Topic: Can't copy a Windows boot partition
I used GParted 1.3.0 to copy my Windows boot drive partition, from an SSD onto a partition of exactly the same size on a standard hard drive. That was to back up my Windows partition.
Now I'm trying to use GParted 1.3.1 to do the same thing--to back up my Windows drive by copying it onto the backup partition. But GParted won't let me. The "paste" option is grayed out when I try to, even though the partitions are the same length in bytes, have the same format, and the same flags; and I've already done this same copy before with GParted 1.3.0.
Is this a bug, or a feature?
One idea I had is that perhaps GParted won't let me do this because when I copied the partition the first time, it copied the UUID, so both partitions have the same UUID. Perhaps GParted compares the target UUID to the source UUID as a way of checking whether you're trying to copy a partition to itself.
I could test this by changing the UUID on the backup, and then trying to copy; but I don't want to, because then my backup wouldn't be a functional backup anymore, as the Windows activation is tied to the UUID.