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Cloning with Acronis TrueImage HD

Posted By Moderator Moderator 12 Comments

Cloning with Acronis TrueImage HD

on ‎02-14-2014 09:13 AM
Posted By Moderator Moderator Posts: 38 Registered 07-09-2013

6/17/14: Some Crucial products are shipping with a product key for Acronis True Image HD 2014. The video for that version is here, and instructions for installing and activating it are here. This post is specific to the CD-based version only.


Acronis TrueImage HD, currently being included in our desktop and laptop install kits, can quickly and easily clone one drive to another. Here is a video of it in action.



The above example shows cloning an external hard drive to an internal SSD, but the Acronis software is flexible enough to clone SSD to SSD, hard drive to hard drive, internally and externally.


by Philip_B
on ‎03-29-2014 12:35 PM

Hi Matt,

Cloning with Acronis TrueImage HD

I will be cloning my Hd to my new SSD soon and just viewed the video, I am cloning from a Laptop with three Partitions C, D Recovery. Can I clone just the C and D Partitions? I will not need the recover Partition as this will be to a rebuild of a desktop. I have not received my SDD yet or the Install kit, So if I am asking something that will obvious after I boot the disk I apologize.

Thank you for your time


by Moderator Moderator
on ‎04-21-2014 02:30 PM

Hi Philip,

Sorry about the late response. Acronis TrueImage HD does not allow you to selectively clone partitions, but you could delete any unwanted partitions after cloning and resize the remaining partitions using Window's Disk Management or any other partition management software of your choice to resize the remaining partitions to take up the newly unallocated space afterward.

by dullnigj
on ‎05-17-2014 06:59 AM

Hi Matt,

I just purchased a new laptop (Dell) and a M500 SSD.  Your video was very helpful as I prepare to install the SSD (and void the laptop warrenty :-)).  Sequence of Operations? Is it best to install the SSD in the laptop first and then clone or clone first and then install?


Also, I am assuming that Acronis TrueImage HD Windows 8.1 compatable. Correct?




by Moderator Moderator
on ‎05-22-2014 01:16 PM

Hi John,


Both sequences should work the same, whether you put the SSD in first or clone first. The only difference would be the order in which the devices present and the labelling Acronis uses to describe them in the software.


Regarding Acronis TrueImage HD, two revisions are available. Revision 5294 predated Windows 8/8.1, and while many users see no issues, some UEFI features, GPT source disks, or sources with a large number of partitions have been seen to create conflicts with that revision. If you received the older revision from us and experience any difficulties, please contact support for either troubleshooting or an updated version of that software.

by JerryBoyd
on ‎07-08-2014 06:04 PM

I have been trying to clone to a crucial 500  using the acronis REV 0713 , have not been able to get the system to boot from cd. Been on most of these forums,and crucials service,they sent me another acronis , it was the same as the one I have. Ineed to know how to get this thing to boot from the dvd/cd, I don't know how to change the bios, since the win 8.1 doesn't  apparrently have bios persay. I need specific instructions. I've watched all the videos and read as much as I can, but haven't been able to boot from the cd.

by Moderator Moderator
on ‎07-29-2014 03:36 PM

Your BIOS or UEFI should be accessible regardless of OS, and accessing it will be done before Windows begins to load. Beyond that we do not have specific entry methods for getting into your BIOS as they vary by system or motherboard manufacturer, but most vendors will commonly allow entry by pressing one of the function keys (F1-F12), Insert, or Delete immediately after you power the system on. They will typically state what to use on your system's splash screen immediately after your system comes on.

by LittleDave
on ‎09-13-2014 04:18 PM



I am about to install a 240GB Crucial SSD as the System/boot disc for my Dell Inspiron Desktop 580. I will keep current 1TB HDD as an interrnal storage disc. The 1TB disc has ~500GB on it so I only want to clone the Windows 7 64Bit operating system and installed programs to the 240GB SSD.


I assume I can do this by choosing the "Manual" Clone option? Please advise which method I should use.



by Loverboy58
on ‎06-20-2015 06:20 AM

Hello. I am in the process of purchasing the 1TB MX200 SSD but before I finalize the purchase, I need to find out if I can do what I am intending to do with the cloning software. Here is my scenario. I have four 160GB Intel SSD's installed in my desktop. I want to replace all four of them with the 1TB MX200. Two of the SSD's installed have "Program Files" folders with executables. My question is, Will I be able to clone the two drives with the "Program Files" folders into the 1TB SSD with the cloning software? If so, can you please explain some of the procedures. That way I will have a better understanding of the procedure. Thank you in advance for your help and have a great day.

by Moderator Moderator
on ‎07-03-2015 08:08 AM



None of our cloning solutions will allow what you are looking for; Acronis will overwrite existing partitions on any given cloning operation, so a follow-up cloning would overwrite the previous as you started it. If you can find a program simply allowing you to add partitions to the previous cloned partition that may accomplish what you are talking about, though also keep in mind you will need to copy to multiple partitions on the target to maintain drive letter designations for each respective drive. This will keep your existing installations tied to the original drive letter designations, otherwise your finished SSD will return a lot of "invalid folder" type errors when it tries to access a file or folder not associated with its original drive letter (for example trying to access a folder configured for a D: installation when you cloned it to C: in your process).

by Moderator Moderator
on ‎07-03-2015 08:20 AM

LittleDave or anyone else still needing this answered,


The manual cloning in Acronis allows you to manually adjust partition sizes only, not anything in the file system itself. Your best option without using different software will be a full disk clone, then manual deletion of select files/directories on the finished clone to bring the used space down to where you want it. Like Loverboy58's situation, changed paths/drive letters can result in errors using programs if you are splitting your source across multiple drives, so this may be an issue in your case, as well.

by Ross_M
on ‎12-30-2015 08:29 AM

Hi - I used True Image 2014 to create a bootable USB. After completing the process, which was reported as successful, the USB drive is not recognised in Windows. When I plug it in, I get the Windows audio confirmation but can't see the drive in either explorer or windows disk management.


Any ideas how to resolve this as I had othe files on it that I need to retrieve.



by rbockman
on ‎09-16-2016 03:04 PM

Crucial acronis software caused my Win 10 pc to freeze, when I was able to reboot, the system was unstable, second reboot and I think I'm back to normal. Currently trying a free cloning product.