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How to use DiskGenius - Clone partition

---copy a whole partition to another partition by cloning

Besides backup partition, Diskgenius also let you clone a whole partition to another one. And sometimes, we call it - copy. Yes, a whole partition information to another one. Here are 3 options to do the clone:

  1. Copy all sectors - Copy all sectors of the source partition (or volume) from beginning to end in sequence to target partition (or volume). It will not considering whether there is any valid data in the source sectors. This copy method may copy a big quantity of invalid data. Then it will take more time. This is the most complete copying mode, it will copy all the data from the source partition to the target partition in full exactly. It requires that the size of the target partition must be exactly same as the source partition.
  2. Copy all valid sectors (avoid bad sectors), which is judged by the layout of the file system. - Copy the data from the source partition (or volume) to the target partition exactly according to the file system structure. After the copy finished, the structure of target partition will be exactly same as the source partition. This copy method excluded the invalid sectors during the copy process. It only copy the valid sectors, the copy speed is highest. It also requires the size of the target partition must be exactly same as the source partition.
  3. Copy all files - According to the file system layout of the source partition (or volume), copy all the files and other related data from the source partition to target. While copying, the files copied to the target partition will be rearranged and the target file system will have no fragments. The copying speed is fast. And it do not requires that the size of the target partition be same as the source partition. It only requires that the size of the target partition bigger than the total used size of the source partition.

After setup of the copy guide, you will be able to perform the copy by the following guide:

To start copy partition, click the menu "Tools" -> "Copy Partition", or right click the mouse button and select "Copy Partition" from the context menu. DiskGenius will show the following dialogue box:

disk copy

At the same time, DiskGenius will pop up a dialog box for selecting a source and a target partition. As the following:

disk copy

partition copy

After selecting the source and target partition, come back to the dialog box of copying partition. Select a suitable copy mode according to your requirement. If the size of the target partition not exactly same as the source partition, you can only select the 3rd mode "Copy all files". Click the "Start" button to prepare for copying. DiskGenius will show the following warning message:  

copy partition

Note that all files on target partition will be overwritten! DiskGenius will try to lock the partition after the "OK" button is pressed. If the source partition could not be locked (mostly because the source partition is system partition or DiskGenius is installed in this partition), DiskGenius will show a message box like the following:

copy partition

If you want to copy the partition without locking, click "Yes" to start.

copy partition

 

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