MirrorDrive with incremental cloning and file version backup

by Dr. Wei Deng


DriveClone’s new MirrorDrive feature allow users to instantly use the MirrorDrive when disasters strike


With Mirror Drive technology, you can recover and replace a failed device with close to zero downtime. The state-of-the-art technology first converts and compares all files, then clone only the changed data to the hard drive, providing you with a high-grade-speed to complete the Mirror Drive process.

What you will learn…

• You will learn how to use DriveClone’s Mirror Drive.

• The article will teach you how to boot Mirror Drive on different computers, making migrate/replace new PC simple and easy


What you should know…

RTO, the abbreviation of recovery time objective, is defined as the longest endurable time for computer, system, network or applications to stop working after a breakdown or disaster. RTO is an important standard for data recovery. In total, DriveClone provides two RTO standard solutions; Mirror Drive and CVM (Convert to Virtual Machine). With Mirror Drive technology, you can replace a failed device with a Mirror Drive. In regard to CVM, all you have to do is load the converted VMware file with a virtual machine. Both of these recovery operations are effective and reduce overall down time tremendously.


Our Advantages


Incremental cloning

the safest way to back up important data is to duplicate the said data to an external storage device to achieve physically-isolated protection. However, the recovery process of traditional backup software is long and tedious, and can negatively affect your business operations.

With incremental cloning and other functions, DriveClone becomes an alternative and effective backup solution. Incremental cloning allows you to back up recently changed data quickly, and restoration only requires a boot up; business can operate without fear of down time in case of disaster.


Perfect Defrag Cloning

During the process of Mirror Drive, DriveClone will re-organize the whole hard drive data. Consequently, the destination hard drive’s performance is on average 20% faster than the original by keeping all blocks of files in order.


Smart Cloning

In order to optimize clone speed and reduce the destination drive’s size, DriveClone intelligently excludes temporary files, hibernation files, memory swap files, etc. from being cloned to the destination drive.


Dissimilar/Universal Boot Cloning

DriveClone keeps the cloned drive in a “Universal Bootable Format”, allows it to boot on different computers;


True UEFI System Support

UEFI has more advantages, such as larger capacity, superior performance, GPT disk supported, etc.As such, nearly all new PC motherboards have adopted UEFI technology. Farstone has made joint efforts with motherboard producers to perfect the support of UEFI-based mainboard. Thus far, we are the only one who supports dissimilar recovery of UEFI motherboard.


Multi-version File Recovery

FarStone is the first and best firm that have incorporated cloning as a true backup solution. Driveclone can clone iterations of files, automatically or specified, allowing restoration to any old data possible.


Create& Use a Mirror Drive using DriveClone

Please insert a hard drive directly to a PC or through a USB enclosure.


1.Plug an USB hard drive

2.Install DriveClone

3.DriveClone will clone the computer’s hard drive to an USB hard drive

4.Remove hard drive from USB enclosure

5.Replace the hard drive on the computer with the newly cloned hard drive

Start up your PC after linking the hard drives.


1.Run DriveClone, and click Clone Drive/Partition.

2.Check source hard drive/partition and destination hard drive/partition.

3.Verify the information and click next.

4.Cloning progress.

5.Cloning completed.

Use DriveClone to Convert System to VM file

DriveClone’s other main feature is the ability to convert a running OS to a virtual machine format. The resulting image can be launched directly by a virtual machine. At this moment, DriveClone supports VMware and Hyper-V format.


1.Run DriveClone, and choose Convert to VM file.

2.Check the hard drive/partition that needs to be converted, choose a virtual machine format, and specify the storage path.

3.Verify the information and click next.

4.Conversion progress.

5.Conversion complete.

How to run incremental cloning?


1.Run DriveClone, and choose Clone Setting.

2.Enable Incremental Clone; thereafter, you can check Keep X versions of legacy files.

3.Legacy files are saved in the corresponding partition of the destination hard drive, and the folder name contains creation time.

A Comparison Table for Similiar Products


DriveClone is the best cloning tool in the market. Below are the comparison between DriveClone, Paragon, and Acronis cloning solutions.



DriveClone provides two RTO standard solutions; Mirror Drive and Convert to Virtual Machine ( VMWare and Hyper-V format ). With Mirror Drive technology, you can replace a failed device with a Mirror Drive. On the other hand, you can also convert or load your data directly to a Virtual Machine format. Both solutions have the lowest RTO, thus allowing businesses to operate with no down time when disaster struck and also allowing migration to new hardware simple and easy.

How to setup a backup schedule for Total Backup Recovery?

1. Run Total Backup Recovery, and connect the storage device (eg: external hard drive) to your PC. In the below example, the USB hard drive’s letter is G)
2013-06-18-0012. Select Back Up in the main console, and check the hard drive that needs to be backed up, and set G (the destination storage) disk as Backup Destination.
2013-06-18-0023. Select Schedule (see above screenshot), and the following window will pop up. default is Back Up Now.

2013-06-18-0034. From here you can change the overall backup scheme. If you would like to backup once a month automatically, for example, you would change the “Backup scheme “to Schedule, then under “Run the task”, select monthly. Run the task monthly.
With this change, the program will run a complete backup on the first day of each month.

2013-06-18-0045. In the example, we need only one complete backup per month. So we deselect all days except for the 1st.

2013-06-18-0056. under the dropdown menu.

2013-06-18-0067. For the Clean up archive column, you can check

Retention rules:

if older backup is not important and you would like to increase storage space efficiency.

Set the backup time you need to keep at Keep xx backup set column. In our case, we set Monthly backup, and this Keep 3 backup set means that only the backup images from last 3 months will be kept.


PerfectDefrag™ completely defrags a hard drive

FarStone PerfectDefrag will 100% defrag all files on a hard drive. A hard drive with perfectdefag will run up to 20% faster.


Perfect Defrag ensures your HDD or SSD is completed defragged (has no fragmentations). A perfect defrag drive runs 20% faster than a drive with fragmentations. DriveClone incorporates Pefect Disk Defrag unique feature, it will defrag all files on your HDD on memory before copy to target cloned drive, which ensures there is no fragmentation (100% defragged) on the cloned new drive. Peferct Defrag uses memory as temp. space for defragmentation. It won’t write temp files or sectors to HDD or SSD, to assure your HDD or SSD life is not affected.


TotalRecovery Pro and DriveClone completely defrags (Perfect Defrag) a HDD or SSD before writing to the cloned disk. A Perfect Defrag disk runs up to 20% faster.

How to migrate/upgrade & clone RAIDs(0, 1, 5)?

How to migrate/upgrade & clone RAIDs(0, 1, 5)?

How to replace current RAID with a bigger RAID?

If your server can support both current and the new RAID devices, then you can simply connect both to the system and use DriveClone Server to clone the current RAID to the new RAID. Replace current RAID by the new RAID after DriveClone server has completed the cloning process.

cloneRaid1If your server can’t support 2 RAIDs, you can use a hard drive as a temporary storage (temp drive). First clone the current RAID to the temp drive, 2nd make sure the temp drive is bootable, and then construct a new RAID with larger hard drives; clone the temp drive to the new RAID.cloneRaid2

Total Backup Recovery Server

Total backup Recovery Server

Total backup Recovery Server


Total Backup Recovery automatically backs up your entire machine, including system files, applications, favorites, business contracts, presentations, emails, documents, and everything.

But what makes Total Backup Recovery different is that it not only backs up all data on a system, it also increase disk efficiencies by performing perfect defrag and removes junk files on images. It also utilizes the Rapid Restore technology that lets business quickly get workstations and servers up and running after disasters strike.

Total Backup Recovery covers all needs
PC Magazine review total backup recovery “Reliable and up-to-date backups are extremely necessary and important. Total Backup Recovery covers all the needs.”

Reliable solution since 1993

Total Backup Recovery backs up everything important to a business, including Windows system, customer contacts, business documents, and all partitions on your system.

Total Backup Recovery doesn’t just create a backup, it keeps continuous incremental backups over time. You can go back in time to restore system and files from the backup images. While you work, the intelligent backup scheduler will automatically back up your data and secure your servers and workstations from any potential data loss.

Cover all the needs, since 1993
” FarStone backup solution is protecting millions of users and is a name that you can trust. “