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Hard Drive Cloning

Hi, I was looking for software to clone my hard drive into an .iso image? I have two hard drives. A 1tb (931gb) with about 313gb free and a 2tb (1.81tb) with about 1.55tb free -

I'm looking for a bit-to-bit clone. An absolute identical clone all stored into an .iso file. Does anyone know how long it would take to clone 618gb's worth of data? Or does a bit-to-bit clone, copy each sector, so the actual clone would be 931gb even though I haven't used all of that data?

Lastly, if I were to make a bit-to-bit clone into a .iso image, how easy is it to unpack all the data onto a separate new, unused hard drive?

I've had my Western Digital 1tb (931gb) 7200rpm hard drive for around four years now. I don't know much about hard drive's life span but I have far too much data to lose with absolutely ZERO backup of any kind.

Recently, my friends drive broke and he lost around 400gb's of data. Randomly out of the blue his drive broke so it really make me think twice about my data. Obviously drives don't last forever.

Cheers!
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  1. While not going to an ISO image, CloneZilla does what you need.
    And it only uses the actual used space on the disk, not the whole thing.
  2. USAFRet said:
    While not going to an ISO image, CloneZilla does what you need.
    And it only uses the actual used space on the disk, not the whole thing.
    So once I have an image of my data using this program, I could store this onto another hard drive and Windows will boot like normal and all my files will be stored perfectly, as if I were using it on the original hard drive the data was on?
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    FredEastwood said:
    USAFRet said:
    While not going to an ISO image, CloneZilla does what you need.
    And it only uses the actual used space on the disk, not the whole thing.
    So once I have an image of my data using this program, I could store this onto another hard drive and Windows will boot like normal and all my files will be stored perfectly, as if I were using it on the original hard drive the data was on?



    Clone with the software and store elsewhere. If your current drive dies, you use this to restore that back to another drive. Then you boot.
    It is not a bootable copy in and of itself.

    You could clone Drive A, and restore to Drive B now. Then just plug in Drive B when and if Drive A dies.

    EDIT: Yes, you can clone directly to another drive. Plug that one in when Drive A dies.
    Or create an 'image' for later use.
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