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Re: Transfer Windows 8 installation to a new drive

#21 Post by dreamer » Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:51 am

Make sure Windows 8 is properly shut down before you try to clone it. Disable Fast Start (it's a hibernation mode) in Power Management settings (choose-what-these-buttons-do-dialog) in Control Panel.

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Re: Transfer Windows 8 installation to a new drive

#22 Post by sunrat » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:19 am

fehlix wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:46 am
IIRC, PartedMagic integrates clonezilla (at least) into it's offering for cloning, besides lot's of other very usefull tools.
Very good toolset-box live linux distro, highly recommended!
It is good but it costs ~50 bucks. Not worth it if you just want to use Clonezilla occasionally.
This reminds me to remember, why not just run clonezilla from our latest MX17.1_September-ISO
And perhaps we might think about adding latest clonezilla under Popular Apps within MX Package installer ;)
Clonezilla would be a valuable default addition to MX. MX automounts USB drives though so that has to be worked around as Clonezilla works with unmounted drives.
baldyeti wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:37 am
I have used it in the past to transfer WinXP(or Win7) to bigger disks, and it worked perfectly, even fixing the (NT) bootloader.
Does that still work with WIn8/10 and possibly UEFI/GPT instead of BIOS/MBR partitioning, or does one need extra step(s) to get a working bootloader ?
The boot loader is included if you do a full disk clone.

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Re: Transfer Windows 8 installation to a new drive

#23 Post by Adrian » Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:04 am

I do think you need to start the computer in UEFI mode though, otherwise there might be issues if you start it in legacy BIOS and you try to copy a UEFI/GPT Windows partition

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Re: Transfer Windows 8 installation to a new drive

#24 Post by fehlix » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:00 pm

Adrian wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:04 am
I do think you need to start the computer in UEFI mode though, otherwise there might be issues if you start it in legacy BIOS and you try to copy a UEFI/GPT Windows partition
Nope, clonezilla will clone any drive, regardless what boot-method was used to run clonezilla.
The drive needs to be unmounted anyway or can even be an external USB/eSATA plugged in drive.
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Re: Transfer Windows 8 installation to a new drive

#25 Post by handy » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:50 pm

I have copied a Win7 install, that was on a 1TB drive, to a 320GiB drive (both spinners), using Clonezilla. It was a while ago. I would have had to clone the individual partitions (likely shrink the largest one first of all) to be able to go from a larger drive to a smaller one with Clonezilla.

I remember that I had to download a "Win7 64bit Repair Disk" from MS, & run it so that I could boot into Windows. It was a tad nerve racking the first time I did the whole process with Windows, as I have no faith in MS products. But it worked! & I was very pleased with myself at the time. ;)

I've since cloned Win7 to a larger drive using Clonezilla - doing it whole drive to whole drive. I made sure that the system was tidy beforehand, though I've never bothered about deleting the Restore Points. It worked without a hitch. It doesn't take very long if you have your data (primarily Steam Games in my case) on a different drive. I limit Win7 on my Clevo, to 50GiB & it runs fine for my purposes.

I've also, more recently, had to cast a Win7 Clonezilla backup image back on to the same drive that it was taken from (SSD). Again, it worked without a hitch.

I've used Clonezilla on Macintosh machines, to put larger drives in (whole disk to disk) & to make backup images. Never a problem.

I love Clonezilla, it has been a very good friend to me for over a decade now... :number1:
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Re: Transfer Windows 8 installation to a new drive

#26 Post by m_pav » Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:22 am

sunrat wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:19 am
It is good but it costs ~50 bucks. Not worth it if you just want to use Clonezilla occasionally.
No it doesn't, $11 to download the most recent version, $49 to get a years worth of access.
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Re: Transfer Windows 8 installation to a new drive

#27 Post by chrispop99 » Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:55 am

m_pav wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:22 am
sunrat wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:19 am
It is good but it costs ~50 bucks. Not worth it if you just want to use Clonezilla occasionally.
No it doesn't, $11 to download the most recent version, $49 to get a years worth of access.
Worth every cent of that too, in my opinion.

It's a single-person project, and was free for years, but the developer and his wife both got made redundant at separate times, so charging for his efforts seemed reasonable.

He's a really nice guy; an earlier version had a tiny bug, which I reported to him, and he immediately refunded me although that wasn't the reason for my communication.

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