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Trying to Clone Win 8 on Dynamic Disk

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    Trying to Clone Win 8 on Dynamic Disk


    I am trying to clone (not image) my pre-installed OEM Win 8 OS to a partition on another (external) hard drive using Paragon 12. The problem: my Win 8 OS is on dynamic disk and paragon does not work with Dynamic disk. How do I solve this problem? Thanks!

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    Perhaps the free paragon doesn't do that.

    If that is the case, you will a version of paragon that does work with dynamic disks.

    I think those more esoteric functions are in the paid versions.

    What paragon are you using?

    Maybe the trial version Home will do it.

    Or you could try the aomei free version.

    I have the Server edition - so not sure you can do it with the freebie, but it worth a look, just atiny 3mb download, and it is a great program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    You need version of paragon that does work with dynamic disks.

    I think those more esoteric functions are in the paid versions.

    What paragon are you using?
    You could be right. I am only using a 30-day trial version of Paragon Backup & Recovery 12. I probably need to get the full version. But the message didn't mention about getting a full version to make it work. It only said it does not support dynamic disks.
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    Try aomei free linked to in my previous post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Try aomei free linked to in my previous post.
    Ok, I will give that a try... thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Try aomei free linked to in my previous post.
    I tired the AOMEI free version and there was a message saying I need to get the PRO (paid) version to work on dynamic disks. Oh well...
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    Yes, it is a bit unusual - the sort of function most will put in paid versions.

    I expect you will have to image and restore, then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Yes, it is a bit unusual - the sort of function most will put in paid versions.

    I expect you will have to image and restore, then.
    Eventually I may have to do it that way. But I will just keep this thread open for now in case someone also have a good suggestion. Thanks man! I wish I could rep you.
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    Hi there
    Seems most of the FREE products don't support Dynamic Disks -- however I'm not sure why the Windows OS itself should be on a Dynamic disk --I'd have it in a simple partition then it should work OK.

    Another get around might be to do it in a sort of "Cack handed" way.

    1) BACK UP the image to some data area on a disk (can be external).
    2) RESTORE it from the backup to where you want to restore it to.

    This should essentially be the same as the "Cloning" process but is a two step procedure rather than the single step cloning.

    I assume the OS is in its own partition. Don't forget to include the system reserved partition as well to the backup image.

    I'd still think about buying a decent PAID version of backup software - the amount of time and hassle you save make purchasing this type of software quite reasonable. I use Acronis True Image 2013 now -- it's fine -- I had problems with the 2011 and 2012 versions but they seemed to have it fixed and it handles UEFI / Secured boot systems too.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    Seems most of the FREE products don't support Dynamic Disks -- however I'm not sure why the Windows OS itself should be on a Dynamic disk --I'd have it in a simple partition then it should work OK.

    Another get around might be to do it in a sort of "Cack handed" way.

    1) BACK UP the image to some data area on a disk (can be external).
    2) RESTORE it from the backup to where you want to restore it to.

    This should essentially be the same as the "Cloning" process but is a two step procedure rather than the single step cloning.

    I assume the OS is in its own partition. Don't forget to include the system reserved partition as well to the backup image.

    I'd still think about buying a decent PAID version of backup software - the amount of time and hassle you save make purchasing this type of software quite reasonable. I use Acronis True Image 2013 now -- it's fine -- I had problems with the 2011 and 2012 versions but they seemed to have it fixed and it handles UEFI / Secured boot systems too.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Thanks for your input Jimbo.
    Actually, I was also surprised to find out that my Win 8 came pre-installed in Dynamic Disk.
    Can you point me to the tutorial how to restore to an external hd? Thanks a lot.
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