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How to Clone my hard drive?

  1. Apr 30, 2012 #1
    Hi everyone,

    i'm new here.
    i want to know how to clone the hard drive of computer.
    which software is the best? i heard about norton ghost but is an alternatives?
    And is it possible to find a step by step procedure to do this.

    Than you very much
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  3. Apr 30, 2012 #2


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    there are various forms of ghost software. Do an internet search for reviews.
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  5. Apr 30, 2012 #4
    Thank you.
    in fact i have a computer which is running 24h and creates files every 2 hours, it's runnin with windows xp.

    the goal for me is to duplicate the hard drive C: with the windows xp completely.
    In the future, i want to replace the old hard drive by the new.

    do i need the windows xp serial numbers etc....

    What can i do with just an image of a hard drive?

    Thank you
  6. May 3, 2012 #5
    I'd use a knoppix live cd (linux) and use the dd program to make an image of your hard drive.
    you can google the specific steps but basically you boot using the live cd, use fdisk to find out information about your hard drives and partitions and then use the dd program to make an image of a specific partition or the drive itself
  7. May 3, 2012 #6


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    I use this:


    to clone 2.5" and 3.5" drives (extra cabling and power supply needed for 3.5"). It solves a problem I had using Ghost where I had identical drives and cloned the wrong direction (user error), thus wiping out everything I'd done since the previous clone operation. With Apricorn, the drive attached to the cable is identified as 'SATAWIRE' which makes it much more difficult (but not impossible) to clone the wrong direction. Downside is that cloning a large capacity drive can take a while via USB.
  8. May 17, 2012 #7


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    The big problem with cloning is getting a clean registry file - which windows aggressively defends from copying. Apricorn is very good, but, there are other options.
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