Selecting the Disk Volumes
The most important selection in any XXCLONE operation is to select
the Source volume and the Target volume correctly. So, they
are displayed at all time whenever XXCLONE is running.
Since selecting a wrong volume would often result in a catastrophic
loss of files, we strongly recommend that you use the
Disk Management utility before every XXCLONE operation
and affirm that the volumes that you select indeed reside in the right
disk/partition. For your convenience, XXCLONE provides a one-click
button to invoke the Disk Management utility.
- The Disk Management Utility.
Since the use of XXCLONE often involves a drive-letter swap
as part of the cloning operation, the visual inspection
of the disk configuration is particularly helpful.
In addition to the graphic display of the disks and volumes,
the Disk Management utility plays a vital role in the
disk configuration and initialization operations (partitioning,
and formatting, etc.).
Caution: As of this writing, XXCLONE cannot determine whether
the disk configuration settings have been changed since
the invocation of the XXCLONE program. Therefore, if you
change the disk configuration setting in any way (e.g.,
partitioning, formatting, etc.), you must exit the XXCLONE
program once and launch the XXCLONE program again.
- Selecting the Source Volume.
For most common XXCLONE operation, the Source Volume should
be the "System Volume", the volume where the current Windows
system directory resides. In the standard Windows setup,
this is the C: volume.
You may sometimes select a non-system volume for the Source
Volume such as cloning a multi-volume system and duplicating
a volume that belongs to another machine (frequently on
an external USB-disk). In such cases, XXCLONE will issue
a "Non-system" warning. This warning dialog can be suppressed
via a command line switch (
The Source Volume setting needs to be properly set not only
in a volume cloning operation, but also in other operations
that are available in the Cool Tools page.
For example, with the Duplicate Vol. ID, operation,
the setting in the Source Volume box will determine in which
volume the Volume ID value is fetched.
- Selecting the Target Volume.
For most XXCLONE operations, the Target Volume should
be a non-system volume that will become the backup volume
of the Source Volume.
In some rare circumstances, you may choose the current
Windows system volume (typically C:) as the Target Volume.
In such a case, many files that are in use by the Windows
system will not be properly copied (overwritten).
(XXCLONE will issue a warning dialog).
The most common case where you select the system volume
for the Target Volume is when you run
a System Restore operation
(in Cool Tools > Restore Points).
Like the Source Volume, the Target Volume setting need
to be properly set in some of the functions that are
available in the Cool Tools page.
For example, before selecting the Make Bootable function,
you need to correctly set the Target Volume for the operation.