Clone Your Windows Boot Drive
Friday October 14th 2016, 6:11 am
Filed under: Windows

I. Prepare the New Disk
1. Connect your new disk as a secondary disk.
2. In DiskManager, create a 200MB hidden NTFS partition (no drive letter) on your new disk.
3. Right-click the hidden partition and mark it Active.
4. Then create a regular NTFS partition (with drive letter) filling the rest of the space.

II. Clone Old Disk to New
5. In DriveImage XML, choose Drive to Drive or Restore and clone your disk. Ignore warnings.

III. Make the New Disk Bootable
6. Create a Windows Recovery disk (CD / DVD / USB).
7. Connect your new disk as primary disk and boot from the Windows Recovery disk you created.
8. Try automatic repair.
9. If automatic repair fails, open the Windows Recovery command prompt and navigate to:
10. Type:
bootrec /FixMbr
bootrec /FixBoot
bootrec /RebuildBcd
…the last command may give an error but you should still be OK.

IV. Cleanup
11. Scan your new boot disk for errors.
12. If the cloned disk complains about not having a genuine version of Windows, open a prompt as Administrator and type:

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