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How does the OmniClone™ with the Diagnostics option installed handle bad sectors on the Master and Target drives?
Bad (or “weak”) sectors on the Master drive are handled in the following way
By default (On Error setting set to “Abort”), the OmniClone™ will abort the capture process upon encountering the first bad sector. Note that the OmniClone™ will still make several attempts to correctly read the sector in question, but unless a perfect read was achieved, the process will abort.
The next option is “Skip”. When this option has been selected, the OmniClone™ will still make several attempts to achieve a perfect read, but will move past the bad or weak sector instead of aborting.
The third option is “Retry”. This option instructs the OmniClone™ to spend more time attempting to read all of the data from the bad or weak sector. This option can slow down the clone process.
The final option is “Recover”. When selected, the OmniClone™ will use a more complex algorithm in an attempt to retrieve as much data as possible from each bad or weak sector. Although this option is very effective at recovering data from bad or weak sectors, it can be time consuming.
How does the OmniClone™ determine the size of partitions on the target drive?
In the default CleverCopy™ mode, all known partitions (FAT16/FAT32/NTFS) are scaled proportionally to the ratio of master/target size. All unknown partitions (e.g. HPFS, UNIX etc.) are mirrored, that is they maintain their size. Please note that FAT16 partitions cannot exceed 2.1GB when scaled up, nor be smaller than 32MB when scaled down.
Can the OmniClone™ de-fragment a partition?
Yes, if the Selective option has been purchased and enabled. To use: Set the copy mode to “Selective”, then scroll to the desired partition, and toggle the icon to the left of it until the de-frag symbol appears. Press the CLONE NOW! Button twice to start the cloning session. De-fragmenting is somewhat slower than other cloning methods, and is currently available to FAT16/FAT32 partitions only.
Can the OmniClone™ clone to dissimilar drives?
Yes. The OmniClone™ will take care of all the necessary adjustments of target drive structures to ensure the drive (of any size) will be valid and bootable. Many mixtures of master and target drive sizes (up to 80GB) were tested, and found valid. The above is true for all master drives that contain FAT16/FAT32/NTFS type partitions. Unknown partition types are cloned in mirror mode, and typically require identical (or very similar) master and target drives to guarantee a successful clone.
Why do I sometimes see transfer speeds greater than 3500MB/min, and other times as low as 200MB/min?
There are many factors that determine transfer speed:
The age of the drives – The speed of the operation is governed by the slowest drive in the system. If an old drive is used, chances are it cannot sustain high transfer speed. Master drive with bad or weak sectors – With the Sector Recovery option enabled, the system will attempt to recover data from bad or weak sectors found on the master drive. This is a time consuming operation that could cause the overall speed of cloning to drop.
Master drive with bad or weak sectors – With the Sector Recovery option disabled. Standard retry mechanisms may still result in a reduction in transfer speed.
Can the OmniClone™ clone file systems such as UNIX, and HPFS?
Yes, but results are guaranteed only if cloned between identical drives. However, it is reported that UNIX partitions will self-repair upon the first boot.
Do target drives have to be partitioned and formatted prior to copying?
No. Target drives need not be partitioned or otherwise treated. The OmniClone™ disregards everything on the target drive(s), and re-formats and partitions the target(s) on-the-fly.
Can you briefly explain the difference between mirror copy and CleverCopy™?
Mirror copy merely copies all sectors in a given partition (or drive) from the beginning to the specified percentage. It does not look at drive structures, and can thus copy any type of known or unknown data. Since Mirror copy does not determine where useful data start and stop, it ends up copying every sector on the drive, a time consuming operation.
CleverCopy™ analyzes the drive structures, and not only does it only copy sectors that are occupied by useful files and data, it also adjusts the various drive structures to assure a valid and fully partitioned target drive. CleverCopy™ is by far the most recommended mode of cloning.
Can I clone to/from laptop drives?
Yes. Logicube sells 2.5″ drive adapters, and can provide adapters to many of the special drive connections on the market. Please call for availability. Or, in cases where the drive cannot be removed from the laptop, you can use the parallel port connection or the CloneCard™ for coping through the PCMCIA interface.
Can I clone drives with virus protection software installed?
Yes. But remember to decline the “repair” of the target drive should a virus protection program complain about altered master boot record etc.
The OmniClone™ does not recognize my master (or target) drive?
For IDE/PATA drives, make sure that the drive jumpers are set as a single master. Drive jumper settings can be found at the drive manufacturer web site. Also, check the condition of the data and power cables, they are rated for a maximum of 500 insertions and will need to be replaced after that time.
Are Logicube duplicators compatible with Windows 7 operating system?
The Echo Plus, Sonix, SuperSonix, OmniClone Xi and OmniSAS products are compatible with Windows 7 operating system. Special instructions must be followed to clone Windows 7 drives using CleverCopy mode if the destination drive is larger than the source drive or if the source drives contains a “recovery” partion and Selective Partitions software is required. Please note that at this time, MasterManager is not compatible with Windows 7, compatibility will be provided in a future software update. Please see information in the Windows 7 Cloning Guide or the specific Logicube duplicator’s users guide or contact our Technical Support department for assistance.
Can Logicube products clone mSATA (also known as mini-SATA) solid state drives?
These solid state drives use a PCI-e connector with a SATA interface. To clone these type drives you will need to purchase an off-the-shelf mSATA to SATA drive adapter, such as the M-Factors MF25-mSATA http://www.mfactors.com/products/mSATA%252dto%252dSATA-adapter.html
Can Logicube products be used with Panasonic Toughbook enclosures?
Logicube solutions can be used with these enclosures, however, a special Panasonic SATA adapter must be used. These adapters can be purchased through various online retail sites. Contact Panasonic directly for more information regarding this adapter. Part Number: CF-K30JG001, Description: CF-30/19/74/52 HDD Connector.
What is the largest drive capacity supported?
Effective with software release Version 1.7RC52 the OmniClone Xi series supports hard drives greater than 2TB