Drive Cloning Software (Revisited)

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Drive Cloning Software (Revisited)

Postby Skippman » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:45 am

Hey gang!

I need some help here. I need to Ghost/Clone a hard drive in my moms PC. It's currently on a 40G IDE drive and I'm going to move it to one of my spare 600GB IDE drives. It's running XP and is about an 8 year old Sony. I don't think I'd find the drivers again if I had to resinstall everything as the original backup partition was deleted some time ago.

That leads me to wanting to clone the drive. I've been looking at things like PING and Clonezilla but they all seem to be geared towards either making images or doing multicast images across a LAN. All I want to do is clone one IDE HD in a machine to another.

Do any of you know of a freeware program to do this as I'd like to stay legal and no longer have access to Ghost or Partition Magic. I've seen a previous thread on this topic but it's a year old and I'm hoping theres some newer information available.

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Re: Drive Cloning Software (Revisited)

Postby DragonFury » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:02 pm

acronis is a utility that most use these days
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Re: Drive Cloning Software (Revisited)

Postby kenc51 » Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:46 am

I use Clonzilla, I have it on an old SD card and boot from that.
I save my images to a NAS on the network.
I don't keep many files on my main laptop, keeping most on the NAS so backups contain just the OS and installed apps.
Once every ~3mths I create a new image. The image size for me is ~6GB as I use compression.

You don't need to use Clonzilla as a server, there's the client version too.

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Re: Drive Cloning Software (Revisited)

Postby Skippman » Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:09 am

kenc51 wrote:I use Clonzilla, I have it on an old SD card and boot from that.
I save my images to a NAS on the network.
I don't keep many files on my main laptop, keeping most on the NAS so backups contain just the OS and installed apps.
Once every ~3mths I create a new image. The image size for me is ~6GB as I use compression.

You don't need to use Clonzilla as a server, there's the client version too.


So CloneZilla can be used to clone drive to drive in the same machine without first writing an image?

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Re: Drive Cloning Software (Revisited)

Postby kenc51 » Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:09 pm

Skippman wrote:
kenc51 wrote:I use Clonzilla, I have it on an old SD card and boot from that.
I save my images to a NAS on the network.
[snip]
You don't need to use Clonzilla as a server, there's the client version too.


So CloneZilla can be used to clone drive to drive in the same machine without first writing an image?


Ahh, I don't think so. I can't remember if it has that option. If I remember, I'll check later for you.

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Re: Drive Cloning Software (Revisited)

Postby egloeckle » Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:49 pm

http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

I have used it very successfully at several customers. I have even managed to image an old NT4 drive and restore the image to a much larger drive on another machine due to the original PC being extremely corroded (yay chemicals!). It can be used to do a disk to disk clone, or to create an image to restore later.

The paid versions also have a ton more features, though for what you are asking this should do exactly what you need very easily.

Oh, and the software is just install and run. I have always pulled the drive and imaged them on a separate machine though so I am not sure how it works cloning the current active drive (that is an advertised feature, I just have never used that personally).

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Re: Drive Cloning Software (Revisited)

Postby doghucat » Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:43 pm

I use Acronis True Image Western Digital a bunch of times and works great its free.
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Re: Drive Cloning Software (Revisited)

Postby yurchie » Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:18 am

Acronis or Macrium would be my suggestions.


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