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Disk Clone VS Clone / OS System Migration: The Differences And Which To Choose?

Disk-partition-formatting   2020-11-25 03:43:58

Incomputing,cloningisamethodofreplicatingeverybitofinformationfromoneplacetoanotherandmakingthesourceanddestinationexactlyidentical.ButwhenyouwanttotransferWindows10fromonedisktoanotherorfromonedisktoanSSD,thereareoftentwooptions:thediskcloneandthecloneoftheOS.WhatarethedifferencesbetweencloningadiskandcloninganOS?Whichoftheoptionsshouldyouchoose?ThisarticleexplainseverythingaroundthesetwonotionsofdiskcloneandOScloneandmigration.Tableofcontents1Introduction2DiskcloneVSClone/MigrationoftheOS:thedifferences2.1Thediskclone2.1.1Typesofdiskclones2.1.2Whatthediskclonedoes2.2SystemmigrationandOSclone3DiskcloneVSClone/OSmigration:whichonetochoose?4Links5IntroductionWhenwetakealookatdiskclonesoftware,weseethatitoftenoffersbothoftheseoptions.Forexample,belowtheToolsmenuofDiskGeniusofferstheoptionSystemMigrationandClonedisk.ButalsobelowAOMEIBackupperStandard(freeversion)withCloningthesystemanddiskclone.FinallyEaseUSTodoBackupalsoofferstheoptionclonediskandcloningthesystem.Atfirstglance,thedifferencesbetweenthesetwoMethodsoftransferringdatafromonedrivetoanotherarenotnecessarilyobvious.Herearesomeexplanationstohelpyounavigatethem.DiskCloneVSClone/OSmigration:thedifferencesThediskcloneDiskclonetypesThediskcloneislikecopyingthewholefromonedisktoanother.Youcanthenuseseveralcopymethods:Copyallsectors:Copyallsectorsofthediskonthedestinationdiskregardlessofwhetherthesectorsareusedornot.Thiscloningmodecancopyalargeamountofinvaliddataandtakeslonger.However,itisthemostcompletecopymethodthatwillcopyalldatafromthesourcedisktothetargetdisk.Copyallvalidsectorsaccordingtofilesystemlayouts:Copyallvaliddatafromthesourcedisktothecorrespondingpartitionsonthedestinationdiskaccordingtothelayoutofthefilesystem.Thedatastructureonthedestinationpartitionwillbeexactlythesameasthesourcepartition.Thecloningprocessgetsridoftheinvalidsector,soitisquitefast.Copyallfiles:Copyalldatafromthesourcedisktothedestinationdiskbyscanningthefilesystemlayoutofthesourcedisk.Whencopyingdata,thefileswillberearrangedaccordingtothelayoutofthefilesystem.Therewillbenofilefragmentsandit"sveryfast.WhatthediskclonedoesThediskcloneistobeusedwhenyouwantstrictcopiesofthedisksourceanddestinationdisk.Alldatasavedonthediskwillbetransferred,includingoperatingsystem,applications,driversandpersonalfiles.Ifyouhavemultiplediskpartitions,theywillbetransferredandcopied.Withthediskclonefeature,youcan:clonealargedisktoasmallerdiskcloneanMBRdiskonaGPTdisk,andviceversaThebrandoftheSSD(SamsungSSD,WDSSDandSanDiskSSD)andthemSata,M.2,PCI-Etypedonotcomeintoplay.FinallysomeclonesoftwareofdriveoptimizesSSDperformanceusingSSDalignmentfeature.MigrationsystemandOScloneSystemcloneormigrationandOSclonedonotcopyiethat:systempartitionCofWindowssystem-relatedpartitionsliketheEFIpartitioninthecaseofaGPTdisktheMBRpartitionsayreservedforthesystemforMBRBIOSFinallywithWindows10therecoverypartitionSoifyouhaveadditionaldatadiskpartitions,theywillnotbetransferred.Clearly,thisonlytransferstheinformationnecessaryforthesystemtofunction.Youmigratetheoperatingsystemfromonedisktoanother.Ingeneral,theDiskCloneUtilityselectsthesystempartitionsforyouandthenperformsthenecessarycopyoperations.DiskCloneVSClone/MigrationofOS:whichonetochoose?Itdependsonyourgoalandwhatyouwanttotransferfromonedrivetoanother:Ifyouwanttogetanexactcopyoftheoriginaldrive,choosethediskclone.Butifyouonlywanttousetheoldoperatingsystemonthenewdrive,choosesystemclone.Takenotecountsthecapacityofthedestinationdisk:Whenyouclonealargerdisktoasmallerdisk,youneedtomakesurethatthedestinationdiskislargeenoughtoholdallrecordeddataonsourcediskifyouusediskcloning.Sometimesyouhavetousesystemcloningduetocapacitylimitation.Sincethereisnobuilt-incloningutilityinWindows,youcanlookforreliablethird-partycloningsoftware.Youwillfindalistattheendofthearticle.LinksHowtocloneyourharddriveonWindows10CloneanHDD/SSDdiskwithMacriumReflectFreeCloneyourHDDandSSDdiskswithMinitoolPartitionWizardAOMEIBackupperStandard:CloneHDDtoSSDCloneyourdisksforfreewithEaseUSTodoBackupMBRandGPTdifferences:diskpartitionsYoufoundthisarticleusefulandinteresting,don"thesitatenottoshareit...DiskcloneVSClone/OSmigrationsystem:thedifferencesandwhichonetochoose?