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    clone a notebook

    I am looking for software to clone my notebook to an external USB2.0 2.5

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    Re: clone a notebook

    Acronis True Image V 10.

    Better than ghost
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    Re: clone a notebook

    1) I agree 100% with Bob.... Acronis True Image Home 10 is far superior to Ghost.

    2) A quick guide to "Cloning" and why it might not be the best choice.

    - When you "clone" a drive, an exact duplicate is made on a target drive.
    - The entire drive space on the cloned drive is used and therefore it is "locked"; nothing else can be added, i.e., the drive cannot be used for anything else at all. It is "dated".
    - However, creating a full system backup (Image) of your working drive to an external drive has many advantages.
    - The "image" is compressed and therefore the space used on the external drive is about 50%-60% of the actual used space on the working drive. This allows the remaining space on the external drive to be used for other purposes.
    - An "image" can be quickly and easily updated manually or by automatic scheduling, with Incremental backup images.
    - An "image" can be easily accessed from Windows Explorer allowing recovery of a deleted or corrupt file(s) or folder(s).
    - An "image" can be used to quickly recover the entire system without having to switch drives.

    Cloning is most always used to replace a failing HDD or to upgrade to a larger capacity HDD. It is rarely used as "backup".

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    Re: clone a notebook

    Hi Jeff,

    Thank you for your comprehensive answer on my question.

    Since I am still in the stone-aged Ghost concept, I am not sure on the recovering procedure handled by Acronis True Image V 10.

    If I use the image file method and store the image file in an external USB 2.0 removable drive (flash drive or hard drive), what the recovering procedure is when the hard drive of notebook dies while I am on the road?

    To buy a new 2.5

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    Re: clone a notebook

    Recovery with True Image Home is a piece of cake. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    When you install True Image, you are given the option of creating a "Boot Disk". You can also do that anytime afterward either via the Acronis True Image menu on the Start Menu or via the True Image main window. I would recommend you enable BOTH the "Full" and "Safe" versions when burning the disc.

    Thus, should your system become unbootable, simply reboot with the created "Boot Disk" with your external HDD plugged in and powered on, and go through the simple step-by-step "Restore" wizard. Depending on the size of the "mybackup.tib" image file, it could take as little as 10 or 15 minutes to be back up and running again.

    IF the resident HDD have a physical failure, then again, pop the new drive into your laptop and boot with the True Image "Boot Disk" and follow the "Restore" procedure.

    There is a relatively good Manual that comes with True Image and I would strongly recommend you at least peruse it to get acquainted with its many features. <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/readit2.gif>

    There is also an excellent Support Forum for True Image here: True Image Support Forum for those questions which none of us here can answer. However, there are is a large contingency of TI users here who can generally help and/or advise.
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    Re: clone a notebook

    Jeff,

    Excellent! Thank you very much.

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