HDClone X.5

Professional Edition

For daily and professional use. The Professional Edition is the fast and universal all-round tool with many special features for cloning, creating images, backups and migrating disks.

new: Reworked CopyEngine: never been faster

HDClone’s CopyEngine, the underlying copying algorithm, has been completely reworked from ground up—and while HDClone’s engine has always been performing in the top range, we further improved it with special attention to SSDs, having achieved a 65% increase in performance for single copies on fast SSDs with HDClone.

Full Speed

HDClone maxes out your hardware’s speed limits. In a best case scenario our FastCopy algorithm doubles cloning speed—and using logical images with SmartCopy it gets even faster. The TRIM command not only accelerates your SSD while cloning, but also improves reading times afterwards.

new: SmartCopy for Apple HDDs

HDClone’s SmartCopy mode, allowing you to skip the unused areas of the source disk when copying, now supports the Apple filesystem HFS+, thus offering the high SmartCopy performance and the features known from FAT/NTFS—upsizing, downsizing and on the fly defragmentation—for Apple hard disks.

new: Copy dynamic disks

HDClone offers now copies from Windows dynamic disks to regular disks and RAID systems. Thus a reverse migration from dynamic disks is possible with HDClone — a feature that is missing in Windows.

new: Smaller images with differential backups

After creating a regular image HDClone now allows you to create differential backups of future changes. By only copying actual changes, these backups will be a lot smaller in size.

Don’t worry about managing these backups: because a differential backup always refers to the same original image, you can sort out unnecessary backups just by deleting them – the other differential backups will still work!

new: Mount images in Windows and deploy changes

Use your images to the fullest: As always HDClone includes the software Miray Virtual Disk, allowing you to mount your images in Windows and writing onto them. Now you can copy your images, including all changes performed onto them (MVD overlay), to other disks using HDClone’s image copying feature.

Encrypt, compress and virtualize images

HDClone creates images—optionally with compression and/or AES encryption. Images can be saved directly as VMDK, VHD, VHDX and VDI files, and can then be mounted in VMware, VirtualPC and VirtualBox.
In addition you can mount these images in Windows using our software Miray Virtual Disk (included).

SCSI, Firewire, USB 3.0, Intel Matrix RAID

SCSI, Firewire, USB 3.0 and Intel Matrix RAID are supported on Windows and by the self-booting version as well.

new: SecureBoot and Bluetooth input devices without Windows

More independence und flexibility: HDClone supports Bluetooth mice and keyboards in self-booting mode and offers full support for SecureBoot environments.

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.

new: Windows 11 support

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

Volume Licenses

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


New: Reworked CopyEngine

HDClone has never been faster—especially for SSDs

HDClone’s CopyEngine, the actual copying algorithm, has been completely reworked from ground up. Already ranking in the top range of performance, the CopyEngine has been improved with special attention to SSDs and we managed to achieve an up to 65% improvement in performance for single copies of fast SSDs. Already balancing the load excellently, the improvment for multi copies is slightly lower: The 8% improvment in performance is nonetheless remarkable.

New: Differential Images

Saves Images as changes to the original image

This features allows you to save the changes done to a original backup, creating differential backup images with typically significantly lower file sizes. Similar to incremental backups of other applications, HDClone’s differential backups have the advantage of being independent of each other, allowing you to selectively delete them. Consider this examplary scenario: You can create daily differential backups and delete six of seven backups every week, keeping a backup for each week. In addition there is no performance difference when restoring different differential backups

New: Copy Dynamic Disks

Support of copies from dynamic disks to regular disks and RAIDs

HDClone allows copies from dynamic disks on regular disks and RAID systems. This offers a reliable way of a reverse migration, something not possible with Windows tools. This feature is not solely intended for expert users managing a dynamic disk set, it also allows users having accidently transformed their disk to a single dynamic disk to undo this mistake by transforming their dynamic disk back to a regular disk. Of course HDClone still allows for copies of arbitrary dynamic disk sets and partitions thereof onto regular disks.

Intel Software RAID Support

Supports Intel Matrix Storage modes 0, 1, 10 and 5

HDClone can access Intel Software RAIDs (also known as Intel Matrix Storage) in modes 0, 1, 10 and 5 in the self-booting version (HDClone/S). Intel Software RAIDs can be used just like regular hardware RAID systems.

Accelerated SSDs with TRIM

Faster reading and writing through TRIM

TRIM commands are used by HDClone to tell the SSD which disk areas are no longer needed. In addition to higher copying speed the SSD gains its original performance afterwards, resulting in higher reading and writing speed.

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 AES encryption

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 encrypted. With QuickCompress ennabled, this requires almost no extra time for compressing. 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. HDClone can also create dynamic VMDK/VHD(X)/VDI images. Such an image can be mounted directly in VMware, VirtualPC and VirtualBox virtual machines.

Miray Virtual Disk (New: restore changes)

Direct access to file images

HDClone includes the software Miray Virtual Disk. You can use this software to mount file images that have been created with HDClone (including VHDX/VDI) 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. Images can be accessed read-only or writable, and changes made to the images can by deployed with HDClone’s image-restore feature.

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 (new: HFS+)

Faster data transfer and shorter copying times

HDClone creates logical sector copies (SmartCopy) of FAT, NTFS, HFS+ 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 on the Fly (new: HFS+)

Adjusting the file system to a bigger target on the fly

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

Downsizing on the Fly (new: HFS+)

Adjusting the file system to smaller targets on the fly

HDClone can decrease your NTFS, FAT and HFS+ 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 (new: HFS+)

Make NTFS, FAT and HFS+ partitions faster while copying

HDClone can perform a perfect defragmentation on NTFS, FAT and HFS+ volumes while copying or restoring from a file image. This defragmentation only needs a fraction of the time usually required, consuming almost no additional time compared 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 Professional 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/SecureBoot is supported

Windows program (HDClone/W)

See the hardware requirements of your Windows version (XP/Server 2003 onwards).

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)yesyes
Adaptec SCSI host adapter*yesyes
Other SCSI host adapter (LSI, …)noyes
SAS host adapternoyes
RAID controllernoyes
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
USB, Firewire, SCSIyesyes
SD, MMCyesyes
xD and othersyesyes

Supported file systems

Modeself-bootingon Windows
SmartCopyNTFS, FAT, HFS+, ext2–4NTFS, FAT, HFS+, ext2–4
SmartImageNTFS, FAT, HFS+, ext2–4NTFS, HFS+, FAT, ext2–4
Up-sizingNTFS, FAT, HFS+, ext2–4NTFS, FAT, HFS+, 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).
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