TRUE IMAGE 2013 CLONE DISK
I HAVE 2 IDENTICAL 1 TB SATA HDD - SAMSUNG HD103SJ. ONE IS THE "C" DRIVE. I CLONE THIS "C" DRIVE TO THE OTHER PERIODICALLY AS A BOOTABLE BACKUP WHICH I THEN DISCONNECT AND STORE. I HAVE DONE THIS SUCCESSFULLY OVER A DOZEN TIMES. THIS LAST TIME THE DATA TRANSFER SEEMED OK, BUT THE CLONED DRIVE WOULD NOT BOOT. I GET A CONTINUOUS, NON-STOP BUZZ SOUND WHICH DOES NOT CORRESPOND TO ANY OF THE AMI BIOS BEEP CODES. THE USED/FREE GB FOR THE "C" DRIVE IS 353/578. FOR THE CLONED DRIVE THIS IS 325/605. THE DATA AND PROGRAMS SEEM TO BE CLONED INTACT, BUT OBVIOUSLY SOMETHING IS MISSING - ABOUT 28GB. I TRIED CLONING A SECOND TIME WITH BASICALLY THE SAME RESULT. THE ORIGINAL "C" DRIVE BOOTS JUST FINE. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
Gordon, welcome to these User Forums.
If this is a process that you have followed a number of times without problem, then I can only suggest doing a complete format of the second, target clone drive and check for any errors that may be flagged.
See KB 59873: Acronis True Image 2017: recovering Windows from a boot failure and scroll down to the section on Troubleshooting where you will see a list of links to different diagnostic tools from various disk makers.
2) Dedicated diagnostic utilities from the disk manufacturers take the longest time to complete the checks, but provide the most accurate methods of checking whether the disk is good or needs replacement:
- Western Digital drives: Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows
- Seagate disks: SeaTools for Windows
- HGST disks: HGST Windows Drive Fitness Test (WinDFT)
- Intel SSDs: Intel Solid State Drive Toolbox
- Samsung drives: Samsung Magician
- ADATA drives: ADATA SSD ToolBox
- Transcend SSDs: Transcend SSD Scope
- Silicon Power disks: SP ToolBox
- Toshiba disks: Toshiba PC Diagnostic Tool Utility