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Frequently asked questions about Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0

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Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 helps you to clone an old hard disk drive to a new one. Partitions can be transferred either with preserved sizes and locations ("as is"), or with any desired changes in size (as large as data actually stored on a partition permits). That is, you can migrate from a 100 GB disk to an 80 GB disk so long as you have less than 80 GB of data on the original disk.

Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 also allows you to add a new hard disk drive into your system and create partitions within just a few minutes.

Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 is intended mostly for end-users, who want to install a new hard disk drive on their home or office PC, and migrate their operating system and data from an old hard disk drive to a new one. It also allows you to securely destroy data on an old hard disk drive and repartition it after the cloning procedure.
In order to install all of your programs and data on a new drive, you first have to collect your operating system CD, along with every program CD, update patch and security patch that you've installed over the years. You also need to find all of your registration codes for each program and reconfigure each program to your specific needs. This operation can take hours, if not days, and you are supposed to know where all of your applications, registration codes and updates are located. If you forget just one security update, you can put your system at risk.

With Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0, you can transfer the entire contents of a hard disk drive to a new one in 30–50 minutes, and all the applications remain fully functional.

The Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 installation program can be executed only from Windows. However, it supports all versions of Windows since Windows 98 Second Edition. After installation you can use Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 under Windows, or you can create Acronis Bootable Rescue media (either a CD or a set of diskettes). Acronis Bootable Rescue media allows you to boot a computer with any operating system installed on it. The bootable version of Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 can clone any hard disk, regardless of operating system installed on it.
Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 natively supports the following file systems: NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, Ext2, Ext3, Linux Swap, ReiserFS.

Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 also works with any other file system in sector-by-sector mode.

Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 works properly with hard disk drives of any size. However, the safe version of bootable media works only with hard disk drives that are properly recognized by the BIOS of your computer.
In the automatic mode partitions are transferred from an old hard disk drive to a new one with proportional increase in size. Hence, even if the old hard disk drive was much smaller than the new one, there is no unallocated space on the new hard disk drive after transfer (if there was no unallocated space on the old disk).
Yes, it can. You should select the "manual" cloning mode and select the "manual" way to transfer partitions to the new disk. This allows you to change size and location of partitions that can be selected from the list of partitions on the destination disk.
No, it is not. You can only resize and/or move partitions that existed on the old hard disk drive. However, while resizing existing partitions, you can leave some disk space unallocated. Then you can create desired partitions in that space. For example, if you have Windows operating system when transferring data to a larger hard disk drive you can leave some disk space unallocated and install a Linux operating system there afterwards.
The operating system handles data integrity during transfer. It is like copying data from one drive to another. As with any data transfer, do not turn off your computer during the data migration process. If the process is interrupted, the data on the new disk might be incomplete; we recommend that you rerun the entire process. Note that the data on the original disk will not be lost if the copy process is interrupted.
You can learn how to use Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 safely two ways:
  1. All operations with hard disk drives are pending until you specifically tell the software to make the changes. This means that first you create a scenario of how the partitions are transferred to a new hard disk drive. You can view all changes before they are actually made. You are required to approve changes by clicking on the Commit (flag) icon. If you do not click the flag icon, no changes are made to your hard disk drives.
  2. There is a demo version of Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0. It gives you access to all operating modes, so that you can learn to use the product, but it does not allow you to launch the program and overwrite you own data with demo data.
No, you can't. Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 is designed to work only with hard disk drives. The primary Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 task is to help you transfer information during deployment of a new hard disk drive. We recommend you to use Acronis True Image Home 9.0 for backing up your hard disk.
Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 is compatible with Norton GoBack if the Acronis product is launched under Windows. But if you decide to start Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0 from bootable media, you must first disable Norton GoBack.

Please note that after migrating the data to another hard disk drive GoBack history on the destination hard disk drive will be lost.

In order to clone your Windows system to different hardware, you should first prepare Windows using Microsoft System Preparation Tool (sysprep). According to Microsoft Knowledge Base Article — 298491, "One problem from duplicating an installation of Windows 2000 is that each cloned computer has the same security identifier (SID) and computer name. This may prevent the cloned computers from functioning correctly in a workgroup or a domain. To work around this problem, administrators use the System Preparation Tool (Sysprep.exe) to remove configuration settings that are unique to the computer such as the computer name and SID. The resulting image can then be safely reused for installation on other computers." This issue also exists in Windows NT 4.0, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, and thus computers running those operating systems must be prepared as well.

To download Microsoft System Preparation tool, click on your operating system: Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003.

In brief, here is how you prepare your Windows operating system in order to create a master clone image and migrate system to a new computer:

Create Acronis True Image Home 9.0 bootable media with Bootable Rescue Media Builder available in Acronis True Image Home 9.0 program menu.

  1. Run sysprep.exe on your source computer. Microsoft gives you the option to specify the following keys:
    1. -nosidgen If you plan to erase all data from the original hard disk drive and/or do not plan to use both original and new hard disk drives in different computers simultaneously, use this option.
    2. -mini If you plan to migrate your operating system to a computer with different hardware.

  2. Reboot the source computer and boot it from the created bootable media. Now run the 'Create Image' wizard and create an image of the prepared hard disk drive.
  3. Boot the target computer from the bootable media and restore the image you just made.
  4. Reboot the target computer and boot it from the hard disk drive.
Reboot the target computer and boot it from the hard disk drive.
We recommend you to read Microsoft articles which deal with using sysprep on your operating system, available at the following links: Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP.
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