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Backup and system copies
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Subject: Backup and system copies
From: JIm Turvaville <jimturbo61@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2018 20:10:53 +0000 (UTC)
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Reply-to: JIm Turvaville <jimturbo61@yahoo.com>
Tom brings a great subject up which I found fascinating the several times it has been broached on this forum.  I remain puzzled as to why my experience is totally opposite what so many have posted here, and ask for some grace and patience on a knowledgeable reply.  In spite of my nearly 40 years of radio engineering, and messing with PC's since 1990, I've never even attempted to to this kind of thing before recently. 

Tom, Willie and many others have praised AOMEI Backupper software and I really felt like I was being amiss by not having a system backup to compliment my comprehensive data backup system.  I downloaded and installed their Free version 4.0.3 and made a clone of my system drive to an external USB drive.  I then plugged that external drive into another machine and had it place the clone on a fresh HD (identical make, model and size as the source drive).  The process seemed to work fine, no errors, etc. but the drive simply will not boot on its own in a PC.  Willie suggested I change the parameters of the clone, which I did in every potential combination that seems possible.  Still, the drive refuses to boot in a PC, a blue-screen error as soon as Windows tries to load. 

Thinking it was a software issue, I bought a cloning dock - put the source HD and the destination HD in the dock and press "CLONE" and it makes a total sector-by-sector copy.  Again, exact same physical HD make, model and size.  The source PC and destination PC are both Dell Optiplex 780 machines (I have like a dozen of them) and the physical compliments are exactly alike.  Again, nothing but a blue-screen when Windows tries to load. 

I came to believe that Windows system files must read the s/n of the HD or the MB or something that makes it refuse to load when a drive is removed from one PC set of hardware and placed in another.  Yet today Tom recounts a wonderful experience of restoring from an AOMEI backup onto a new HD in a PC... hmmm, just HOW did that work?? 

My goal is to have a backup of my on-air automation PC so if (no, really, WHEN) that HD dies I can restore that copy on a new HD, maybe a new PC, and have my software RUN.  Data is easy - I have plenty of backup copies of that, but the software has to be installed and working for that to be of any value. The reason this is important is because my software HAS to have a license key to install and run (no "demo mode" option) and they are in Austria where they do not tend to be awake at the same time we are in the US.  And we all know PC's tend to go Postal on us at the most inconvenient times... LOL.  

So, guys/gals, toss the old man here a bone and be kind and patient - but tell me just what am I missing?  Why don't these sector-by-sector copies run??  

Thanks to one and all!!!!!!!!
Jim "Turbo" Turvaville 
SBE Certified Radio Engineer 
Turbo Technical Services 
 PH: 719-459-1859 

Follow-Ups: RE: Backup and system copies
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