HDClone X.5

Standard Edition

Backup and cloning with SmartCopy. Faster and better due to the SmartCopy and SmartImage special modes, allowing to create copies much faster and much smaller sized images.


Customize your partitions—using PartitionSelect you can select the partitions you wish to clone.

SmartCopy: logical copies

SmartCopy creates logical images of FAT, NTFS and ext2/3/4 file systems. Since logical copies only store the used blocks of the file system, cloning becomes faster and no disk space is wasted.

Compressed and password-protected images

HDClone creates images—optionally with compression and/or password protection.
In addition you can mount an image in Windows using our software Miray Virtual Disk (included).

USB devices

Clone from and onto USB devices, like key drives and card readers—on Windows as well as in the self-booting version.

new: Bluetooth input devices in self-booting mode

new: Windows 11 support

HDClone supports all Windows versions from XP—including the new Windows 11.

Self-booting and on Windows

HDClone offers a self-booting version (HDClone/S) and a Windows application (HDClone/W). Both versions use the same user interface, so switching between the two is no problem.

Volume Licenses

If you need HDClone for the staff of your organization, please consider our Volume License.


Advanced Format

Support for modern sector sizes

For over 30 years, 512 Bytes have been the one-and-only standard sector size for any PC mass storage media. Now modern drives in “Advanced Format” can have different sector sizes (512, 512e, 1Kn, and 4Kn). HDClone allows you to create clones and file images between disks with different sector formats and converts NTFS and FAT file systems automatically.


Selective cloning

Allows to select one or more partitions of a disk to be transferred without having to copy all the partitions. This saves space on the target drive, making it possible to use a smaller target or using the additional space for the remaining partitions. The special thing about PartitionSelect is that it transfers the required data in one single step, no matter what size the partitions have or how they are arranged. Copying the partitions, plus other adjustments will be performed with almost no extra time required and HDClone will still work at its maximum speed.

Self-booting (new: Bluetooth, SecureBoot) and Windows

HDClone works without an operating system

HDClone can be booted from CD/DVD and USB stick, even on SecureBoot systems, so you even can recover an image without a working operating system. With identical interfaces on both programs there is complete ease in switching between the self-booting version and the Windows program and supports USB and Bluetooth mice and keyboards.

File images

Optional compression and password protection

Instead of a direct copy from medium to medium, you can also store an exact image of the medium in a file image. Optionally, the image may be created compressed or password protected. These file images can be stored, archived, or transmitted via network and the Internet. They can be restored 1:1 to a medium which then behaves just like a direct copy had been made.

Miray Virtual Disk

Direct access to file images

From the Basic Edition on, HDClone includes the software Miray Virtual Disk. You can use this software to mount file images that have been created with HDClone as virtual Windows drives. This allows you to access files and folders in an image directly without having to restore the image to a physical disk before.

UEFI and GPT Support

Supports UEFI BIOS and GUID partition tables

This feature allows HDClone to run on computers with new UEFI BIOS. GPT partitions used for large (> 2 TB) hard disks are recognized automatically and copied correctly.

Faster with SmartCopy mode

Faster data transfer and shorter copying times

HDClone creates logical sector copies (SmartCopy) of FAT, NTFS, and ext2/ext3/ext4 file systems in only a fraction of the time usually needed - yielding an equivalent result. SmartCopy can clone an entire Windows XP base installation in less than 20 seconds for example.

Upsizing with AutoExpand

Upsizing on the fly

HDClone can increase your FAT, NTFS and ext2/ext3/ext4 partition size automatically on the fly during copying.

Reducing with AutoReduce

Reducing on the fly for FAT and NTFS

HDClone can decrease your NTFS and FAT partition size automatically on the fly during copying. This allows you to adjust partition sizes during cloning or to migrate to smaller media. Perfect for migrating to (usually smaller) SSD drives.

Defragmentation on the fly

Make NTFS and FAT partitions faster while copying

HDClone can perform a perfect defragmentation on NTFS and FAT volumes during copying or restoring from a file image. This defragmentation only needs a fraction of the time usually required, therefore it consumes almost no additional time in relation to the copying process.

HotCopy & LiveImage

Copies and backup during operation

HDClone now can create copies and file images of drives and partitions during Windows operation - even for the system volume.

Safe Data Recovery

Read defective media in SafeRescue mode

When copying from media with defective areas these areas will be skipped in the first run. The rescue operation will be performed at the end of the process to prevent further disk damage.

License options

HDClone Standard Edition may be obtained as Workplace License (Online Shop) as well as Volume License (Online Shop or on request).

Workplace License

A Workplace License allows the licensee to permanently install and use1 the product on up to two PCs, typically a PC and a notebook.

Volume License

A volume license allows the licensee to permanently install and use1 the product on multiple PCs, where the maximum number corresponds to the volume agreement2.

For temporary licenses this only applies within the corresponding period. The period can be extended after termination.
The volume is determined upon purchase.

Operating systems

Self-booting (HDClone/S)

  • 586 processor or higher
  • 256 MB RAM
  • VGA graphics
  • bootable CD/DVD or USB drive
  • UEFI is supported

Windows program (HDClone/W)

See the hardware requirements of your Windows version (XP onwards). Does not run on Windows Server.

Supported Controllers

Controller typeself-bootingon Windows
PCI-IDE/ATA hard disk controlleryesyes
Busmaster IDE controlleryesyes
USB 1.1 (UHCI, OHCI)yesyes
USB 2.0 (EHCI)yesyes
USB 3.0 (XHCI)yesyes
AHCI (SATA II) controlleryesyes
Firewire/IEEE1394 (OHCI)nono
Adaptec SCSI host adapter*nono
Other SCSI host adapter (LSI, …)nono
SAS host adapternono
RAID controllernono
A complete list of Adaptec SCSI host adapters supported by HDClone/S is to be found here.

Supported Media

Media typeself-bootingon Windows
USB key drivesyesyes
Firewire, SCSInono
SD, MMCyesyes
xD and othersyesyes

Supported file systems

Modeself-bootingon Windows
SmartCopyNTFS, FAT, ext2–4NTFS, FAT, ext2–4
SmartImageNTFS, FAT, ext2–4NTFS, FAT, ext2–4
Up-sizingNTFS, FAT, ext2–4NTFS, FAT, ext2–4
Image target*NTFS, FATany
Image files need to be stored to certain file systems (on Windows, any supported file system may be used).

Maximum copy rate: 60 MB/s

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