Best free drive cloning program for Windows XP Home SP3


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Daniel Prince

What is the best, free, drive cloning program for Windows XP Home
SP3? I want to make an exact copy of a 5400 rpm 2TB Western digital
drive to a 7200 rpm 2TB Hitachi drive. Since the two drives are the
same size, this should not be too difficult.

The drive to be copied has two NTFS partitions. The drive has my
Windows XP Home SP3 installation on it. I need to have the copied
drive boot up to Windows. Thank you in advance for all replies.
 
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Rod Speed

Daniel said:
What is the best, free, drive cloning program for Windows XP Home SP3?

WD has a free copy of Acronis True Image.

Since one of your drives is a WD, it should do the clone ok.
I want to make an exact copy of a 5400 rpm 2TB Western
digital drive to a 7200 rpm 2TB Hitachi drive. Since the two
drives are the same size, this should not be too difficult.
Yes.

The drive to be copied has two NTFS partitions. The drive
has my Windows XP Home SP3 installation on it. I need to
have the copied drive boot up to Windows.
Thank you in advance for all replies.

Even ones that tell you to shove your head up a dead bear's arse ?

Funky.
 
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Roger Blake

What is the best, free, drive cloning program for Windows XP Home
SP3?

Clonezilla works well for cloning Windows systems. The main limitation
is that it will not resize partitions, you need to do that before or
after using Clonezilla. Also it is menu-driven rather than "point 'n click."
(After booting up it basically asks a bunch of stupid questions and you
give it a bunch of stupid answers.)

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shawn

I believe that the WD freebie will only clone if both disks are WD.
Seagate's equivalent free version of True Image will work if only 1
disk is Seagate or Maxtor.

That would be an incorrect belief. I can confirm that the WD version
of Acronis will work if only one drive is a WD HD as I've used it in
my system and I only have one WD drive.
 
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Yousuf Khan

What is the best, free, drive cloning program for Windows XP Home
SP3? I want to make an exact copy of a 5400 rpm 2TB Western digital
drive to a 7200 rpm 2TB Hitachi drive. Since the two drives are the
same size, this should not be too difficult.

The drive to be copied has two NTFS partitions. The drive has my
Windows XP Home SP3 installation on it. I need to have the copied
drive boot up to Windows. Thank you in advance for all replies.

XXClone. Maybe not the fastest one out there, but it looks like it's the
most reliable, as it operates under Windows itself while copying. So you
have the benefit of Windows monitoring the drive operations rather than
some proprietary mini-OS.

Yousuf Khan
 
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GMAN

shawn said:
[......] I can confirm that the WD version of
Acronis will work if only one drive is a WD HD
as I've used it in my system and I only have one
WD drive.

Was the WD drive the source or destination drive?

*TimDaniels*
Shouldnt matter .I used the software to copy 1.5 TB Seagate drive to a WD
elements 2TB external drive. I just tried it in reverse as a test and it
works both ways.
 
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GMAN

XXClone. Maybe not the fastest one out there, but it looks like it's the
most reliable, as it operates under Windows itself while copying. So you
have the benefit of Windows monitoring the drive operations rather than
some proprietary mini-OS.

Yousuf Khan
WD's acronis version works in windows also.
 
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Rod Speed

Yousuf Khan wrote
Daniel Prince wrote
XXClone. Maybe not the fastest one out there, but it looks like it's the most reliable,

No its not.
as it operates under Windows itself while copying.

So does Acronis True Image when its doing the clone at the Win level.
So you have the benefit of Windows monitoring the drive operations
rather than some proprietary mini-OS.

When TI does the clone from what it calls a rescue CD, its using linux
as the OS, not 'some proprietary mini-
 
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Rod Speed

GMAN wrote
WD's acronis version works in windows also.

All versions of acronis do. And when its not using Win, it uses
Linux like when you do the clone from what it calls a rescue
CD which can be used for a lot more than just rescues, you
can do all the backup/restore/clone ops from that too.
 
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John Turco

Rod said:
WD has a free copy of Acronis True Image.

Since one of your drives is a WD, it should do the clone ok.



Even ones that tell you to shove your head up a dead bear's arse ?

Funky.


It's possible that Folkert Rienstra may have disappeared from
Usenet - and earth, itself - in 2008, because the supposedly
"dead" bear was still alive!

That daffy Dutchman always had strange tastes, I fear.
 
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Rod Speed

John Turco wrote
Rod Speed wrote
It's possible that Folkert Rienstra may have disappeared from
Usenet - and earth, itself - in 2008, because the supposedly
"dead" bear was still alive!

I hope so. I would have been a real service to the world.
That daffy Dutchman always had strange tastes, I fear.

Yeah, thats why they kept him in a padded cell in one of
those funky canvas jackets with extremely long sleeves.
 
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