Cloning a hard drive using acronis true image
My steam account is very old and I have had it since it was released with half life 2. Since then I have always treated it as a means to play any games that required it for activatation. Moreover, it was never used as a means to purchase games online. After almost a decade I found alot of my work colleagues and friends were doing it this way, I on the other hand never saw any reason too. Until one day I realised I had amassed a great deal of game and their boxes that were simply filling up shelf space. In addition, my ISP was providing new deals offering larger download limits through my contract and the maximum plan I settled on is a $49.95mo/500Gb plan. Coupled with the recent steam summer sales, those two events alone offered an excellent reason to try using steam for game purchases. After scooping a great deal of low priced games I am now a firm believer that games were meant to be purchased this way and that this is the future. Great to see Valve sticking with this concept and to turn it into the shining example of the industry. As they say, to the victor go the spoils and they certainly deserve it for their persistence.
However, in saying that my harddrive which holds my steamapps is slowing reaching a point where its free space is becoming limited. In saying this, I am due for a new system and with all the new high quality games coming in the next few months these game will be pushing the limits of my nVidia 250GTS, which for a while was at the upper echelon of gaming hardware when I purchased it. Being a student now, its not so easy to splurge so easily on unnecessary items, when in actual fact my current setup will play most of the current AAA titles games. Albeit just not at the intended FPS or graphic quality that the studios had intended, which is ok for me at this point in time. I think it still has another year or two before things become a real concern.
So with that I have decided to run through the steps with the help of acronis true image 2010 of how to clone an existing hard drive.
The first step is to get a copy of acronis, as mentioned before I am using version 2010 as this is the earliest version that supports Windows 7. So lets begin, first I need to plug in my new 2TB harddrive and this is done so via an externally connected sata cable and associated power supply, its basically a port that runs out the back of the computer allowing two external sata hard drives connections. I then boot into windows with the new hard drive attached and can see that the hardware has been identified automatically by windows, well done windows 7 – love it when shit just works. Running acronis I am greeted with a home screen and the option to do various tasks, as seen in the screenshot below.
The task I am interested in is the clone disk button located under My Favourites. Clicking on it presents me with the following popup.
I prefer to use the means that give me the best control and in this case that is choosing manual. By all means if your following this post and feel more comfortable in using automatic then please do so, Im just not going to document the steps here unfortunately.
Next step I need do is to choose the source disk to copy from, in my case it is my smallest drive situated on Disk 3.
You may need to wait a while as the system performs its integrity checks, after it is done processing and without any errors you will then be presented with the next option, choosing the destination disk. Here I choose my unallocated disk drive – disk number 4.
The next step in the cloning process is to choose the data moving method from the old drive to the new one. The choices are As Is, Proportional and Manual. In my case, options proportional and manual throw errors so my only option is to chose to keep the current state of the drive intact with the As Is option and clicked next.
Having done so, I am greeted with the final screen.
A quick summary is displayed highlighting all the choices made in previous steps. Before beginning the clone process the system then warned me that a reboot was required. In which case I chose ‘Yes’
After completion, I was congratuated and it also recommended that I switch the jumpers before rebooting because the new drive is marked as primary and active. Which I did.
All in all a successful clone and a great piece of software.