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FarStone DriveClone V9.1 Incl Keymaker-CORE Setup Free
like most backup software, driveclone offers “one click restore” which provides for a smooth transition back to normal functionality of the drive after the backup. however, it left me puzzled, in that i took the backup on a sunday, and was back at work monday. on sunday, the drive was showing 57gb of available space on the drive. on monday, the drive shows 13.7gb on it. after testing several other drives, i learned that the cloning failed to backup the system files and windows directory structures.
i did not have a dual boot setup. i used the drive in one system and then went back to the other system. i had installed a couple of applications for both systems, but the one that i was using was not installed on the backup drive. i was left with a clean drive. as for my current system, i backed up all my data to my backup drive and took the backup drive out. i then re-installed the software that i had installed on the backup drive. finally, i followed the instructions to restore the drive that i was trying to recover. one of the tools in the “one click restore” software allowed me to select the drive that i want to recover. when i click “restore” it then does the rest for me. even if the drive has been partitioned, driveclone will allow you to use one drive as a backup drive with your operating system installed on it and use the other drive as a data drive to store the data.
on the second system, i was able to boot into windows and use the drive immediately. i had files on it that i had restored from the backup drive and it was full of data. it worked very well and was a big bonus to a backup /restore system that i had installed already. in my tests, i was able to boot into windows, and use the drive, as if it were new without any problems. it also worked well with my backup software, and allowed me to use the drive as a backup device.
reviewer 3: it was an easy program to use. i booted into the cd, booted windows, inserted the drive, and off i went. no messing around. in terms of windows compatibility, it did not work on my computer, as my hard drive partition was set up as a dev/sda1 and my recovery partition was set to dev/sda2. i finally got it to work and i was successful in cloning my recovery partition onto another drive and restoring my windows boot. i got my data back in 2 days. it is the only program i have used that i have been able to restore my data back to my computer in such a short period of time. the only speed adjustments i had to make were to enable the defragmenting and to increase the frequency. i would use this program again in a heartbeat.
reviewer 4: my first reaction to driveclone is that it is overkill for the average user. the company has gone over and beyond to make this product. many software manufacturers release drive cloning products as trialware. when the trial is completed, the product does not “perpetually license” the software.
it would have been nice to be able to move all the files in the windows directory structure to the new drive. this would have saved me the hours it took me to find the files manually. also, it would have saved all the programs i might need after the backup to stick on the new drive as well.
overall, i liked the program but never had a need to use it because of my backups. after i did the backup, i restarted the computer and moved the new drive into my optical library. i renamed the drive as well.