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Copy HDD sector by sector, without changes

Hello all!,

   I have a delicate operation to do in regard to cloning a HDD.

   I have a specialized medical device that has a failing HDD, and a modified version of Windows XP.

   What I would like to do, is to clone an entire system to a same type and model of HDD. I got the HDD, and today I will have to commence the cloning.

   However, I am not sure about the cloning software. Should I use Acronis, or something else? - Re Acronis, what worries me is that they also have a sequence that runs on newly cloned HDD, sot hat everything sets in - which I wouldn't like.


Thanks
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mrmut
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uniqueinfotechCommented:
I personally use Norton GHOST, works well even for non-windows devices. Alternatively Nix users have access to the 'dd' tool which can also be used to clone drives easily.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Disk_Cloning
Free drive cloning, dd comes with just about every Linux distro that exists, just burn to a CD or USB and mount off any computer with both HDDs inserted.
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QuinnDexCommented:
I second Ghost, never had a problem with it, and i have been using it for the last 14 years
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mrmutAuthor Commented:
Thanks to both, but your replies did not answer my question.

I don't have problems with cloning itself (I personally use Acronis). I am asking about cloning software that will not touch the system in any way.
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
Shadow Protect will do this if you boot from the CD and backup/image the contents of the source drive to a USB target, switch the drives in the system, reboot on the CD again and restore from the image on the USB to the new virgin drive.

You can restore to same or bigger partition, but not smaller.

Neither the source, the USB, nor the ultimate target are ever touched by Shadow Protect.

http://www.storagecraft.com/downloads/software-trials
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mrmutAuthor Commented:
Thank you.
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