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Can I send a image to my external HDD dock instead of cloning?

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Hi

( I hope I have worded the correctly) basically instead of cloning a hard drive can I just do a image restore to the external hard drive in my USB dock?

.From what I have been reading cloning a hdd its always not the best way.

So I'm asking can I restore a image to my external USB hdd dock?

If so it would save a lot of moving around as I have the PC in a desk, so crawling around etc would save me a lot of pain.

Tia

 

Btw my pc is a Dell XPS 8700 desktop 

 

 

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Yes, you can do a recovery of your Win 7 OS backup image to a HDD connected via a USB Hub or Dock, but after doing so, do not try booting into Windows with that HDD still connected, so that you do not cause a disk signature clash by having the original source drive and the HDD both connected and having the same disk signature.

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Wow that just made my day.

 

Thank you for the help

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Last question I tried doing that by restarting w/ boot disc>recovery> partition ( not files)>chose my C: drive> send to> USB and let it run and failed. I tried this twice with no luck. It did run for hours and failed both times the cloned drive was empty?

 

So next I restarted using the boot disc choose clone and that worked fine. I have yet to check that with the cloned in my PC as like i mentioned I'm crawling around moving a large desk to get that the  pc.

 

I did check the size and number of files between the C and the cloned drive and they are both the same. Is it possible to validate the clone somehow without physically installing it in my pc?

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I did check the size and number of files between the C and the cloned drive and they are both the same. Is it possible to validate the clone somehow without physically installing it in my pc?

Not that I am aware of other than by swapping in the cloned drive and booting from it.