In one of our previous article I explained on how to restore computer with the help of Restoret. However Restoret comes with one more added feature that gives more value for users money. Restoret’s Drive Imaging Solution help users to clone the Disk and export the data into new Hard disk. This added feature again has the simplicity and the task can be performed with some simple steps. Since Restoret works around all software related problems and restore them to a date and time with few clicks of mouse. In circumstances when hardware fails then none of the Restoret fucntion would be of any help. This is why Disk cloning feature was added in Restoret to make sure users can take the full or incremental PC back up to an external source from time to time. In this article I would explain the step by step procedure on how to clone hard disk to an external source.
Step 1 : In order to start your computer backup, Right click on the Restoret icon in the system tray and select “Open Restoret” from the popup menu.
Step 2 : This would bring up the Restoret Control panel. In the right hand side of the panel click on “Drive Image” option. You would see different option in the main panel. Select “Backup my Computer” option from there.
Step 3 : Select the Backup mode. You can either create a Full Backup, Incremental Backup or Differential Backup.[gn_tabs] [gn_tab title=”Full Backup”] Full Backup is the complete backup of the selected drive or parition(s). [/gn_tab] [gn_tab title=”Incremental Backup”] Incremental Backup only backup the changes that occurred since the last backup which can be either Full Backup or Incremental Backup. Please note you must be a full backup as the base before you create an Incremental Backup. . [/gn_tab] [gn_tab title=”Differential Backup”] Differential backup only backs up changes that occurred since last FULL backup. Incremental backup usually take less disk space than full backup but more space than incremental backups. you MUST have a full backup as the base before you can create a differential backup.[/gn_tab] [/gn_tabs]
Step 4 : As shown in the image below, you would then need to select the partition(s) which need to be backed up. In this case I would go with C: Drive and then Click on “Next”.
Step 5 : Select the location to save the Backup image. You can save the image into a Local hard drive, a network drive or an external drive. Then provide the name for the backup file and then click on “Next”.
“NOTE : You cannot save the backup file to a drive or partition been backed up”
Step 6 : Configure the backup option. You can choose to compress the backup file which will reduce the size of the file about 30- 50%. However compressing a files slows down the backup process. Click next to continue.
Step 7 : Review the Backup setting. Now you need to review the backup setting and confirm to proceed with the backup process.
Step 8 : The time for the backup process varies with the amount of data been copied to the archive location. Once done you will have the backup image in the form of ISO file in your archive location.
That’s it all done. With some very simple steps even a general user can clone the hard disk and save to their preferred location. In my next article I will explain on how to restore backup files to a new hard drive in case of any hardware failure.