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HDClone 5.0.6 Free

Create a physical copy of your hard drive with the absolute minimum of hassle

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License: Free, for personal-use only
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
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Date Updated: 05 June 2014
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HDClone Free 5.0.6
Create a physical copy of your hard drive

HDClone is a straightforward tool that makes it easy to create a copy of any ATA, SATA or USB drive.

It's an ideal choice for migrating your current Windows installation to a faster, larger hard drive. HDClone will automatically expand your partitions to take advantage of any extra capacity.

The program could also be used as a simple backup tool. Rather than save just a few selected files and folders, buy a spare hard drive (even terabyte models are cheap these days) and you'll be able to back up everything.

And the HDClone download also includes an ISO file with a stand-alone version of the program. If your PC won't start, then you can use the bootable version either to restore a backup, or try to salvage at least some data from a damaged hard drive.

While HDClone Free Edition works just fine for simple backups, it does have several restrictions over the commercial versions. There's no support for copying SCSI, Firewire or dynamic drives, for instance. Copying speeds are capped to a maximum of 1.0GB per minute, and it's missing a number of other performance and image-related features. Check the HDClone website for more information.

What's new in v5 Free:

NEW: Advanced Format drive cloning & backup
NEW: Creating dynamic VMDK/VHD images
NEW: Storing a cloning report
NEW: MVD: virtual drives from VMDK & VHD
NEW: CLI: automation using Ports and Media-IDs

Verdict:

A simple but effective hard drive copy tool. Watch out for those Free Edition restrictions, though

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Posted by: Shyam Reddy, 28 December 2011 16:05

Have used once to clone my linux drive and was successful. This is fairly easy to use and quite effective. Great piece of freeware! Thanks to the author.

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