My latest at ProfHacker: How to Clone a Drive (and why you might want to)

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Paranoid Cautious as we are here at ProfHacker, we’ve written a lot over the last few years about keeping good backups of our work. Knowing that there’s always a second copy of that critically important file — and/or that we can revert to an earlier version of it — provides a lot of peace of mind.

That said, there are times when it’s useful to have a backup of our entire system, not just our files. For that, imaging or cloning a drive will do the trick. PCWorld ran an article explaining the differences between cloning and imaging (and the relative advantages of each) back in March. There are a number of tools that can do either job. Interested readers might find that their operating system’s built-in tools will do what they need; those looking at third-party options might consider DriveImage XML (for Windows), Clonezilla (for Debian or Ubuntu-based Linux), or SuperDuper!…

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from ProfHacker » Amy L. Cavender, CSC https://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/how-to-clone-a-drive-and-why-you-might-want-to/53069

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