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Clone Hard Drive Software

Clone hard drive means creating a copy of a hard drive on another disk (which will be a “clone”). Using Handy Backup, you can clone HDD or SSD drives to an exact copy in a VHD format, accessing both local and network drive, and restore the image to a local or external disk (except a current system drive).

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The Principle of Hard Drive Cloning

Hard drive cloning software creates not a simple copy of all files from one disk to another. Instead, it copies a disk mirror on a logical level, sector by sector, reading and replicating an internal hard disk structure including file allocation tables, boot records and all the information stored on a drive.

Best Features to Clone Hard Drive Software

These are some necessary functions for any hard disk cloning tool, providing efficiency and stability. Handy Backup meets all these requirements, allowing scheduled, automated hard disk cloning, without stopping using a copied hard drive for other purposes during saving an HDD clone image.

Scheduling Hard Drive Cloning

Scheduling Hard Drive Cloning Operations

A clone HDD software solution must allow automatic schedule for running tasks on a regular basis, by either a time (or an interval) or by an event occurred in the system.

Cloning HDD over Network

Cloning HDD over Network

Network-based editions of Handy Backup (e.g. Network and Server Network) can schedule and perform HDD clone on a remote machine in a local network under the centralized control.

Hot Hard Drive Cloning

“Hot” Hard Drive Cloning

To create a copy of a disk in use without compromising efficiency, hard disk mirroring tools must copy the drive content in a “hot” mode, e.g. without stopping using a disk by other applications.

Advantages of Handy Backup

As clone hard drive software for Windows and Linux, Handy Backup has some principal advantages over manual or script-based HDD clone jobs.

  • Hot HDD cloning using the VSS (Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service);
  • Job by schedule allowing making a hard drive clone by a period or by an event;
  • Making bootable images in a readable VHD format for mapping as virtual or VM drives;
  • Effective drive loading, protecting hardware and saving time during the cloning process;
  • Logical-level output, allowing clone HDD to HDD or SSD, and SSD to HDD or SSD.
Automatic Hard Drive Clone

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Handy Backup Small Business

Version 8.1.1, built on 16 December, 2019. 106 MB
Backup Software from Novosoft LLC. 249 USD per license.

Handy Backup Small Business

Best clone HDD software for a single machine, the Small Business edition also allows creating backups for any other server-level or user data existed! Free 30-days trial version!

How to Clone Hard Drive with Handy Backup

To clone HDD to HDD or (HDD to SSD, or any other possible media into another) with an automatic task for Handy Backup, please follow the next instruction.

  1. Run Handy Backup and create a new backup task, calling a Wizard by a button on the panel.
  2. After the Step 1, select the “Disk Clone” option on the Step 2 by clicking on a “+” on it.

Select a “System Recovery” Data Source

  1. Select the “System Recovery” plug-in by double-clicking on it.
  2. Mark the drive(s) that you plan to mirror by a checkbox besides a drive name.

Select Drive(s) You are Planning to Backup

  1. Click OK and return to the Task Creation Wizard. Make all other task parameters step by step.
  2. On the Step 5, you can clone hard drive with encryption, using an appropriate option.
  3. When finishing, run a task or wait for a scheduled running.
  4. Now create a new restoration task. On the Step 2, enter into your storage of HDD/SSD clones.
  5. Find a file called backup.hbi and select it by double-clicking.
  6. In the appearing dialog, click the “Change location” button.
  7. Select a new drive to write a hard drive clone on it. Click OK and continue creating a task.

After you finish, all done! Your tasks will run as a pair, one creating a HDD clone image and the next restoring this image into a different hard drive than an original. We will strongly advise to keep a big amount of space on the intermediate file storage where your clone lives before restoration!

The Disaster Recovery Utility

The Handy Backup Disaster Recovery (HBDR) utility provides another way for software hard disk cloning. You can copy an entire drive to an external device containing a HBDR boot loader and then copy this drive clone to any other disk (including “bare metal” copying to a new or scratch PC).

  • For details of HBDR utility, please refer to the User Manual. HBDR is freely available for customers of Handy Backup Professional, Small Server and Server Network editions. It even allows creating a bootable HDD or SSD image to boot with a HBDR loader!
Download Handy Backup

Version 8.1.1, built on 16 December, 2019
106 MB

Hard drive cloning is easy and accurate with Handy Backup!

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  • Eric de Simi

    Could you please help in cloning partitions with Handy with detailed info. Thx.В 

  • HB_Moderator

    Please contact with our Support Service

  • Marina John

    Going to use transferring system to another HDD by Handy Backup.

  • HB_Moderator

    Please write if there are any questions.

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