Quote: Originally Posted by pscowboy
When would one choose to clone a drive for backup, rather than an image?
I have always done images which have always been perfect on restorations.
Cloning is normally not used for backup.
Cloning does not make a file that can later be restored. Instead, it transfers a working system from one hard drive to another in real time.
The most common use for cloning would be to move to a larger hard drive after you have run out of space on a smaller one---when the system on the smaller hard drive is still working well.
Imaging, on the other hand, is most often used to recover from a disaster of some type, using a previously saved image file that represents one or more partitions. Imaging can be used in some situations where cloning could also be used--such as moving to a new larger drive.