Solved How do I Clone a HD on a EFI system

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March 22, 2014 at 19:04:02
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate, i7-3770 /8GB DDR3 1333
I want to do a disk clone of my Hard Drive to an external USB Portable Drive. Purely as backup.

In past on my old computer I would use my Ultimate Boot CD and run the EaseUS Disk Copy software on it. But this time round the program cannot detect the Hard Drive, only the USB Portable Drive.

Do I need a different program or do i need to change some settings in the bios for my program to detect the HD?


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March 23, 2014 at 19:33:29
I doubt it's the bios since the internal drive otherwise works OK but you can always check to see if there's a bios upgrade available.

I too got it wrong. I thought it was the USB drive that wasn't seen. If you're going to do a clone and not a backup then the cloning software from either manufacturer would be best. It's usually going to be a branded version of acronis and it was made to work with the drive.



#1
March 23, 2014 at 02:06:47
In bios setup you may need to enable something like 'legacy USB support' although I'd expect newer motherboards to already have support for USB drives. Check the bios setup features in your manual.

Usually drive manufacturers have their own cloning software. Check the support site for your USB drive and see if they offer it. There should be cloning software for your internal drive but I'm not sure it'll see the USB drive.


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#2
March 23, 2014 at 02:29:28
the usb drive is recognized, its the local drive it cant detect, i think it has something to do with EFI Bios

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#3
March 23, 2014 at 04:46:46
Why not use the disk imaging software that comes with Windows 7. That will create a disk image perfect for backup purposes. Because that is what you need if a backup is your objective, A clone is a different thing altogether and is not normally used for backup purposes.

Stuart


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#4
March 23, 2014 at 13:55:34
I assume the CD/DVD drive is ahead of the C drive in BIOS.

The BIOS might have a setting for "legacy CD/DVD drive support" (or similar).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
March 23, 2014 at 16:13:37
I want to do a clone, simple as that. Amd boot order doesn't matter, it would still detect the drive.

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#6
March 23, 2014 at 17:03:03
Sorry - got my wires crossed.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
March 23, 2014 at 18:34:46
Just out of curiosity, why do you want to clone instead of making an image? An image can be compressed and use a lot less space not to mention that restoring would take about half the time as cloning it back if your original hard drive fails.

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#8
March 23, 2014 at 19:30:54
So i can access the drive and copy what data i need off it later. It's the way i always do it for customers computers.

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#9
March 23, 2014 at 19:32:09
Think I've found a program on the newer version of UBCD. HDClone 4.3 Free Edition. If goes ok, I will buy the full version.

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#10
March 23, 2014 at 19:33:29
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I doubt it's the bios since the internal drive otherwise works OK but you can always check to see if there's a bios upgrade available.

I too got it wrong. I thought it was the USB drive that wasn't seen. If you're going to do a clone and not a backup then the cloning software from either manufacturer would be best. It's usually going to be a branded version of acronis and it was made to work with the drive.


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#11
March 23, 2014 at 19:39:27
Thanks will give that a go

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#12
March 23, 2014 at 20:08:03
You're welcome. Let us know what ends up working for you.

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