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Clone Lab Computer Hard Drives with a USB drive - FREE

This page describes how to create an exact disk image of a particular computer for backup to a USB drive using FREE software called RedoBackup. The backed up disk image on the USB device can then be used to create exact clones of the original. For example, when you have several laptops or desktops of the brand and hardware specifications, you can create one computer with all the applications, configurations and updates required and then duplicate that master setup to the others. The time to clone a computer can take minutes compared to hours for new setup.

 

 

 

What you need:

You will need a RedoBackup CD (download).An external USB drive and a computer setup with all your preferred applications and settings.

1. Redo Backup Program CD 2. External USB drive 3. Computer / Laptop
redobackup usb hard drive laptop
Redo Backup is a free open source disk cloning program.

 

 

Getting Started:

Download the RedoBackup .iso file and burn it to a CD. You will need to burn the iso file with CD burning program for iso files such as Img Burn (free). Install Img Burn then right click on the RedoBackup iso file to burn.

burn with img burn

 

Insert the RedoBackup CD, start the computer and watch the screen for a message that says "Press any key to boot from CD". Press a key.

If you don't see that message, change the boot order to boot from the CD first in BIOS.

If you haven't done this before, you can change your system's boot order in the BIOS. To do this, restart your computer and before the splash screen displays press whichever key you are told. Might be F2, F1, F12 ? to enter Setup or BIOS. In the Boot section you should then be able to adjust the settings labelled Boot Order, Boot Device Priority or another variation on this wording. Make sure that your CD/DVD drive is set to be your first boot device and you should be able to boot from a CD.

boot to cd

 


 

Using RedoBackup to Clone to the USB

When RedoBackup starts, simply follow the prompts and click next after making your selection.

 

1. Choose to Backup or Restore

Cloning lab computers step one

 

 

2. Select Backup

Cloning lab computers step 2

Next >> How to Clone Computers using a USB drive - Continued

 

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