How can I clone my hard disk – with and without software?

sarang bakale October 30, 2011
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I’m looking to clone a hard disk and I would like to know how, preferably with and without software. Any advice?

  1. Oron
    May 7, 2012 at 10:25 am

    As others have suggested, Clonezilla (free) or Acronis (costs money). Other good cloning programs are Paragon Backup & Recovery 2012 Free from and DriveImage XML (both free).

    For drives with data only (I assume this is what you meant by "without software"), you could just copy the files across. However, bear in mind that certain types of data are tracked by the system and this would break the tracking. For example, Windows knows where "My Documents" even if you move it to another drive, but it recognises it by a special number, not by name, so simply copying it to another drive would mean that Windows will not be able to find it.

  2. Venkat M
    May 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    why my PSD folders showing black color in acd see softwre how can i solve it?

  3. venkat.m
    May 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    why my PSD Files are looking black in acd see software? files are opening but folders are shoing in black how can i solve my problem?

  4. Anonymous
    October 31, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Acronis true image

    if you have western digital hard drive then there is a free acronis version

    check your hard drive manufacturer possibly they offer another tool.

    October 31, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Hello, you could try clonezilla.  Go to the following link and go to the Backup section.  There is a link for Clonezilla there:


    How to use Clonezilla:

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