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Selecting the Disk Volumes

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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.
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      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.).

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      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 (/sys0).

      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.