Casper Cloning vs Casper imaging.

I had this question after watching Cloning a Hard Drive with Casper.

The video was very informative. What I was not sure about was the cloning vs. imaging. It appeared he was cloning onto an external drive that may have been connected via USB device. I totally understand the difference between "cloning" and "imaging".

My question is: since he chose to clone, he should be able to take the drive he cloned to - to replace the current drive he cloned. Is that the case?

I normally do imaging onto an external USB drive and have used that image to restore a replacement drive or one that I reformatted.

I assume Casper is a paid product and not a free product. I have no issues with it being a paid product if it is so. I haven't researched it either as of yet

Anyu feedb ack would be appreciated.
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Andreas GieryicComputer Networking, OwnerAsked:
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nobusCommented:
>>  My question is: since he chose to clone, he should be able to take the drive he cloned to - to replace the current drive he cloned. Is that the case?     << YES it is

if you image, you should get the same result ( you can use the new drive to replace the old one)
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Cloning does an exact mirror copy of the source drive on another similar or bigger drive. And this copy is usually bootable if the source drive is. So simply switching drives should work.
Imaging is preferable because it allows to keep more than one copy of your drive.
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hgkgsupportCommented:
That is cool as long as it isn't a UEFI clone.  UEFI is the devils work.  For that try this

http://itsolutionsblog.net/solution-to-your-pc-needs-to-be-repaired/
 
x:\Sources>diskpart
List volume
Select volume=2  (ESP volume)
Assign letter=z
Exit
X:\sources>bcdboot c:\windows /s z: /f: UEFI
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Andreas GieryicComputer Networking, OwnerAuthor Commented:
The "Experts Exchange" iPhone app is awful for replying. I replied with much detail and it would not upload.

I am a big fan of "imaging" and not so much cloning. I keep a 1TB drive at every client's office that I use to image all workstations in an office. Most workstation have less that 100GB each. They keep data on the server. I've been using the Windows 7 Pro "system Imaging" and its been working quite well.

The problem I've found; if I replace a hard drive with a bigger hard drive, the restored image will not use the entire hard as one volume. I would have to create a 2nd volume to make use of that space. Back in old days of Norton Ghost 8, it backed up sector by sector which worked great for XP

Anyway, I assume Casper uses the Windows Imaging component to some point as do many "Backup and Recovery" software programs.


As far as UEFI, I have not seen any beneficial benefits using this mode. I know with newer PC's that come with Windows 8.1 are set as UEFI. I have clients who took it upon themselves to purchase very cheap PC's and then have me merge them into the domain. so basically, I end up wiping the drive, set the BIOS to use Legacy configuration and install Windows 7 Pro (if supported).

Does Casper, or Windows 7 Pro for that matter, both support UEFO cloning and imaging as well as the legacy setting.
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Andreas GieryicComputer Networking, OwnerAuthor Commented:
I meant UEFI
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
I don't know about Casper but Windows 7 does. It takes backup of entire drive structure and then copies the data. But in this native MS backup tool the compression is not the best one.
Have you ever thought about alternatives?
Paragon Backup & Recovery Free edition http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/ does backup of UEFi and legacy layouts plus during restore it will resize partitions so to take the entire space if you set the right checkbox. And it uses its own backup approach, not the one from MS. Means better compression and simple interface.
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nobusCommented:
>>   the restored image will not use the entire hard as one volume.  <<  right, but in disk manager, you can extend the partition so it uses the whole drive space
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Andreas GieryicComputer Networking, OwnerAuthor Commented:
Sorry for replying so late. All good information
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JONINBENDCommented:
I have been using Casper for over 10 years.  It's easy.  It's inexpensive.  It works.  In fact, I've never had it fail for either myself, or any of my clients.  Wonderful software.
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nobusCommented:
on the other hand - if you select clone - it will use the total disk space
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