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Using Macrium Reflect to Clone a Windows PC

Like so many developers are, I am the IT guy for my family as well as being one “in real life”. Today, I was confronted with an issue that was one of those hardware-related issues that crop up from time to time, and those can be just as difficult (if not more so) than software problems. I got a call telling me that Windows was popping up an alert window that warned of impending doom with the hard disk drive.

Windows 7 imminent HDD failure

A message similar to this one appeared repeatedly.

I used to deal with hardware issues all the time, and Norton Ghost was my software of choice for such problems in years past. However, I didn’t have a copy on hand, and searched for an alternative. Fortunately, I found out about Macrium Reflect. After an emergency trip to Best Buy for a new drive, I was able to clone the old hard drive in about twenty-five minutes using the free version of Macrium Reflect!

Macrium Reflect screen

The steps for using Macrium were very simple. Just make certain that you know which drive is which when you’re using the software; otherwise, you’ll end up erasing your old hard drive.