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Software Thoughts For Cloning your CNC Harddrive3/1
I think It would be wise to make a clone of your CNC computers hard drive. Was wondering I everyone has done this ? What's the easiest software to use ? External or secondary internal hard drive ?
you can download Clonezilla, its free and it works. Make an image of the drive. A copy will not do the trick.
Honestly this is critical, and too cheap not to do. I learned that lesson recently the hard way. For 100 bucks in hardware and downloading some very reliable freeware I could have saved nearly a week of aggravation.
I would recommend Acronis True image and a portable hard drive. I keep version history of our hard drives with a new image before any major software update or install. This saves countless hours reinstalling software.
The best way to use this type of software is from a boot disc so your operating software is not running
Acronis will allow file restore also so you don't need to restore the complete image.
Our machine uses WinCNC. We keep a backup of the WinCNC folder on Google Drive. Free, and its just a drag and drop.
Acronis True Image is quirky. If you go that route you want to boot to the CD you'll create when first installing the software. Trying to do a clone from Windows is very likely to fail. No damage but time wasted.
Even with that I can do Aronis clones on my office PC but it fails every time on my wife's desk PC. Both are running Windows 8.
I had even worse luck with Easeus Todo. Worked the first one or two times I did clones with it then never worked again.
In spite of all that you are definitely on the right track going the clone back up route. I just wouldn't leave the cloned HDD in the PC. A power surge that gets through would fry both the original and cloned HDDs. I do my cloning through a HDD docking station and keep the cloned drive on the shelf. I do a new clone once a month.