Changelog (Version History)

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Version 9.1.11b

Self-booting (Symobi)

Newer M.2 disks not visibleIn some cases, newer M.2 disks were not displayed.

Disks

Version 9.1.11

Self-booting (Symobi)

Multi-M2 Support with Intel-RSTWhen using more than one M.2 disk in a system with "NVMe Remapping" or "Intel Rapid Storage Technology" (Intel-RST) enabled, now all of the M.2 disks can be detected, not only one as before.

M2

Version 9.1.9c

Self-booting (Symobi)

USB 3 compatibility (TI Controllers)Certain Texas Instruments USB 3 controllers were not usable due to their non standard compliant behavior. After adding several workarounds for these issues, these controllers are fully usable now.

USB

Version 9.1.9

Self-booting (Symobi)

Compatibility with older NTFSWith NTFS file systems, created with older versions of Windows (NT4 and earlier), in some cases compressed files could not be read.

NTFS

Version 9.1.8f

Self-booting (Symobi)

Bootenv file skipped by boot loaderThe boot loader skipped the bootenv.usr file containing user defined settings for the boot process.

Boot

Version 9.1.8e

Self-booting (Symobi)

Surface Tablet switches off automaticallyMicrosoft Surface Go tablets turned themselves off about 15 s after starting.

Shutdown

Version 9.1.8d

Self-booting (Symobi)

Touchscreen/Touchpad support improvedNow there are more built-in touch screens and touch pads supported.

Input

Version 9.1.8a

General

Restore crash on target disk selectionWhen selecting the target disk for an ImageRestore operation, in certain cases the App could crash.

ImageRestore

Version 9.1.8

General

Accessing FAT file systems created with macOSIn FAT file systems, created by macOS, folders and files with the same name as the volume label could not be accessed.

FAT, macOS

Version 9.1.7

On Windows

Program crash after clone/imageIn some cases, the entire program crashed after creating a disk clone or a disk image had been finished. Since the program just closed without further notification, there was no chance for users to see that their clone/image had been created correctly and without any errors, although the error only occurred after completion of the cloning/imaging process.

Clone

Version 9.1.6

On Windows

Empty disk after cloningIf HDClone crashes/terminates itself at the end of the cloning process, vital partition data is not written and the disk appears empty.

Version 9.1.5

General

Cloning or restoring from image failsWhen cloning and/or restoring a disk from an image, in some cases when extended partitions were present, the process got automatically aborted due to a program fault.

Partition

Spot: Multiple selection of files incorrectIf the last entry was added to the current selection when selecting files or folders in the file browser Spot, only this entry was selected and the previous selection was canceled.

App, Spot

On Windows

Token ActivationIn some cases, correct USB token recognition did not work reliably.

Token

Drive access error on Windows Server 2003Accessing drives without a drive letter assigned could render access errors on special configurations of Windows Server 2003.

Server2003

CPU load reducedThe CPU load generated when the application was idle has been reduced.

CPU

Version 9.1.4a

Self-booting (Symobi)

Boot process gets stuck on some UEFI BIOSesWithout CSM activated, the boot process could get stuck directly at the startup screen (Symobi boot selection) when started in UEFI mode.

Boot, UEFI

Version 9.1.4

General

File Dialog blockedWhen marking a file in the standard file dialog, its name was transferred to the input line as a suggestion. If the file was subsequently deleted in the same dialog, the proposal was retained in the input line, but the confirmation button was disabled. Now in this case the input line is cleared.

Widget

On Windows

BootSetup: CD/DVD/BluRay writers not availableCD/DVD/BluRay writers with the drive letters A: or B: were not visible in the list of available burners.

BootSetup

Self-booting (Symobi)

Touchscreen support on different Intel chipsetsOn various Intel chipsets (Sunrise Point and Cannon Point), the support for built-in touchscreen controllers has been improved.

Input

Version 9.1.3

General

One-Time Activation requires restartWhen a One-Time Activation had been consumed, a program restart was required before another One-Time Activation could be used.

OTA

Alignment of Extended PartitionsIn the case of volumes with an MBR partition table on which extended partitions are set up, some or all of the extended partitions were not visible to Windows or Linux after copying or restoring from an image using the alignment option.

Partition

Pad: the same Document is opened several timesIf a newly created document in Pad was saved and then was selected again for opening via “Open file”, it would not display the tab that was already open with the file, but open the same file again in a new tab.

Pad

Version 9.1.2

General

"Disk" pane does not group volumes and network sharesIn the "Disk" pane of Spot and in the open and save popups, a separate disk entry was displayed for each volume of a disk instead of grouping all the volumes of a disk below it. This also occurred with network shares, where several shares should have been grouped with their server.

App, Spot

Pad remembers recently used folderIf a file is opened or saved under a new name, Pad now offers the last folder used, unless it has been restarted in the meantime.

App, Pad

Closing file dialogs with <ESC> keyThe standard file dialogs (open file and save file) can now be closed with the <ESC> key.

UI

Pad rendering HTML filesPad did not display opened HTML files as text, but in a rendered form. HTML files are now displayed as plain text only.

Pad

On Windows

Boot setup does not include Symobi/LWhen an ISO file or CD/DVD was created with Boot Setup, the Linux boot option (Symobi/L) was not available, despite the correctly selected checkbox.

BootSetup

Self-booting (Symobi)

Bootability on current systemsUpdated boot loader for improved compatibility for booting on current systems.

Boot

Self-booting (Linux based)

Bootability on current systemsUpdated boot loader for improved compatibility for booting on current systems.

Boot

Version 9.1.1

On Windows

USB token not recognizedIn some cases the USB token was not recognized. In these cases, the serial numbers were sometimes not available when selecting the source and destination disks.

USB

Crash of the SpeedTest appThe SpeedTest app crashed when starting a speed test.

SpeedTest

Self-booting (Symobi)

IDE-Datenträger not visibleIf CD/DVD drives were connected to an IDE controller, the hard disks and SSDs connected there were not recognized.

IDE, CDRom

Missing 64 bit version causes boot issueBooting the program in BIOS (CSM/legacy) mode fails, when there is no 64 bit version available on the boot disk.

Boot, BIOS

Self-booting (Linux based)

Missing 64 bit version causes boot issueBooting the program in BIOS (CSM/legacy) mode fails, when there is no 64 bit version available on the boot disk.

Boot, BIOS

Version 9.1.0a

General

Partitions not listedThe apps for cloning and image restore did not display the individual partitions of selected source disks correctly.

Clone, Image

Handling invalid FAT file systemsFAT file systems, defined with a size larger than the partition containing the file system are invalid. But they are now handled as usable, as long as all of their data is located within the partition. Previously such FAT file systems would refuse writing files (including Logs) or showing issues when booting from the Bootstick.

FAT

Self-booting (Symobi)

Screen freezeIn rare cases, the program screen could freeze after booting the software.

Bluetooth HID FailureInput devices (HID) connected via Bluetooth did not work properly.

Input

Self-booting (Linux based)

Screen freezeIn rare cases, the program screen could freeze after booting the software.

Version 9.1.0

General

Remote Assistance AppletThe new Remote Assistance applet allows the user to request remote access to their program screen.

Applet, Support

Transfer speed displayAlterations of the actual, current transfer speed will now be displayed more quickly.

Copy, Backup, Restore

On Windows

Running under Windows-on-ARMNow also works on Windows-on-ARM systems and can be used the same as under x86/x64 Windows. Attention: The self-booting versions don’t work on these systems, which may require to take different measures when restoring the system disk, for example by using Winodws PE.

Detection of Network SharesThe network shares visible in the “Network” view of the Windows Explorer can now be used in the software, provided that the current user has the necessary access rights.

SMB

BootSetup blocks after multiple callsIf the boot setup was called several times without closing the first window, the application remained blocked.

BootSetup

WMI service availability warningA warning message is now displayed, if the Windows “Windows Management Instrumentation” (WMI) service is not available when the application is started. In this case, some devices may not be available in the application.

UI

Save Emergency System Log to Location Other Than DesktopThe emergency system log (parameter "log") can now be saved to a location other than the desktop. For this purpose, a directory must be specified after the "log" parameter, separated by a colon (for example "log:D:\MyLogDir"). If the log cannot be written there, it will be saved to the desktop as it were.

Log

Self-booting (Symobi)

Battery Status AppletThe new battery status applet displays the current battery charge level of notebooks.

HW

HPA and DCO over USBThe HPA and DCO mechanisms for SATA/IDE disks are now also available when volumes are connected through a USB bridge, as long as it supports ATA passthrough.

ATA, HPA, DCO

DiskInfo also via USBDiskInfo now displays SATA/IDE specific information from SATA/IDE disks even when connected through a USB bridge that supports ATA passthrough.

USB, ATA, SMART, Diskinfo

ATA password with USB and FirewireUnlocking ATA password protected SATA (or IDE) disks will now also work in many cases, when they are accessed over a USB or Firewire bridge. The bridge is required to offer support for ATA passthough according to "SCSI / ATA Translation (SAT)".

USB

ATA password in new AppsThe new Apps now allow to also unlock and use ATA password protected disks.

ATA

Improved UEFI boot sequenceBooting HDClone/S and HDClone/L on some UEFI systems that took several minutes now has been reduced to a few seconds.

Bootloader

No input devices or disks availableIn rare cases, no input devices are available after starting the software.

HW

Freeze on self-booting program startIn rare cases, the boot process of the software stopped at the loading screen.

Boot

Improved support of Nvidia software RAIDsAn increased number of SATA/RAID controllers are now recognized for use with Nvidia software RAIDs.

HW

Inout Device SupportSupport for input devices, especially built-in touchscreens and touchpads in notebooks and tablets, has been enhanced.

Input

General Device SupportThe general support for input devices, mass storage and other devices has been improved and expanded.

HW

Screen CalibrationThe option "Screen Adjustment" has been added to the "Screen Resolution" applet, which displays a full-screen white area. This allows the automatic calibration of the monitor's display position (often referred to as "Auto Adjust" or similar) to be performed in the best possible way.

Display

Spurious Clicks with TouchscreensOn some touchscreens, a single touch could generate multiple click instances instead of just one. This could lead to unintended effects.

Input

Support for Integrated Input DevicesSupport for integrated input devices, especially for notebooks and tablets, has been improved and expanded for many models.

Input

Support for SD Card ReadersCard readers with an AU6621 chipset are now supported.

SD, MMC

Self-booting (Linux based)

Battery Status AppletThe new battery status applet displays the current battery charge level of notebooks.

HW

Improved UEFI boot sequenceBooting HDClone/S and HDClone/L on some UEFI systems that took several minutes now has been reduced to a few seconds.

Bootloader

Screen CalibrationThe option "Screen Adjustment" has been added to the "Screen Resolution" applet, which displays a full-screen white area. This allows the automatic calibration of the monitor's display position (often referred to as "Auto Adjust" or similar) to be performed in the best possible way.

Display

Version 9.0.14b

General

Error with FAT-12FAT-12 file systems, when cloned or restored from an image, in combination with resizing could result in an error causing the process to be aborted.

Clone, Restore, FAT

Version 9.0.13a

Self-booting (Symobi)

App start failure on 64 bit systemsIn few cases, Apps would hang at startup on some 64 bit systems (x64).

64Bit

Version 9.0.12b

Self-booting (Symobi)

Apps did not startOn some UEFI systems, individual apps did not start, although program start and app menu worked fine.

SMBIOS

False boot message on UEFI in 32 bit modeOn some UEFI systems, starting in 32 bit mode a false error message about the graphics mode not matching could block successful startup.

Boot

Version 9.0.12a

Self-booting (Symobi)

SMBIOS compatibility improvedNewer computers can have SMBIOS information in two different formats, one of which can be outdated. Symobi now recognized both formats and selects the valid one.

SMBIOS

Version 9.0.12

General

Duplicated Messages in Status and ReportIf starting a new process after cancelling a previous one and without leaving the App could cause warning messages from the previously cancelled process to re-appear in the status dialog of the next process as well as in the report. The regular messages of that latest process would also be displayed, the false ones in addition.

Copy, Backup, Restore

Version 9.0.11a

General

Graphic DisplayGraphic errors could occur under high system load and the display was slowed down altogether.

Graphic

Version 9.0.11

General

Graphic Error/FreezeIn rare cases, graphic errors could occur (malfunctions, altered dialog and button sizes, etc.), up to the point of a complete freezing of the interface.

Graphic

Access Problem Following the Use of PartitionerIn some cases, after using Partitioner, a partition was no longer accessible from other apps until the next reboot.

Image, Partitioner

Apps Would not StartIn rare cases, apps could no longer be started and system logs were no longer generated.

Boot, License

On Windows

Program Freeze Upon StartupIn rare cases, the program stopped while loading, even before displaying the main menu.

Start

Self-booting (Linux based)

Program Freeze Upon StartupIn rare cases, the program stopped while loading, even before displaying the main menu.

Start

Version 9.0.10a

General

ExFAT not Bootable After CloningExFAT boot media were not bootable after restoring/cloning.

ExFAT

Version 9.0.10

General

Windows Boot Error on the Target DiskOn Windows systems with MBR partition tables, boot errors occurred when the target's disk ID adjustment was disabled while cloning or restoring.

Windows, MBR, Clone, Restore

Progress Indication for System LogWhile writing the system log, the progress bar could jump back to zero.

Log

Self-booting (Symobi)

Detection of PS/2 Input DevicesIt could occur that PS/2 input devices were not detected correctly, especially when only a PS/2 mouse but no PS/2 keyboard was connected.

Input

Version 9.0.9

On Windows

Boot Setup: Error When Writing FilesWriting the boot files to a USB device could not be completed if other programs, such as antivirus software, were accessing it simultaneously.

BootSetup

Self-booting (Symobi)

Native Screen Resolution UnavailableIn some cases, the connected screen's native resolution was not correctly recognized.

Graphic

Version 9.0.8

General

Crash When Cloning/Restoring Windows NTAn attempt to copy Windows NT or to restore it from an image would result in a crash of the new copy, backup and restore apps.

Clone, Backup, Restore

Improved Components for Disk SelectionThe new copy and image apps provide a more sophisticated graphical disk selection component that displays more information about disks, especially the serial number.

Clone, Backup, Restore

Self-booting (Symobi)

eMMC Not FoundSome types of eMMC storage media were not recognized correctly.

Disk, eMMC

Version 9.0.7

General

Faulty Access to FAT-12Access problems and errors could occur with FAT-12 formatted file systems, affecting both cloning and image creation as well as file access in the Spot file manager.

Filesystem

Version 9.0.6a

General

Message pane missing in status popupThe "Messages" pane of the status popup was missing in the copy and image restore apps.

GUI, Copy, Restore

Self-booting (Symobi)

Sporadic Freeze at StartupThe system (Symobi) and the app could crash or freeze, randomly and sporadically.

System

Version 9.0.6

General

Dynamic Disk SupportDynamic Disks' volumes can now be used as source and target partitions just like all other volumes in the copy and imaging apps.

Dynamic

Invalid image after cancellation due to errorsIf the creation of an image was canceled due to an error, incomplete and thus practically defective images were not automatically deleted in some cases.

Backup

On Windows

CD/DVD/BluRay Media Disturbed Disk RecognitionSome CD/DVD/BluRay media (e.g. the Windows 7 installation DVD) could cause disks to no longer be displayed in the apps. In addition, the CPU capacity was at 100%, even after the app was closed.

Version 9.0.5b

On Windows

Automatic 'recently used' entries for newly created imagesNewly created images and restored images are now added to the 'last used' list, accessible via a right-click on the task icon in the Windows task bar.

Backup, Restore

Self-booting (Symobi)

Images on Dynamic DisksImages can now also be created on or read from Dynamic Disks.

Image, DYN

FAT File Systems: Clusters > 64 KiBAccess to data content was not possible with FAT file systems using a cluster size larger than 64 KiB.

FAT, Backup, Restore

Version 9.0.5a

Self-booting (Symobi)

Recognition of USB Input DevicesUSB-connected input devices are now recognized correctly again.

Input, USB

Version 9.0.4b

General

Copying While Retaining Windows XP BootabilityIf a Windows XP or older version was cloned with the new SmartCopy App or the new Restore App, or when it was restored from an image and partitions were omitted or resized, the target was not bootable.

WinXP, CHS

Version 9.0.4a

General

Bootability with the New ImageRestorePreviously in the new ImageRestore App, the operating system adjustments were not performed when restoring from images. As a result, in some cases the target was not bootable.

Restore

Version 9.0.4

Self-booting (Symobi)

Input Devices UnavailableIn some cases, the PS/2 input devices - typically notebook keyboards and touchpads - and possibly other devices were not available under HDClone/S64.

Devices, ACPI

Version 9.0.2

On Windows

No Program Startup on Windows XP / Windows Server 2003Only a black window would appear when starting HDClone 9 on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003.

Self-booting (Symobi)

Non-Functioning TouchscreenIn some cases touchscreens could not be used, although they had been working with an earlier version.

Input

Version 9.0.0e

General

SmartImage und Backup Apps Would Not StartDue to a faulty program package, the SmartImage and Backup apps could not be started.

Version 9.0.0d

Self-booting (Symobi)

Improved SD/eMMC SpeedThe resource management of SD and eMMC disks was improved, which in certain cases makes them work significantly faster.

HW

Version 9.0.0c

General

Image Drive Selectable as Restoration TargetWhen restoring from an image to a disk, it was sometimes possible to at the same time select the disk that contained the image as the target.

Restore

Intermittent App FreezeAfter selecting the source image and target disk, the app could freeze for several seconds.

Restore

On Windows

Error Message When USB Boot Media is FullIf a bootable USB stick is created with the boot setup and the selected media no longer contains enough free space, a specific error message appears.

BootSetup

Automatic Formatting of USB Sticks During Boot SetupIf an empty USB media is selected in the Boot Setup, the option "Format Disk" is automatically preselected.

BootSetup

Self-booting (Symobi)

Mouse Input Error ResolvedIn some cases, other events were triggered when the mouse was moved (e.g. scrolling).

Input

Version 9.0.0b

General

Pad: Explicit Warning When ClosingIf Pad was closed and there were unsaved changes, the corresponding warning message that appeared was misleadingly worded.

Aux

IOPS OutputThe results of the "Random Read (IOPS/R)" tests are now displayed in IOPS/s instead of bytes/s.

App, SpeedTest

Self-booting (Symobi)

Improved Hardware Component RecognitionOn some of the newer systems, certain controllers (e.g. USB or SATA) were not recognized if they were connected via extended PCI address ranges.

Device

System Could Freeze When Booting HDClone/SDue to insufficient system initialization, the boot process of HDClone/S could freeze permanently during the loading animation.

Boot

Volatile Files on Read-Only MediaEven with read-only media, it was supposedly possible to create files. However, they were only created in the cache and were not stored permanently. The actual write protection was fully effective.

FAT

Self-booting (Linux based)

Volatile Files on Read-Only MediaEven with read-only media, it was supposedly possible to create files. However, they were only created in the cache and were not stored permanently. The actual write protection was fully effective.

FAT

Version 9.0.0a

General

Images Were Not RecognizedSome of the images that were created with previous versions were not recognized as valid images.

Restore

Source Drive Selection for Creation of Next DiskAfter creating an image in the new Backup, SmartImage, BitImage and VM Image apps, the source remained selected but was not displayed as such. Another drive had to be selected to create an additional image.

Backup, Image

Version 9.0.0

General

Revised and Enhanced SpeedTest AppThe SpeedTest app has been redesigned to provide an improved overview. In addition, block sizes can be chosen for the various tests and the test results can be exported as CSV files.

App, SpeedTest

Drive names only if the file system is recognizedFor drives without a recognized file system, a drive name ("s01:", "v01:", etc.) is no longer created, since in this case direct access to files and images is not possible anyway. In Windows, drives keep the drive letter assigned by Windows in any case.

Volumes

No more rotary focus in the appletsWith the applets, the focus now remains on the top tile when the up arrow key is pressed instead of jumping to the bottom tile again as before. The same applies accordingly in the other direction.

UI

Revision of the applets "license", "toolbox", "system" and "display"The contents of the applets "License", "Toolbox" and "System" have been redistributed and arranged among each other and also in the "Display" applet. In addition, symbols have been added to the menu items in the applets for better visual orientation. Since the "Display" applet now also contains the menu items for screenshots, it is now always visible.

UI

Self-booting (Symobi)

Boot process freezes on UEFI systemsOn some systems (e.g. Apple) that are started in UEFI mode, it could happen that the boot process could not be completed with a low screen resolution (smaller than 1024 x 768).

Boot