Best software for cloning HDD

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by kingsam, Jan 20, 2005.

  1. kingsam

    kingsam OSNN Addict

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    Can anyone recommend any software,freeware if poss or pay,to copy all my HDD data to another one which will be a backup,my backup hdd is a usb2.On my existing hdd,i have 5 partitions 1 of which is XP PRO.Many thanks
     
  2. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    You can try and use the Windows File transfer Wizard on the Windows CD. or if it's just data files (ie not system files) then why not just drag n drop on to the backup drive?
     
  3. vern

    vern Dominus Political User Folding Team

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    If you mean "cloning" instead of just copying ... Norton Ghost does the job.
     
  4. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Yep, Norton Ghost too as vern has mentioned. One thing though, not sure if it allows for alternation to partition size after the clone because it clones the partition and keep a record of its size.
     
  5. Johnny

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    Acronis True Image, nothing beats it ..
     
  6. Weasel

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    g4u! Free, uses NetBSD, makes an image of the hard drive, throws it on a ftp, then you can do whatever you want from there. Hard disk cloning made free and easy.
     
  7. NetRyder

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    I already have Drive Image 2002 and it's worked well for me in the past, but if I were to buy something again, it would be Acronis True Image, simply because it supports more partition formats.
    If you're just going to use it with FAT32/NTFS, you can't go wrong with any of them - Norton Ghost, Drive Image or True Image.
     
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    napalmnthemorning Moderator

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    I would agree that Acronis True Image is excellent but my preference is Partition Magic 8.
     
  9. Johnny

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    Partition Tragic isn't a cloning program ..
     
  10. toretto

    toretto Mentally Absent

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    I use norton ghost, as far as putting the cloned image onto a bigger drive? it does fine, any left over space on the new drive is turned into free space.
     
  11. Shamus MacNoob

    Shamus MacNoob Moderator Political User

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    Yes you can easily copy a partition to another drive with it.
     
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  13. Johnny

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    That is something I never knew it could do. Thanx for the info :)
     
  14. kingsam

    kingsam OSNN Addict

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    Hi thanks guys,i decided to give Acronis True Image a try and it works a treat,copyed my hdd over to another for use as a back up,plugged the new hdd in and tryed it,and its a exact copy.Would definitely reccomend for backups etc,easy to use as well.Cheers guys again,it saves me having to install os etc,when the pc goes crashing or when ive messed something up.Thanks all