Can't clone a drive - software can't see it but Windows can! Why?
November 16, 2011 1:50 PM Subscribe
I'm cloning a hard drive. Windows can see the new drive and access it, but none of the cloning software can access it, no matter how I format or set it up. What's going on here, and how do I fix it?
posted by dust.wind.dude to Computers & Internet (7 answers total)
I have a laptop running Win7 Pro. (If it's significant, it started life as WinXP Pro.) The hard drive is failing, so I'm replacing it. I intended to just use one of the many cloning utilities out there to set up the new drive, then scandisk it to fix the errors from the failing drive, just as I did many times in my time doing tech support. I've got the new drive hooked up via USB, and Windows can see it, read it, write to it - everything I can think of. It's got one big partition that Disk Management shows as Healthy (Active, Primary). I've formatted it. I also tried working with it unformatted, not set as active, etc. None of the cloning software I've tried can clone onto it. I've tried the following (with its errors):
CopyWipe (hangs at select target drive screen, tech support says it's due to having a USB keyboard, which I don't, or says the disk is formatted as 4096 byte sectors when the source is 512 - tried reformatting with 512-size allocation sectors, tried reformatting using an XP machine, no change)
Image for DOS, Linux, Windows (all that same 4096/512 error)
Clonezilla (target drive may be smaller than source? - it isn't, I'm cloning an 80GB onto a 250GB)
DriveImage XML (says I don't have a partition on the new drive, even though I can see the dang thing and access it)
XXClone (can't even see the drive at all)
WTF is going on? What am I missing? The OEM drive in the machine is a Hitachi, the new one is WD, both SATA. But I've never seen that cause something like this?
After 3 days and 7 cloning programs, I'm losing it. Help!