Copy vs. Clone -- what's the difference?

Started Jun 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
Bob Collette Veteran Member • Posts: 3,842
Re: Copy vs. Clone -- what's the difference?

If the files are just data files (documents, pictures, etc.) there isn't any need to clone the drive, a simple copy will do. However, if you're trying to copy a drive that has an operating system on it (some version of Windows) and you want the copied drive to be able to boot up, then you need to clone the drive. There are a number of hidden files along with the MBR (Master Boot Record) that need to be copied over for the new (copied) drive to be able to boot.

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