How do I omit some files when cloning my hard drive’s Windows partition?

Alexis Ceroleni November 20, 2012
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Hello,

Very soon I will have a new laptop and I know it comes without an operating system installed. I want to clone my current hard drive and OS so that I can run it via USB in the new laptop. I know it is not the best option but I think in order to test if everything works fine, it would be a good idea.

I’ve found some guides on how to clone the hard drive but it is required that I erase all the stuff that I don’t want to be cloned. This is a problem for me because I don’t have enough space to move the extra 100GB of personal stuff on that drive. I was wondering if it is possible to select the folder to be cloned to the backup hard drive and make sure that I can use it to boot Windows from it?

Thank you very much for any help!

  1. FIDELIS
    December 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Hello, do you have any idea what software you will be using for the cloning? It would be helpful to know so that more precise instructions can be given.

  2. dhanunjayarao chunduri
    December 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    It depends on what tool you use to clone your hard drive.

  3. Douglas Mutay
    November 21, 2012 at 9:47 am

    You can try Norton Ghost. It has a selective feature in the clone process that can help you achieve what you want. You will be able to boot from the created media and test it in your new laptop.

  4. Rakesh Mishra
    November 21, 2012 at 9:10 am

    i had gonethrough and there are videos available on youtube that can clear your logic

  5. maria
    November 21, 2012 at 5:48 am

    delete all the files which u don't want to clone. then you can clone hard drive. :D

  6. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 21, 2012 at 5:33 am

    It depends on what tool you use to clone your hard drive. Some software will allow you to do selective clone and restore but some will blindly clone everything.

  7. ha14
    November 20, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    How to Install and Run Windows 7 from USB Flash Drive
    http://www.clickonf5.org/9184/how-to-install-and-run-windows-7-from-usb-flash-drive/
    you will need portable virtualbox

    Disk2vhd
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415

    How To Use Backup and Restore in Windows 7
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/1838/using-backup-and-restore-in-windows-7/

    you can make image and mount it so that to explorer it.

    when you install a copy of Windows, its linked directly to a few things on your computer. Main drivers, like motherboard and hard drive. This kind of makes a problem when you try to move windows from one computer to another. also probably won't work in Virtual PC because the DRM in Windows (Product Activation) will think you've moved it to new hardware.

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