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    I used EASEUS Todo Backup Home 2.5 (which can also clone hard drives/partitions) to clone my hard drive partition which had the OS installed on it, to an external hard drive.

    Now ive got rid of the original hard drive and bought a bigger one and wish to use that clone from the external hard drive to this new hard drive which is inside the computer. But how do i do it?

    Ive tried copy and pasting all the files, the system wont boot from it. Ive also tried taking the hard drive out of the external caddy and putting it into the computer and booting from there, but it wont work either. Ive also attached then used the same software to clone the clone to the drive i want to boot off, and it clones it ok, but it still wont boot from it.

    How do these cloning hard drives work? Whats the point of them if you cannot use them in the way of the original.

    I usually have dual boot, XP and Windows 7 and at the moment have freshly installed XP and spent 2 hours customising, installing apps, favourites etc and also wish to clone it how it is right now (incase of future crashes/HD failures etc), but if i cannot simply put the cloned data on a hard drive of my choice and stick it in my computer to boot off, then theres no point cloning it and wasting that space either i dont think.

    So am i doing it wrong? Is there a better/different way/software to use?

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    Original Poster Banned

    Dude, I did partition to partition clone (loaded the Easeus software again, chose to clone the clone to the target drive and its cloned it as a separate partition) but it still wont boot from it or give the dual boot menu.

    no idea why your external hdd clone doesn't work, maybe u did something wrong,

    my suggestion would be to put your original hdd back in, and make a clone to the 'bigger one' then try to boot with that

    also, if it is windows 7 make sure you clone the 100mb partition as well
    Edited by: "jayjayuk1234" 20th May 2011

    i never used todo backup for cloning drives.. i always used easus disk copy. do that, then once copied use partition master to resize the partition to use the rest of the disk.

    Original Poster Banned

    Could it be that i cloned it from a SATA hard drive to an ide hard drive thats causing the issue? Ive deleted the original now anyway (not a big deal, i backed up all the files i needed), but for the future i just want to make sure i know how its done properly. For experimental purposes im thinking of cloning my freshly installed XP (on a SATA drive) to an empty SATA drive and seeing if it will boot from it.

    I take it you are trying to boot from a hard drive that has only ever been cloned and has never has an OS installed on it? If so then it's missing the boot sector, easily created by booting from a Windows DVD then use the repair console.

    Original Poster Banned

    Nick, on my old hard drive i had 3 partitions, 1 for xp, one for win 7 and the third for storage. The dual boot combo worked fine, i got the dual boot menu at boot up etc.I cloned partition 1 and 2 to an external hard drive, got rid of the original hdd (with partition 1,2 and 3 on it) and replaced it for a bigger hdd.

    Now ive installed XP on the new hard drive, and from the XP im running the Easeus software and using the clone on the external hard drive (partition 2-win7) to clone a copy of it to my current drive (on an empty partition ive created), so my new hard drive should have 2 bootable OS on it. One that boots fine (XP) and the second, Windows 7, that ive cloned back onto the hard disk.

    Hope this all makes sense.

    you really needed to use a "disk" cloning software, that would capture all the system data such as the mbr etc,.these can usually resize the partitions on the fly and can often create bootable cds to reverse the process.
    seagate and others provide free software u can download from their website to do this with. the seagate one is called seagate diskwizard, its a customised version of acronis.

    I'm not sure I do understand. All I can think of right now is that the partition isn't active. You can make it active from within Disk Management.

    Original Poster Banned

    Both the XP (C: drive) and windows 7 (cloned, D: drive) in Disk Management are "healthy", with the only difference being that there is "system" written in brackets in the C drive partition. I cant seem to find how to make it 'active'

    Adnan786

    Both the XP (C: drive) and windows 7 (cloned, D: drive) in Disk … Both the XP (C: drive) and windows 7 (cloned, D: drive) in Disk Management are "healthy", with the only difference being that there is "system" written in brackets in the C drive partition. I cant seem to find how to make it 'active'



    In disk management, right click on your main partition and select "Mark partition as active" you'll get a warning message, just click ok and restart.
    Edited by: "lilraul" 20th May 2011

    Just use this, Driveimage XML, I have found it simple and very effective each time I have used it

    simplyjimbo

    Just use this, Driveimage XML, I have found it simple and very effective … Just use this, Driveimage XML, I have found it simple and very effective each time I have used it



    Not wanting to thread hijack, but will this clones everything from the 3 partitions of my laptop onto a external 2.5 in a caddy so I can then just swap the drives over ?

    steve1221

    Not wanting to thread hijack, but will this clones everything from the 3 … Not wanting to thread hijack, but will this clones everything from the 3 partitions of my laptop onto a external 2.5 in a caddy so I can then just swap the drives over ?



    I've cloned drives with several partitions with this just as you describe, ie from 250GB to 500GB

    Great, thanks.

    Original Poster Banned

    lilraul

    In disk management, right click on your main partition and select "Mark … In disk management, right click on your main partition and select "Mark partition as active" you'll get a warning message, just click ok and restart.



    I dont get any such option. All i get is: open, explore, change drive letter and paths, format, delete logical drive..., properties and help

    you can only have 1 active partition at any one time thats why the option is greyed out, i helped someone on avforums with a problem similar to this, the answer is not so straight forward because of your intention to dual boot but i can help with the first bit, ie get the system booting.

    booting from win7 cd you will get the option to repair computer, the startup repair will write all systems files to the hdd but it will not make a partition active you will have to do that manually using a command call diskpart.
    not sure how its going to react to a winxp partition on there at the mo so what state is the system in now?
    another thing u need to be careful of here is any extra hdds installed, sometimes win7 will right the system files to them leaving you unable to boot if the drive fails., who many hdds are in there now?



    Edited by: "maddogb" 20th May 2011

    Adnan786

    I dont get any such option. All i get is: open, explore, change drive … I dont get any such option. All i get is: open, explore, change drive letter and paths, format, delete logical drive..., properties and help



    Usually if "mark partition as active" is greyed out then it is already active.

    Original Poster Banned

    maddogb

    you can only have 1 active partition at any one time thats why the option … you can only have 1 active partition at any one time thats why the option is greyed out, i helped someone on avforums with a problem similar to this, the answer is not so straight forward because of your intention to dual boot but i can help with the first bit, ie get the system booting.booting from win7 cd you will get the option to repair computer, the startup repair will write all systems files to the hdd but it will not make a partition active you will have to do that manually using a command call diskpart.not sure how its going to react to a winxp partition on there at the mo so what state is the system in now?another thing u need to be careful of here is any extra hdds installed, sometimes win7 will right the system files to them leaving you unable to boot if the drive fails., who many hdds are in there now?



    Ive disconnected all other drives for the moment, while im experimenting, so i cannot accidentally mess up storage files. I tried cloning XP to an external sata this time and when the partition was cloned, i disconnected the internal and tried to boot from the newly created external clone, and it still did not boot, so now ive uninstalled Easeus and have moved onto Acronis true image software and am trying to figure out how that works. Looks like i can clone an entire disk (1tb) but not a partition, so thats not an option.

    The problem is that there are files on the disk related to booting that don't live inside any of the partitions. So if you only use a partition-cloning tool you'll find that some of the boot files are missing. Either use a disk-cloning tool to preserve these files or use the Windows Recovery Console to write new boot files to the drive. In your case I think the Recovery Console Command you want is:
    BOOTCFG /rebuild

    Adnan786

    Ive disconnected all other drives for the moment, while im experimenting, … Ive disconnected all other drives for the moment, while im experimenting, so i cannot accidentally mess up storage files. I tried cloning XP to an external sata this time and when the partition was cloned, i disconnected the internal and tried to boot from the newly created external clone, and it still did not boot, so now ive uninstalled Easeus and have moved onto Acronis true image software and am trying to figure out how that works. Looks like i can clone an entire disk (1tb) but not a partition, so thats not an option.



    haven't got any versions of that installed at the moment but fwir you clone the hdd to an image then you can restore just partitions.
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