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Cloning using Acronis True Image HD

Posted By Moderator Moderator Posts: 508 Registered 04-23-2009

If you want to watch a video on how to clone with the CD version of Acronis True Image HD, a video of the cloning process has been posted on The Cru blog.


If you are looking for a guide on how to install and activate Acronis True Image HD 2014, we have written directions in another article, and  Matt_theCru has posted a video of that cloning process on The CRU blog as well.


The hardware requirements of Acronis True Image HD correspond to the minimum requirements for the operating system installed on the computer to be used for running Acronis True Image HD. In addition Acronis True Image HD requires the following hardware:


  • Mouse or other pointing device (recommended)
  • Second SSD or HDD to clone to

Acronis True Image HD has been tested on the following operating systems:


  • Windows XP SP3
  • Windows XP x64 Edition SP2
  • Windows Vista SP2 (all editions)
  • Windows 7 (all editions)
  • Windows 8 (Acronis version 0713)

Supported file systems:


  • FAT16/32
  • NTFS
  • Ext2/Ext3*
  • ReiserFS*

* The Ext2/Ext3, and ReiserFS file systems are supported only for disk or partition backup/recovery operations. You cannot use Acronis True Image HD for file-level operations with these file systems (file backup, recovery, search, as well as image mounting and file recovering from images), as well as for backups to disks or partitions with these file systems.


  1. Connect your new SSD to the system using the SATA to USB cable that comes with the Laptop Install Kit, or the SATA cable that comes with our Desktop Install Kit

  2.  Put the CD that came with your Desktop or Laptop install kit into your CD/DVDROM, and reboot your computer.  If your system does not boot to the CD, you will want to check your BIOS boot sequence and change to put the CD/DVDROM before your hard drive in the boot order. In order to boot Acronis instead of Windows, your CD/DVDROM needs to be the first device in the boot order.

    Note that attempting to access the CD from within Windows will not work! The CD will appear blank. You must boot from the CD in order to use the software.

  3. Choose your language.  Use the slider bar next to the language options to view more options.


  4. After the program loads, click on "Clone Disk".


  5. Select your clone mode.  Most users will use automatic.


  6. Select your "source disk" and "destination disk".


  7. Click the "Proceed" button.


  8. Once complete, click the "OK" and close window "X" buttons, and your computer will reboot.


9.  Remove the Acronis disk, and change your SSD to be your boot drive.  You will either need to remove your original drive, or change your boot sequence to boot to the SSD first


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