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Is it possible to clone hard drives?

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It is possible to clone a hard drive with backup utility software that copies the contents of a hard drive to another hard drive. The process can take minutes or hours, depending on how much data is on the original drive.

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Examples of backup utility programs include ShadowCopy, Clonezilla and Acronis Backup & Recovery. A cloned hard drive is an exact duplicate of the original. People can replace an old drive with a new clone and experience no difference in function. This makes it an ideal backup in case a computer is damaged. It is important to store the cloned drive away from moisture, static electricity and magnets.

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