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    USB PC-to-PC Cloning

    I've just been asked something I thought I knew the answer to. Is there such a thing as USB computer to computer cloning? I've found plenty of 'transfer your files and settings' USB kits, but someone wants to know if you can either buy a kit or do it yourself using software and a cable. Anyone know if it's possible (licensing issues aside)?

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    Sohousb Magic Bridge 2 should do it

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Max-Value-eS...6885672&sr=8-1
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    I did clone a laptop once using a Ghost Enterprise floppy boot disk and a USB to USB laplink cable some years ago but I have a feeling it was a bit hit and miss. We purchased some hard drive cloners from Lindy last year for about £45 each and they have been a godsend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 36Degrees View Post
    I did clone a laptop once using a Ghost Enterprise floppy boot disk and a USB to USB laplink cable some years ago but I have a feeling it was a bit hit and miss. We purchased some hard drive cloners from Lindy last year for about £45 each and they have been a godsend!
    As 36Degrees stated, Ghost can do USB to USB, but agreed a SATA/IDE to USB cradle (or dedicated cloner) may be better.

    Ghost can also do TCP/IP to TCP/IP ghosting, just need CAT5 cable and switch/hub or a CAT5 crossover cable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevbaz View Post
    Has to be USB I'm afraid.

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    Does it have to be strictly PC to PC?
    Could just use Clonezilla Lite to clone to usb HD then restore to second machine?

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    How about USB 2.0 & eSATA Docking & Cloning Station for 2.5" & 3.5" SATA Hard Drives | SATA & eSATA | Drive Enclosures | Hardware & Security | LINDY UK

    You can then either: PC <> HDD from other PC (via USB) or HDD to HDD and connect HDDs back in a once cloned.

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    Thanks all. I think Ghost will be the most suitable option.

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