cloning a hard drive, including partitions

November 13, 2012 at 09:20:21
Specs: Windows xp, P4- 2.8 ghz 1 gb
I would like to find a software, preferably free, that will clone my entire hard drive, including all of the partitions, so that when I want to re-enstate that file, it can take a raw hard drive and create the appropriate partitions and put the data on as necessary.

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November 13, 2012 at 09:53:14
For a free one, many people use this:

You will need to buy a second hard drive to clone your system drive to. Then put the new hard drive somewhere safe until your existing one fails or develops some major problem.

When that happens, remove the drive and put the cloned hard drive in it's place.

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November 13, 2012 at 10:23:15
The HDD manufacturer offers free cloning software. You didn't list any drive info so we can't tell you which one to get.

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November 13, 2012 at 10:43:51
thank you for the responses.

I don't want to be tied down to a software that is specific to the brand of hard drive that I am using... thank you though

also, I am wondering even if it is possible to do what I want to do...
if I have a hard drive with three partitions on it, (one single hard drive disk) with three partitions, let's say, one with the OS, one with data and one with recovery files.

I want this cloning software to be able to create three identical partitions on a new hard drive and copy the OS, the data and the recovery files to the partitions on the new hard drive.

maybe that is not even possible.

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November 13, 2012 at 12:42:34
Of course its possible.

You would not clone the partitions though cloning software does do that.

You would clone the entire drive which includes the partitions.

You would need a drive that was the same size or larger.

Might want to read one of the many cloning guides on the internet so you understand how all this works.

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