Cloning a hard drive with the ability to exclude individual data Acronis True Image 2016
Cloning hard drive is an operation to get rid of the hassle of installing Windows and software when migrating data to a new disk (SSD or normal hard disk). In the context of the operation connected to the computer the second hard disk is migrated the entire structure of the partitions of the first hard disk, all existing data, as well as functional activated Windows with all settings and installed software.
The cloning hard disk drives offer, in particular, programs for data backup Acronis True Image AOMEI Backupper and partition Manager Paragon Hard Disk Manager. They all involve separate processes to transfer them to another disk only the Windows with the preservation of its health, the cloning of non-system partitions, and clone the entire drive with the possibility of changes in the structure of hard disk partitions-clone.
A distinctive feature of Acronis True Image is a cloning the hard disk with the possibility of excluding some unnecessary files. With this process in detail take a look below – clone hard drive using Acronis True Image and cloning process eliminate to transfer some data.
1. About Acronis True Image
True Image – a product from the market master software, Acronis offering, in particular, different solutions for emergency data recovery on a professional level. True Image is not only a panacea for all the problems with Windows in the form of its reduction to the status of the once saved backup. The software package contains also a lot of other useful features such as:
- bootable media and introduced into the mode of preloading system utility for when Windows won’t start;
- restoring Windows on a computer with other components;
- storing your backups in cloud storage Acronis;
- tool for cleaning system;
- trial the Windows with the ability to undo the changes you have made;
- other useful utilities.
The current version of Acronis True Image 2016 can be purchased on the official website of the developer.
The program has a free 30-day trial version, is designed to familiarize users with most of the functionality of True Image. However, the cloning of hard disks in the trial version is blocked. For these purposes needs to be fully activated Acronis True Image 2016. It is this will be used in our case.
2. The source and target hard drive
To define hard disk drives use the terminology most Acronis True Image. Hard disk where data should be copied and the partition structure is the original hard disk. The album, which will be a clone of the source is the target hard disk. To see the original picture discs in our case, will help the utility manage disks, the standard tool of Windows. Quick access to system versions 8.1 and 10 is implemented in the context menu on the «start» button. Generic method start – call function «Run» (press + R), enter the command diskmgmt.msc and pressing Enter.
In our case, connected two hard drives. The original hard drive is marked as Drive 0. This is a working hard drive with Windows and data on non-system partitions. As Disc 1 the utility displays the newly connected hard disk, it will be the target, that is, will a clone of Drive 0.
Target Disk 1, as you can see, it has a structure of sections and some stored data. When cloning a hard drive all the information from the target disk, as well as its original partition structure is destroyed. Because if itself is a kind of important information, it must be on the original hard drive or external media.
Typically, the cloning process does not even require approximate matching disks for the volume. The target hard disk drive may be of any desired sizes and how any less original, just to have enough space to accommodate the data, which occupies in fact space on the source disk. And in the case of Acronis True Image and it’s not even necessarily due to the possibility of excluding certain folders and files.
3. The cloning process
After starting True Image 2016 will be prompted to complete the account sign-in Acronis cloud storage. You can close the window of the entrance.
Directly in the program interface in the side of the ribbon, left menu, select the «Tools» tab and the «Clone disk».
And follow the step by step wizard, disk cloning. We need to preset the automatic clone mode. Click «Next».
Window select the source hard disk: here we do mouse click, respectively, on the drive from which data is to be transferred. The numbering of disks in True Image is different from the numbering of the regular Windows utility, because the marking disks to better focus on their volume or model. Click «Next».
Window select the target hard disk: here click on the disk on which you want to move the partition structure, Windows and other data. Click «Next».
Since in our case the target hard disk is a new disk with Unallocated space and the disk structure and stored data, Acronis True Image Executive warns us about the danger of losing information. All need saved, because you can easily click «OK».
The method selection window restore: here you have to leave a preinstalled option copy partitions without changes. Click «Next».
The summary data window: here you can already launch the process of cloning the hard drive by pressing accordingly the button below «Proceed», if the destination disk have enough space and the deletion of individual files is not necessary. And, perhaps, the target drive is plenty of room, but simply do not want him to endure unnecessary data from the drive source, thereby increasing the duration of this process. To clone a hard drive is not full, the data summary window, and click «exclude files».
On the exceptions file you will see a tree structure of content of the source hard disk. From the system partition you cannot exclude files and folders will only work with non-systemic. For example, in our case exclude multiple video files on the second partition of the disk E. the elimination Process files requires the completion of processing, this will be indicated in the information line at the bottom.
The third section is the source disk F from the cloning process to eliminate entirely. After cloning the how to section it will not cease to exist but will be empty. Upon completion of all operations on the exclude folders and files from the cloning process hard drive can start running it. Click «Start».
After preparatory steps, Acronis True Image will ask for rebooting the system. The cloning process, the program will take place in the mode of preloading Windows.
In the mode of preloading in the window of Acronis True Image will see the preset option shutdown the computer after cloning is complete. It can be removed to be distracted about their business, and then when you turn on the computer to get directly into the BIOS and set the boot priority on the target hard disk.
The cloning is completed, you can boot from the target hard disk.
4. Work with the space of the target hard disk after cloning
Booting with the target hard drive and once in Windows, the first thing to look at the structure sections. Run regular disk management utility. Because now the target disk is the first in the boot priority the computer, Windows identifies it as Disk 0. The latter was a clone of Disk 1, once the original, with the same partition structure and proportionally distributed space according to the structure of the source hard disk.
When you exclude files we have completely removed all the data from the third partition of the source hard disk. Now this section appears on the source disk as the partition I and still contains data. His clone on the target drive – it now section F – as expected, empty.
You can use it either for storage or to connect his space to any other partition. For these purposes there are software disk managers Disk Director the Acronis equally efficient Paragon Hard Disk Manager free AOMEI Partition Assistant or equivalent. They can be used if there is already experience with this kind of software. Moreover, True Image 2016 provides in the process of cloning, the possibility of associated redistribution of space on the target disk. For this first stage of cloning, you must select automatic mode and manual.
Of course, such a move would complicate the operation and increase the chances on mistakes by beginners. In this case, the operation was burdened with work to the exclusion of individual files, so a separate simple operations on the structure of hard disk partitions-clone charge lite-version of disk management – standard utility Windows.
Utility disk management has a minimum of functionality and is not intended to overwrite hard disk sectors with the aim of uniting sections or borrowing from one part of their volume to others. However, operations on the expansion of the sections due to the free space adjacent partition to the right without overwriting data to implement.
We will add, for example, the empty space of the third partition of the target hard disk to its neighbor to the second non-system partition. For this third section F must be removed. In the utility window, click it, context menu and select «Delete volume». Confirm validity.
The third partition is now shown as Unallocated space.
Context menu on a nearby partition E and select «Extend volume…».
Follow the extend volume wizard and give the second partition all of the space available.
Now the destination hard disk has only two partitions: system and increased non-systemic.
For this scheme, you can do otherwise, leaving the third partition for data storage. You must transfer the desired files from the second partition and the second partition is deleted. Due to its Unallocated space then you can extend system partition C.