When attempting a clone of one drive to another, the program being used did not like the ATAPI bridge that I was using, in actual fact claiming that it didn’t like any ATAPI bridge.

So, when I saw somebody recommend NTI Echo 3, I thought that I would give it a go. The software was downloaded, paid for and installed, and it duly started with no issues. I closed it down, not wanting to do the clone at that time, and all appeared well.

Between then and now, I have upgraded Windows 8 to 8.1 and, after having done so, found no obvious incompatibilities with stuff I ran daily. So the day comes to use NTI Echo and a double click did nothing.

NTI support assured me that it had been tested with Windows 8 and a clean installation of Windows 8.1 and found to have no problems. NTI must test during the night because I was quick to install 8.1 as soon as it was released, and equally quick to want to clone my primary drive.

After a variety of suggestions from NTI, I clean booted Windows 8.1, Echo appeared to start ok, but closed with the error..

“The instruction at "0x00c6bade" referenced at memory "0x00000000". etc etc

Needless to say, NTI Echo 3 is still not working..

I assured NTI support that the only change to the system was the upgrade to Windows 8.1, but it is insisted that I have a program running in the background which is upsetting Echo 3. That’s as maybe, but what I have running I want running, and if that means that Echo 3 won’t run, so be it. I used Aomei partition manager to clone the drive in the end, without issues, without having problems with single user activations, a nice clean process..

My advice re NTI Echo 3.

  1. If you want a utility which you can use on multiple machines if the need to clone a boot drive is required, forget Echo 3 because NTI don’t want or allow you to do that.
  2. Approach it with caution if you are presently running Windows 8 and intend to upgrade to Windows 8.1 in the near future. You may have better luck than I did, but don’t count on it.
  3. There are free utilities which do the job, and which can be installed on as many computers in your home as you have, and the utility should work, even via ATAPI bridges. Aomei is a good choice.

As NTI Echo is still activated on this machine, I will wait awhile until a newer version of the utility appears, download it and see what happens. In the meantime, I would like to hear from others who have experience with NTI Echo 3..