External drive

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by ward, Dec 22, 2007.

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  1. ward

    ward Registered Member

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    Is there a possibility to clone the HD to an exrenal USB connected drive, the guide say not much about that.
     
  2. TonyR

    TonyR Registered Member

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    Sure is......

    I back up to an external 500 gig hard drive..
    no problem there..
    actually, reading your post again,
    notice you said clone..
    If to store your hard drive there as a backup, yes again but,
    you render that drive useless if you want to put anything else on it.
    that's why I back up to extenal and not clone..
     
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    Acronis uses Clone and Backup to mean different things. Be sure you understand it.
     
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    Yes, I mean clone, not backup. I think a backup on an external drive, is compressed and useless as normal HD working.
     
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    Most users here, from reading their posts, including myself use an external drive for holding a Backup (Image) in case the system drive goes belly up. Not really a useless way to do things as, depending on the size of the external drive, one can keep several backups at different points in time. And we would use the Clone process if we're going to replace the system drive with the cloned drive. For instance you might want to replace the system drive with a larger drive. Cloning will wipe out everything on the destination drive so you can only ever have the drive with the one clone.
    On the other hand you might want to clone your external to have a "ready-to-go" drive which you can put in place of your working drive if for whatever reason it stops working. Different strokes for different folks.
     
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    OK, thats fine to know, thanks :thumb:
     
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