdd NOT recognized in BIOS, set to auto. Second optical drive that is NOT present is also not recognized as it should. Are jumpers needed for both hdds set to CABLE SELECT? If yes would TODO accept that setting? I want to have a spare hdd ready just in case. Cloning multiple hdds is much easier than loading the OS plus APPS one at a time. Solutions?


Are these ide drivers you can only set them to single master if they are both on separate controllers and nothing else on the ports other than that they should be set to mast with slave and slave

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I want to clone my entire 160GB drive onto my new 1TB drive. I know there is software for this, but the problem is I can only have one drive plugged in at a time because I don't have two cables, but I do have another 600GB USB drive.

So is it possible to:
1. Clone the 160GB drive - files are put on the USB drive.
2. Unplug the 160GB drive and plug in the 1TB HDD.
3. Copy the files from the USB drive onto the 1TB drive.

Would this be possible? Maybe with a boot disk..

A:Cloning my HD onto another

You can backup the drive, you can use the Windows backup utility to perform this.
THe only thing is, is that it will save it all as one file, but if you need to exrtract only certain files, you can open it (again in the backup utility) and select what you want.
Most external HDD's come with their own software, which you can also use, and they work more or less the same.
Cable are inexpensive, just get another, but why can't you go from the 160GB HDD direct to the 1TB drive and bypass the 600GB drive?

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Q: cloning

were can i find good cloning software for Vista

Thanks Cam

A:cloning for Acronis True Image 2009

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Hello everyone.

I have 3 HDD installed to my desktop, SATA-1 no, IDE-2 nos.@80gb each.

At present my XP OS is installed to one IDE (master) and the rest as slave. I want to "copy" or clone my master HDD to the SATA drive and designate it as the master HDD.

Is it possible to do cloning like this? any programs that i can use to execute the cloning process...?

I do appreciate any help or assistance you could extend..

thanks and best regards.

A:HDD cloning

Sort of. Sure you can clone it, but if you aren't emulating IDE with SATA I think you might end up with some problems with Windows. Hopefully I can track someone down to show up in this thread and clairify. But I believe it has something to do AHCI.

Also, you don't designate SATA as Master over IDE, you set it higher in the boot priority in the BIOS. IDE has Master/Slave, SATA does not.

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I am looking for a FAST but decent HDD cloning software.
I do have Acronis true image and does a good job at making backups but as for cloning, it seems to take FOREVER to clone a 500GB HDD.
Apperently.... 1 day coming down from 7. But it cannot take that long surely?

I am technically minded so I know what happens, but surely this is not right? To copy over the entire disk including bootsector? 1 day? This is using SATAII drives

Any ideas on how I can improve the performance or even any other tools that would do a quicker job?

A:Cloning HDD

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hi what is a fully freeware program to clone dvd's? for windows vista. thanks.

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I have a pc running p3 433 mhz and its running perfectly in the office at work with sage running fine on it.

I want to clone that hard drive so it is also running on my new PC which i have built, but not yet installed anything on the hard drive so it has a formated hard drive?

I dont want to remove the hard drive from the working pc becuase i want two pc's so can i make a clone of the hard drive to work on the new pc??

Thanks Alex

A:Cloning PC

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Q: Cloning

I want a backup copy of my hard drive or a image so if I loose my hd I can reinstall the copy. I have extra external hd and docking station.


Originally Posted by Ben Daniels

I want a backup copy of my hard drive or a image so if I loose my hd I can reinstall the copy. I have extra external hd and docking station.

You can try Macrium Reflect.

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I have been doing my research concerning cloning my Win 7 C: HDD. In another thread I was troubleshooting an BSOD boot up loop. So, while I have been able to fix all my issues. I now have a new fresh hard drive and a fresh install of Win 7 on that drive. Is it possible to use PCMover to move over my data and installed programs? I am concerned that the OS on the now removed hard drive is corrupt.


A:Win 7 HDD Cloning


I suggest you give the Windows Easy Transfer tool a try: Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

That would probably be the safest.

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How do I clone a WinXP OS cd to a DVD+RW media for backup purposes. Can I just copy all the files to DVD?

A:Cloning CD to DVD

I believe that would be pirating software and you won't get an answer to that here!

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Hey everyone. I want to get a bigger hard drive to replace my main C drive. Do any of ye know what would be the best program for cloning the hdd onto the new drive so it'll work like normal?


A:HDD Cloning?

Norton Ghost (I use this one)
Acronis True Image (most users like this one, images and backup incrementally)
Acronis Migrate Easy (Just disk clone - quite good!)
Drive Image (Basically an alternative)
DriveImage XML (This one is free!)
MaxBlast (I haven't used this, but it's free)
pc-disk-clone(Home Edition: Up to 2GB/min, Pro Edition: Up to 7GB/min)

Imaging: Backs up your entire system, including Windows and data, plus your partition as well. The image can be stored on removable media, such as DVD. And usually takes under an hour (depending on size of image) to fully recover to a blank HardDrive.

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I don't understnd all I know about this cloning of a HD. I did a clone with Easus and then I went to
tools and selected make a boot disk. The procedure finished and said nothing. So I created something.
Now I see this about burning,ISO and such for it to work. Why would the program let me create something that is useless?

A:Cloning my HD

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Q: cloning

Partitioned 500gb hdd to 147 gb, why can't I clone that 147gb partition to a 160(148)gb hdd?


Variety of reasons. Maybe you don't have the correct software. Maybe you are using the software that you do have incorrectly. We can't really tell why you can't clone the partition without knowing what software you are trying to use to do it, and a screenshot of disk management showing the hard drives in question would help.

Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of - Windows 10 Forums

What errors are you getting?

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I have been given an old Windows 7 pc that's running perfectly but only has 360 GB HD.Is it possible to "copy" my existing OS from the small to the new and then replace it with the larger one, I only have a narrow slot for a second HD and I'm not sure I could add another to the pc. I have read about cloning and would like to know if that's the way I should go, I am not expertly knowledgeable on computers and am a bit apprehensive about messing with the OS. (Dell OptiPlex 780)

A:Cloning OS

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

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Q: cloning

When I clone my hdd do I clone "system reserved" with the "c" drive? What is "system reserved"?


clone the whole disk........
Including every partition...

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Q: cloning

I have one DELL older PATA desktop and 4 HP SATA desktops. All are running XP. The issue is that I cannot either install the OS in the dell or clone because of that issue. I have several copies of the OEN CD. At the 39 miutes mark I get an error, useless of course. All the CD's yield this error. I even have one with the COA that came with it. I am trying one of the HP versions with COA hoping I can activate it.

I ordered a bidirectional sata/pata adapter. Can I use this in my sata HP to copy to the pata hdd and then install the copy into the pata desktop? Then copy pata to pata in that same desktop? Unless I find a way to make a working pata hdd the DELL is a doorstop. Solutions please.


A suggestion:

Install the version of Windows you have, then activate it with the serial on the COA label.
Install all required drivers (see here how).
Clone that disk.

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Hi, I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit installed in a mechanical hard drive (Seagate 750Gb SATA HD). I will be replacing the Seagate with an SSD. Can I clone the Seagate to the SSD by using software like Acronis, etc or am I forced to clean install Win7 in the SSD? Thanks.

A:Cloning to SSD

Are you going to use the SSD for everything or just certain items? I just recently built a new system with an SSD. It was a clean install since it was a new system but the only thing I have on the SSD is the OS and my recording studio software. Everything else is on a 1TB hard drive.

If you are going to put everything on the SSD, Acronis should be able to do it.

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Ok.. I have an OLD, and probably worst model Dell tower they ever made. Dimension 8250. It does not support USB boot up ect. I have a newer Dell Optiplex GX520 a friend gave me.

Simply, I need to clone my Dimension to my new Optiplex. The problem is that I have no way to move the clone image to the new computer. The HDD are not compatible, not enough space on CD etc. I do have a 160GB USB External HDD I was hoping to use, but don't know how, or can't use it with the Dimension 8250... Any Ideas?

A:Need Help With Cloning

I'd plug the external USB drive into the computer as a secondary harddrive (if the USB external box can be opened - most are Sata drives inside; but you may need an adapter)

Info on imaging software

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I have a laptop I need to clone it. It has 1 ide and 1 external usb hdd I need a good program that I can use that will boot from cd. I do not have a floppy.
Thank you for your help.

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I have a brand new ASUS G750JX running Win 8. The OS is on a 750 GB HDD and I would like to install a 256 GB SSD and move the OS and a few programs to the SSD. Can I clone the drives than use 750 GB HDD for storage? Or is the a better way of moving all the stuff to my SSD?

Thank you for you help...

A:Cloning my HHD to my SSD

The SSD should have some sort of migration utility to help move the OS. With out knowing what brand it we can't locate the tech specs and how to's for the SSD.

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Can I clone my HDD(C to a USB HDD and boot from the external drive?
I wouldn't mind keeping a mirror OS for when things go kerflooey....ahem....

A:Cloning HDD?

Simple answer, no.

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Q: Cloning

Hi all, this is my first post to this forum.Can anyone tell me if there is a piece of software that allows cloning an 80g drive with only 10g of data to a smaller drive-30g. hope someone can help,....sam stuart


Acronis True Image will adjust partition sizes during a clone operation.

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First question here on 10 forum but used 7 forum lots. Anyway I am trying to clone the HDD? reduced partion to 450GB so as to be less than theSSD on my laptop. Trying to clone to a Samsung EVO 850 500GB. I have used the Samsung migration software and a version of EaseUS both give same error ie OS cannot be found. Now I think it is because the MBR is not being copied or if it is something is going wrong with it. This version of 10 was a free upgarde from8.1 for which I had a recovery stick but I have nothing to do the same on 10.
Am I missing something obvious here?


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Hi there, I'm a noob at this cloning hdd stuff as I usually do a complete refomat when changing hdd's. I need to know the exact sequence of operations in cloning a hdd. Is this order below correct. Please correct any errors I am showing.

1.) Use either Acronis or Norton Ghost to make a clone of my hdd including o/s, file folders, application, etc... and save it to old hdd which is still pc.

2.) Shut down pc and install new hdd and remove old hdd and format the new hdd with o/s.

3.) Shut down pc again and reinstall the old hdd as the slave and make sure the new hdd is set to master. Then transfer the "clone" from the old hdd to the new hdd using Acronis or Norton Ghost.

4.) Shut down pc again and either remove old hdd or leave it in for extra storage.

Is this correct or am I missing something? Please help me out, I need to know the correct method of doing this as soon as possible. Thank you so much.

A:Cloning HDD

That will work but you can also install the new drive as a slave drive, format it through Windows then just copy the entire boot drive to the slave drive, shut off the computer, change the jumpers and cables to make the new drive the boot drive and restart. The slave drive will now be the main hard drive and you can format the old drive or just leave it in case you need to boot off of it ever again.

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Q: Cloning

Since many members had problems with cloning I made a Macrium clone of my W7 system to study the situation. Unfortunately there was nothing to study because it went perfectly and booted immediately.

I did, however, observe that the cloning took a LOT longer than an image from the same system - and that from a SSD to a SSD on eSata.

Another curiosity - when I was in the cloned system I emptied the recycle bin (which came from the original system). When I was back in the original system, the recycle bin was empty there too.


Making an image is faster than making a clone but, in my experience, using imaging to replace cloning (making the image and "restoring" it) takes longer and has the disadvantage of usually needing an intermediary drive. Being one step, cloning is as simple as start it, then walk away until it's done so the time really doesn't matter.

I keep my recycle bin empty (half the time I use SHIFT/DELETE and bypass the recycle bin on the way to file oblivion) so I've yet to notice the phenomenon you did.

The only times I had a clone fail was when Defraggler corrupted my HDD (I no longer use that POS) and, when I tried to clone the data on the corrupted drive, the clone failed even though I could access all the data on the corrupted drive (thank God for my anal backup scheme). The other time was when I was cloning from a notebook to a 2.5" 7200 rpm Western Digital Black in an enclosure. Even though the notebook had USB 3.0 ports, it apparently wasn't delivering enough power to keep the HDD running properly. The problem went away when I replaced the single cable with one that had three ends, the extra end being used to steal additional power from another USB port.

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Q: cloning


I wasn't sure where to post this , but hopefully someone can help.
I used norton ghost 2003 to clone my main harddrive. I used the partition to partition to clone my main partition on my harddrive, but know when I try to boot off the seconed harddrive, which has the cloned partition on it, it will not boot. Can someone please help.
Thanks a bunch

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Can a HD be cloned (to an SSD), using the provided Win8.1 backup and recovery software or is Acronis True Image or something similar required?

A:Cloning a HD

A free tool would be better. See: but it depends why you want to do the clone.
If just for back-up then see:
If you are intending to use the SSD to replace the main drive , then there are thrreads on here somewhere that tell you the best way to do it. Use the search tool.

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Good evening
I work for a school district and I am trying to clone 3 sets of 25 acer extensa 5635 laptops and I am stuck. I have always used drive snapshot with xp and had no problems, now I have moved to windows 7 and I have tried using drive snapshot from an xp usb drive and I don't see any of the windows 7 drives.

is there anything out there I should try to use.

thanks Kevin

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Hello everyone,
I have a new computer that I built. It has a 120Gb hard drive where I have installed windows 8. I have created a EaseUS WinPE Emergency on a 8 Gb Kingston usb flash drive. Using my WinPE Emergency usb drive, I have cloned the SSD on to a 128Gb usb drive. I did not select the optimize for SSD or the sector by sector options. Following this I upgraded my computer to windows 8.1. I decided that I wanted to use windows 8 and so I wanted to clone from my 128Gb usb drive back to my SSD drive.
I used the WinPE Emergency usb drive again and this time selected the optimize for SSD and sector by sector options. I selected for the computer to shut down when finished. When the computer shut down, I removed the usb drives from the computer (source usb for the cloning and the WinPE) and started up the computer. Windows tried to start but the recovery window popped up and all the options that I tried to recover from this window failed.
Here is a link to the image I found online.
Google Image Result for
If you got lost in my story here is what I am trying to do

I am trying to overwrite windows os drive by cloning over it from a clone created on to a usb drive.
I think that EaseUS Todo Backup should be able to do this and it should work, but something isn't allowing windows to start correctly. I suspect that there is an issue with the MBR... Read more

A:Need help cloning win 8 OS SSD

i used Intel Data Migration tool and it works fine

this is the latest version : IDMS_15056_en-US.exe, very simple to use just follow all instructions and u are safe

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I have bought a new HDD and wish to clone the old one onto the new one.

I have installed and initialised/formatted the new drive

The old drive (system drive) is IDE, the new is a 1TB SATA.

I was advised by the store that sold me the drive to download a trial version of Ghost, but the current version (Ver 14.0x) has the disc cloning facility disabled on the 30-day trial. has a really old version of Ghost available (Ver 6.03), but will it work on such large discs?

I really don't need a powerful (expensive) utility, this is just a one-of situation.

Win XP Pro SP3

Ideas appreciated.

A:New HDD, need help cloning please

EASEUS Partition Master is a magic partition manager software for Windows 2000-XP-Vista-2003- - The free, home version will allow cloning of a partition/drive...following the directions provided.Louis

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I know there are some threads out there for this but I wanted to ask certain questions. Wanted to transfer my current HD to a SSD using Aconis True Home image 2012. Have my current HD all backed up as an image on an external HD. Question I have is there is a feature in Acronis that has "clone disk". Is this the one I use? Also the bootable media feature, I need to use this feature as well? Thanks for the help.

A:Cloning HD

Bonkers, Acronis will clone your hard disk by booting from the recovery cdrom. Select the option to clone and it will work fine.
I have done it several times. I suggest that you give it a shot.


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Q: Cloning

Hello! I am trying to clone my ssd drive where my win7 ultimate boots to a 3tb hd. My current ssd is 128 gb where windows takes 90gb because I have 32gb of ram! Apparently windows takes more Fisk space the more ram you have according to geeksquad. I bought acronis to clone my disk, and when I boot from my hdd it says boot mgr missing. This is a home built pc. I already have a ssd with all my games installed in it and I really don't wanna do a clean install. Also my hdd won't stop partitioning it self for some reason so I have a 700gb floating in limbo.
Please help!

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I need to setup several different workgroups (8-12 PCs in each) without servers, each having their own set of software. I don't want to setup a complicated imaging setup or make an imaging server.If I setup the first, then clone the other's hard drives using something like Clonzilla, what happens with the product keys? They are all new PCs, each with its own product key and I don't want them to all show the same product key after being cloned from the initial one. Is there a way to clone the subsequent PCs and each still have it's original Product Key?

A:Cloning Win 7 PCs

Legally, you have to have a unique product key for each PC. Depending on what software you're going to use to perform the cloning, I'd consult their support forums to find out if the software copies the product keys or not. I've only ever used Windows (ImageX and other utilities from Windows AIK) and I know it doesn't copy the product keys.

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what tools can i use to clone a scsi hdd?

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Hi all,

I have taken an XP SP3 OS from a Dell Optiplex 270 and thought that I could clone the HD and then install the necessary drivers to run the new HD on an Optiplex 520.

Now everytime I login under a domain, the computer works for ~1min, the CPU jumps to 100% and freezes for ~2mins, and then everything I try and open after that I get an (0xc0000142) error.

BUT when I logon to the local machine everything runs fine.

I idea how can get the cloned HD working on the different computer?

Thanks in advance all.

A:Cloning HDs

Try to leave the domain and then reboot. Make sure the new computer has a different computer name. Once rebooted with a new name, rejoin the domain and it should do the job.

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I have acronis true image and i've given her a test run , however the dest drive wasn't large enough to contain that amount of data . my question is . is there some way to clone the OS only with my current software or ..... is there something else out there that will?

A:cloning os

There's probably a way within the application to create a 'Custom' image.
That is, you can specify which files/folders you want to backup.

Perhaps if you started off by having everything checked, and take out the Documents and settings\Your name\My Documents folders, as well as folders like desktop etc, your personal files would not be backed up into the image and therefore reduce the size.

If you've got the time - another way is to completely back up all of your documents, files/folders onto a separate HD. Then, do a clean install of Windows XP, partition the hard drive into two, one for the Operating System, and one for your documents. Install Windows XP, get all your updates, install all of your software, configure all your applications the way you like them. Then, point your my documents folder to a folder on the other partition:

D:\My Documents.

Finally, copy all of your documents back over onto this new D: partition.
Now, you can make a backup of the C: partition, and store it on D: (Another hard drive would be more desirable.. ) Now, if you ever run into trouble, it's as simple as booting/restoring the image (All of your documents are now on the other partition and will not be affected) I like to setup people's PCs this way when they want a clean install. The next time they have some serious spyware problem, it's all pushed back to the way it was in the shortest amount of time possible. Takes about 10-12 minutes to restore an image to a partition, m... Read more

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A:Dvd Cloning

there's lots and lots of programs out there for this.

clonedvd is a nice all in one package

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Can anyone teach me how to mac clone?

BTW im DHCP, my old modem gone bad so verizon replaced it with a new one (westell 6100) however, i am unable to connect with this new one. all lights are solid green on the modem (power dsl ethernet and internet) however when i try to pull up IE, still page cannot be displayed.

i called verizon tech support and they guide me through several troubleshooting steps but to no avail - they made me reset the modem, uninstall/reinstall nic card, optimized my browser, did those ping tests, ran ip config release renew etc... but still nothing happened. what my friend told me that we have to probably do mac cloning, however, when i called verizon again to ask assistance regarding mac cloning, they said they dont support it...

A:Need Help With Mac Cloning

No, you do not have to do MAC cloning if your internet worked before with the same setup (bar the modem).

Since it was Verizon who replaced the modem and broke your connection, then it is them who have to prove that the fault is not theirs. Usually it is a technician demonstrating a connection with their own laptop.

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Q: Cloning

Acer laptop. Vista basic, O.P.system.
Cloned entire installed (Hard drive) including C & D partitions to U.S.B external (Hard Drive) using Macrium Reflect software.
Installed Hard drive into computer expecting everything to start up and operate
as normal.
Message on screen stating. No operating system found.
Have only basic computer knowledge.
Could anybody suggest. WHY?


Is the Vista partition marked Active?

Boot the vista dvd to command prompt - type:


lis vol

( find the letter of the Vista volume , e.g. D )

sel vol D



You can use a bootable partition manager to mark Vista partition Active instead.

There is a good one available free at the moment ( install it on a working pc - run off the bootable cd , boot it on your sick machine - and you will get a very easy to use interface) :

EASEUS Partition Master Professional Edition Giveaway: Get a Free Data Recovery Softawre for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 32 and 64Bit Today Now.

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Hi, please help me, after cloning my 320Gb HDD to a 500Gb sata hdd using DriveImage XML the target drive is unmounted...but it says the the cloning was finished, what happened?...

A:After cloning help


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About a month ago I cloned my HDD to a Samsung 840 Pro SSD, but with holidays etc, etc I haven't inserted into my computer, but now a month later I have downloaded updates from Microsoft & several others CCleaner, Malwarebytes etc, could I clone my HDD again, or do I have to format & start again, Using Samsung Data Migration, I don't think there is a facility for incremental. As always your thoughts most appreciated.

A:Cloning again to same SSD!

Cloning again or formatting and starting again is really the same thing with this software, AFAIK.
Doubt it has an incremental function.
It's designed to prepare the SSD and move your old drive to the SSD.
It may warn you that it will erase the data you already moved to the SSD.
If so, and you say to proceed, it will do what it did the first time. preparing the SSD and cloning the drive to the SSD. It will "erase" your previous cloning as part of the preparation.
Another option if you're uncomfortable with that, is just install the SSD as is, and redo the updates.

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Q: cloning

Hi ok i have a few Q's
First i have an old acer d150 with a 160Gig HDD, Now i want to use that hdd for something else and i want to fit an 80 Gig Hdd in it's place ( I have programs/software on the 80Gig so i will format it before i clone )

What is the easiest/most user friendly way to clone the 160 g to the 80 g so the netbook can still be used.

Another note netbook has no optical drive.

I have downloaded onto a 1Gig usb flash drive
Just a bit stuck on what to do next


Hum Andrew mate you have some problems for starters I have had instances where you cannot clone from large to smaller drives you would be better off to replace th 80GB with the same size as the old drive.

You could try this one Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

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i need to clone my new hard drive but want a dual device for sata and pata here is a pic of my new HDD the one on the left

A:Cloning HDD

Is the computer a desktop computer? If so, you should be able to connect the PATA drive to the IDE channel and the original SATA drive should still be set as the boot drive. Download and install Western Digitals install software and follow the instructions for adding a new hard drive

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Hello all, I'm newer to RAM and things like that and wanted to know before I buy if these sticks of ram will run in my Dell DImension 4700. I was hoping someone knew the specs of the stock motherboard and such because I have no idea what it is. THanks

A:Older Dell computer

Follow the instructions here so we can help you better:

Are you lookng to add RAM or just replace it?

According to google, the Dell Dimension 4700 has DDR2 RAM at 400 MHz. Both links you posted have DDR2 RAM at faster speeds, so while you can add both of them, I believe, they'll still run at the slower speed unless you take out the older RAM.

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My computer had a virus, which I believe I corrected. I'm trying to start up windows in safe mode and it just goes to a screen that says: multi(0)disks(0)rddisk(0)partition(1)windows/systems32/drivers/acpt.sys etc on on and on down the page...and I can't esc or anything. tried to start with last know config and it just show xp page and then goes blank

A:Dell computer with XP problems

and welcome to the Forum

How did you correct the virus?

Do you have the Dell Reinstallation disc?

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So, I lost my windows XP disk long ago...I was curious if it was possible for a Dell computer (We got it around 04 or 05), would be able to use a windows 7 disk?
If there are other factors that would decide that let me know. xD

A:Can a Dell computer from 2005....

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One of my coworkers brought in one of her personal machines, which is completely new (still packaged up and everything); an HP ProDesk. After going through the initial setup and installing AVs, changing IE settings and all that good stuff, I ran Windows Update. For some reason, a Dell, Inc. update showed up.

Should there be any reason for this?

Thanks in advance.

A:Dell, Inc. Update on an HP computer??

Are there any Dell peripherals attached to the machine? I'm thinking something like a monitor, mouse or keyboard.

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