BIG WARNING if Cloning Drives!
If you have partitioned drives and want to clone be award and remember this otherwise you will get big problems.
An original drive which had to be cloned was on dockingstation and backup-drive was on boot-system. When i worked on that dockingstation drive i saw partitions had new letters.
I left the drive on the docking station and started Cloning with Trueimage.
It was cloned the wrong way, bootpartition was not C but H! I could boot and using internet.
but programs didnt work anymore and Microsoft didnt accept the key anymore....
Problems over problems.
Big problem could be when both drives are of identical make. One can then only distinguish them thru the numbers the system will give them e.g. 5 and 6. maybe better leaving the donor drive always as bootsystem.
letter-changing not possible, at least not for boot-drive.
i discussed this elsewhere. its about a possible workaround to copy boot-partition C with driveimage which should change to the right letter. but i would only try this out with a backup-drive.
cloning versus copying drives
So after cloning was done when doing it the next time its must be called copying the drive?
thats what is did but had booted up with backup-drive attached resulting in partition-letters mixed-up.
Should have switched the drives to reorganize the letters. H(bootpartition) would then become C again. but when clone was done this cannot be organized easily, not letters of non-boot-partitions could be altered-set back but not the bootpartition-one. ther is a workaround with driveimage. Would only try this out with a copy/clone of that drive.
BTW: booting from external drive is possible when in docking-station(esata in my case) but not when attached(as esata in my case) to pci-card. it has additional connectors for incase-drives. ide and sata.
will try the ide-slot since there was a problem with an ide-drive(320gb-boot) not beeing recognized anymore after a dilletant electrician(who didnt understand my language) did interrupt power despite me saying PC was ON!
See also my other huge thread about two defective PCs.