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Final report on DoYourClone SOS offering of 2023-02-06:
I chose the ‘build USB boot drive’ option because:
– I wanted to clone a non-running source drive ( I’ve had bad luck in the past trying to clone from a running boot disk – too many open files can’t get accurately copied )
– I wanted to clone using a computer NOT otherwise in use ( that’s what older computers are for – to free up our main computer, it does the ‘grunt’ work while we continue to use our main computer uninterrupted )
– the computer needing an upgrade does not have enough sockets to attach a source drive and a target drive to proceed with the cloning, hence the need to move all the parts to a ‘mule’ computer that was otherwise empty, and could accommodate attaching a source drive, a target, drive PLUS a separate boot USB with Windows PE and DoYourClone on it.
DoYourClone PE boot USB drive FAILED to even ‘see’ a source drive attached via USB, so it was unable to clone from external USB-attached source drive to an internal SATA-attached target drive after booting from the separate DoYourClone PE USB drive.
For anyone else cloning a different way, your experience may differ – please tell us how you did what you did, and what the results were.
Perhaps someone who is cloning by installing DoYourClone on the running source drive, and then running DoYourClone on the running source drive, and then cloning that running source drive to an attached target drive, let us know how it goes – can the target drive then boot when swapped into the computer, with the original drive swapped out?
Anyway, instead, I used the alternative FREE Lazesoft Disk Image & Clone v184.108.40.206 that is included on FREE Hiren’s Boot CD/USB – Lazesoft:
– adjusted the target drive to expand the 25GB source to the target 2TB,
– only copied USED data frorm the 256GB source,
– aligned the 2TB target so that it would accurately boot,
– changed the resulting clone target drive serial number to be different from and not compete with the original source drive’s serial number.
FREE Lazesoft Disk Image & Clone v220.127.116.11 cloned what I wanted, and it changes what I needed to be changed during the cloning.
It’s not really that hard.
And FREE Lazesoft Disk Image & Clone v18.104.22.168 is FREE.
Regarding [ @Mike]‘s 4-5 hour time challenge, here’s what I did, and the total time:
-> I booted to HiRen’s BootC/USB in a USB2 socket,
-> cloned from a source external 225GB NVMe in a USB3 adapter in a USB3 socket,
-> cloned to a target internal 2TB NMVe in SATA adapter attached via SATA3 socket,
… 3 hours via 3,800MHz 4-core PC with 8 GB ram.
That definitely beats my prior 30+ hour fiasco cloning a chuck-full 2TB SMR hard drive to a 2TB SSD via probably slower ( half-speed ) SATA2 sockets – I won’t do that again ( oh no, I have to try cloning it again, because the cloned result failed after a week with an unrecoverable/unbootable Windows driver crash, so I reverted to the original SMR hard drive again, and will try again after resolving corrupt drivers first – endless )!
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So, DoYourData, please update your software so that it can SEE USB-attached drives as target or source when you build your boot PE USB drive, and then let us check out your next version for you once again.
In other words, make your offering at least as good as a FREE alternative: Lazesoft Disk Image & Clone v22.214.171.124.
Thanks, Ashraf, for letting us explore this and share.