Home Forums Tech Helproom Image or Clone? your system/hard drive. Tech Helproom | Windows Help | Apple Help | Digital Home & Smartphones Help | Consumer Rights Advice | Games | Speakers Corner | Beta Testing Forum Rules | Contact Forum Editor | Report a Post Image or Clone? your system/hard drive. tonyq 11:32 18 Oct 2015 Locked Hi all, can you good people explain the difference between a Image and a Clone,when making a copy/back up of the system/hard drive. When to clone when to Image. I can never seem to get my head around the subject!. compumac 11:34 18 Oct 2015 click here Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:54 18 Oct 2015 Clone - exact copy of a drive onto another drive of the same size. Image - compressed copy of a drive or partition that can be stored on another drive or partition for later restoration to original or even a new drive. Clone can physically replaced the old drive and should immediately work as before. Image needs a method of restoring - hence if the boot drive has failed a rescue disk is required to boot the computer and restore the image. This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.