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    Cloning software

    Has anyone used EaseUS free todo backup or the free Disk copy for home use? I want to clone my HDDs so that if something happens, I can just replace the OS drive with a cloned drive (HDD will go into a USB 3.0 enclosure to be cloned) and it boots up.
    I used Casper, from Future Systems Solutions ( FSSdev.com) for years on my XP machines and it worked great (saved me a couple of times), but I went with Casper ver. 8 on all my win 7 Pro computers and my girlfriend got some malware so I thought I would just replace the HDD with the cloned HDD and it will not boot. According to casper support, casper 8 changed the boot drivers and they tried to fix it by me sending them the system file and they rebuilt it but that didn't work.
    So basically I am looking for a good cloning software now that I don't trust casper anymore.

    Any help/info would be appreciated. Thanks

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    Lumpy,

    EaseUS ToDo Free will do what you want; however, I would uninstall any Nuance software (such as Dragon Naturally Speaking, etc.), Adobe Photoshop and perhaps Microsoft Office before cloning, lest you get a "too many installations" block upon switching to the clone (which will probably alter your hardware "footprint."

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    Almost all the free backup products will clone disks, but I think you'd be better off buying one that does exactly what you want - after testing the free version. It's very cheap insurance.
    http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...backup-program

    cheers, Paul

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    Thanks Zig, for the "Heads-up". I have photoshop and MS Office so I guess I better just forget about EaseUS.
    Last edited by lumpy95; 2014-06-29 at 10:28.

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    Thanks Paul T, Looks like I'm going to have to do a ton of research to find a good cloning program. I was hoping that someone would know of one that I could use so that I could get by without having to have a boot disk.

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    A boot disk is always recommended for cloning. As always, Windows want to stamp all over your new disk so backup / clone programs must get around this and a boot disk is the best way.

    cheers, Paul

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    Lumpy,

    My warnings about uninstalling programs before cloning apply to ALL cloning programs; the limitation is in the other software manufacturer's policies.

    Zig

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zig View Post
    Lumpy,

    My warnings about uninstalling programs before cloning apply to ALL cloning programs; the limitation is in the other software manufacturer's policies.

    Zig
    I've never run into this problem after restoring a clone or an image backup unless installing on different hardware than the original clone was taken on.

    Jerry

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    Jerry,

    Just my boot-and -suspenders approach - ESPECIALLY with Nuance products.

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    Nuance products are definitely an issue.

    cheers, Paul

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    Well, I don't have any NUANCE products. I like the idea of cloning so that I can just replace the drive and have had excellent luck with Casper in the past but as with all things I guess, stuff changes and not always for the better. I'm having a tough time trying to find a good, trustworthy cloning program. They all say that they are the best, LOL.

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    If you perform a sector for sector clone which means only to another drive that is the same size or bigger so it'll fit, they're all pretty reliable; which is to say I have yet to have a failure or inoperable software on the clone due to it's having been cloned. As mentioned earlier, it's "smart" cloning to a smaller drive or for use on dissimilar hardware that can be problematic.

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    The source HDD (C) is identical (size, manufacturer, etc.) to the cloning HDD. The only difference is that the cloning HDD is in a USB 3.0 enclosure. So if I understand you right, the EaseUS free todo backup or the free Disk copy for home use should both work ok.

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    I've used EaseUS ToDo for about 2 years or so now exclusively for more advanced dissimilar hardware restores, along with the occasional intelligent and sector by sector clone without any notable issues.

    If you're cloning a GPT type drive instead of a MBR drive, the free version may indicate it won't work with that type of drive; depends on the limitations built into the free version of the program.

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    I assume that mine is MBR (Master Boot Record?), what is "GPT"?

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