written by: Senadheera Jayakody•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 5/23/2011
A hard drive clone device is software that is used to create an image or backup copy of your hard drive. If you are in doubt what the best hard disk cloning software is, you have come to the right place.
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As a general computer user you may one day experience a hard drive crash. What would happen if your most protected data was lost in such a case? That’s why you need the assistance of a hard drive clone device. We have reviewed the top hard drive cloning software so you may decide what your best choice is.
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Acronis True Image Home 2010
Acronisis one of the biggest names in the world of hard drive cloning. Their latest product “Acronis True Image Home 2010" has been able to further strengthen their image as one of the leading hard drive cloning software options, if not the best. It is a very powerful hard drive clone device that is capable of restoring a copy even for several computers at the same time. You can buy Acronis True Image Home 2010 for $49.99 from their website.
Acronis True Image Home 2010 is very speedy when it comes to cloning a hard drive. It is just a one step task to create a hard drive image. In this aspect Acronis leads the game. Some hard drive cloning software doesn’t allow creating clones to a network. But not Acronis True Image.
Acronis True Image offers almost all the features that you need to image a hard drive. You can schedule backing up process, format hard drives, can partition drives, and many more interesting features are included in this nice utility. Acronis True Image Home 2010 also supports Windows 7 and also has online backup features.
Ease of Use:
True Image 2010 is one of the easiest hard drive cloning devices to use. Many of the features are one click away. The software is designed for anyone that can use a computer. You don’t need to be a computer expert to get the most out of this versatile cloning tool.
Acronis offer exceptional support for their customers. Also the software is very user friendly. You may call or email to get the support. Also you can use their website and forum for more information about your issues.
Overall, Acronis True Image Home 2010 can be introduced as one of the fastest and best software options for cloning a hard drive.
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Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Suite
Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Suite is another serious competitor for the top spot when it comes to the best hard drive clone devices. This is also a very easy to use tool with a number of attractive features for those who are looking for hard drive cloning software. Cost of the software is $49.95 at their official website.
It performs well when you make hard drive backups to another hard drive or a network drive. It can also image a hard drive to a CD, Blue-Ray, and portable devices. Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Suite can create bootable disks for the purpose of recovering a system.
You have the option to format a hard drive before cloning the hard drive. This is a very useful feature too. You also have the option to schedule the ghosting of hard drive on daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
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Ease of Use:
This software has very easy to use wizards to help you to do complex tasks much more easily. You can easily create hard drive partitions, schedule the backup process, and restore disks.
They offer free and paid customer support options. If you need advanced support you may consider the paid option. But you might not need that option as they have all the features and tools to help you to get away from the most difficult situations.
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Norton Ghost 14.0
Norton Ghost 14.0 is one of the easiest software packages to use and more expensive than its nearest competitors. This is another great hard drive clone device for fulfilling your hard drive imaging needs. This is fairly expensive and you can buy it at Symantec.com for $69.99.
You may create hard drive imaging easily and effectively to CDs using this tool; probably better than any other tool. But the issue is restoring. Restoring might be little bit more difficult than actually creating a clone of the hard disk. The cloning process is fast as most of the other similar software.
You may save time by selecting only particular files or folders to backup. Norton Ghost has some remote type utilities that are quite useful. One such feature is the ability to clone your hard disk to an FTP site folder. Drawback is you need to buy separate partitioning software for creating partitions.
Ease of Use:
Norton Ghost is a very user friendly tool with brief details of each function. Its wizards will help you to make the hard drive cloning process much easier.
Using the Norton website you can get much needed support. The website has very good help resources and their support is also exceptional. They charge a fee for telephone support.
Norton Ghost 14.0 is an exceptional hard drive clone device that has been built with the customer in mind. So you can make good use of this.
Acronis, Paragon, and Norton have some great products when it comes to hard drive cloning software. It’s difficult to decide what the best tool is. But many of the renowned online reviewers suggest that Acronis True Image Home 2010 is the top utility to use as a hard drive clone device. Paragon is second and Norton wins the third place.