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 Post subject: Copying/Cloning HD Question
PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 4:49 pm 
Coppermine
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I have HD's that just have files on them that need to be transferred to newer HD's. Couldn't I just install the new drive and drop and drag the files over to the new drive? What is so much different/better to cloning than just letting the files drag over to the new drive???


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 Post subject: Re: Copying/Cloning HD Question
PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:04 pm 
Clawhammer
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Cloning guarantees that everything about the partition is copied exactly. Dragging and dropping could work too, as long as it's not the OS or other system folders/files.


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 Post subject: Re: Copying/Cloning HD Question
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 4:22 am 
Coppermine
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No it's just straight up files.


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 Post subject: Re: Copying/Cloning HD Question
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:08 am 
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robertco300 wrote:
No it's just straight up files.


Then drag and drop will work fine. But just to make absolutely sure, do copy/paste. Inspect the pasted files and then delete after you make sure the transfer was good.


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 Post subject: Re: Copying/Cloning HD Question
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:42 am 
Coppermine
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You know, I went thru the trouble and keep a small, 60gig SSD with nothing on it except OS and programs just in case of a crash, I just reinstall and won't lose any valueable info.

Then the circuit board on my WD Caviar Green went bad on me and after many attempts (short of replacing the board itself), I lost it all and am quite upset.

I have a second WD Caviar Green same age/useage, same amount of info. My board comes with an eSATA port so I think I am just going to use an external drive and copy everything from the Green drive. Need to keep this build going 6 more months, then I can build my next rig which will most certainly have USB 3.0 and be a total SATA III setup.

External storage should be great. Every 6 months I can plug it in and update any/all new downloads. Let the internals run until they die and just reload the brand new ones from my external storage.


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 Post subject: Re: Copying/Cloning HD Question
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:49 am 
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If you want to doubly make sure your copy operation went well, open up the command prompt and use robocopy. At the end, it'll list statistics.


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 Post subject: Re: Copying/Cloning HD Question
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:28 am 
Coppermine
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What was robocopy made for???? What is it's function?


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 Post subject: Re: Copying/Cloning HD Question
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:31 am 
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robertco300 wrote:
What was robocopy made for???? What is it's function?

Go look it up, that's what the internet is for.


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 Post subject: Re: Copying/Cloning HD Question
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:40 am 
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^ Well said! And you're much more polite than I.

@ bobco, you also have Teracopy and WD Acronis as freebie options. For the record, never been a fan of the Green's. If it were me I'd Dban 'em, ebay 'em and go Red instead. The Green drives are a train wreck. The Red series is a fast drive, for only a 5400RPM platter speed, and has the necessary drive attributes for 24x7 operations. I would recommend this for long term storage where critical speed and performance are not necessary; if those are, go for the RE4 drives.


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