Cloning my machine with True Image 2013

Now that I have my machine in a pristine state with a brand new copy of Windows 7, drivers and all the updates, it’s time to make a copy of the damn thing so I don’t have to go through that again. We all know Windows will inevitably become a bloated mess so I need to be prepared.

To handle the task is True Image 2013, which uses a pretty impressive Linux Kernel. I used the hot swappable SATA port on the front of the Silverstone case I have to plug in a spare 250GB drive I have lying around. True Image sees this drive no problem so I cloned the 3TB partition to it and had the drive resize accordingly. That took about 20 minutes to make a full copy. With the pagefile and hibernation file moved to another location the backup is reasonably fast.

That was phase one. The next part was to make a backup to the SSD drive. It won’t stay there, it’s just the fastest drive in the system. That went quickly as well and made a 12GB TIB file. I rebooted the machine, removed the 250GB backup drive and let everything come up normally. That’s it, system cloned.

The final stage was to format a 32GB thumbdrive to NTFS and copy the TIB file over to it. I did it this way since the USB has much faster read times over write times. I can store this a lot more easily than a full size drive and it won’t wear out. True Image reads USB drives without problem so I can recover from this if I need to.

It worked surprisingly well and took about an hour to make two copies. The True Image boot disk only takes a couple of minutes to make and main app provides all the burning tools.

Now the big question, will it work to recover my machine?

Other articles of interest:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Comments
  • A Try Catch example in Katalon Studio (3)
    • Venkatesh: Hi Don Pedro Can you share me sample project ….which consist of basic to advanced stuff…If your github or gitlab url aso present please share… As I am beginer to this I need to learn lot
    • Don Pedro: Hi Lucas. Thank you for the kind comments. I would be happy to help. Let me know how I could be of assistance.
    • Lucas: Thanks for sharing a lot of Katalon tips and tricks. The Katalon team highly appreciate your support and feedback. To make Katalon Studio better and be the best free automation solution for testing community, we wish to coordinate...
  • How To Disable the Quicken Registration Prompt (13)
    • Neil Murphy: I discovered that early on. I’m using 2001.
    • Jeremy: Thank you so so so much. I am still using Quicken 2010 because Intuit didn’t want to properly support users abroad anymore (never mind that they only link to US banks for transaction downloads; they didn’t want my...
    • Richard: I have Quicken 2016 Home & Business and when I use Shift + CTRL I can’t see any Tools option; All I can see is the original menu items of File & About. Might you be able to offer any advice?
    • Jack Woltz: Worked great but now I get update nag which is worse
  • Securely storing passwords and login details with Set Encrypted Text in Katalon Studio (1)
    • Agus: Hi Don, Is there a way to set the encrypted text to be used in the ‘WebUI.authenticate̵ 7; method? Basically I am trying to encrypt the password that is passed to the ‘WebUI.authenticate̵ 7; method. Thank you.
  • Katalon Studio – Manual View – The start of a test script (2)
    • ben: Hello Don Great Website. Keep up the work. I learnt a lot. cheers Ben.
    • Lucas: Hi Don Pedro, Thanks for sharing a lot of great articles related to Katalon Studio and Selenium. I am Lucas from Katalon team. From your point of view, we’ve learnt alot to improve our product and add more valuable features...
  • Another success with Katalon Studio (1)
    • Mahesh Joshi: Hi Don, I just started following your blog in regards to katalon. I want to introduce katalon studio at my work we do manual testing at work at the moment. What approach I should use for proof of concept with katalon for...
  • What went wrong with Crime City? (34)
    • G D: One thing I have noticed is the awkwardness of items and the attack points and how you can earn them. I was pretty pathetic with attack points and then I played that limited time boss and got weapons that had attack points in the...
  • Disable the Quicken 2012 Registration Prompt (1)
    • Scott: Thanks this worked great and is better then having to upgrade to a subscription!
  • Time to throw away Freemake (1)
    • Rob Crombie: Which program are you using instead, now ?
  • How To Download Movies From Hulu Using Freemake Video Downloader (1)
    • Doomups: I often use allavsoft to download Videos from Hulu on Mac and Windows. And it also can batch and Direclty Download Hulu Videos to MP4, WMV, MOV, AVI, FLV, etc.