Can Hard Disk Clone Span an image across Hard drives ?

Title says it Can Hard Disk clone by Miray create an image of a HD across a couple of smaller Drives?

Can any other programs do this?
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Jeff BrownGlobal Helpdesk SupervisorCommented:
Let me make sure I understand what you are trying to do.   You have one large drive  and you want to make an image of it but do not have a drive large enough to contain all of the data so you want to spread it out over several smaller drives ??
Those tools I know of can't do that, and besides, it wouldn't make any sense to do that. The result also wouldn't be a clone anymore. Cloning means a 1 to 1 copy of a disk to another. If it were to span across several destination disks it wouldn't be a clone anymore.

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Gerald ConnollyCommented:
Just to make the point, Yes those tools can Backup to multiple disks (just like they can to multiple tapes).

BUT its a backup, not a clone.
Maybe he has the verbiage a bit fuzzy.

You can take an image of a drive and split it into multiple smaller files allowing for  a "cloned" image.

So not your typical backup.
Image and clone are different things. An image has to be restored in order to be used (or mounted to copy off files etc), and when restoring the image, you'd have to do that to a single disk again. A clone is as I said earlier a 1 to 1 copy that can be used directly again. It would make no sense splitting that up to multiple disks, an OS for example would then not run properly.
I'm just looking at it from the perspective of being able to use multiple smaller disks as a backup media so they wouldn't be wasted.

From the perspective of having a partitioned large RAID array and wanting to clone across multiple disks ,I could see it being done.
A RAID Volume appears as a single disk to the OS and cloning tool. So you are still cloning to a single disk. So that makes no difference.
lewisoAuthor Commented:
correct I was fuzzy on my terminology.  Sorry.  What I want to do is to create a backup on two hard drives that are smaller than the original drive.  Then I want to be able to use those two drives to re-create the original boot-able drive on another drive, of the same size as the original.  So it would the the same end-product as a clone, or an imaging process, or of a file backup that involved proper placement of system files so as to enable booting on the new drive.

Now I think I've described it correctly.  But, pgm554  has already mentioned a program which I haven't tried, but according to its docs looks like it can do what I want.  So, I'm closing this out with thanks.

I'm still interested in whether or not HDClone can work with spanning, but I'm asking a separate question for that.

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