Choose Index below for a list of all words and phrases defined in this glossary.

Disk Cloning

index | Index

Disk Cloning - definition(s)

disk cloning - Disk cloning is the act of copying the contents of a computer's hard drive. The contents are typically saved as a disk image file and transferred to a storage medium, which could be another computer's hard drive or removable media such as a DVD or a USB drive.

Purposes of disk cloning include:

   * System recovery, for example to return a hard drive to its original configuration after serious problems.
   * Provisioning new computers before sale.
   * As a "reboot and refresh" option for public computers.
   * Recreating your system configuration on a new computer.
   * To return a system to an original configuration with no personal data before selling or giving a computer away.

Disk cloning is also known as ghost imaging.

[Category=Data Management ]

Source:, 28 July 2013 09:31:19, External

Data Quality Glossary.  A free resource from GRC Data Intelligence. For comments, questions or feedback: