How to Clone a Hard Drive

One of our Lockergnome users recently asked the community what the best method of cloning a hard drive is. For a Mac, you can use Carbon Copy Cloner, which is free and simple. You already know that performing regular backups can save you from disaster. Using CCC gives you a peace of mind that is priceless. In addition to general backup, CCC can also clone one volume to another, copying every file to create an exact replica of your source volume.

Since I’m not familiar with Windows alternatives, I chose to check out one of the coolest sites I’ve found: AlternativeTo.net. There are seemingly thousands of programs there which will do the same type of thing within Windows that CCC can do within Mac OS X.


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As with anything, do your research before choosing a cloning software. Do a simple Google search of the name plus the word reviews. Read what others have to say about the program’s performance and pick something that not only best fits your needs but also has fantastic reviews by people who have actually used it.

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  • leftystrat

    linux: Clonezilla

  • Jonathan Politi

    Two programs that I’ve used with great success on Windows PC’s and Macs:
    1) SuperDuper for the Mac – it’s free option allows you to duplicate drive to drive and my experiences have been good; easily understood interface;
    2) XXXClone for the PC – great at cloning drives and including/excluding files; easily understood interface as well;
    I’ve used the programs to upgrade from smaller to larger hard drives and been pleased for the most part with both.

  • Martin Kruse

    Comodo backup has the ability to clone, and its free.