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Is drag and dropping like cloning a disk

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July 7, 2011 12:48:20 PM

hi i have a new hard drive i want to copy all the info off the old one so i can send it in for an rma. i was wondering if i just highlight drag and drop all the files from one disk to another if that is just as good as using a clone tool or whatever you call it
a c 356 G Storage
July 7, 2011 1:48:36 PM

No, it is not. Drag and drop is fine for data files such as office documents, pictures, music, and the likes. You can not however copy the operating system files and boot loader. You will need to clone the drive in order to accomplish this.

http://www.clonezilla.org/
July 7, 2011 2:55:57 PM

ok, bbut if it is just a storage drive with no OS then drag and drop is fine? or no?
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a c 356 G Storage
July 7, 2011 3:33:29 PM

Yes, if it's a simple storage drive, then drag-n-drop is fine.
July 7, 2011 5:02:06 PM

No, it is not. but good enough to backup your data
a c 356 G Storage
July 7, 2011 5:16:00 PM

jpidata said:
No, it is not. but good enough to backup your data


Please explain why it is not. It's not an OS drive, so it's not like system files or boot loaders that must be on specific parts of the disk or maintain file/directory structures.

According to you, I'd need to clone my storage drive just to make some copies of excel files. This definately isn't the case.
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