In order to clone an AC30, you must insert an SD card and create a .cln file from it. To do so, there is a menu that can be accessed on the keypad that has a simple procedure for saving-to or loading-from a .cln file. Press the Select button on the top-most keypad menu and navigate to the "Clone" Menu. It will normally be under "Setup"--> "Clone", but the menu breakdown to get there may differ depending on your firmware and view level of the drive.
If you run into issues loading the clone file into a new AC30:
- Your setting should be "Load From File"
- Ensure the .cln file is on the top-most level of the SD card and not embedded within any files. It will not read the file if embedded into a file tree.
- If "Clone Start" is found to be TRUE, toggle it to FALSE and then back to TRUE. This parameter will not automatically change back to FALSE if you have just recently cloned a configuration to an SD card; you must reinitialize the cloning process if you want to load a separate named file onto the same drive. (As in, when you save a configuration as "CLONE1", and then change the process to load a different file named "CLONE2" present on the same SD Card)
- The file's .cln extension in the name of the file is not required; however it has been observed that toggling the "Clone Start" parameter to TRUE continues to yield a FILE NOT OPENED in the clone status. If this occurs, include the .cln portion in the file name ("clone.cln" instead of "clone"). This should force the file to open and has been observed to rectify the "file not opened" issue if all other conditions are met.
- This may be necessary if you have been moving the file across multiple computers before saving it to the SD card.
- This may be necessary if an AC30 recently underwent a factory reset.
If you're still running into issues, under the "SD Card" submenu on the keypad (normally under "Device Manager" -> "SD Card") you can view the Card status. If this is blank, there is either no SD card present or it does not properly read the card you have. Find another SD card and load the file onto that card. This will fix the issue as you may have a bad SD card, or point the issue back to the drive. It is not uncommon for SD cards to not read properly depending on make and model.