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otieatkins

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Good Morning,
My question is.... If I have a 1 TB drive that I want to clone, are there programs out there that allow me to clone it to a (example)500 GB by allowing compressing it? I've got large drives that I would love to clone but don't have space to "copy" it in it's original size.
Thanks for the help...
Dianne
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Cloning is a full copy of the entire disk. You would clone a drive (such as the main C drive) to another hard drive. If the original failed then you would swap the original drive for the cloned drive.
What you are looking for is to create an image of the drive. With the image, it can be saved to a hard drive, network, CD ,etc. You would then "restore the image" to the drive. The image (depending on size) could be numerous files. The image is a compressed format of everything on the drive.

Check out Easeus ToDo Backup or Drive Image XML. They are both free. But there are numerous others t5hat will be recommended.
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123Runner, Thanks very much for your help. I've downloaded the software(s) and am going to try them to see which I like best.
Much appreciated, Dianne
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