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What is the best SDD cloning or disc image SW?

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March 27, 2012 7:53:22 PM

I actually have two questions on this. And I know many will say "best is so subjective". When I say "best" I mean the program "YOU think is best" not what "the world thinks is best". What you think is much less subjective, since I'm hoping you have actually tried them. ;) 

I want to make an exact image of my SSD. I am trying to avoid relying on backup programs. Backup programs tend to leave out things like permissions, attributes, dates, etc. Some are worse than others. Some are better than others. Backups don't always restore 100% reliability. There is always tweaking. Cloned drives have the best chance of immediate recovery, of baseline install.

What I'm trying to do, is to get an exact bit by bit image of my SSD, so that I can have it as a backup, if I ever want to get back to square one.

I want everything preserved. Attributes, permissions, dates, etc. I have two ways I'd like to consider.

1) Two SSD drives. The 2nd will be an exact mirror image of the other. It will be the same size. Using this would require simply removing the first drive (i.e. when it is corrupted), sticking in the 2nd and making another copy back to the original drive (which now becomes a good backup again). This would require only software to make the clone (or mirror drive).

2) One SSD drive. But create an image file, that is an exact mirror image of the other. This would require software to create the image of the drive, and would require booting to a recovery drive (DVD, thumb drive, etc), to allow the program to restore the original disc, by bit-by-bit copy of the image to the drive.

I'm pretty sure this is possible. I have heard of others doing this with SSD, for new installs. They just stick in an SSD and copy the image.

What is the best software for doing this? Have you tried this? The reason I would like to know if you've tried it and used it is because I too can read the PR on products. They just don't always work as advertized. ;) 

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March 27, 2012 10:42:12 PM

I use the Acronis true image both Intel version and from WD version to clone my SSD to a HD for backup. It works great, and it is free and fast.
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March 28, 2012 12:16:18 AM

I downloaded True Image 2012 today. I'm going to buy another SSD, of the same size and give it a try. The best part about cloning another SSD is it's easy to test, without any risk. Just swap drives and see if it works.

A backup and then restore, to test, means taking a chance. ;) 

A perfect image on a 2nd drive seems seems pretty fool proof. The only disadvantage, and it really isn't, is that one must buy the second drive. I already have 3 drives in my system, so why not a 4th ;) 

hmmm... I wonder if one could clone (make an image), onto a driver that was larger, such that one could then just drop the 2nd drive in and have it boot to the cloned OS, and have the rest of the drive just be unused space. If I can, I might just get a larger SSD. ;) 
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March 30, 2012 4:40:58 PM

MikeSD said:
hmmm... I wonder if one could clone (make an image), onto a driver that was larger, such that one could then just drop the 2nd drive in and have it boot to the cloned OS, and have the rest of the drive just be unused space. If I can, I might just get a larger SSD. ;) 

Yes you can. It's a fairly common technique.
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