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#1 Tetsuya

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 04:43 PM

I just acquired (on sale for a very decent price at Micro Center) a 2TB Seagate SSHD.  

I'm going to put it in my gaming rig to replace the aging 320GB drive that has been moved onwards in every rig ive ever had.  I'd rather not have to do a fresh install of Windows if i dont have to (its not difficult, just time consuming to get every driver, app, etc re-downloaded and installed) and would prefer to just clone the boot drive/partition.  

Need a recommendation on software to do this for Win 8.1 that is Mac-like in its simplicity.

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 05:18 PM

CLONEZILLA ... oh wait, mac-like in simplicity ... errr, uhhh... for windows ??? uhhhh

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 05:39 PM

I used to use this when I did wandows support.

http://www.miray.de/...at.hdclone.html

The free version is slow but full featured
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Posted 06 July 2015 - 06:37 AM

Best of luck. I've tried doing windows boot drive clones and they are a world of hurt.
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Posted 06 July 2015 - 05:51 PM

I havent installed it yet, because i keep not wanting to take the computer down for hours.  

Ill probably just re-install Windows when i finally get around to it, mich as i hate all the reinstalling that goes with it (particularly Motherboard A d Chipset drivers).

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 10:34 AM

View PostTetsuya, on 06 July 2015 - 05:51 PM, said:

I havent installed it yet, because i keep not wanting to take the computer down for hours.  

Ill probably just re-install Windows when i finally get around to it, mich as i hate all the reinstalling that goes with it (particularly Motherboard A d Chipset drivers).

Have you used ninite.com ? Saves literally hours of work when setting up a fresh windows installation. You click all of the installations you want, and it installs them all without any user prompts or input required.
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Posted 07 July 2015 - 02:19 PM

Does it do MoBo and Chipset drivers?  Thats the PITA for me.

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Posted 08 July 2015 - 06:57 PM

Decided against cloning, bit the bullet today.  

So far, after re-installing Windows, she's working great.  11 seconds to a usable desktop.  Pretty much all the benefits of an SSD other than super fast in-game load times (drive only has 16GB of Solid State, after all) - but OS and Application loading and responsiveness is great.  And it was only ~80$ for 2TB.

Re-installing was easier than i was expecting because i remembered that i have a Gigabyte Mobo and they have a utility for their Z97 and Z87 boards called EZ Setup that is basically Apple-like in its simplicity - i installed that from a thumb drive, opened it, and let it install all the motherboard and chipset drivers.  

Since i still had my old drive, migrating games and saves has been as easy as opening Steam and saying "hey, this is the old steam folder, merge it with the new one" and doing the same in GoGGalaxy and Uplay.  

Just have a few random drivers to re-install (DS4Windows, a few others) and it should be back to normal.