01-13-2012 11:53 AM
What do you guys suggest to "Clone/Copy" the hard drive to the new momentus XT?
I use a mac so I can use "Time Machine" which I preffer at the moment or use a program like "Carbon Copy Cloner"?
I'm just trying to make sure that the back up I make will have least amout of errors in it.
01-14-2012 04:25 AM - edited 01-14-2012 06:59 AM
If in doubt, refer to above rule.
CLONING IS AN EXCELLENT WAY TO ENSURE THAT MALWARE, VIRUS, SPYWARE, ROOTKITS AND EXPLOITS ARE FAITHFULLY PRESERVED ON YOUR NEXT MACHINE.
That is why certain people may have a vested interest in promoting cloning.
Cloning is a process that works fine for manufacturers of new PCs and large installations where there is a carefully validated set of software that is cloned to identical machines or machines so close in spec as to be immaterial.
Cloning of a consumer (post purchase) drive is always asking for trouble.
Too many variables and too risky for most consumers.
Seagate need to stop offering cloning software for their consumer customers,
01-14-2012 06:56 PM
The only sure way is to start with a clean install with a factory CD that is known not to contain any malware.
Then, update it to the latest patches (to eliminate open doors),
Add antivirus / malware / anti rootkit
THEN, do a file by file copy of the data from the old drive (in an external casing if needs be) to the new drive, scanning EVERY file for malware.
That include archives, etc.
I see. Would you consider Time Machine backup as cloning as well?
01-14-2012 07:45 PM
YES, Always clean up the disk you are going to clone first., Delete stuff you do not want, run Antivirus scanners on it, even defrag it if required. Once you have a good feeling that you have a clean running system then clone it. All this does indeed presume that you are cloning the system HD of course.
As far as what AV scanner, HM.. I am stuck on Norton right now., Also you can use the online scanners, run a few of them, depending upon where you are and how dirty your ISP is about keeping most bad things out of its *your" network, work offline if you have up-to-date AV software.
01-15-2012 06:36 AM
NEVER CLONE ----
NEVER rely on your "feelings"
YES, Always clean up the disk you are going to clone first., Delete stuff you do not want, run Antivirus scanners on it, even defrag it if required. Once you have a good feeling that you have a clean running system then clone it.
01-15-2012 07:00 AM
I'm using Acronis 2010 Home Edition... Using Backup and Restore (They have a Clone in Utilities & Tools, but I've never used that) and have not had any issues with it with a Momentus XT or SCSI boot drives...
Seeing that The programs I run take hours to install and configure (along with their data), and I'm using AV Programs, The time I save doing Backup and Restore (I only do Full Backups, not sequential). FAR OUTWEIGH the time lost doing a clean install....
Granted... A Clean install is the 100% Perfect World senerio.... But if you don't have a Week to get there.... And Since You'll have to rely on your web-surfing activities and AV program today.... Why not rely on it tomorrow?
If you don't run an AV program, I understand why a Clean Install would be preferred...