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Hard Disk Cloning Software

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#1 8-bit


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Posted 16 August 2009 - 05:37 PM

Ive got hold of a copy of Nortons Ghost software but I am now debating whether I should actually ever use it. If I clone a drive does it also clone a drive's messy, unfragged layout?
Isnt just better to back up your most important files regularly in case of a drive failure?

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 11:34 PM

If you clone a drive, it will make an exact duplicate of the drive being cloned.
If the drive being cloned is messy, and fragmented, the clone will be messy, and fragmented.

Cloning is best used on a fresh install.
I clone my primary drive (C:) after a fresh install of the operating system, and then again, after I install, and set up all of my programs.

In my opinion, you should back up your personal files to CD, DVD, flash drive, or an external drive, at least once a week.
I back up my personal files to an external drive, using Cobian Backup.

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