Hi, i suspect my fan had stopped working on my laptop so am trying to clone my hard drive to an external hard drive but Acronis keeps telling me that 'The destination drive you have chosen contains some partitions that might have useful data. The operation is possible only if the destination is empty. In order to proceed with the operation, you should either allow Acronis True Image home to delete all the partitions on the destination hard drive or click back and choose another destination drive'. Does my external hard drive really have to be empty to clone my hard drive please?
You don't need to make a "clone" of your original drive. This is normally only done when you need to replace a failing drive or to install a larger drive. With an external drive, you should create an Acronis "image" of your laptop's drive and that will leave the external drive's existing partition structure, folders and files intact. The "image" file can still be restored to a new/different hard drive should the need arise.
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