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HDClone Free

#1 Post by dot » Mon Sep 17, 2007 7:29 am

HDClone Free

Standalone tool from here, where they got more of those, for the geeks to check out.

HDClone Free lets you migrate easily from your HDD to a larger HDD (the usual scenario), and it is doing that on a physical level, thus avoiding errors and being fast. The different commercial versions (Basic, Standard, Professional, Enterprise) got faster speeds, up to 1 GB/s and also let you migrate to a smaller HDD. Description of the different versions here.

You simply create a boot floppy or a boot CD. The little "install.exe" is no installation file but just a tool to help you create the boot medium. If your CD Drive does not get recognized by install.exe (as in my case), you can create manually a boot CD from the hddclone.iso file.

The program seems to behave a bit fuzzy with different computers. I still haven't managed to make it run here properly, as keyboard and mouse clicks don't get recognized, after it has booted. But they offer a few workarounds in their PDF helpfile and on their forum.

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#2 Post by JohnW » Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:37 am

Just to reinforce what dot states, this app works by creating a boot floppy or boot CD.
It cannot be used on a USB drive.
There are no executables to install.
The same applies to other programs on the Home site.
That said it is independent of the operating system, free and I guess portable.
Might well be useful for some.

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#3 Post by dot » Mon Sep 17, 2007 11:58 am

JohnW wrote: It cannot be used on a USB drive.
On their forum I could read that they plan to make HDClone run from USB, and one guy on their forum states he has succeeded in making it run from USB. Link

Nevertheless, I still can't make the program run properly on my setup. Gotta write to the support.

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#4 Post by modussn » Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:17 am

Copies smaller drives onto larger ones for migrating or backing up complete installations as well as for data rescue.

The download package contains HDClone as a Windows application (HDClone/W) and as a self-booting application (HDClone/S). You can easily create a bootable HDClone/S floppy disk or CD/DVD on Windows with only few mouse clicks. A floppy image, ISO image, and manual (PDF) are also enclosed.

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