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good portable drive cloner?


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#1 mystic12

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 08:37 PM

Is there a good external hard drive cloner one can use to copy a drive which is inside a pc? Meaning you don't need to physically remove the p or laptop's hard drive to clone it? I am guessing this would need to be a USB option?



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 06:19 PM

Cloning an external hard drive...to what?  Another external...an internal drive?

 

The software is the same for internal/external, cloning to or from.

 

Out of curiosity...why do you wish to clone an external drive?  Is it working?

 

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 06:51 PM

I am seeking a hardware option to plug into a working pc via USB to clone the working drive.



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 10:47 PM

I am seeking a hardware option to plug into a working pc via USB to clone the working drive.


I am not aware of any hardware only option.

You can do it with an external USB hard drive and a piece of cloning software that is on a bootable optical disc. For example, I use Acronis TrueImage for my cloning purposes. While I can actually install the program, I actually tend to just use the bootable optical disc and then clone using that. That is mainly because I don't use the other features of TrueImage, except for the Disk Wipe function at times...I only really use it to clone drives.

Anyways, with that route, you boot to the optical disk with the external drive connected and use the cloning program.

Edited by smax013, 13 August 2013 - 10:47 PM.





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