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help with cloning/formatting

leiff 829 50 March 2, 2016 at 03:10 AM
I bought a new 120 gb ssd to put in my laptop. Ssd came with a acronis licence for cloning. I tried the cloning method by attaching the ssd to a usb caddy while plugged into laptop. Cloning option kept giving me errors even after I used file exclusion option to exclude the d partition of my drive. i was just trying to clone the c partition which would have left me an extra 20 gigs of space on my new ssd. I thought i read that the cloning option doesn't support origin hard drive with multiple partitions so i then tried using the backup and recovery method with acronis. So i did the following:
I Backed up my c drive to a temporary secondary harddrive using acronis backup. I then Created bootable acronis thumb drive and installed my ssd and booted with acronos thumb drive. I then validated the backup i had made. All good. then i got to the part where it asks me what partitions to install on the drive very confusing documentation not very helpful. I may have chosen the wrong options here but i couldn't find out how or it wouldn't let me install the C Drive on my new unallocated SSD Drive.
I gave up and took out my SSD from the laptop and plugged it back into a external caddy and plugged it back into the computer usb. Drive shows three primary partitions and two unallocated partitions on ssd under disk management. windows won't let me delete them because there primary partitions even though this drive is connected externally. I plugged SSD into a second computer using a different usb case and still can't delete the primary partitions..
Obvious questions are :
1)how to wipe this SSD Drive completely so I can start over
2) after if I still get errors maybe suggest acronis cloning assistance or alternative
Thanks much!!!

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UGH Formatting. Really having a hard time following this and what happened.

What were the errors?
What brand of SSD?

As far as erasing the ssd, windows format should work, if not boot to live linux and format there.
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Sorry this is new to me can someone provide easy way for me to boot live Linux is if this is the easiest way for me to format hard drive then?
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Sorry this is new to me can someone provide easy way for me to boot live Linux is if this is the easiest way for me to format hard drive then?
Try the quote feature when answering someones questions!

Burn the ISO to a DVD or use Rufus to put on a USB flash drive. https://rufus.akeo.ie/ Booting from USB can be a bit tricky on some newer computers.

Make 100% sure your dealing with the right drive prior to formatting. I have seen it too many times people mistake their main boot drive as the one they want to erase when in fact it's not. The safe answer is to unplug the hard drive First. That can be more difficult on a laptop though.
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UGH Formatting. Really having a hard time following this and what happened.

What were the errors?
What brand of SSD?

As far as erasing the ssd, windows format should work, if not boot to live linux and format there.
Do you have experience using the acronic clone tool? The error they gave me were not specific it just failed Midway transfer when I tried the cloning method and then later via the backup method. Is there another cloning program you would recommend I try if I'm able to get this hard drive formatted?
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Do you have experience using the acronic clone tool? The error they gave me were not specific it just failed Midway transfer when I tried the cloning method and then later via the backup method. Is there another cloning program you would recommend I try if I'm able to get this hard drive formatted?
A lot of people have good luck with the free version of http://www.easeus.com/

I personally buy Samsung and Intel SSD and use the software they come with.
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I think to remove partitions on a removable drive you can use the windows command line tool diskpart.
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Great a simple clean drive command in diskpart from cmd wiped the drive fine, thanks so much.
Now about cloning any help?
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Great a simple clean drive command in diskpart from cmd wiped the drive fine, thanks so much.
Now about cloning any help?
Same recommendation as liquid retro. If Acronis isn't working (and I believe it... they've had real quality problems recently) give easeus a try. Yeah, the site looks a little sketchy, but it's actually pretty widely recommended. It should handle alignment, but do make sure to check that after. Sorry I don't remember specifics, but I think there's some kind of optimize for ssd box you want checked.

The cleanest way to handle things would be a clean install if that's possible.
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