CopyWipe (WinConsole)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "VERY nice free backup utility."

    August 23, 2008  |  

    Pros

    1. Simple
    2. Works
    3. Free
    4. Does EXACTLY what it says....makes an "almost" perfect copy of one hard drie onto another.
    5. Even copies files which are in use.

    Cons

    1. No scheduler.
    2. Potentially dangerous for those who won't read before they click. (See below)
    3. It completely overwrites the destination drive. But this is exactly what I want for my purposes....an identical & bootable copy of my main disk.

    Summary

    I'm surprised this thing isn't more popular than it is. It does exactly what it says it does & does it well....it makes an "almost" perfect, bootable mirror image of an entire hard drive onto another. Main drive blows up....not a problem....plug in other drive & keep on trucking. As stated in other reviews, it even copies files that are currently in use. Many of the bloated "pay for" backup programs falter on this step. I put "almost" in the above sentence because it did fail to copy about 4 shortcuts correctly. After booting from the new disk, I had it fixed in about a minute. If you can read about 5 lines of instructions, you can use this program.

    Not really anything BAD, but as another reviewer stated, you have to be aware of which drive is "Drive 0", "Drive 1", etc.....it doesn't specify C,D,etc.....just look in your Disk Management console for this info. There's no scheduler that I'm aware of, but as simple as the program is, it's not needed. Since it works equally well when the computer is running, just start it up every few days & let it do it's thing while you continue surfing or playing. Two VERY important things to note however. This isn't for "set it & forget it" people. You have to spend about 2 minutes starting it up when you want to copy a disk. And it's not for those who can't read simple instructions about what the program is about to do when you tell it "Yes".....it COMPLETELY overwrites the destination disk. So you'll want a dedicated back up disk that is ONLY used for one thing.....a back-up. It can also be made to completely erase the source disk....just READ before you CLICK.

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