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PC Disk Clone X Quick Tutorial

Install

Once downloaded the current version. Unzip it, and choose the right platform according to whether your Windows system is 64bit or 32bit. It wouldn't make any difference unless you are going to create the rescue boot disk using PC Win Boot. Installation is simple, by default, click continue until it's fully completed. Now you are ready to run the program from your Windows start menu.

Registration

Start PC Disk Clone X, click the "register" button located at the buttom right corner, a registration form will pop up. Now go to your email and copy the order id, email address and license type into the form, click register. The registration process is taken place through internet, therefore, you need to make sure your internet is connected. The registration process usually takes 2~3 seconds, after that, you are ready to start doing your backup jobs.

Moreover, before any attempt to use PC Disk Clone in Windows PE boot disk created by PC Win Boot, you are always required to register PC Disk Clone in advanced (only once), otherwise, PC Disk Clone will displayed as unregistered in PE environment.

Click the button below to start registration. You will need the order id, license type and email prepared. To order a license, please go here.

Register Free Trial License or Get it Free

PC Disk Clone X is able to be used in trial mode with full functions enabled. You provided correct information in the application form, any typo may cause the failure of the application. PC Disk Clone X using trial license cannot be used in PE mode, if you want to have it run under Windows PE environment, you need either a standard license or you can get a standard '10-year-license' for free through Trialpay. For more information about 'Get it Free' please go to PC Disk Clone X download section for details.

 

Functionality Overview

PC Disk Clone is used as a powerful tool for Hard Drive Clone, Windows migration, Windows Backup / Image, and Computer hard disk upgrade. It's designed to be as simple as possible by making every complex operations automatic. PC Disk Tools engineers designed her so that even someone with little computer knowledge can manage it in a very short time.

The function modules are divided into 7 parts. They are Disk to Disk, Partition to Partition, Disk to Image, Partition to Image, Image to Disk, Image to Partition and PC Win Boot. You could use Disk to Disk or Partition to Partition function to upgrade your harddisk, or migrate your Windows 7. If you only want to backup your hard drive, then you can image your entire hard drive that contains everything including the Windows system into image files. Always remember to create a bootable recovery cd/dvd or usb stick in advance using PC Win Boot. When system recovery is needed, set up your computer to boot from the recovery cd, and start your PC Disk Clone X from the boot cd, use the Image to Disk function to recover entire hard drive in a couple of minutes.

 

Disk to Disk function

If you are upgrading or downgrading your computer hard drive to another one, the new hard drive has to be the same interface as the old one, otherwise your system on the new hard disk won't boot due to the change of hard drive interface.

Moreover, your target disk selected in step (2) shown in the picture should contain ZERO partitions. Please go and delete all the partition if any exist and restart PC Disk Clone.

Options contains "Used Only" which indicates PC Disk Clone will only clone data blocks which contains real data, and "Shadow Copy" which is used when cloning System drive in order to make sure every system data are correctly cloned.

To start, first choose your source disk in step (1), then choose destination disk in step (2). By default, you can leave the options untouched. You might remove "Used Only" if you want to make a bit to bit exact clone. Finally, click Start to start the task.

Partition to Partition function

Partition to Partition function is very similar to Disk to Disk, except information being displayed. The steps are also the same, you might refer to the Disk to Disk tips in above.

 

Disk to Image function

Creating hard drive image is the most commonly used method to backup system and data. To start, first choose source disk in step (1), then choose the folder where you want the image file to be stored. Remember, This folder location cannot be within any partitions in the source disk. If it does, your system will crash and the backup will fail. The reason is because, you are trying to store the image into the disk itself, when image size increases, disk data size increases and the disk space will evenually full with no space at all. This is dangerous and deserves you attention.

Then, create the subfolder as you wish, and create the image file by clicking the "New PCHD File" button. You will also need to make sure that the space the images stays is enough to hold the disk data.

Finally, click Start and wait untill the progress goes to 100%.

 

Image to Disk function

Image to Disk is used when you are recovering your system. The oporation is quite straight forward. First choose the source imae (PCHD file), then choose the target hard disk. Finally, click start.

 

Partition to Image function

Partition to Image function is to backup a partition into PCPT image file. The operation is similar to back up an entire disk.

 

Image to Partition function

Image to Partition is to recover a particular partition from a PCPT image file. The operation is similar to recovering an entire hard drive.

 

Trouble shooting

If you encounter problems of of booting Windows Vista / 7 from your new hard drive and getting the error shown below. There two ways to fix the error. One automatic but you will need a Windows Installation which might not always true to everyone, the other way is manual by using Windows PE Boot CD created by PC Win Boot.

 

Temporarily disconnect any other hard disks except the new one. It's important and you are responsible for disconnecting the right ones.

Option I (Automatic repair):

Put your Windows setup DVD or your System Repair Disc in the drive and restart your PC. Assuming you've properly configured your BIOS to boot from CDs/DVDs before hard drives (or you can press F12 if your PC supports it to boot from the CD), you should get a prompt asking you to "Press any key to boot from the CD/DVD..."

Press a key, and the CD will begin to load. If you are using your Windows Installation CD, you'll see a dialog asking you want to Install Now, or in the lower left corner, an option to "Repair your Computer," which you'll want to click.

Select "Repair your computer" to continue.

On the next window, choose the Windows 7 installation that you'd like to perform the repair on.

Click the Next button. Proceed with the process by choosing "Startup Repair" to fix the boot problem.

 

Option II (Manual Repair)

First, use your rescue cd which created before using PC Win Boot. Set up the BIOS to boot from the CD. You should get a prompt asking you to "Press any key to boot from the CD/DVD...", press any key to continue, after all, you will see a screen like below:

 

Next, close the PC Win Boot Menu window by clicking the [x] on the right. you will see a command line window.

We are assuming that your Windows 7 installation is by using its default setting which has a small active 100MB primary partition containing all the boot files and a partition which contains all your C drive data (as shown in the first picture below).

 

Before typing commands shown below, run "diskpart" first.

Now type the command as shown in below, step by step:

  1. "select disk 0"
  2. "list partition"
  3. "select partition 1"
  4. "detail partition": In the output, you will see that this partition is an active partition, which means system are booting from this partition.
  5. "remove letter=C": this partition is a hidden partition and it shouldn't be assigned to any drive letter.
 
  1. "select partition 2": This partition should be your original C drive. To verify that, you can exit diskpart for a second and type "D:" and "dir" to see if there are folders like "Windows", "Program Files" etc. Now go back to diskpart, type "selection disk 0", "selection partition 2";
  2. "detail partition": You should notice the drive letter "D" in the output;
  3. "remove letter=D"
 
  1. "assign letter=C": correct the system partition to its right letter.
  2. "select disk 0"
  3. "uniqueid disk id=C3E8A9B1": The string "C3E8A9B1" is a random hexical form 4 bytes number. You can assign any valid hexical 4 bytes number as you wish. But please remember the length of the string is exactly 8.
  4. "exit"
 
  1. "bcdboot C:\Windows": Now you have successfully fix the boot manager error.
  2. Reboot your computer and take out the Recovery CD. You should be able to boot from the new hard drive successfully.

PC Win Boot

You will need PC Win Boot to create your windows rescue CD/DVD. For help related to PC Win Boot please go to here.

 

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