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Creates clone of any Mac based volume or the entire hard drive to another hard drive, network drive, volume or folder. In situations of system crash, hard drive damage etc., the cloned hard drive can be used as a backup drive. This feature can also be useful, if you want to take a full system backup.
Stellar Drive Clone has extended support to clone or copy the exact contents of a solid-state drive to your Mac drive. SSD drives are comparatively faster than traditional magnetic disks. They are less susceptible to damage, but you may face data loss on these drives. To avert the possibility of any data disaster, you can create a clone of your SSD drive using Stellar Drive Clone.
Provides option to create image of any Mac based hard drive or volume. The hard drive image stores the content of the entire hard drive and can be useful in case of any instance of data loss/inaccessibility. The image file created through Stellar Drive Clone takes less storage space, as it ignores the bad sectors and unused file space in the source drive/volume.
With Stellar Drive Clone, you can select the files or folders of your choice in any partition in your Mac and create a back up file of the same. You can further go for ‘Schedule Periodic Backup’ (daily, weekly, or monthly) and the software will do the task of its own. The good thing is that you can also backup a removable media.
With the 'Restore' feature, the software restores the volume to its original state by copying back all the data from the cloned folder or hard drive image file. Note that the data restoration process through Stellar Drive Clone is much faster than that of the manual method.
Usually, after the hard drive cloning process, if the destination drive has more space, then the remaining extra space becomes useless and no data can be saved on the same. To utilize the entire space of the hard drive, Stellar Drive Clone provides option to resize the volumes on the destination drive.
Besides supporting HFS, HFS+ and FAT based drives, the software also performs cloning for exFAT based volumes or drives. With the help of this feature, you can also clone a flash drive formatted with exFAT file system. Further, the software can clone any NTFS formatted drive to exFAT formatted drive in Mac OSX.
With Stellar Drive Clone, you get the advantage of cloning hard disks formatted with MBR (Master Boot Record) partition map scheme. This is a native partitioning scheme for DOS and Windows disks. It is also used for devices that support DOS or Windows compatible file formats, such as memory cards.
This feature of the software allows you to customize the end-task activities of hard drive imaging/cloning. The feature includes options to set various preferences, such as 'Play Sound', 'Send system to sleep', 'Shutdown system', when the job of cloning/imaging gets finished. You can also set preferences to check for Stellar Drive Clone updates at a scheduled day.
Provides option to create a Bootable DVD, which can help you boot your system, in case of any instance of system failure or crash. You can include multiple applications, depending upon the space in the DVD and run them from the Bootable DVD as well. You do not need to copy the Drive Clone application to the Bootable DVD, as the application is included by default.
Creates a minimal system with all the necessary system files, which works as a real system with bare minimum features. The Minimal System created through Stellar Drive Clone includes Apple's default applications, all the files/folders on the desktop and the applications selected by you. This system provides an empty user's folder with all the default preferences. Moreover, booting from a minimal system is faster than the Bootable DVD.
File Size:10.2 MB
The time required for creating a clone of the hard drive depends on several factors:
Data transfer speed of the source and destination drive
Quantity of data
Alignment and size distribution of the files stored in the source hard drive
Data transfer method
Processor's speed and architecture
Performance of the hardware interface
Stellar Drive Clone performs cloning of drives and volumes that are formatted with HFS, HFS+, FAT, and exFAT. The software can also clone an NTFS-formatted drive to exFAT drive. If your source drive has an HFS+ partition, FAT partition, and NTFS partition, this cloning tool will copy all data from your FAT and HFS+ partitions to the destination drive with similar partitions and clone the NTFS partition into an exFAT partition on this drive. The cloned copy of the hard drive will contain data in all the three partitions.
No, the bootable DVD created using this cloning software can only be used to boot the same or identical system on which it is created. If you created a bootable DVD on an Intel machine, it cannot be used on a machine having a PowerPC processor.
Yes, the software can easily clone any particular volume of your system to a connected network drive using the 'Clone volume to a network drive' option in the 'Clone' window.
Yes, the software clones hard drives by providing you an option to resize volumes on the destination drive. You can increase the size of the volumes on destination drive to have just two partitions.
You can set preferences to 'play sound', 'send system to sleep' and 'shut down system', once the hard drive imaging/cloning process gets finished. You can also set the preferences to check for the latest Drive Clone software updates, as per the selected option (Daily, Weekly, and Monthly).
Steps to set the end-task preferences:
From the Stellar Drive Clone menu, click the option, 'Preferences'.
Under the 'After finishing task' section -
Select the 'Play Sound' option to assign a sound, which will be played, when the cloning task finishes.
Select the 'Send System to sleep' option, in case you want the system to sleep after the cloning task finishes.
Select the 'Shutdown system' option, if you want the system to turn-off, once the cloning process finishes.
Click the button, 'OK' to save the settings.
Steps to set the update task preferences:
Select the 'Preferences' option from the Stellar Drive Clone menu.
Under the 'Update' section -
Check-mark the 'Check for updates' option to assign the frequency, in which you want to check the updates.
Select the frequency from the list (Daily/Weekly/Monthly).
Click the 'Check for Updates' button to check the current updates for the software.
Click the button, 'OK' to save the settings.
Yes, you can clone the data of any NTFS formatted volume. However, the cloned volume will be saved as exFAT file system.
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