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2:57 pm on May 22, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Cloning a hard drive takes ages these days, especially with big hard drives. Six hours so far, and about 25% to go. Yawn!

Last time I did this I doubt the drive was much bigger than 25gb, if that.

Oh well, I better go make another cup of tea!
5:22 pm on May 22, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Several orders of magnitude (and at least one computer) ago, I once had to upload a CDís worth of (public-domain) content. We started out figuring it was simpler for the content creator to burn the stuff onto a CD and mail it to me from Australia, but eventually it turned out it had to be uploaded anyway. It took eleven and a half hours, during which time the computer was pretty much out of commission.
8:02 pm on May 22, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Ahhh, sneakernet! Usually reliable, but not really necessary these days.

Disk cloned, but it's not quite correct. I'm going to have to run it again. Sigh!
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I was bemused to note that the working directory for one of my in-preparation ebooks is 42.7 GB, or roughly 20,000 times as big as the hard drive on my first computer. File under: Things That Make You Feel Old.
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Cloning with a hardware device designed for such will be a more speedy option, but few folks have one of those handy.

I do, but I can't think of many I know who have such. Or a need for it. Even so, write speeds will determine how long any process will take.

What's more interesting is what qualifies for "big drives" these days.

When I started out the newest hard drive on the market was a whopping 10mb!
1:59 pm on May 23, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I use (Mac) software for cloning and have found that is works MUCH faster and with less heat overhead if I turn off connections and antivirus/security software during the work. Imagine the extra effort to check/validate each byte before writing.
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Just in case , on PC I use "Acronis True Image", simple, fast, reliable.
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I turn off connections and antivirus/security software during the work.

Doh, I forgot to do that.
I'll be trying again later, but i'll disconnect my machine so that it's standalone.
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FYI, all done, and it was a success.
What a difference it made by turning off the a/v and security software, thanks.

Hopefully, the new hard drive will remain working. I estimate a couple of weeks if it's going to fail, otherwise, reliability has been good over recent years.