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duplicating a drive with DOS installed for the OS

Hi, my cousin has an OLD OLD computer (its so old it has DOS for the OS) and he called me the other day because it was making noises and turning off by itself. I opened it up and cleaned it out (I have worked on literally hundreds of computers in my life, never have I in my entire life seen so much dust inside a computer before). I cleaned it out and everything runs good (no longer shuts off) but the hard drive is making a slightly high pitched sound- it still works but probably not for much longer.

I have suggested that he upgrades his computer, he even purchased a computer but he doesn’t use the new one because they cant load a program that they use on windows, its only compatible with dos.  It’s a database type program and they know how to use it and it works for them. The same company that made the program has since updated it to work with windows, but my cousin doesn’t like the updated version because they dropped some key features and added some features that he has no use for. So I told him at the very least it would be a good idea to replace the hard drive since they don’t have a backup of the database - I explained if the drive crashes all info will be lost.

I do not know anything about the DOS os, I briefly remember using it when I was a kid. So the OS is loaded on an IDE drive obviously, and I am wondering if I can use a standard imaging software such as Acronis  to duplicate the drive? I have done that with windows os, never with dos. Should it work?
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Thanks for all the info! I backed files up incase something happens to his HD but for now he is going to keep using it. Still running great!