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to clone a XP machine - which tool will conserve the space the most.

hi, there are lot of tools out there to clone mainly clonezilla? from your experience, would some be more efficient in taking less space for the final clone file? i need to do a clone for a bunch of xp machines. so the more efficient on space will be better.

can you offer your recommendation which tool you may go with?
(xp does not have any clone feature built in in OS, does it?)
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To add to what Kent Dyer points out:

It really depends on the reason for the clone.  

When I clone systems for forensic purposes I use tools from osforensics to generate an AFF file but those are big because they include deleted files and blank space and hashes.  

If the purpose is just to backup because you're moving everyone to Win7 or Win8 then I've had some good results with Acronis products.

If you're doing upgrades on a bunch of machines that are XP you might consider buying a new drive for each of them and install the new OS on the new drive and copy the files off the old drive.  Then you could shelf the old drive as a true archive AND get an upgrade out of it without having to spend too much time duplicating.  Drives are cheap, labor is not.

Just my two cents.

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Chris
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kent, these machines needed to be in for a little longer before win7 compatable version of their application are released (yes, pretty slow!). lot of xp machines are being rebuilt with faster disks, and hence trying to clone as a one time thing and put away.

mrfreshly, no VM @ this time. thanks for that idea.

>>paragon
is that the "Backup & Recovery 2014 Free"on their website?

>>CloneZilla

rindi, the need is to keep a current state of the OS/personalized Apps so that in case of a drive crash, it can be restored as it was, without need to further install OS/apps again. so i would need imaging? CloneZilla  does both Imaging & clone, right?
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