Clone Your HDDs for Free
If you frequently perform system backups, chances are you already have bought a piece of sophisticated software such as Acronis True Image or similar and have no problem making your daily backups. You also have access to features such as cloning of drives, imaging, re-partitioning, MBR copy, etc.
However, if you don’t have any means of backup and you experience a hardware failure that puts you in a bad position, you may not be able to just go out and buy a piece of software right away.
Suppose you got a new HDD or you have a failing HDD, and would like to clone it to a properly working one. Provided that the drive can actually be cloned and hasn’t failed significantly, there is a free tool you can use to help you do this.
The program is called Macrium Reflect and you can obtain it at http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
This is a great piece of software and considering the fact that folks at Macrium were nice enough to make the most basic version free is even better. Don’t be fooled by the fact this is just a basic version, as it has tons of features including cloning of the drives which most other free backup utilities do not. Even Windows integrated backup tool doesn’t give you this much freedom.
The program is very easy to use, and it comes with a reasonable help file to assist you in understanding it a bit better. It also has an option to make a rescue CD using either Windows PE or Linux environment. This will be really handy for those who want to make a clone outside of their operating system.
We recommend purchasing one of the licensed versions as they come with plenty of really great features to prevent future headaches. If you’ve tried Acronis, or Windows backup and would like a great alternative, then Macrium Reflect delivers.*Disclaimer: AVADirect and its Staff are not responsible for any damage to software/hardware, loss of data or personal injury by following our How-To guides. These guides are provided only as an aid to help you troubleshoot system problems. If you do not feel comfortable performing these steps its always best to send in your system to a local repair shop or contact an appropriate technical support line for additional assistance.