Hard Disk Mirroring Software Tools for non-RAID Drive

Hard disk mirroring means creating a copy of a hard drive on another disk (which will be a “mirror”). This action is a part of functioning of such popular hard drive mirroring arrays as RAID1 and RAID10. However, you can also mirror any drive using hard disk mirroring tools such as Handy Backup.

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Hard Drive Mirroring Solution

The Principle of Automatic Hard Drive Mirroring

Hard drive mirroring software creates not a simple copy of all data from one disk to another. Instead, it copies a disk mirror on a physical 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 Hard Drive Mirroring Software Features

These are some necessary functions for any hard disk mirroring tool, providing efficiency and stability. Handy Backup meets all these requirements, allowing scheduled, automated hard disk mirroring on a physical level, without stopping using a copied hard drive for other purposes during saving a mirror.

Image Hard Disk Mirroring

Image-Based Hard Disk Mirroring

Automatic hard drive mirroring must copy the disk content information on a sector level, thus creating a complete and perfect physical HDD copy. You can move these clones to another drive, including “bare metal”, just formatted hard disks. Please learn more about hard drive cloning.

Scheduling Hard Drive Mirroring

Scheduling Hard Drive Mirroring

Disk mirroring software must allow automatic schedule for running tasks on a regular basis, by both a starting time and a repeating interval or by an event occurred in the system. You can also make running for missed tasks or start a hard disk mirroring by some system event such as user logon.

Hot Hard Drive Mirroring

Hot Hard Disk Mirroring

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. It can be especially useful when working with databases, virtual machine arrays or other server drives.

Advantages of Handy Backup

  • Hot hard disk mirroring using the VSS (Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service);
  • Job by schedule allowing making a hard drive mirror 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 hard disk mirroring.
Automatic Hard Disk Mirroring

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How to Use Handy Backup for Hard Disk Mirroring

To create a drive-mirroring task with Handy Backup, please follow the next instruction.

  1. Run Handy Backup and create a new task, calling a Wizard by a button on the panel.
  2. Select a backup task on Step 1, and also turn on the advanced wizard mode if you need.

Note: Advanced task wizard contains much more task settings and options, but a bit more steps as well. If you need to just mirror a hard disk, do not use advanced mode for convenience. But if you want to take some extra option such as running external software before hard disk mirroring, go advanced!

Select a 'System Recovery' Data Source

  1. On Step 2, select the “Disk Clone” option on the Step 2 by clicking on a “+” on it.
  2. Select the “System Recovery” plug-in by clicking on it.
  3. Mark the drive(s) that you plan to mirror by a checkbox besides a drive name.

Select Drive(s) to Backup

  1. Click OK and return to the Task Creation Wizard. Make all other task parameters step by step.
  2. When finishing, run a task or wait for a scheduled running.
  3. Now create a new restoration task.
  4. On Step 2, enter into your storage of disk mirroring files.
  5. Find a file called backup.hbi and select it.
  6. In the appearing dialog, click the “Change location” button.
  7. Select a new local drive to write a disk image mirror on it. Click OK and continue creating a task.

After you finish, all done! Your tasks will run as a pair, one creating a hard disk mirroring 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 containing your mirrors before restoration!

The Disaster Recovery Utility

Disaster Recovery Utility

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

For details about Disaster Recovery utility, please refer to the User Manual. It is freely available for customers of Handy Backup Professional, Small Bussines and Server Backup editions.

Hard Disk Mirroring for RAID

Some RAID array configurations, for example, RAID1 and RAID10, mirror hard disks automatically; this is a principal function of these arrays. Despite that fact, you may need for “software hard drive mirroring” of your RAID to another location. Use Handy Backup for this operation, exactly as for a single drive!

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Even without a RAID array, you can always create a mirror of your hard disk to protect or clone your data on a physical level.
Try Handy Backup freely during a 30-day trial period, making use for all its functions, plug-ins and advantages!

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