Cloning Windows® 7 and 8 with Logicube® Duplicators

Cloning Windows® 7 and 8 with Logicube®
Duplicators
Logicube, Inc.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
USA
Phone: 818 700 8488
Fax: 818 700 8466
Version: 2.0
WIN7WIN8-GUIDE
Date: 02/13
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Table of Contents
CLONING WINDOWS® 7 AND 8 WITH LOGICUBE® DUPLICATORS .... I
TABLE OF CONTENTS............................................................................. II
1. OVERVIEW ............................................................................................ 3
Introduction ......................................................................................... 3
2. SCENARIOS .......................................................................................... 4
Introduction ......................................................................................... 4
Scenario 1: Master and Target drives are the same size, and the
partitioning scheme is MBR ............................................................ 4
Scenario 2: Master and Target drives are the same size, and the
partitioning scheme is GPT............................................................. 4
Scenario 3: When the Target drive is larger than the Master drive
and the partitioning scheme is MBR ............................................... 5
Scenario 4: Target drives are smaller than the Master drive ......... 5
3. REFERENCE ......................................................................................... 7
Introduction ......................................................................................... 7
Partitioning Schemes ...................................................................... 7
Cloning Modes ................................................................................ 7
Mirror Copy Mode ........................................................................... 7
Clever Copy Mode .......................................................................... 8
Selective Mode ............................................................................... 8
Master Manager Mode.................................................................... 8
4. TECHNICAL SUPPORT INFORMATION .............................................. 9
1. Overview
Here is a brief overview on how to clone both Windows 7 and Windows 8. The first chart
is for Master drives with the MBR partitioning scheme (maximum capacity is 2TB). The
second chart is for Master drives with the GPT partitioning scheme.
The following chart is for Windows 7 and 8 with the MBR partitioning scheme:
Product
Minimum
Software
Requirement
Mirror
Copy
Mode
Clever Copy Mode
Selective Mode
ZClone
1.05-P03.05
Yes
Only OS partition can be
expanded
N/A
SuperSonix
1.83RC28
Yes
Same size drives and
only up to 3 partitions
Up to 3 partitions
Up to 3 partitions
No
N/A
OmniClone Xi
OmniSAS
1.7RC55
4.08
Yes
Yes
Same size drives and
only up to 3 partitions
No
Echo Plus
2.5
Yes
Same size drives and
only up to 3 partitions
Fig. 1 – Support chart for MBR partitioning scheme for Windows 7 and 8
The following chart is for Windows 7 and 8 with the GPT partitioning scheme:
Product
Minimum
Software
Requirement
Mirror
Copy
Mode
Clever Copy Mode
Selective Mode
ZClone
SuperSonix
OmniClone Xi
OmniSAS
Echo Plus
1.05-P03.05
1.83RC28
1.7RC55
4.08
2.5
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Only OS partition can be
expanded
No
No
No
No
N/A
No
No
No
N/A
Fig. 2 – Support chart for GPT partitioning scheme for Windows 7 and 8
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2. Scenarios
The following are examples of what settings can be tried when Clever Copy mode
does not work, or if Selective Mode needs to be used. Due to the various numbers of
ways a Windows 7 or Windows 8 drive can created, there are times when the
examples in this section will not work.
For all scenarios, Mirror mode is always available as a way to clone these drives.
Scenario 1: Master and Target drives are the same size,
and the partitioning scheme is MBR
Use Clever Copy mode first. If the Target drive does
not boot, try Selective mode, if available. Otherwise,
use Mirror mode. Selective Mode is available on the
SuperSonix and OmniClone Xi (with the NTFS Clever
Copy option installed).
For the ZClone, set any Recovery, Boot, Hidden, Utility,
or Restore partition to 0% and set the Operating
System partition to 100%.
Please refer to the Cloning Modes section of the
respective User’s Manual of your Logicube device for
complete instructions on using Clever Copy or Selective
mode.
Note: If the Master drive has the MBR partition
scheme and has more than 3 partitions, use Mirror
Copy mode except on the ZClone where Clever Copy
mode can be used.
Scenario 2: Master and Target drives are the same size,
and the partitioning scheme is GPT
Use Mirror Copy mode except on the ZClone where
Clever Copy mode can be used.
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Scenario 3: When the Target drive is larger than the
Master drive and the partitioning scheme is MBR
For the SuperSonix and OmniClone Xi (with the NTFS
Clever Copy option installed), use Selective mode.
Please refer to the respective User’s Manual of your
Logicube device for complete instructions on how to
use this cloning method).
The Logicube unit will report two or more partitions.
They should be cloned as follows:
a. For all Recovery, Boot, Hidden, Utility, or
Restore partitions: Set the partition cloning
mode to Mirror.
b. For the Operating System partition: Set the
partition cloning mode to Clever Copy.
The ZClone does not have Selective mode. Clever
mode can be used. Set any Recovery, Boot, Hidden,
Utility, or Restore partition to 0% and set the
Operating System partition to 100%.
The OmniSAS may work with Windows 7. For Windows
7, set all Recovery, Boot, Hidden, utility, or Restore
partitions to Mirror mode. Set the Operating System
partition to Clever Copy. For Windows 8 and the
OmniSAS, Mirror mode must be used.
The Echo Plus does not have Selective mode. Mirror
mode must be used in this scenario.
Note 1: If the Master drive has the MBR partition
scheme and has more than 3 partitions, use Mirror
Copy mode except on the ZClone where Clever Copy
mode can be used.
Note 2: If the Master drive has the GPT partition
scheme, use Mirror Copy mode except on the ZClone
where Clever Copy mode can be used.
Scenario 4: Target drives are smaller than the Master
drive
When attempting to clone to a Target drive that is
smaller in capacity than the Master drive, the
partitions on the Master drive need to be adjusted to
be no more than the same size of the Target drives.
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Windows 7 has a built-in partition utility that can
shrink volumes or partitions. For more information on
how to shrink volumes, you can search the Internet for
technet shrink volume. Although there are several
ways of shrinking a partition or volume, we
recommend using Microsoft’s recommended method.
At this time, Microsoft does not have a recommended
way of shrinking a volume in Windows 8.
Once the partitions have been adjusted to fit the
Target drive, you can use the same steps found in
Scenario 1 or 2 and use either Clever Copy mode,
Selective mode, or Mirror mode based on the scenario.
NOTE: The capacity of a hard drive may be smaller
than the capacity on the label. For example, the typical
capacity of a 500 GB hard drive is 465 GB.
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3. Reference
This document provides guidelines on how drives with Windows 7 or Windows 8 can
be cloned using Logicube disk drive duplicators. The following products are covered
in this article:
Echo Plus™
SuperSonix®
OmniClone® 2Xi, 5Xi, and 10Xi
OmniSAS™
ZClone™
Partitioning Schemes
There are two common partitioning schemes currently being used for
Windows 7 and Windows 8; MBR and GPT.
MBR (Master Boot Record) – The older and currently more common
partitioning scheme.
GPT (GUID Partition Table) – A newer (and at this time less common)
partitioning scheme.
Cloning Modes
Different cloning modes are available on each of the Logicube
products listed above.
Mirror Copy Mode
All of the Logicube products listed above have the
Mirror Copy mode and will support the cloning of
Windows 7 and Windows 8 using this mode. Mirror
Copy mode performs a bit-by-bit copy of the Master
drive, producing an exact copy of that drive. Please
refer to the respective User’s Manual of your Logicube
device for complete instructions on how to use this
cloning mode.
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Clever Copy Mode
Clever Copy mode may work with the MBR partitioning
scheme. The GPT partitioning scheme is only
supported with the ZClone. Clever Copy mode copies
only the sectors with data from the Master drive. The
Target drives must be the same size (specifically, they
must have the same number of available sectors) as
the Master drive. The OmniSAS does not support
Windows 7 or 8 via Clever Copy. Also, the Master drive
must contain no more than 3 partitions.
NOTE: Due to the various numbers of ways a Windows
7 or Windows 8 drive can created, there are times
when Clever Copy will not work even if the drives are
the same model and the Master drive has 3 or less
partitions. In these cases, Selective mode is
recommended. Mirror mode is always available as a
way to clone these drives.
Selective Mode
Selective mode is available on the OmniClone Xi (an
additional option), the SuperSonix, and the OmniSAS.
Selective mode allows you to specify how each
partition is going to be copied. You can have one
partition be copied using Mirror Copy mode, while
another partition using Clever Copy mode. For more
information on how Selective mode works, please
refer to the respective User’s Manual of your Logicube
device for complete instructions on how to use this
cloning mode.
NOTE: When using Selective mode, Mirror Copy must
be selected for any Recovery, Boot, Hidden, Utility, or
Restore partitions. For Operating System partitions,
Clever Copy or Mirror Copy can be used.
Master Manager Mode
At this time, drives with the Windows 7 and Windows
8 Operating Systems are not supported in the Master
Manager™ mode.
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4. Technical Support Information
For further assistance please contact
Logicube Technical Support at: +1- 818 700 8488 7am-5pm PST, M-F
(excluding US legal holidays)
or by email to techsupport@logicube.com
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