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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: January 18, 2015, 10:31:13 AM
To my knowledge, hippo's kill much more Africans than lion(ess)'s do. Temper, tons and very(!) territorial. Don't let their looks fool you.
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Donating to EFF on: January 18, 2015, 09:56:12 AM
@40Hz:
In the Netherlands it was relatively easy to get such a device for an organization. Because there you had to pay upfront for the expected postal mail. Those also came with a counter that counted back and even weighed the envelope/letter. At least the one in the army base where I was working at the time did. Although we often bypassed that part to speed up the process. Pre-sorting on weight by hand (literally) was much faster (we had to handle all military/civilian postal needs for 4 army bases and 15 auxiliary units).   

Also, you'd better not exceed the agreed upon limits, or use the wrong frank with the weight of an envelope/letter. Those 'civies' would become quite hostile if we did...forgetting who they were talking to (army, having weapons and all tongue). Then again, the Dutch and German postal services are/were very efficient and fast. Standard postage mail would even arrive after 1 day, although that qualified to be delivered in 3 days. Even standard postage mail sent to any country in Europe or US/Canada would arrive within a day, sometimes 2 at the intended location. Northern Africa (Tunesia, Marocco) and Turkey were quite efficient as well. Other continents or parts thereof...not so much in my experience.

Here in Paraguay (South America) international mail may arrive quite fast at the national postal services, although that is not a given. Doesn't even matter if the sender paid for high priority postage or not. Also, this doesn't mean that the mail will arrive at the intended destination any soon either. Unfortunately, the rule of 3 applies here. Don't expect any mail to arrive within 3 days. More realistic is 3 weeks or 3 months. After that...consider it lost. National mail is also problematic, bills arriving on the final day that they can be paid is quite common. Automatic payment facilities, web or otherwise, do not exist here. It is quite easy to get disconnected not of your own fault.

In all the time I have been here, I don't think I have ever seen national mail being sent without stamps. Utility bills don't even have stamps at all. So I'll assume there are no such frank systems here.
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Windows Email Server Options on: January 10, 2015, 12:47:25 PM
Standard Windows 2012 license is about 6000USD (if memory serves me correctly)
Hardware can be modest, from experience I can tell you that it runs adequately on a dual core AMD CPU (2GHz) with only 2GByte of RAM and an old SATA hard disk. I run a trial version of MS-SQL Server 2012 (database has 50GByte content) on that and it doesn't disappoint.

But I wouldn't use any modern version of Exchange on any PC with less than 4GByte of RAM and that is already asking for trouble. Expanding RAM on an older PC can be quite costly and getting a new one with desirable amount of RAM will also make quite some cut in the budget. Exchange does require a big hard disk and the faster it is, the better.

Software that prevents spammers from creating havoc on a Exchange server with port(s) open the interwebs also comes with a price tag.

And all that for a home lab setup? I wouldn't be around anyone Ms. after the appointed Mr. asked for her consent on the purchase of this setup. You know, with MMA fights the opponents are more or less matched. After that Mr. & Ms. "conversation" I don't intend to be remembered as collateral damage...  tongue
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For better security, maybe it's time to abandon e-mail? on: January 06, 2015, 07:22:34 PM
Looks like we need to look for some obituaries soon... Sad
80  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release - Splat (Simple Program Launching and Termination) on: January 05, 2015, 07:15:36 PM
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81  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Search & Replace internal hyperlinks on: January 04, 2015, 03:05:04 PM
I would make a copy of the complete file/folder construction you have in place for these self-created web-pages and start working on that copy. Make a dummy Word document (if that is the format you want to use) with all each type of link etc. that you use in your web-pages. Separate those clearly and 'Save as ...' this document as complete Webpage. Open that document in your favorite HTML and/or text editor to have the examples you need.

Then use InfoRapid (private use is free) to search-replace for everything you want changed in the complete file/folder structure in one go or one-by-one, whatever you prefer. These queries can be as simple or complex as you want (and can be stored).

Although the software is really old, from personal experience I can tell you that it works absolutely fine (and fast) on any version of Windows 2000 and up.

Combine all the edited web-pages into Word and store your document in .doc or docx format or use Word with your preferred PDF-printer to generate a PDF document. Actually, I use a portable version of LibreOffice 4.x to read Word documents and save these in PDF format directly. This standard LibreOffice PDF functionality is vastly superior to any PDF-printing solution, in my not so humble opinion. 

If you only want one big HTML formatted document, use any decent HTML editor. Most, if not all, come with an import function that will convert links etc. automatically.
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: patchpae on: January 04, 2015, 02:00:59 AM
The only thing this type of kind of patches are good for, is to test your backup(s).

32-bit operating systems have their limits.You would better respect these, because you will invite lots more misery than you are willing to handle much(!) sooner than you think.

If your software demands lots of hardware resources, get a 64-bit operating system. 32-bit operating systems have had their hay-day, get over it.

In general, 32-bit operating systems are nice for basic consumer computers such as HTPCs/laptops/netbooks and the like. With those devices you want to apply the least amount of hardware resources you can get away with to keep either battery or energy consumption down. Or if you still need/want to use 16-bit software.

For the rest, don't consider anything less than 64-bit operating systems nowadays. For years none of the software I use and/or apply required me to go back to a 32-bit OS.
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Changing from MyISAM to InnoDB in MYSQL DB on: January 04, 2015, 01:03:43 AM
Are you hung up on database names or can you use whatever database?

With the latter, you could make a database "<your db name>_ISAM", recreate all tables & columns from "<your db name>" into "<your db name>_ISAM", then transfer/replicate the data and point your application(s) to use "<your db name>_ISAM"?

This way you are creating a test environment where you can see if the engine change is beneficial or not (to current the work flow).

Really consider the vastly improved MySQL Workbench 6.2.4 as your assistant in this task (Oracle provides Community (free) and commercial editions). The Community edition (which I have a bit of personal experience with) helped me out of a situation with my mediawiki setup and showed me that its wizard for replicating MySQL databases is very competent while very easy to use.

The look and feel of MySQL Workbench has improved a lot, making it much(!) more useful than previous incarnations of this software. Now this software is practically similar to the software that comes with full-fledged database solutions such as those from Oracle and Microsoft.
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: January 03, 2015, 10:27:45 AM
There are 3 episodes in one season of Black Mirror. Season 3 kicks of very soon now. Some episodes are not interesting, the rest is really great (in a disturbing way).

I'm not sure what you found "not interesting". Everything I've seen seems to be pretty good. Could just be personal preferences and the like there -- chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream preferences?

All the episodes I have seen so far were made with very good production value. Good actors as well. I really liked where the story with the eye recorder went. The story where making a living on a home-trainer didn't. But that might be caused by my stance on watching dreck such as "reality"-TV, Dancing with the American idol's Big brother and what not.

Tech devices making a serious impact in lives and behavior...magnitudes more interesting than that kind of useless, dreary and moronic form of "entertainment". To me, at least.

And if you do like that kind of TV-shows, by all means, pitch the idea I mentioned, consider it my gift to your happy new year.  Wink
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: January 02, 2015, 05:57:38 AM
There are 3 episodes in one season of Black Mirror. Season 3 kicks of very soon now. Some episodes are not interesting, the rest is really great (in a disturbing way).
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy New Year! =D on: December 31, 2014, 03:39:00 PM
Indeed a happy new year to everyone here at DC.


My resolution is to work on my belly (decreasing it or increasing it...but work on it I shall! tongue)

87  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Program to copy contents of a cloud drive to a local drive -slowly on: December 27, 2014, 11:40:37 AM
With copying through networks in the XP days I always had good experiences with TerraCopy. Copying 4Gbyte archives and Oracle dump files over the LAN took 5 to 10 minutes less with TeraCopy than with the the standard explorer copy routine from MS. More secure too, as there was a function to verify if the hash of the copy matched the hash of the original file and it would show you a report of files that were copied correctly and which failed. Repeating the copy action would only copy the files that failed.

Now I'm on a gigabit LAN and copy speeds are a magnitude higher, even with the standard copy routine from MS, so I don't bother with copy optimizer software anymore.

Anyway, there is a piece of freeware, PathSync which is in essence sync software. The reason I mention it would be that the installer is only 130KByte in size, very easy to configure even as a one-way copier, it is very fast with checking for changes between the destination and the source, you can filter which files/folders you want and do not want to be copied or synchronized.

It also keeps logs of everything it does if you enable that functionality. The whole configuration can be stored as a file and reloaded at your desire. Also, after it is installed once, you can copy the installation folder and use it as portable application.

To say it isn't actively developed would be an understatement...the last stable version is from 2007 (v0.35), the latest beta from 2010 (v0.40).

When I discovered this software many(!) moons ago, I really appreciated the simplicity this software offers for the rather advanced features it contains. It's speed is awesome and it works absolutely fine on any version of Windows 2000 and onwards. Again, free, small and portable, what more could you want ;-)
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For better security, maybe it's time to abandon e-mail? on: December 24, 2014, 08:56:18 AM
Granted, I went along with the promise from Wave at that time.

Being vague didn't help their cause, but I didn't think they expected the back-fire it got. Most people are quite entrenched on the tools and software they already have (learned to use).

Getting people out of that way of thinking and into another, safer way of communicating...without an already existing, somewhat useable concept in front of their noses? Good luck with that.

With hindsight 20/20, I agree Wave wasn't the answer and tried to do too much. However, the idea remains (in my head at least) that with more time, something could have spun off that base/concept with a better chance of adoption as a more secure communication environment.

Getting things (exactly) right the first time around is not easy and it will surely fail without a chance to evolve. So what if it didn't do things better than existing solutions. It was a fresh code base that arguably is easier to protect than all other products from different creators, each with different kinds of "baggage" regarding backwards compatibility, coding standards, protocols, etc.

Just sayin'.

Then again, 2009/2010 was not that long ago, but it feels like it was a different time then.
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For better security, maybe it's time to abandon e-mail? on: December 24, 2014, 06:35:11 AM
Google Wave was a (half-hearted) attempt. And it got got flamed down, before it even got a chance to come to fruition.

As it was in development still, encryption could have been a building block, instead of a bolted-on thing for almost all other forms of communication.
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Website access for someone in a temprarily Down Zone on: December 18, 2014, 05:22:32 PM
I can only offer rather general advice. First I would ask them to add a 2nd (or third) DNS server entry in their network configuration. 208.67.222.222 is the ip of OpenDNS and that is decent (and free) DNS server service. If they cannot get to you one way, OpenDNS provides another.

If you think the above sounds too complicated for the people that want to make contact with your website, find out what the IP address of the computer/ISP that hosts your website. In case the domain name is pointing to your own webserver, 'www.whatismyip.com' will tell you. With that information you can ask those people to type the IP address into their browser.

When they see your web page, chances are that the DNS service from their ISP could be flaky. If they still cannot see your page, then it might be time to take a look at what is happening on your side.

That is, when they are not using a proxy. If they do, there might be some hiccups there. Proxy servers come in different shapes and sizes, so you need to know exactly which one they are using and look for solutions. Without that info....have fun. And even if you have a solution, without administrative access to that server the problem remains anyway.

Very generic, I know  undecided
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Every Episode Of Every 'Star Trek' Series Ever, Ranked on: December 16, 2014, 05:09:12 PM
Voyager isn't my favorite either, but I never understood the hate it gets. Then again, I grew up with TNG, so those episodes will always be my among my favorites. Deep Space Nine started out not that great, but I heard from others that did watch DS9 completely, its ending was very strong.

In Voyager I always did like the episode where they had (quite some) ship damage and they see a Borg cube flying at them...fast! And pass by them, without even paying attention...
Then 6 or so cubes are coming in, also fast. And again, Voyager is left alone.

Not long after they see a small ship (smaller than Voyager) that is chasing the cubes. Not sure anymore if Voyager escapes their attention the first time around or not. Anyway, that episode made a lasting impression with me at least.

Granted, I watched Voyager longer, because of an "interesting" new crew member...
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Some unknown webpage opens itself after starting my PC! on: December 16, 2014, 08:03:28 AM
If your restoration procedure works for you, I would apply it, because your system is very (!) likely infected with junk.

When restoration doesn't come as easy and you are adamant about not having a virus scanner installed on your computer, then I would use (one of the) online virus scanners that most AV companies offer for free. The free version of MBAM (MultiByte Anti Malware) and similar freeware such as JRT, RogueKiller, AdwareCleaner I would install/run as well. All of these scan on-demand only.

For every browser on your PC (not available for IE), get the add-on: Ghostery and white-list websites only after careful consideration and make sure you update this add-on, whenever it wants to.

If you are not the only user on your PC, get an anti-virus solution! Any! Do yourself that favor! Seriously!
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: December 13, 2014, 08:19:44 AM
Open Window - Reasonably good thriller applying capabilities of current computer and smartphone technology to the NSA's wet dream happen.
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Are the Idiots on: December 11, 2014, 08:23:39 PM
I totally agree with Stoic Joker. When I was in the military, my unit had several brand new cars at our disposal, some were diesel, some were standard fuel.

The rule was that for us to do our job reliably, standard fuel cars needed to be replaced after 100.000 kilometer, the diesels were re-assigned to different duties after 150.000 kilometers. There was only one car (my favorite, a diesel) that was longer than a year with our unit.

Of course, it was the military, so the cars were not treated as "maintenance-friendly" as they could have been. Same attitude people have with lease-cars, I guess. All in all, the diesels were better survivors than the standard fuel cars, with a lot less maintenance costs. But in any case, 100.000 kilometer is really a "magic" number for any car.

Modern cars are not really more efficient with fuel than older cars. They're about the same. New cars are much heavier nowadays, because of all the safety features, noise cancelling padding and electric gizmo's that people take for granted now, but were highly coveted options a few years back.

With some TLC old cars last just as long as new ones. I heard often enough about people pushing cars over 1.000.000 kilometers. And the story of those people were almost always the same. The gist is/was: no wild driving and proper maintenance at very regular intervals, using only manufacturer/factory approved (engine) parts and lubricants.

Of course, spending a lot of money on an old(er) car to keep it running reliably or buying/trading in a car every few years likely won't matter much, cost-wise. Unless you are capable (know-how and having the necessary tools & equipment), which reduces incurred costs significantly. Anyhow, people will choose the latter way, just because they're addicted to the new car smell.

Ten years ago I had an 15+ year old Peugot 205D (the cheapest, most spartan model). It had a very basic, old-fashioned diesel engine and on average (including highways) it would consume 1 liter of diesel every 20 kilometer. If I skipped the highways and made an effort I could manage 25 kilometers per liter. And that with an engine that had already 300.000+ kilometers on the clock.

In my experience, diesels today, with common rail injection and what not, barely go 15 kilometers per liter, even when you make an effort. At least in Europe you hardly notice the difference between having a diesel or standard fuel engine in your car anymore. Road taxes, fuel prices and trade-in values are still quite different.


TL:DR
New cars are hardly better at anything than older cars. Other than giving the consumer a (false) sense of safety that is.
 
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: which phone? on: December 11, 2014, 06:19:25 AM
When choosing between those 2 phones, I would go for the Lumia. Because of the (Lumia only) Nokia software, which is great, and the MS promise that they will offer an upgrade to Windows 10 for all Lumia phones that run Windows Phone 8.

In case you do get a Lumia, you would better go for the 835 than the 830. In the lower classes of the series Nokia reduced the amount of RAM in the successors. For example the 520 had 1GByte of RAM, the 530 had 512KByte of RAM. Now Microsoft comes with the 535 and it is back at 1GByte again.

I don't know if Nokia did something like that to the 830, but if they did, then MS fixed this in the 835 model.
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: which phone? on: December 10, 2014, 05:33:16 AM
The Lumia 520 I have is a decent phone...comes with a lot of software and offline map and has 1 GByte of RAM + 16GByte of storage capacity (half of it is already taken up by the OS and pre-installed software).

If your needs don't go much further than those functionalities that software provides you have a good phone. If you want to control your media set remotely with your phone...then don't. Not that many games are available either. But recently Microsoft announced that every Lumia phone that is capable of running Windows Phone 8 will get an upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

Bought mine here (without any plan) from a guy who tried it for a few days and didn't like it for 500.000 Gs which roughly translates in 125 USD, the official price here is still 800.000 Gs, which is close to 200 USD. If you live in Western-Europe or the US, Windows phones (new) can be had for less.

If you get a Lumia that won't break the bank, get the Lumia 535, not the Lumia 530! Spend a bit more to get the Lumia 935, which comes with a camera that isn't too afraid of the dark anymore.

Sure hope they make the 'Project my screen' app work a lot better soon...that app projects the screen of your Windows phone to your desktop, giving you full control over your phone from your PC. 'WhatsApp'-ing with your PC keyboard and mouse is a major improvement.
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: NIX: Douane - An application aware personal firewall on: December 08, 2014, 01:53:01 PM
@IainB
In my (very) limited experiences with Linux, most firewalls do not have a simple or easy interface. While these are powerful, it is easy to set these up insufficiently and/or incorrectly. Finding this out and fixing that isn't that easy, especially when you are accustomed to the Windows way of doing things.

The old ZoneAlarm firewall or SyGate firewall were good at their job and easy to setup. It would be nice to have such an easily configurable firewall on Linux.
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Hardware - Disk Drive and/or Fan struggling and testing on: December 08, 2014, 01:41:40 PM
Having build and maintained many computers (for more than 20 years) I do this stuff in my sleep. But after your post, I suggest you let the friend who build your computer for you do the work. As a not-hardware person without an apparent desire to learn about this, don't touch your PC from the inside, you'll do more harm than good.

If it wasn't clear from my previous post:
1. Identify where all the fans in your computer are located. You'll have to open the case of your PC for that.
2. Turn on your PC, so all the fans are spinning and generating the noise.
3. Make sure the PC isn't doing any task that could generate a lot of heat.
4. Stop one of the fans by stopping the blades from spinning for a very brief moment. Use a pen or finger for all I care.
5. Did the noise go away?
     5a. Yes? Than you have found the problematic fan.
     5b. No?  Repeat from step step 4 until you run out of fans.

In a standard tower PC case, you will find a fan on the CPU. You will find a chassis fan at the back, close to the CPU fan. It is possible your PC has a second chassis fan in front of the case, usually close the hard disk. In tropical climates you can find fan(s) located at the bottom of the hard disk itself.

Depending on the model/brand of your PC case you 'll see a fan in the cover plate you have removed when opening your PC case.
Depending on the model/brand of your PC case you 'll see a fan at the top of your PC case (expensive models have this).
Depending on the model/brand of your PC case you 'll see a squarish block on the top or bottom of the PC case. This is your power supply. It contains at least 1 fan. Don't stick anything in there to stop the blades, you might touch something and electrocute yourself if you are really unlucky. Or damage electrical components if you are unlucky. Press with a little bit of force on the center of the spinning power supply fan. Did the noise go away or change? You have found the problematic fan, replacing this fan should be done by a professional. Replacing the Power supply is usually easier and more cost effective.

If you use a separate video card, it might have a fan. If the noise went away after stopping its blades from spinning you need to replace that fan. This should be done by a professional. Getting spare parts for video cards will be a lot of misery at best, so people usually replace the whole video card. If you choose this route, get a new model that uses passive cooling. One less fan to worry about.


The term 'bit-by-bit copy' or 'bit-for-bit copy' indicates you want to clone a hard disk. This means a few things. 1. If the whole procedure goes ok, you can work with your PC as if nothing bad has happened, no re-installation and/or configuration required. 2. All data on the drive will be overwritten and it will be difficult and possibly very expensive if you make a mistake identifying which drive is which. As you said the you use two drives from the same brand and the same size, an error is quickly made.

Cloning software often just shows you the name and model number of the connected drives, so with two drives from the same brand and the same size (usually an indicator that the model numbers of both drives match and if these come from the same manufacturing batch the serial numbers are a close match as well) you'd better know the serial number of each before you start the cloning. The port number from each drive can be of help, but there are motherboards that do not have a marking on these ports and when you don't have the (original) documentation that came with the motherboard anymore...selecting the source and destination drive becomes even harder. So if you didn't write all the information of each drive down on paper or know it by heart you will make an error and this whole thing ends up in tears for you.

The selection procedure is so important that cloning software asks you 2 or 3 times if you are sure to continue. As there are no tools to fall back to, you will be glad to have a piece of paper with that info. After starting the procedure, it becomes easy...because you have to wait until it is finished.

Again, if the blabberings from this post and my previous one don't mean anything to you...do yourself a huge favor and let the guy who build your computer do a thing such as cloning for you...or any repair job for that matter.

Reading your other responses in this thread...Do I understand correctly that the hard disk you plan to use as destination in the cloning procedure, is already in use as D:\ partition. That leads me to the assumption the drive is already in use. Using an old drive for cloning is...well...not the smartest thing to do. Even here in Paraguay a new SATA3 1TByte drive from Seagate costs around 50 USD, so in you neck of the woods, those should be available for less. 

99  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Hardware - Disk Drive and/or Fan struggling and testing on: December 08, 2014, 06:45:37 AM
Fan test are simple : when the PC  is active (but hardly doing anything!) simply block the fan you suspect is making the noise for a second. if the noise stops immediately, you have the fan in need of replacement.

Turn the PC off an look how this fan is oriented and wired up (take photos if need be) and unscrew it from it's location, take the fan to a store where you can buy PC parts and ask them to get a similar one (exactly!). Put the replacement fan back (now the photos you took earlier could be of help) and activate your PC to verify it works without noise. When it does, close the case again , turn the PC back on again and pat yourself on the back for the repair job you have completed.

Computers do attract a lot of dust, so it might be a good idea to remove the dust from fans and computer parts.

It could be that the fan inside your power supply is making the noise. If the back of your power supply consist of evenly spaced holes, chances are that you have a model that has the fan on the bottom of the power supply. Get a professional to check and/or replace this fan...or spring for a new power supply. This model is usually more expensive (but worth the money!)

However, if you have a power supply that has a set of holes forming a circle on the back, than you have a model with the fan on the back. When the power supply is active, press on the metal in the center of this circle. If the noise changed or went away, it is likely this fan is giving problems. If you want to replace the fan, get a professional to do this. Usually it is easier to get a replacement as they are relatively cheap (even here in Paraguay this model (500W) costs around 10 USD).

In any case, always check/remember how all connectors are connected before you disconnect any of them. That makes it easier when reconnecting. Well, it isn't hard and most connectors are shaped in such a manner that they fit in one way only, without the use of force. Still, if you are unsure, photos can be of help.

As a general rule, if you want to use force to disconnect/reconnect anything inside a PC, you are doing it wrong!

Cloning a hard disk (bit-for-bit copy) to a different hard disk isn't difficult, but requires attention to detail. First, write down all info (brand, model, serial) of each drive you plan to use for cloning (pen and paper). Identify which is the Source hard disk and make sure you know the info of this drive by heart. The other drive will automatically be the Destination.

Doing a bit-for-bit copy means that any data that exists on the Destination will be overwritten, so back this up first, if you want to keep it!

There exist a lot of software (free/commercial) to clone a hard disk. I'm personally fond of 'Miramay HDClone', 'MiniTool Partition Wizard' and 'Eassos Partition Guru'...in that order. HDClone lets you boot from CD or pendrive, select the Source and Destination and start the cloning. Depending on the size & speeds of the hard disks and the version of HDClone you use (the free one is the slowest) this can take time. Please use the available SATA connectors on your motherboard to connect the hard disks, any other way diminishes the chance of creating a successful clone significantly.

Don't expect free software to be able to clone a bigger Source to a smaller Destination, for example a 2TByte Source (bigger) to a 1.5TByte Destination (smaller). The Source and Destination must at least be the same size or the Destination has to be bigger.

When this operation is finished, turn the PC off (completely), disconnect the Source hard disk (completely) and start your PC again. If the system boots and everything is working like you expect, it is safe to assume the cloning operation was a success. Turn off the PC again, remove the Source and keep it in a safe & dry place, preferably in an anti-static bag. This way you still have a fall-back if after a month of using the clone you are not satisfied with the clone. To be really complete, mark the Source with a label stating its purpose and why + when you took it out as a reference. Just make sure you don't cover any hole on the hard disk.
  
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cloning from 2TB to 4TB on Boot drive ..How? on: November 30, 2014, 06:27:52 AM
When applying 3TByte disks in my computers I always had to use software from Seagate that enabled my computers to make use of storage capacity above 2TByte and always ended up with 2 (GPT) partitions in the process (one of 2TByte and one with the remaining storage space). Happened even on a Asus motherboard that I bought less than a year ago.

There is lots of software to transfer software from one disk to another. The suggestion from 4wd is a good one.

If you have the time the free version of HDClone works very well. Spend money to unlock speed and a boatload of options. Runs from optical medium or pen drive.
MiniTool Partition Wizard also comes in free/commercial versions, also very reliable.
Eassos Partition Guru, again free/commercial, which works nice for cloning/converting partitions.

Those 3 pieces of software I know and trust, but there are still a lot of others: EaseUs and Paragorn are also well known and have free versions for you to try.
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