HDClone 14 (X.5) – All changes

What's new in HDClone 14 (X.5)

  • NetDisk: Copying hard drives from PC to PC over the network is accelerated up to 200% thanks to newly integrated compression that is automatically negotiated between communication partners.
  • SMB network shares: The network shares available on the LAN (SMB protocol) can be automatically listed in the network storage applet; for this they must be made known via MDNS. Manually specifying (e.g. hidden) releases is still possible.
  • Special image format for archiving: A special archive image format has been introduced for the archiving of data media, which can verifiably ensure the immutability of the image contained. Nevertheless, this image type can be used just like the standard HDClone images. The archive image format is also suitable for direct creation on FTP servers or tape drives.
  • USB LAN Adapter - almost all models: For optimal use of the network and Internet-oriented functions, connection to a LAN is recommended. In the event of missing or unsuitable LAN ports, common USB LAN adapters (Realtek and ASIX chipsets) can now also be used in the boot versions.
  • Volume Images: Create images of network drives, network shares, sub drives and NAS storage for backup. The created images can then be used in HDClone as usual.
  • FTP access - fully integrated: Save images directly to an FTP server on the Internet, WAN or LAN. Supports various routers and NAS with FTP server option and mobile devices with FTP server app. One or more FTP servers can be connected and used for saving or restoring images and backups.
  • BitLocker drives with partial encryption: HDClone can also mount and use partially encrypted BitLocker drives, e.g. in the Spot file manager. In addition, these can be backed up, copied and played back. The user can choose whether a fully encrypted or a fully decrypted drive is desired, and the encryption or decryption then occurs automatically “on-the-fly”.
  • Progress bar with progression display: The new progress bar now also shows the speed over the entire time course (graph). This makes it easy to distinguish specific properties of the data carriers and media involved from errors.
  • USB tethering with Android: The self-booting versions of HDClone can provide direct access to Wi-Fi or the Internet via USB tethering to Android smartphones or tablets. By enabling USB tethering on the device and connecting via USB cable, HDClone can be easily connected to Wi-Fi and online.
  • NoExecute compatible for security: HDClone now supports the “NoExecute” CPU feature in boot versions (Intel: XD, AMD: NX). Memory areas that contain data cannot be executed easily. This prevents malicious code from gaining access to a system, which is why it will become standard on SecureBoot-capable systems in the future.
  • CPU-integrated Thunderbolt controllers: The boot versions of HDClone now also support the latest
    generation of Thunderbolt controllers, in which the controller has been integrated directly into the CPU.
  • Booting and starting on ARM CPUs: CPUs with ARM architecture require programming and creating completely custom program files. With the optional “ARM add-on” you also receive these specific program files so that you can also use HDClone on ARM-based PCs with Snapdragon® CPUs.
  • Start directly under Linux: With the optional “Linux add-on” you get HDClone/X, an app image for Linux on 64 bit Intel/AMD -Processors. This is
    a directly executable file, similar to an EXE file on Windows, which does not require any other installation on the Linux system.
  • And many improvements and adjustments for new storage media, file and operating systems, controllers, interfaces, UEFI and various hardware...

HDClone toolstar® Edition is a universally applicable copy software for IT technicians and administrators. Create SMART images for simple data backup, BIT images or forensic images for data recovery and other forensic uses, or direct copies to transfer data from one physical medium to another. HDClonesupports all Windows, Linux and Mac file systems for easy customization of partition sizes and types during copying.

Most important innovations from HDClone 11 - 13

  • NetDisk Technology (NDAS): NetDisk technology allows data storage devices to be used across the network as if they were connected locally. In contrast to network shares, the underlying physical disks are available 1:1. This means that all functions that require direct disk access can now also be carried out via the network. In particular, 1:1 copies and data refills can be carried out directly via the network. For example, for notebooks with a built-in storage medium and only a few USB ports, simple “refueling” can take place via the network.
  • RescueApp suite specifically for data recovery:
    • RescueCopy: Especially suitable for copying defective data carriers. Supports disks that fail irregularly. The process will continue automatically when the hard drive is turned on again
    • RescueImage: A special image format for data recovery. Also allows the creation of incomplete images.
    • RescueResume: Allows properly aborted copy or image operations to be continued at a later time.
    • RescueRestore: Restoring RescueImages to physical storage media, even if the image is incomplete.
  • USB 4 & Thunderbolt 4: USB 4 and Thunderbolt 4 standard are automatically recognized and supported.
  • FlashRefresh App: The flash memory of some SSD, NVMe, eMMC and UFS data carriers “ages” simply due to the operating time, i.e. after a long period of operation, read access in particular becomes significantly slower . With the FlashRefresh app, such data carriers can be refreshed in one go without destroying the data (such as when trimming).
  • Change Windows system SID, WSUS ID and computer name when copying or restoring. Also possible without a copy via the OS-Adjust app.
  • Extended image mount function: Images can be mounted as usual in HDClone and used via Spot and also passed on to Windows as a drive via HDClone without MVD. This allows you to mount an image without any installation and access it as a virtual drive in Windows Explorer.
  • DirectCopyApp and DirectRestoreApp: Enables you to easily create and restore bit-perfect 1:1 copies using SmartCopy (without blank areas). For complete 1:1 copies, e.g. data recovery or forensic purposes, the BitCopyApp is still the right choice. Also for edited images with overlay.
  • And much more…