Cloning a harddrive


Today I will talk a little about Clonezilla, a software I’ve recenlty used to clone a harddrive with multiple bad sectors.
Backing up the data is one of those things in life that you hope you never have to do but sometimes disaster strikes and then is too late.

According to wWikipedia disk cloning is the process of copying the contents of one computer hard disk to another disk or to an “image” file. This may be done straight from one disk to another, but more often, the contents of the first disk are written to an image file as an intermediate step, then the second disk is loaded with the contents of the image. Typically, this is done for archiving purposes, to restore lost or damaged data, or to move wanted data into a new disk, though other reasons also exist.

Cloning is usually not dificult if the drive is error free.
Most users are probably familiar with the popular cloning software

  • Norton Ghost
  • Acronis True Image

The problem with these kind of software packages is that they fail very often if the drive has multiple bad sector, or even entirely damaged partitions like it was in my case.
Another impediment is that none of the abouve are free to use.

EASEUS Disk Copy is another tool that creates sector by sector clones of partitions or hard disks, independent of operating system but in my case it also failed.

If you are familliar with Ultimate Boot CD you already know about

  • CopyWipe 1.14 Freeware
  • EaseUs Disk Copy 2.3.1 Freeware
  • g4u 2.4 BSD
  • HDClone (Free Edition) 4.0.6 Freeware
  • partimage 0.6.9 GPL Included in Parted Magic.
  • Partition Saving 3.90 Freeware
  • PC INSPECTOR clone-maxx

Although HDClone is a tool I am very satisfied about – it creates physical or logical copies (clones) and file images of hard disks and other mass storage media – it also failed in my case.

Clonezilla my dear friens is probably the most efective tool in cloning (in my oppinion). It trully works there untill it clones all your drive. It does however thakes its time (in my case it took more then 2 houres to clone a 160GB drive ) but this also depends on the number of bad sectors you have. But what is impostant in situations like this is that id does the job. Of course, after that, you may have to run a chkdsk command, and after that a windows repair, but you will have an identical harddrive with minimal data loss

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~ by chitzibush on 16/06/2012.

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