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AOMEI Backupper Pro (Cloning software)

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Ed Covney
Retired USN in '88. Then IT & s/w dev. Fully retired in 2015. Now practicing math skills, long neglected, and learning VBA (to demo math).
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro:

1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them).
2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive while other apps are running.

If interested, be warned: AOMEI is $50 (USD) for 2 PCs and is paid to a 3rd party. AOMEI will email the key and a download link. If you lose the key or the link, then it's $50 for nada as there is no way to get the link without another purchase and if you lose the key, AOMEI doesn't file it.
It works with all versions of Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.

Video Steps

1. Mount the clones destination drive first.

AOMEI will not find the destination drive unless it was installed before launching AOMEI Backupper Pro.

2. Select Clone on AOMEI's main menu, and 'System Clone' on the sub menu

AOMEI will automatically select your system (boot) drive as source and will provide a menu of candidate target drives it finds. (Your target drive can exist on any port the BIOS recognizes and Windows can assign a drive letter to.)

3. Considering the target drive's size

The target drive size must be "adequately sized", that is larger than the total of all the boot drive's non-boot partitions (MBR or GUID) plus # of bytes used on the boot partition. (My boot-drive is C: 400GB but I only use about 60GB, and two 450MB GUID partitions that Windows 10 created. So I can clone to a 120 GB drive easily and successfully. When cloning to larger drives, it creates an extra MBR partition. Use AOMEI's Partition Assistant SE (free) if you want to join the partitions.
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by:Kyle Santos
Ed,

Great video.  I actually just shared this video to someone I know who was trying to do this the other day!
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by:Helen Green
Thanks for sharing us this useful software. However, there are two aspects which the editor made a mistake:
1.      If you purchased the software but somehow lost the download link especially the key, you can surely get it back by email AOMEI customer support team (support@aomeitech.com) with your purchase ID, the email address you filled when place your order. See its purchase FAQ at http://www.backup-utility.com/purchase-faq.html
2.      This is about the third step of the video. Yes, you can clone to a smaller disk only if the destination disk is no small than the used space of your original disk; this is based-on intelligent sector clone mode. However, if you choose sector-by-sector mode, the destination disk must be no small than the capacity (not used space) of the original disk. Besides, when cloning to larger drives, you can edit partition size directly in AOMEI Backupper; there’s no need of using AOMEI Partition Assistant though it’s a professional and powerful partition management tool. See more details at http://www.backup-utility.com/features/partition-volume-clone.html
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