is a reliable application designed to back up, clone, copy or restore disks and partitions, providing an easy to use interface to make the whole process safer and faster.
Truth be told, this isn’t the best interface we’ve seen, but it may come in handy to beginners because it has been developed as a wizard, so you just need to follow some steps to get the job done.
HDClone Free Edition can back up, recover and clone disks and partitions, relying on a long list of features to help your in this regard.
Backups, for instance, can be done extremely easy because HDClone Free Edition saves the data as a disk image, with options such as password protection, data encryption and RAW image creation.
Features of HDClone 6
Allows to select one or more partitions of a disk to be transferred, without having to copy all the partitions. This saves space on the target drive, making it possible to use a smaller target or using the additional space for the remaining partitions. The special thing about Partitionselect is that it transfers the required data in one single step, no matter what sizes the partitions have or how they are arranged. Thus, copying the partitions plus other adjustments will be perfomed with almost no extra time required and HDClone will still work at its maximum speed.
File images – Smart, RAW, compressed, encrypted – NEW: QuickCompress
Instead of a direct copy from medium to medium, you can also store an exact image of medium in a file image. Optionally, the image may be created compressed or encrypted. With QuickCompress, this requires almost no extra time for compressing. These file images can be stored, archived, or transmitted via network and the Internet. They can be restored 1:1 to a medium which then behaves just like a direct copy had been made. VMDK images can be directly used as drives in VMware virtualization software. HDClone also creates a VMX file automatically.
Miray Virtual Disk (MVD) – NEW: Accessing network shares directly
From the Basic Edition on, HDClone includes the software “Miray Virtual Disk” (» version overview). You can use this software to mount file images that have been created with HDClone as virtual Windows drives. This allows you to access files and folders in an image directly without having to restore the image to a physical disk before. Images can be accessed read-only or writeable.
Defragmentation ‘on the fly’ for NTFS & FAT
HDClone can perform a perfect defragmentation on NTFS and FAT volumes during copying or restoring from a file image. This defragmentation only needs a fraction of the time usually required for defragmentation. Hence, it consumes almost no additional time compared to the copying itself.
HotCopy & LiveImage
HDClone now can create copies and file images of drives and partitions during Windows operation – even for the system volume.
Faster with SmartCopy mode
HDClone creates logical sector copies (SmartCopy) of FAT, NTFS, and ext2/ext3/ext4 file systems in only a fraction of the time usually needed – yielding an equivalent result. SmartCopy can clone an entire Windows XP base installation in less than 20 seconds for example.
AutoExpand – upsizing ‘on the fly’
Let HDClone upsize your FAT, NTFS, and ext2/ext3/ext4 partitions automatically on the fly during copying.
Downsizing ‘on the fly’ for NTFS & FAT
Have HDClone downsize your NTFS and FAT partitions automatically on the fly during copying. This allows you to adjust partition sizes during cloning or to migrate to smaller media. Perfect for migrating to (usually smaller) SSD drives.
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How To Install
1. Read iNsTrucTioN.txt
Title Release: HDClone 6.0.7
Developer: Home Page