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Probably the best Prog ever - a question.

Before I start I have no wish to start a Mac v Windows thread - there is a question here.

Using a Mac there is an app called Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) which you download for free.

What it does is copy your whole hard drive to an external one. So what? I hear you say - there are heaps of progs that do that - standard backup. True - however with CCC you can then choose to use that backup to boot your computer. It is like having two computers. Thus - if your hard drive fails - you just plug in the external and carry on as it has the OS on it not just your created files. Buy a new computer? Clone your old one to the hard drive and then clone it back to the new. No hours of file transfers.

My question - is there a Windows equivalent and what is it called (might need it soon). If not why not?

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Thanks for the resonses - I'll check 'em out.
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Hi Paul,

To be honest, the approach in Windows is shifting in a different direction, to creating VHDs (virtual hard disk) which is essentially a single ile image of the entire system.

Starting with Windows 7 the Windows bootloader can boot from a VHD.

Windows 7

Unfortunately older versions of windows would still require quite bit of fuss to get a 'cloned' OS up and running, for third party apps; Symantec (norton) Ghost is still probably the best for this, although it does have its limitations?

There is some frankly techy info here Radified Guide to Norton Ghost (Symantec) - Imaging with Back-up External USB hard drives

Apple makes things easy eh?

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