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Open Source Clone HDD

Discussion in 'Software' started by TobletDanillio, 19 Jan 2012.

  1. TobletDanillio

    TobletDanillio Minimodder

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    I want to clone my HDD for back-up

    Where I work we use "Ghost" to image up our PCs but I don't want to buy it and I want something that is free to clone drives.

    I know that there is "Clonezilla" and this can be used to clone to network drive, dvd and usb drives but is there a better option?
     
  2. saspro

    saspro IT monkey

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    Clonezilla does a good job providing the destination drive is the same size or larger than the original.

    Any specific features that you need?
     
  3. Fraze

    Fraze Minimodder

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    Bear in mind that if you are using win7, you'll probably have to run the repair from the win7 cd to use the clone drive if anything goes wrong.

    I clone my drives using a bootable Ghost CD and the installer has to re-write the boot volumes when you try to use the image on the backup drive.
     
  4. TobletDanillio

    TobletDanillio Minimodder

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    I have a 1Tb atm but this is just a back up if my drive fails or whatever.
    Also I'm planing to getting a SSD some time this year hoping this can be copied over


    I have win 7.

    I use Ghost v8 from a USB every day at work never had to use a repair tool with win XP, XPE and 7 so I'm not to sure what yours trying to get at sorry
     
  5. murraynt

    murraynt Modder

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    Drive xml is good, and it's free.
     
  6. azrael-

    azrael- I'm special...

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    I'd probably use a trial version of Acronis TrueImage, if I didn't own it. :)
     
  7. Fraze

    Fraze Minimodder

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    That's ok, the newer versions of ghost probably copy the boot sectors of the drives better - i'm using an old (ancient) version of ghost which is why i probably have to rewrite the boot sectors on win7 via the repair tool - never had the same issue with XP tho.
     
  8. TobletDanillio

    TobletDanillio Minimodder

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    do you Sysprep windows?
    in vista and 7;
    c:\windows\system32\sysprep
    run sysprep.exe
    this will make your pc "new"(as if you just installed windows) but saving all drivers and programs installed. this could save you having to use repair tool
     

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