True Image 2014 cloned onto TWO drives instead of the one I selected
Okay, I'm a bit overwhelmed right now because I think Acronis formatted my data drive even though it should not have been involved. I will err on providing too much information, as I have no idea how I could have screwed this up. The TL;DR is:
Computer had drive C and D. Added drive E. Instructed Acronis to clone C to E. Acronis cloned C to E, AND formatted and cloned C to D. All my data on D is gone.
Here's what happened in detail:
I'm running Windows 7 with Acronis True Image 2014, with a 240GB Crucial SSD as my system drive, and a 2TB HDD for the majority of my data files. I just got a 1TB Samsung SSD with the intention of replacing the Crucial as my system drive.
My motherboard has two SATA chipsets, an Intel SATA 6 Gb/s and a Marvell SATA 6 Gb/s. I had the 240GB SSD and the 2TB HDD connected to the Intel sockets. The motherboard info states that "[The Marvell] SATA ports are for data hard drives only. ATAPI devices are not supported," which might mean that those ports are not bootable, or it might just mean that you can't connect something like an optical drive to them. Anyway, I installed the Samsung SSD into the Marvell socket for the cloning process, and planned to switch to the Intel sockets later if the SSD wasn't a boot option.
I started Acronis True Image in the Windows interface, first formatting the SSD as NTFS (all my partitions are NTFS). I then used the Samsung SSD software to over-provision the SSD by 10%, which looked like a 10% shrink of the partition in Acronis. Then I started the cloning process, to transfer the image from the 240GB SSD to the 1TB SSD. I chose manual mode, as the 240GB SSD had two partitions (one was 100MB, and I don't know if it has a purpose) and I wanted to make sure that the large partition filled the new drive, and the 100MB partition was not expanded proportionally onto the new SSD. I also had to manually set the destination size, in order to preserve the 10% of unallocated (over-provisioned) space. After making all the selections (and very carefully choosing the correct source and destination drives), it asked me to restart to finish.
My computer shut down and booted into Acronis, and I unchecked the option to "restart after process is complete" or something like that. I waited for ~40 minutes, after which it restarted automatically (*facepalm*), and booted into Windows. There were immediately problems, with programs not booting, shortcuts pointing to unavailable files, and Windows having to create a new swap file on the system drive (SSD), as it was unable to find anything on the data drive (HDD). After trying to find my data and figure out which partitions were on which disks, this is the current state of everything:
240GB SSD: Cloning source drive, same as before. This is a good thing.
1TB SSD: Cloning destination drive, has one 100MB partition from source drive, one ~800GB partition from source drive, and 10% unallocated. This is a good thing.
2TB HDD: Innocent bystander drive with most of my data. Nothing should have happened to it, but now it has one 100MB partition from source drive, and one ~240GB partition from source drive. The remainder is unallocated. THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING.
If anybody can help me figure out what might have gone wrong, and how to fix it, I will be forever indebted!