What is the Best Way to Clone a Hard Drive?

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One of our Lockergnome users recently asked the community what the best method of cloning a hard drive is. For a Mac, you can use Carbon Copy Cloner, which is free and simple. You already know that performing regular backups can save you from disaster. Using CCC gives you a peace of mind that is priceless. In addition to general backup, CCC can also clone one volume to another, copying every file to create an exact replica of your source volume.

Since I’m not familiar with Windows alternatives, I chose to check out one of the coolest sites I’ve found: AlternativeTo.net. There are seemingly thousands of programs there which will do the same type of thing within Windows that CCC can do within Mac OS X.

As with anything, do your research before choosing a cloning software. Do a simple Google search of the name plus the word reviews. Read what others have to say about the program’s performance and pick something that not only best fits your needs but also has fantastic reviews by people who have actually used it.

3 thoughts on “What is the Best Way to Clone a Hard Drive?”

  1. Free sync is a good program for backing up your files and to clone a computer is clonezilla, the programs that i listed here are free and opensource programs that can be found on sourceforge.net free to download.

  2. Mount the 2 hard disks into a VirtualBox VM and boot your Linux live CD of choice. Debian’s live CD is small and fast to boot. dd (or dcfldd) can then be used to do a byte for byte copy with great speed, little fuss and no expense. It will also copy from a failing hard disk.

  3. Look at the Live CD Clonezilla for tools in disk cloning.

    Want to format a large disk in FAT32 and windows will not let you, it olny allows NTFS, use a Linux Live CD to do the job.

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