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    Can't clone HDD, no VSS

    Hi everyone, I have been trying to clone my HDD, to another disc, to swap out in case of a failure.
    I have tried MR Home Edition (paid), AOMEI Backupper Pro (paid), Drive Cloner Rx (paid), Farstone Total Recovery 10 Pro (paid),
    and Drive Clone (free).

    The problem is everyone of them starts and tells me no VSS found. I have used MR to repair the VSS, but still none will clone the hdd.

    If someone has the time, could you tell me what to do to fix this?

    All the best, RGSmith
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    Is the VSS service running? If it is set to manual and it is not running try changing it automatic and start it. Then try one of the backup programs. Perhaps it is not responding quickly enough when the backup programs try to use it.

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    VSS should be set to manual start.
    Check the Event Viewer logs to see what VSS errors you get.

    cheers, Paul

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    Thanks Joe and Paul,
    I have tried setting VSS at automatic, and manual and then starting it, and the cloning program (MR) but still doesn't work.
    I will now go back and see what happens with Paul's advice about Event viewer.
    Thanks again, RGSmith
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    Might be a god idea to make an off OS backup with a bootable CD or USB before tweaking things into submission. IMHO
    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by RGSmith View Post
    I have been trying to clone my HDD, to another disc, to swap out in case of a failure.
    Image the drive, perform the swap, then restore the image to the second drive.

    Swap again, if that is what you really want, but it sounds like you are going to have a clone sitting around doing nothing when it could either be in a USB enclosure for use as storage, or be set up with a completely different configuration (e.g. Linux), to swap at your convenience. In fact if it is Linux in a USB enclosure, you can boot from that without swapping drives, and it will out-perform Linux on a stick.
    Last edited by dogberry; 2016-02-03 at 16:32.

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    Thanks Wavy, and Dogberry, I think I have enough good info to get to where I need to be.
    Thanks again, everyone, RGSmith.
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