Solved:Acronis True Image WD Edition Will Not Clone

Posted by @Ivy

January 29, 2019

In this article, I will tell you why Acronis True Image WD edition will not clone and how to solve it. Also, I will offer you a free disk cloning software AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Why Will Acronis True Image WD edition not clone?

Here are some issues related to Acronis True Image WD edition you may encounter.

1. Acronis True Image WD edition fails to clone hard drive when the system indicates a reboot required. When you try to clone a hard drive with it, computer restart is required. However, your computer may not reboot.

Explain: you enable the secure boot in BIOS. And the secure boot does not allow this boot path as part of the cloning process. It's a security measure built into a system's BIOS, which is used to prevent untrustworthy firmware from running.

2. Acronis True Image WD edition does not recognize a Western Digital drive. Acronis currently does not support drives formatted in exFAT, which is used as a target on Windows computers. And most of the modern digital drive is formatted with exFAT. Thus, Acronis True Image WD edition still does not recognize the drive with the exFAT file system.

Explain: the most probable cause is that the drive does not have a valid MBR or a third party software is blocking the access to hard disk drives.

How to solve Acronis True Image WD edition not working?

  • About Acronis computer restart is required:

You can disable Secure Boot in BIOS before you start to clone hard drive. After you clone, you can choose to enable it again.

  • About the disk not detected by Acronis:

Sometimes, you can see your disk showing normally in Disk Management. But, it cannot be detected by a third-party tool like Acronis. This situation may be caused by an invalid MBR. Also, the software you use may not support this type of disk.

To fix the problem, you can clean the disk and initialize it. Please note that this operation will erase the disk. Back up important files in advance. 

Step 1. Type cmd in the search box, then run as administrator. 

Step 2. Type diskpart.

Step 3. Type list disk.

Step 4. Type select disk n (n is the number of your disk).

Step 5. Type clean.


Step 6. Press Win + R to summon the Run window, then type diskmgmt.msc

Step 7. Right-click the disk marked as Unknown, then select Initialize Disk.

Aside from that, you still can directly format exFAT to FAT32 or NTFS using a third-party tool. It still can solve the problem the disk not detected.

Alternative to Acronis True Image WD edition

When you use Acronis True Image WD edition to clone disk, you will find Acronis True Image WD edition will not clone. During the process of disk cloning, your computer needs to reboot. If your computer does not reboot, Acronis will not clone. And if you use a hard drive formatted with exFAT as target drive, Acronis also will not clone.

To fix it, you can try above methods. Aside from that, you can try a different disk cloning software. I recommend you free AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Disk cloning freeware

Free disk cloning software AOMEI Backupper can help you clone disk easily and quickly, even cloning a failing disk. It does not require a reboot when you clone the disk. And it supports various file system, including NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, etc. you can use hard drive with these file system as the source disk as well as the destination disk.

It supports Windows 10/8/7. If you use a server-based computer, you can try AOMEI Backupper Server edition.

Detailed steps to clone disk in Windows 7/8/10

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it.

Step 2. Click Disk Clone under the Clone tab.

Disk Clone

Step 3. Select the source disk.

Select Source Disk

Step 4. Select the destination disk. You can select destination disk with exFAT, FAT32, NTFS, etc.

Select exfat Destination Disk

Step 5. Preview the Operation Summary. Check the option "Align partition to optimize for SSD" if you're cloning to an SSD. 

Preview Operation Summary

Step 6. Edit the partition size of destination disk by clicking "Edit partitions on the destination disk". (optional)

Note: In general, there will be an extra unallocated space if your source disk is smaller than the destination disk. Thus, if you want to make full use of the disk space, you can click Edit partitions on the destination disk and choose a way you like.

Step 7. Click Start Clone and wait for it completes. Replace the hard drive with cloned disk or change boot order in BIOS to boot from the new drive. 


When you use Acronis True Image WD edition to clone hard drive, you may find Acronis True Image WD edition will not clone.

As mention above, there are two issues may result in this problem, including computer restart is required, the target drive with an exFAT file system. For the first problem, you can try to disable Secure Boot in BIOS. For the second problem, you can try to initialize the disk or format exFAT to FAT32 or NTFS with a third-party tool.

Aside from those methods, you can try a free disk clone software AOMEI Backupper Standard. It makes everything easier. You do not need to restart your computer when you clone a hard drive. Also, you can directly clone disk to exFAT disk without initializing or converting. If you do not want to clone the entire disk, you can choose to clone only system partition or a specified partition.