How can I clone a hard disk?

Pat October 7, 2010
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Can we clone the hard disk. So that the cloned hard disk will be same as original? If so, how can we do it?

  1. Antony
    February 16, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I recommend easeus todo backup home edition which has clone disk and partition function and other powerful features.
    http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm

  2. Antony
    February 16, 2011 at 5:53 am

    yes ,u can. After clone with good clone software, you can get a new disk which is same as the original and can use the new disk. Here i want to recommend easeus todo backup home which is free for home users. Pls remember it's better to have a bigger disk than old disk to clone. You can resize the partition after clone.
    Many more detailed info,pls to here:
    http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm

  3. Aibek
    October 10, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    This has been asked in the past, check out answers to the following two questions:

    - Can you give me advice for cloning my hard drive?
    http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/give-advice-cloning-hard-drive/

    - How can I copy my hard drive?
    http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/copy-hard-drive/

    Plus, a couple of MakeUseOf articles

    - Clonezilla – Free Advanced Hard Drive Cloning Software
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/free-advanced-hard-drive-cloning-solution-from-clonezilla/

    - 5 Ways To Clone & Copy Your Hard Drive
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-ways-to-clone-and-copy-your-hard-drive/

  4. Josh Fox
    October 9, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I usually use Clonezilla ( http://clonezilla.org/ ) for stuff like that, including creating restore disks when I build custom computers for someone. I also really like Paragon Partition Manager ( http://www.partition-manager.com/ ). It has a really nice interface and is easy to use. If you want something that's really small and lightweight, Norton Ghost ( http://us.norton.com/ghost/ )has been around for a long time.

    Paragon Partition Manager and Norton Ghost are not free, but they are among the easiest to use. Paragon includes a live version of the partition manager with the program. You can burn the ISO and have much better control over the drive(s) with it.

  5. Anonymous
    October 8, 2010 at 10:58 am

    HiBefore doing this, insure that you cleaned your windows.There are some soft that do thatDriveImage: Freeware and still feature rich disk backup and recovery software, it even lets you schedule the disc backup tasks. The disk images can be created while the drive is in use. Similarly, the images can be restored without requiring to reboot the system. The program will backup, image and restore drives formatted with FAT 12, 16, 32 and NTFS. You can also initiate the imaging process from the command line.http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htmHD Clone: The HDClone Free Edition supports IDE/ATA/SATA hard disks and is intended for home users. There are no limitations except on the data copy limit which is restricted to 300 MB per minute. Besides copying complete drives, it is also possible to apply it to certain partitions only. http://www.miray.de/products/sat.hdclone.html#freeIf you have a western digital hard drive then you can use Acronis True image WD editionhttp://support.wdc.com/product/downloaddetail.asp?swid=119 Paragon's Drive Backup Express http://www.paragon-software.com/fr/home/db-express/CloneZilla:CloneZilla is not a software you install on your computer. Download CloneZilla in form of an ISO image or ZIP file and burn the image to a CD or load the files onto a USB flash drive or hard drive. Next to reboot the computer from that medium you created, which may require going into the BIOS and allow booting from a CD or USB device. Once the tool is running, it's simple to use the simple interface to initiate or restore a backup. http://clonezilla.org/XXClonecan create a self-bootable clone of a Windows drive as well as full backups of non-system volumes. Basically, it can make a hard drive image. When it comes to the interface, we will say it is basic and clear. When started, the tool scans for available volumes and you can then choose a source and target volume from these. A direct link is provided through the "diskmgmt" button. Under the Tool Cools tab you can make use of options such as making the target volume self-bootable. You also can manage restore points or create a batch file to save current settings for future re-use.http://www.xxclone.com/
    •In the available free version, you are able to choose the source as well as the target volumes, but only have single option for cloning. The remaining options are for the Pro version, but they are not required.
    Procedure:

    1.Initially, you have to click on the Start button in order to begin copying.

    2.You are also able to configure some setting on the available Advanced Settings tab.

    3.In this you are bale to choose an alternative wallpaper for the target desktop.

    4.You can also use HyperSync for faster and quicker backups.

    5.Then shutdown the computer after backup.

    6.Or you are also able to create a log/debug file.

    7Below Cool Tools menu, there are some essential options, such as making the target volume bootable, duplicating the Volume ID from source to target, testing the target, making a quick boot disk, etc.

    8The option make Bootable option makes you able to set the target volume in a self-bootable mode. Also that if the source drive fails to do so, then the only way you can perform it is to have a quick boot disk, so always be sure to make change in one of those first.