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Peter Blaise

On another PC ( fresh unblemished Windows 7 ), it installed and registered OK, and made a 4GB ISO that I can ‘burn’ to a USB thumb drive any time, and it can directly build a boot USB drive from which to control the cloning of two other drives – one a source, one a target, I used a 2GB thumb drive without thinking, and it went ahead and made a 2GB boot drive . . . how did it squeeze a 4GB ISO onto 2GB drive? Maybe it trimmed off features to make it fit? But the 2GB thumb drive boots ( -s-l-o-w-l-y- ) and offers the full software suite of the original program as fully installed on the original Windows PC, so this seems to function that far.

I haven’t actually cloned yet.

I need an adapter to perform my next disk clone task, and when the adapter arrives, I’ll try the [ Clone Disk ] feature and report back, and compare to other clone disk software.

This also offers to repair and clone partitions, I’ll try those on well-backed-up drives . . . later.

I wonder if the boot thumb drive and ISO will work forever, or if they check the system date and stop, so we’d have to set our system clock back before booting up to use the boot thumb drive past the license expiration date ( can we imagine if our cars died when our driver’s license expired?!? ).

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In response to [ @Mike] “… it takes almost 4-5 hours to exactly clone a hard drive …”

It took 30+ hours to clone a 2TB SMR 2.5″ SATA HDD to a 2TB SATA SSD, both plugged in as SATA3 6GB data transfer rate ( in an 8GB RAM 3,800 MHz 2-core computer ).


I’ve also used a USB twin dock that clones without a PC in between the drives, but it seemed to copy S.M.A.R.T. data, and that’s a no-no, S.M.A.R.T. belongs to the drive itself only, and should not be dumped onto the target drive, but for me, the target S.M.A.R.T. resulted in the exact same error records as the source drive’s S.M.A.R.T., ouch, too ‘accurate’ a clone – we clone to get away from errors, not to migrate them on to the next drive!

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Thanks, Ashraf, for letting us explore this and share.