HDClone 3.8 - News from the clone sheep

09/21/2009

A new version of HDClone, an universal software for creating clones and file images of hard disks, has been published. It offers important improvements like e.g. removing the 2-terabyte-border, HotCopy & LiveImage, and easy restoring of backups on virtually any target medium. Users who have purchsed HDClone 3.7 in the recent 3 months will be updated to version 3.8 for free.

Compared to its predecessor, HDClone 3.8 offers a lot of new functions and features. Miray continues the principle of easy operating. As a result, most changes are to be found behind the graphical user interface. But there are also changes to the user interface: drive and partition selection has been arranged even more clearly. In the self-booting version, it now also displays the full volume names.

In addition, there are a lot of technical improvements. The new modes HotCopy and LiveImage create copies and file images while Windows is running. Especially when using HDClone for backups, this is a crucial advantage. More improvements are also to be found in the area of file systems: besides FAT and NTFS, HDClone now also supports ext2 and ext3 file systems. For ext2/ext3 HDClone now also offers the fast SmartCopy mode (copying occupied storage only) as well as automatical up-sizing the file system during copying. A feature relevant for the near future is the use of very large hard disks. HDClone 3.8 now supports hard disks and other storage media with more than 2 Terabytes (2 TB = 2000 GB) capacity. Besides IDE and SATA hard disks, HDClone also supports further interface standards like USB and Firewire with more than 2 TB.

HDClone 3.8 strongly improves restoring of backups. It now allows backups of single partitions or volumes to be restored to existing partitions, unallocated areas of a hard disk or entirely new hard disks - just as required. Furthermore, HDClone makes migration of existing Vista installations to new hard disks much easier and is prepared for use with Windows 7.

HDClone 3.8 is available as from now in four different editions: Basic (19,90 €), Standard (39,90 €), Professional (99 €) and Enterprise (starting from 299 €). There is also the Free Edition, which is free of charge for private use. It is especially suited for migrating existing software installations to new hard disks. The Free Edition is availabe for download at www.miray.de/public/download/hdclone.3.8.fe.en.zip.

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