I posted this in another thread, and wanted to share it on this thread. I seems that a Paragon
clone requires that the original be replaced with the clone as does an Acronis
clone. But a Macrium Reflect clone can be booted without any hardware changes.
"I have done a lot more research on clones. It seems that Acronis
requires that the clone be installed in place of the original if you want to boot it as a test. And Acronis boots to a Linux system to do the clone. Reason is to prevent Windows from making a change while the clone process is underway.
Macrium Reflect 5.0 takes a "snapshot" of the original and makes the clone from the snapshot. Windows continues to run. I cloned my "C" boot drive to a second HDD "G". Then I changed the HDD boot order in the BIOS to boot the "G" HDD. The "G" drive booted. Windows Disk Manager showed "C" drive still there but the drive was no longer marked as "System" or "Boot". The original "G" clone was marked "System" and "Boot" and drive letters assigned as "H" for System Reserved and "D" as the Windows partition. And when I changed the boot back to the "C" drive, "C" booted and all drive letters and "System" and "Boot" marks were changed back to original values.
PERFECT!! Just what I want. An exact clone of my system disk that I can boot to test, without having to remove and replace any hardware.
Thanks for all of the insight and help, Jim"
And thanks to people in this thread who have offered insight and help, Jim