Quote: Originally Posted by ArtShapiro
Thanks for the reply. In looking at my message, I think "cloning" would have been a better term than 'imaging". If the SSD were to go casters-up, for example, I'd simply want to uncable it and thus boot off the hard drive until I could purchase a replacement SSD.
Does that alter your response?
Yes, it does.
You can't boot from an image file, so imaging would not be right for your scenario.
I think of cloning as something you would use after buying a larger boot drive, when you simply wanted to transfer an installation from one working drive to a new drive.
You are talking about a fallback drive, ready to go in an emergency. I assume you could clone from drive A to drive B, but I think cloning is a "move" rather than a "copy". I'm not sure--I've never done it. If it is a "move", I'd guess it would leave the source drive either empty or not bootable---the premise would be to then use drive B--the new drive. I think you want to continue using the original drive A, if I understand you.
And doing it daily seems like it would be a major complication.
I think a much better solution would be to use imaging and store the image on an external. If your original C drive dies, you restore the image from the external to a replacement C.
I'm not saying your idea can't work---but I can't offhand recall of anyone on these forums using true cloning in that way.