exact copy of HDD

SiemensTScaleo T
October 26, 2008 at 08:24:57
Specs: win xp sp3, amd/64 2G

I have had 3 breake-downs on my comp (one on the mobo and two on the hdd. so I want to make a copy of my 2 hdd's (2x 160 G)on seperate hdd (500G) in order to be able to restore all what was on them.
did anyone know of a pgm. that will be able to do the job.

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October 26, 2008 at 08:48:25

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October 26, 2008 at 08:53:25

Acronis true image can make images of the disks. newegg.com is a good source to buy Acronis true image.


It appears that Acronis has recently released true image 2009, which superseeds trueimage 11. The link below has PDF files that show the differences in the programs. On difference I noticed is that 2009 no longer supports Win2000. There may be other differences. The cost thru Acronis is more than buying 11 at newegg.

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October 26, 2008 at 11:08:08

check your HDD manufacturer cd or website for thier tools. Seagate uses a program by Acronis to transfer and copy to new hdds. I believe it will work if you only have one of thier drives in your system, HTH

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October 26, 2008 at 11:40:07


The imaging software you refer to will not make a copy of TWO drives on one partition. Those utilities are designed to simply transfer all data to a new drive and make changes to the partition information. Specifically they make the new drive as active.

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October 26, 2008 at 12:05:27

Take a look at XXClone. It's a freeware app that might do what you want. You have the space but I don't remember if two clones will go into one partition??
Maybe by partitioning your destination into two 250GB partitions it would work if it won't work putting both clones into one?
It's free...... Google will find it!

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October 26, 2008 at 12:22:26

Look into Acronis true image. It can perform incremental or full backup or restore.

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October 26, 2008 at 14:11:07

If you choose to try something other than Ghost or Acronis, beware! Make sure that the one you choose supplies you with bootable media that can do the restore.

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October 26, 2008 at 14:18:58

Ghost for unix (g4u) works well enough, free.

Any linux/solaris/bsd distro would use dd or cat.

Many people use partimage.

It might be easy to use Ntbackup too.

Could get Ghost or Acronis.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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October 26, 2008 at 14:55:11

Another vote for XXClone

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October 26, 2008 at 15:09:21

Whatever program you end up using be sure to verify the backup/image will boot and run. Ghost has a verification process. I am thinking other may too.

Remember, free isn't much good if you can't restore with the image.

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