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Disk Cloning Software That Does Not Lock Source Drive


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#1 mikeloeven

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:15 PM

I am looking for disk cloning software that can be run within the windows environment and does not dismount or lock the source drive leaving it accessible to the system during the backup operation something that relies on the Shadow Copy service to backup locked or in use files.

 

I have a large media drive that I want to back up on a regular basis. I prefer a direct drive to drive backup and am not interested in software that generates image files as in the event of a drive failure I want to just swap in one of the backups without having to unpack and restore the whole image. My main problem is backing up a 4TB drive takes a long time and I do not want the source drive to be dismounted and locked during the cloning to avoid hours of downtime. Is there a good cloning program that fits these requirements?



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Posted 30 April 2018 - 11:47 PM

As a technician, I'd think that the two requirements are mutually exclusive. A clone is an exact copy of an entire drive, you can't do that with a drive that can change part way through.
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Posted 01 May 2018 - 10:34 AM

As a technician, I'd think that the two requirements are mutually exclusive. A clone is an exact copy of an entire drive, you can't do that with a drive that can change part way through.

 

That was my thought as well.  You can't clone a moving target, particularly if the part "that moved" has already been saved on to the target drive.

 

If this were possible, you'd often end up with and endless loop situation where once a change was detected (by some unknown method) you'd have to start again and again and again and again . . .


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