What can you do with CloneDisk?
Main feature is backup/restore to/from an imagefile and clone a disk to another.
But you can also (not exhaustive) :
-save/restore the MBR or BS,
-delete the layout of the drive
-wipe with 0′s,
-create a raw image file,
-make a Vmware or MS Virtual Server image from a raw image file to boot your cloned disk in vmware,
-do various operations on the registry around booting,
-format any device to fat16/fat32/ntfs/exfat/udf (includig usb pen),
-read faulty devices (with bad sectors for instance),
-perform speed tests,
-edit the partition table, view the boot sector ,
-create a disk, create a partition,
-extend / shrink a volume.
Some technical remarks :
The drive will be locked and dismounted before reading / writing.
CloneDisk will use 64k aligned buffer to achieve best performances.
CloneDisk should handle file up to 2^63-1 bytes.
Tip 1: adding the vmware scsi drivers before cloning will enable you to start the image in vmware after cloning.
Tip 2: applying this kb (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314082) before cloning will enable you to start the image in QEMU after cloning.
Tip 3: install boot on iscsi before cloning (http://etherboot.org/wiki/sanboot/winnt_iscsi) and network boot your image thru iscsi after cloning.
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