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Copy Windows 7 Drive

Lionel MM
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I used to be able to use Symantec Ghost to clone my XP drive onto a second drive. I had that drive sitting around in the event the live drive died. Now I have a dual boot drive (XP Pro and Win7 Pro), 750GB Seagate and have tried to do the same thing with no luck. I do not want to clone a drive for multiple installs onto multiple PCs. Just want a second drive as a "backup" a copy in the event my live drive crashes. Is there a way to do this quick and easy like I could with Windows XP and Ghost? I know there are ways using WAIK and sysprep for multiple PC but that IS NO WHAT I AM ASKING--only something quick and simple and easy, if available. If not, just say so--thanks!
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you need the latest norton ghost I think its version 15 now
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you can clone the disks but you will have too use your windows 7 dvd to fix the startup issues
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How do you use Ghost 15 to clone -- nothing like the version I have.
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EASEUS Disk Copy can make a replica of a partition or an individual disk to another.  Simpler and easier to use than Clonezilla.
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Ghost 15 trial does not allow disk copy so I am interested in clonezilla live for single disk copy. Can anyone give me step by step instructions to use it or a link that has step by step--thanks! Will check out EASEUS Disk Copy if I can't get the free clonezilla live to work.
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I worked through and figured out how to use clonezilla live--will write it down myself and post here soon! Tested second "backup" drive with no issue on either the Win XP or Win 7 boot. Works great but took some time to figure clonezilla out!
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I hear ya.  I got spoiled and used EASEUS before trying Clonezilla, so when I did try Clonezilla, I gave up on it after about 30 seconds, because by then I could have already got the copy started with EASEUS.
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I tried clonezilla live because it was free! and it worked out, not too hard--just have to be careful, that's all.
Delighted to hear that Clonezilla worked for you. It's always looked an interested product, and at some point I will be following my own advice and giving it a try!

Take care :)
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EASEUS is free too :)
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This is what I saw when I went there
http://www.easeus.com/buynow.htm
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Hi LeeTutor.

I suggested the user use Clonezilla, which they did and reported back above: "I tried clonezilla live because it was free! and it worked out, not too hard--just have to be careful, that's all."

No one else suggested Clonezilla, and the user ended up solving their issue with this product, as a direct result of my suggestion. Without sounding grabby, I think sending the points my way would therefore be fair, but I'll leave it to you!

Cheers,

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A solution was not provided only links to software were provided--had to take considerable time to figure out how to use Clonezilla. If step by step instructions were provided would have given it an A.
Fair game - glad you got there anyway. Hopefully the community surrounding Clonezilla helped you with the finer details.

You said it was not too hard to do and that you'd repost a guide - I'm sure any Googlers would appreciate you doing that, should they hit this post :)

Cheers,

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Of course, if EASEUS Disk Copy had been used, there isn't that learning curve ... seriously, you can get half-way through the copy with EASEUS by the time you figure out Clonezilla.  Take care :)
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I did try EASEUS Disk Copy and to clone/copy my 750GB drive took 4 hours whereas Clonezilla was 45 minutes. EASEUS Disk Copywas easy to learn and understand and there is no way to make a mistake in cloning the wrong drive like with Clonezilla but the time to do the actual copying/cloning is BIG negative.
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Interesting ... I don't blame you for going with Clonezilla with results like that ... when I tested them, they were within just a couple of minutes of each other for a 250GB copy, so from then on I've never bothered with Clonezilla again.  Anyway ... have a good one.
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