UPDATE: Subject Modified
I am only interested in the "clone" feature and sector by sector copy. I will be making use of the other features of TrueImage but it is the clone and sector by sector that are deal-makers or breakers for me.
I have a Solid State Drive I'd like to clone, as a baseline. I don't want to use any form of backup as they don't produce a perfect copy. When cloned, I want the 2nd drive to be an exact copy of the first (bit for bit). The drives are the same size.
When completed, I want to be able to simply remove the 1st drive (primary bootable) and put the 2nd drive in it's place, reboot and see no difference from the first.
Can TrueImage do that?
The documentation says that cloning can be used to transfer one system from one disc, to a larger drive. This implies that cloning doesn't require both drives to be the same size.
My question is can the program clone a larger drive, to a smaller drive, if the used space on the larger drive will fit on the smaller drive?
The documentation says that only the used data is transferred in cloning, leaving the unused part of the partition unallocated. I would like to expand the size of the drive, NOT create a 2nd partition.
Is it possible for the cloning to a larger drive and keep the unused part of the drive as part of the same partition that was just cloned?
The documentation doesn't actually say that cloning uses sector by sector copy. I assume it does. Does it? Cloning to me means "exact copy". Is that what cloning means in True Image?
The documentation also mentions disc images. Disc images and cloning are talked about in different parts of the documentation. When I think of "disc images", I think of a "file" that contains the "image" of another disc. But I don't know if that is what is meant by "image" in TrueImage.
What is the difference between disc image and cloning?
Just in case I haven't been clear, what I'm trying to accomplish is to have my system OS installed, my applications installed, everything tested and baselined. THEN, I want to clone that SSD to a 2nd SSD, that can be interchangeable with the first, without any differences. That is, I can remove the primary SSD (boot drive), replace it with the cloned SSD (also made bootable) and the user couldn't tell which was the original and which was the clone. This is going to be my baseline backup drive, to get me back to square one, while testing my system.