I thing removing the second drive and using that bay to make the clone might go faster than USB2 in the XP machine. But I would also like to make a clone of several Win 7 desk and laptops, just in case. There's a lot of programs that I'd really rather not pay for again.
The reason I originally bought Acronis was for its windows interface
I have uninterruptable power supplies on all my desktops because we have frequent blackouts and interruptions as the power gets switched. Last one crashed the drive and audio portion of my cable box. Took almost 3 weeks to get it replaced.
The importance of clones comes home when you consider the mean time between failures; 7 years for a desktop drive, 3-4 years for a laptop. A disk failure without a clone is more than annoying, it can force you to replace software at your own expense. Clones are cheap alternatives. Replace the old drive with a new one, and keep the old one on hand. Just make sure you label it so if you need it, you know which goes where.
I'm going to go ahead and order the Acronis and drive(s) today.
One more detail for those considering the topic: You have to do a quick format and "mount" the new, blank target drive so the computer knows it's there, ready to be written to. Look up the process for your OS.
The more I do, the less I accomplish.
Last edited by DesertRatTom; 12-10-2017 at 11:03 AM.