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Thread: Challenging cloning from IDE (or PATA) drive to SATA drive?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2010

    Default Challenging cloning from IDE (or PATA) drive to SATA drive?

    Hello Everyone,

    I am servicing a computer that is running Windows XP. The computer is running very slow so I have decided to install a new hard drive, and to clone the contents of the existing hard drive to the new hard drive.

    The computer uses an ECS motherboard - ECS Web Site > C51GM-M (V1.0)

    The existing hard drive is a Western Digital "IDE" (or PATA) 160 Gig drive, and the new drive is an Hitachi SATA 1 Terabyte drive.

    I have attempted to clone the existing drive using Acronis True Image 2014; however whilst doing so I received the message below -

    I suspect that the Acronis software failed because of the fact that I am trying to clone from an IDE to a SATA drive. However there may be additional considerations that I have not taken into account.

    Here is a screen capture of the BIOS screen (before booting into Windows XP) -

    I am concerned that the dated BIOS may be an issue; this motherboard only has two SATA connectors, and they have never been used, so I am wondering if anybody can give any specific advice on this front?

    Furthermore I am also concerned that there are specific issues with cloning from an IDE to a SATA drive. If anybody has any insights on this front they will be greatly appreciated.

    If Acronis cannot perform the required task I am open to using alternative software, such as CloneZilla.

    All comments and suggestions are very welcome.

    Kind Regards,


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2014

    Default Re: Challenging cloning from IDE (or PATA) drive to SATA drive?

    Your system is really old, please try to set it to AHCI, but I think there is no such option in BIOS.
    So just install your system fresh. The performance of a SSD can't be really achieved with your system.

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