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Was wondering if anybody can recommend a cloning software for XP.

Currently looking at Todo and Clonezilla. Free is preferred but if there is a better cloning/backup software would pay for it.

System is an old XP system which has specialized drivers for work but I can't seem to find the original CD's with the software so hoping to just clone the OS.

If anybody has more recommendations it'll be great. Been reading reviews and slightly more confused since XP is old.

Thanks all!
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I have used clonezilla, and it works great. just have to remember that if you do a backup with a large drive, you cannot write the image to a smaller hard drive, even if the backup size is small. if you back up a 500gb drive, only write it to a 500gb or bigger drive, if you do write it to a bigger one, you will need to go in and expand the partition size to the full size of the disc.

if you are doing backups, it is best to only restore that image to the same type of computer (same chipset, and as similar of hardware as possible)

i'm sure there are walk throughs on how to use it on the interwebs, but it is very self explanatory. I used clonezilla to create and distribute a windows 7 image to about 30 computers over the summer.
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Not too worried about size, original HD is only 40gigs and I just need this comp operational (print server). HD is having some issues so want to clone it before any huge data corruption happens.

Will Clonezilla be okay with an older system using IDE or is it safer to pull the harddrive into a newer system and clone there?

Also considering picking up a WD drive so I can get their version of Acronis if its safer.

Thanks for the response! I'll read more into Clonezilla, just being a bit paranoid since I couldn't find a copy of the print drivers (and the manufacturer got bought out with no current support).
Edited by evilferret - 9/6/13 at 3:55pm
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yeah it should be fine. i had clonezilla set to boot off of a flash drive (some systems may not support this but you could boot from a CD) with an external hard drive to store the images (this could also be a flash drive if it was a good sized one)

when booting, it walks you through all of your options (ask if you want to work with full devices, where your images will be stored, etc.) then you would hit savedisk, choose your name for the disk, then start the backup. to restore it, select work with devices, your drive where you stored the image, choose restoredisk, then choose your image and restore it.

when setting a name, it defaults to the time and date, you should add a string after this using no spaces (can use underscores _) giving it a unique name as well that you can identify it with
post #5 of 5
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Also considering picking up a WD drive so I can get their version of Acronis if its safer.

If you´re picking up a WD you may as well use the wd clone tool , I´ve used it a couple of times free and perfect clones..
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