Disk to Disk Copy

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It is recommended that you print out this topic and have the hardcopy on hand while you are performing this action.

If there is a non-IDE disk controller in your system, or you plan to use network disks or external hardware devices, first check the list of supported hardware.

If you plan to use any external device, turn it on before starting the system.

If the motherboard in your computer supports the Serial ATA (SATA) devices, but IDE disks are also present, only the SATA devices should be set to the Enhanced Mode in BIOS.

1Restart your computer in the startup mode
2Select Disk to disk copy on the Action Selection panel and press the N key

R-Drive Image will start analyzing the computer disk configuration, the Progress... message showing the progress. Then the R-Drive Image: Select an object you want to archive/backup/copy panel will show the configuration.

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Action Selection Panel

                                 

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Action Selection Panel

H

Hard drive

P

Primary partition

L

Logical disk

U

Unallocated space

Use the arrow keys to switch between the options.

3Select an object you want to copy on the Select an object you want to archive/backup/copy panel and press the N key
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Select an object you want to archive/backup/copy Panel

                                 

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Object Selection Panel

Use the arrow keys to switch between the objects.

4Select the destination for the data on the Select a target for copy/restore operation panel and press the N key
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Select a target for copy/restore operation Panel

                                 

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Object Selection Panel

Use the arrow keys to switch between the target objects.

5Specify restore parameters on the Copy/restore options panel and press the N key
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Copy/restore options Panel

                                 

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Restore/Copy Parameters Panel

For restoring/copying one or several partition(s):

Restore Options

Free space before

You may specify the size of free space that will be left on the hard drive before the beginning of the partition.

Partition size

You may specify the size of the partition to be restored. Should be between the minimum and maximum partition size.

Partition type

Primary(Active)

Primary

Logical

You may specify the type of the partition to be restored. Do not change this setting unless you have serious reasons to do so.

For restoring/copying an entire hard drive to another hard drive:

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HDD Copy/restore options Panel

                                 

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Restore/Copy Parameters Panel

HDD Copy Method

Raw disk copy

R-Drive Image writes sector-by-sector the data from the original drive or its image to the target one making an exact copy of the original disk regardless of its partitioning method. Can be used if other methods create a non-bootable disk due to incorrect  detection of drive's geometry or non-standard loader.

Drawback: partition sizes cannot be changed.

Copy all partitions onto original places

R-Drive Image copies all partitions to their original places. If R-Drive Image detects the drive's geometry correctly, and there is no non-standard loader, it makes the same result as during Raw disk copy.

Realign partitions

R-Drive Image will copy the partitions on the disk with a 512KB alignment. This is very useful for SSD and advanced-formatted disks. If there are empty (non-used) spaces between partitions, those spaces will be removed taking into account the alignment.

Expand/Shrink partition to whole disk

If there are empty (not-used) places between the partitions or they occupy less or more space than the target drive, R-Drive Image proportionally expands/shrinks them to occupy the entire target drive. Otherwise it is similar to Copy all partitions onto original places.

Fixed active partition

R-Drive Image preserves the original offset/size of the active partition (in case the loader has links to it).

See Support for Various Disk Partition Schemes and File Systems for details.

When you copy a system disk, a disk signature collision may occur. In this case, the Disk Signature Collision panel will appear. You may specify the way to resolve this collision on this panel.

Disk Signature Collision Resolving

Same signature for both disk

R-Drive Image will create an identical copy of the source disk with the same signature. To avoid disk signature collision, you'll have to disconnect one of the disks and restart the computer, if necessary. Use this mode if you clone a system disk for another computer or only the target disk will be used in yours.

Different signature on the target disk.

R-Drive Image will write another disk signature to the target disk. Don’t use this mode if you clone a system disk, Windows won’t start from it. To get access to the target disk after cloning, you’ll have to restart the computer or re-connect it if it’s an external USB disk.

Change the disk signature on the source disk.

R-Drive Image will change the disk signature on the source disk. Use this mode if you want to start Windows from the target disk, but be warned: the computer won’t start from the source disk anymore.

6Verify that the information on the Confirm operations panel is correct and click the N key
>R-Drive Image will start copying the data from the source disk to the selected destination

The Progress window will show the progress of the current operation and overall process. When the data is copied, the Operation completed successfully message will appear.

 

The Disk Actions chapter explains basic disk actions.

The Startup Version chapter explains how to perform disk actions using the R-Drive Image Startup Version.

The Technical Information chapter gives technical information on Supported CD and DVD Recorders and List of Hardware Devices Supported in the Startup Mode and another useful technical information.

Follow this link to obtain R-Drive Image Contact Information and Technical Support