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I have been tasked to clone an Asus T100 tablet.  Does anyone know of a good tool or process to get this to work.  So far recover and restore is not working for me.

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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016 earned 2000 total points
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Since it's running W8.1, I would think that any cloning tool that works on 8.1 would work on it. I personally use Casper for cloning:
http://www.fssdev.com/products/casper/

It's not free, but it is reasonably priced and is excellent software, definitely worth the price (and it works on 8.1, both 32-bit and 64-bit).

Another well-regarded (also non-free) product is Acronis:
http://www.acronis.com/

I used it previously, but now prefer Casper.

If you're looking for something that is free, I've heard good things here at EE about these two:
http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/

But I haven't tried either as I do all of my cloning now with Casper. As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with this company and no financial interest in it whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Clone it for what purpose?  You cannot clone a Windows 8.1 tablet in a business.  Only 8.1 Pro - and even then, you need a volume license.  Are you trying to back it up?  That's not cloning that's backup.
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I really appreciated the number of suggestions presented and was able to resolve this issue using EaseUS.  Thank you.  It's very user friendly and a quick process to use for cloning.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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You're welcome. I'm glad to hear that EaseUS works for you. And thanks to you for posting your results — it's very helpful to know what does and doesn't work for folks. Regards, Joe
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Do you know if this is true or not?  You cannot clone a Windows 8.1 tablet in a business.  Only 8.1 Pro -    And why?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Because Re-imaging rights are ONLY granted to Pro and Enterprise class operating systems.  8.1 is the home SKU and NOT licensing for re-imaging rights.  If you're the OEM you can do it with the OEM tools appropriate for deployment, but the END-USER cannot.  Furthermore, you can ONLY clone Volume Licenses, not retail, or OEM licenses.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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To be clear, Re-imaging rights are only granted to volume licenses.

There are NO volume licenses for 8.1 (non pro/enterprise).

Ergo, you cannot clone 81. (non pro/enterprise).
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