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#1 gpencook

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 12:19 PM

I have a computer that the hard drive is failing on.. It still boots and all.. But it could go at anytime. Does anyone know of a decent program that will clone the drive over to a say a slave drive or make a image to a dvd(s)?

 

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#2 R0D3R1CK

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 01:40 PM

Hi gpencook

Macrium Reflect is commonly recommended and has worked well for me, but I only use it for backups and backup restoration.
Regardless, the free edition allows for both disk cloning and disk imaging.
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

Hope this helps!
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Posted 23 September 2013 - 06:17 AM

I also use Macrium...but be aware that any effort to clone a hard drive with unknown problems/damage...may result in unsatisfactory results, IME.  The status of the drive may prevent obtaining a decent backup or clone at this point.

 

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 09:17 AM

I've used EaseUS Disk Copy without issues. It's very user friendly, however if you clone to a larger hard drive you will need Partition Magic (or similar program) to expand the drive to fill the extra space. Or you could just create an extended partition.



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 11:24 AM

I've used EaseUS Disk Copy without issues. It's very user friendly, however if you clone to a larger hard drive you will need Partition Magic (or similar program) to expand the drive to fill the extra space. Or you could just create an extended partition.

 

Easeus also has a program, Partition Master, that is superior to Partition Magic.  Partition Magic hasn't been updated in years and it's developer (Powerquest) has been eliminated by Symantec, who merged parts of the Powerquest products into its own products. 

 

Wikipedia On Partition Magic

 

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 03:01 PM

Thanks Louis. It is Partition Master. I'm always getting the name wrong. :thumbup2:

 

 

I used Partition Magic in college and the name has stuck with me ever since.






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