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Which products can do a successful Win 8.1 cloning to a new HD?

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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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I 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 cost (and it works on W7, W8, and W8.1, all in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions).

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. Here's a 5-minute EE video Micro Tutorial, Cloning a Hard Drive with Casper, showing how to do it. 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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I would expect any product that says it's compatible with Windows 8.1 should work.  Which products have you had a problem with that say they will but don't?
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You can purchase an Apricorn USB 3.0 adapter which comes with cloning software ($21.99):
http://www.amazon.com/Apricorn-Notebook-Upgrade-Connection-ASW-USB3-25/dp/B005C983NA/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1415844022&sr=1-1&keywords=apricorn

You hook up your new hard drive to the computer you wish to clone with the Apricorn adapter. Start the EZ Gig IV Cloning software from within the source laptop. The software will clone the hard drive to the new hard drive (while logged in to the source computer) . Speeds are quite good with USB 3.0.

This will make an exact copy of the source drive onto the new drive (if that is what you're looking for). No sysprep or deployment tools. Just another thought.
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