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Cloning a Desktop HD: How to Perform a Clone from the Bootable Media CD with DiscWizard

This operation migrates/copies the entire contents of one disk drive to another (e.g., when installing a larger disk) to get two identical drives with the same file structure. The "Clone Disc" tool effectively copies all of the contents of one hard disk drive onto another hard disk drive. The operation allows you to transfer all the information (including the operating system and installed programs) from one hard disk drive to another without having to reinstall and reconfigure all of your software.


Items to Note:

  • When performing a Clone on a desktop computer, it is recommended to have both drives attached directly to the SATA/PATA motherboard.
  • DiscWizard will not clone a single partition. It will only clone an entire disk.
  • Source disks can be cloned to your destination "as is" or resized.
  • It is strongly suggested not to format your source disk or discard it after the clone until you are confident that the new disk boots properly.
  • Only Basic Disks can be cloned. Dynamic Disks cannot be cloned using Seagate DiscWizard.

*When booting to the DiscWizard CD, you will be prompted to boot normally into your Windows operating system or into the DiscWizard. Select DiscWizard.

  1. From the home screen of the DiscWizard software, click Tools & Utilities, then click Clone Disc.
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  2. Select the Automatic Mode to have the source drive's partitions automatically and proportionally resized to fit the new drive.
    *From Boot CD* Screen showing to select Automatic Mode.
  3. Select your old hard drive as the Source Disc, then click Next:
    *From Boot CD* Selecting the Source Disc.
  4. Select the new hard drive as the Destination Disc and click Next.
    *From Boot CD* Selecting the Destination Disc.
  5. If the destination drive has been partitioned, click OK to allow DiscWizard to erase all the partitions on the drive before performing the clone.
    *From Boot CD* Pop Up warning you that Discwizard will delete all partition off the Destination Disc.
  6. Review the operation and summary screen, then click Proceed.
    *From Boot CD* Shows what the Destination Disc will look like Before and After the Clone. Proceed is squared off.
  7. The clone will start and display a progress window.
    *From Boot CD* Shows the operation progress of the Clone.
  8. Once the clone has completed, you can shut down the computer and remove the original source drive along with the DiscWizard boot CD.