Disk cloning NVMe drives - veteren level - best cloning software?

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    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #21

    Blast2020 said:

    I'll have to investigate 'full OS disk backup instead of cloning', but it seems more complicated.
    You can make an image file of all partitions on your system disk with 6 or 8 mouse clicks in Macrium..........accepting all defaults.

    That will get your first image made.

    Worry about the finer points (changing the defaults) later.

    Yeah, you can save dozens of images on the destination drive if you have enough space. The images can be moved around at will, just like any ordinary file. They are large---typically 50 or 60 percent of the size of the occupied space of the partitions, using the default medium compression. Mine are running around 24 gb for about 40 gb of occupied space.
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  2. Posts : 19,209
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
       #22

    Blast2020 said:
    Thanks, I was asking because I've started doing some gaming (lol, I bet I'm older than some of the fathers of the players out there) and i started paying attention to fan cooling to reduce heating of the NVMe drive (now maxing out at 40-43*C instead of 55*C because of placement of the GPU/fans right over the heat sink for the NVMe drive), the CPU (still reaching 75-80*C on some cores), and GPU (now <60*C). So I wanted to make sure my NVMe is backed up.

    I'll have to investigate 'full OS disk backup instead of cloning', but it seems more complicated. I saw the reasons (i.e., multiple file backups can be saved on a single disk as opposed to full disk clones, each taking up an entire disk).
    Most, MR included backup programs can make a single file backup of whole disk including all partitions. It could be mounted as virtual disk to access all files. In case of need you just restore to any other disk which can be accomplished in few minutes depending on size. Speaking of size, backing up by cloning, takes same size as whole disk, empty space and all but backup file with MR backs up only raw data and with compression, backup file is only up to 75% of all data on disk you are backing up, in many cases even smaller.
    In my example, OS disk (Samsung 960 evo, 260 GB, with 167GB of data (only on C: partition and 4 other partitions makes backup file of only 109GB. Resulting .mrimg file can be moved or copied anywhere else, while cloned disk you can't move anywhere.
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  3. Posts : 17
    Win 10 Pro
       #23

    Thanks.... I think I'll have to try that once I get accustomed to whole-disk cloning with MR. Maybe practice making an image, saving it somewhere, and then re-installing it on a blank drive and insuring that I can do it.

    ignatzatsonic said:
    You can make an image file of all partitions on your system disk with 6 or 8 mouse clicks in Macrium..........accepting all defaults.

    That will get your first image made.

    Worry about the finer points (changing the defaults) later.

    Yeah, you can save dozens of images on the destination drive if you have enough space. The images can be moved around at will, just like any ordinary file. They are large---typically 50 or 60 percent of the size of the occupied space of the partitions, using the default medium compression. Mine are running around 24 gb for about 40 gb of occupied space.
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    Wow, this site really gives back feedback quickly....even on a sunday morning at 9-10am!! Thanks everyone. I mean I posted about 4 comments between last night and early this morning and already received responses to all of them.
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  4. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #24

    Blast2020 said:
    Thanks.... I think I'll have to try that once I get accustomed to whole-disk cloning with MR. Maybe practice making an image, saving it somewhere, and then re-installing it on a blank drive and insuring that I can do it.
    Good idea.........restoring is more daunting than making an image. You'll have to make quite a few choices during the process, particularly if you are restoring only certain partitions. Macrium has a 400 page PDF help document. The menu choices can be a bit confusing, so it's best to have some familiarity before an emergency if possible.
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