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Format before Cloning?

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Hi,

My current hard drive has one bad sector on it so I'm moving to a new drive.

However, before I start to clone the current drive (has Windows OS, software etc on it) to the new one, do I need to format it first? Will True Image just format the new drive for me when cloning the current drive?

Thanks,

James

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No need for formatting first.

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Thanks.

Going to clone using the Bootable CD.

Is this best when cloning a Windows OS?

Also should I put the new SATA drive in the same place as the current one i.e. using the same SATA port?

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I don't know if Sata makes a difference (I'm still in the IDE world) but my preference is to use the bootable CD for Backups - I don't do clones.
And many users suggest doing what is known as a "reverse clone". This is where you put the new drive in the position where it will boot from and connect the original to any other location.

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Hello James and DwnNDrty,

Let me clarify this situation for you.

Actually, cloning is more faster and convenient for cases of single entire drive transfer. However, we have faced some issues with cloning, when cloned OS does not boot etc. So more safer method it to just perform drive backup and then recover it to new drive from bootable CD, as DwnNDrty suggested. The difference between clone and restore is described in this article.

[quote] Also should I put the new SATA drive in the same place as the current one i.e. using the same SATA port? [/quote]

No, it's not necessary. Your system will be able to operate correctly even if the same drive is plugged to different controller.

Let me describe the major steps during clone \ recovery:

Using the Clone Disk tool

Windows

  1. Run Acronis True Image;
  2. In the main window of the program select the Clone Disk wizard;
  3. Proceed with all the steps of the wizard.

Acronis Bootable Media

  1. Boot from Acronis Bootable Media (see Standalone Version of Acronis Backup Software);
  2. When booted, select Acronis True Image (full version);
  3. Select the Clone Disk wizard;
  4. Proceed with all the steps of the wizard.

See also:

Using the Back Up and Restore method

Windows, Acronis Bootable Media

  1. Run Acronis True Image (in Windows, or boot from Acronis Bootable Media);
  2. In the main window of the program select the Backup wizard;
  3. Back up the whole hard disk drive or a separate partition;
  4. Once the backup is done, restore the backup to the new drive.

If you're going to transfer the system to the PC with dissimilar hardware, please check this article.

Additionally to this, you are welcome to ask me any other questions concerning Acronis, and I will assist you further.

Regards,

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What if the new drive is of a different file system (example fat32) to the source drive that is being cloned (NTFS). Do you need to format it first or will automatically change it?

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If you clone a FAT to another drive, the new drive will be FAT (it will have to be small enough to be able to use FAT.

If you restore a file backup and the source was FAT but the target is NTFS, then the target will remain NTFS when the files are restored/copied onto it.
If you a full disk restore from a backu made from a FAT drive, the target drive will be FAT, assuming it's small enough to use FAT.