Clone hard drive software creates a copy of a hard drive on another disk (which will be a "clone").
With 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).
Clone hard drive 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.
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.
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.
The network-based edition of Handy Backup (Server Network) can schedule and perform HDD clone on a remote machine in a local network under the centralized control.
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.
Despite that Handy Backup supports all modern storage solutions to clone hard drive temporary file (e.g., network drives, NAS, FTP or commercial clouds such as Google Drive), we are recommending using local disks (either built-in or external USB units) to store a temporary copy of a hard drive.
Note: Before running a hard drive cloning software task, please be sure that your selected storage has enough space to store a bulky copy of a hard drive image. This may require 20-100 gigabytes or more, according to the quantity of the basic information stored on a source drive.
As clone hard drive software for Windows and Linux, Handy Backup has some principal advantages over manual or script-based HDD clone jobs.
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.
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 provides another way for software hard disk cloning. You can copy an entire drive to an external device containing a Disaster Recovery boot loader and then copy this drive clone to any other disk (including "bare metal" copying to a new or scratch PC).
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