34881: True Image 2013 by Acronis: Cloning Basic Disks

Last update: 19-11-2013

It is recommended to clone the disks from Acronis Bootable Media

This article applies to:

  • True Image 2013 by Acronis


Using True Image 2013 you can clone basic MBR disks.

(!) True Image 2013 does not allow to clone a single partition, only cloning of an entire disk is possible.

Source disk volumes can be cloned to the target disk "as is" or resized proportionally.

It is recommended not to format the source hard disk after the cloning until you are sure that the cloned target disk boots fine.

It is possible to clone a larger disk to a smaller one, provided that the smaller hard disk has enough capacity to fit the contents of the larger disk.

(!) Only basic disks can be cloned with True Image 2013.

(!) If you clone a disk with Windows to external USB hard drive, you will not be able to boot from it. Windows does not support booting from external USB hard drives. Please clone to internal SATA SSD or HDD instead.

You can use Windows Disk Management to see if you have basic or dynamic disks:

  • Hit Start-Run and type in diskmgmt.msc
  • If it shows Basic, then you can do the cloning:

  • If it shows Dynamic, then cloning is not possible:

    (!) True Image 2013 Plus Pack does not allow to clone dynamic disks as well. As a workaround, you can create a backup of the source dynamic disk and restore it to the new disk using True Image 2013 Plus Pack.


If you are going to do system disk cloning, it recommended to do it from Acronis Bootable Media.

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