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    Default Disk cloning program for CNC machine hard drives

    We have Agie Wire EDMs and DMG 5 axis cnc mills.
    We are trying to make a clone copy of their hard drives.
    We have replacement hard drives.
    Which is the best software program to clone these hard drives?
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    Default Re: Disk cloning program for CNC machine hard drives

    We sell machines with Siemens controls and all machines are fitted with Symantec Ghost software to make copies of the data on the hard drive.

    I believe this software is a Norton product , and it works great.

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    Default Re: Disk cloning program for CNC machine hard drives

    did you clone the entire disc using norton ghost?

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    Default Re: Disk cloning program for CNC machine hard drives

    I repair computers on the side, and i use CLoneZilla for all my clones. I have never had an issue with it and it is FREE. Can never beat free.

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    Default Re: Disk cloning program for CNC machine hard drives

    have you ever cloned disks with non PC disks? Like disks in a CNC machines - those which are not windows or linux based?

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    Default Re: Disk cloning program for CNC machine hard drives

    I have just done a quick search after i just posted. Ghost is $50ish. It used to be well over $100 or something last I looked, which was over a year ago. Not near as bad as I had originally thought. But $50 to me is still too much for something that can be free. But if that is your call. Let me know what you decide. And I can help with you with CloneZilla. Or if you decide Ghost, maybe DEONSKOK can help you. Not as bad to the wallet as i thought.

    EDIT:And idk what happened to my last post Moderators? It said it needed to be approved. then I reposted to add this because I could not EDIT the last post , now its gone? Idk if you can still post that last post as it was very helpful? And if so, can you delete this edit afterwards? Thank you and sorry for the Complications.

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    Default Re: Disk cloning program for CNC machine hard drives

    $50 or $100 is not material for me. In fact, already, I have two versions of ghost - to run on XP and I have an xp computer.. These are 15+ year old machines. So, older ghost, might be better..

    I thought i read somewere that someone had a problem with ghost puting something on the source disk - that would totally mess things up - i cannot risk that.

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    Default Re: Disk cloning program for CNC machine hard drives

    Okay. I had posted a post before the last post that never posted. Its lost in limbo I guess. So here it goes a little bit shorter.

    I have used CloneZilla to clone multiple linux OS's, and all the windows OS's from 98 to 7. I have also cloned just backup hard drives that dont have an OS installed and are just files. Each was different. One was an exact clone to same size HDD, while another was an upgrade in size, while another was actually a downgrade in size (much more difficult, was only done because that was the only spare HDD and the current HDD was on its last leg. But all of which I have never had an issue, or if i stopped it in the middle(only once) I never had an issue with the source disc. I can send you exact links if you'd like to help you set up for CloneZilla and also a great how to video on how to use it. I am not going to guarantee now that it doesnt touch the source disk. Everything that I have been taught (at least from this program) is that it doesn't touch the source disk and that it only Reads it. I'm just going from experience, and it has literally only copied the Image from one disk and write it to the other, and I have never seen any change or any extra data on the source disk.

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    Default Re: Disk cloning program for CNC machine hard drives

    I will take a look at clonezilla. Thank you for your offer of help. If I need help, I will send you a private message here.
    Thanks again!

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    Default Re: Disk cloning program for CNC machine hard drives

    i found the answer.
    "drive snap shot" works!!
    http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/

    We used it to clone a drive from a 1998 dmg 5 axis machine and it worked fine.

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