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clone software that will clone while using windows?

by dbdmora / December 3, 2009 5:36 AM PST

I was wondering if there is software out there that can clone a drive while logged on to windows? I dont want an image file, i want to do an exact copy on a 2nd HDD. This is what I am trying to do.

I have a PC with two hard drives. HDD1 has my OS + different apps and files. I want to clone HDD1 to HDD2 to get an exact copy of HDD1. Then schedule to clone it again once a day at night but I dont want restart the PC to accomplish this or if I am working at night I don't want it to disturb me. That way in case HDD1 fails for some reason, I can just boot up to HDD2 and work away without any issues.

If the above cannot be done, what about a software where I clone HDD1 to HDD2 but if I makes changes to HDD1 for example adding a new application, windows updates or files it will update HDD2 automatically without having to reboot windows.

Thanks for any info or links to what I am trying to accomplish in either scenerio.

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Sorry no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 5, 2009 11:58 PM PST

Anything that claims it can do this is not telling you the truth.

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No software that I'm aware of but you could setup RAID 1
by VAPCMD / December 6, 2009 12:30 AM PST

Realizing however that either drive could fail, both drives could be virus infected simultaneously, both drives could be corrupted/damaged by an electrical surge...you really don't have the protection you might want or need with RAID 1.


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Thought I answered that in the Storage forum
by Steven Haninger / December 6, 2009 4:58 AM PST

I can clone or make images of the system drive with Acronis but cannot use the OS during the process as the drive must be locked to prevent changes from being made. I can schedule backup but not cloning, as far as I know. No, there isn't a way to differentially add newly installed programs to a backup. You can only do this with data files but program installations make registry changes. Backup programs don't do such things. Hope that helps.

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