NTI Echo 3 Disk Cloning Software Review
- Category: Computers and Stuff
- Published: Monday, 02 July 2012 15:13
Echo 3 from NTI is an easy to use disk cloning application that also includes the ability to select and omit specific files in the cloning process. Echo 3 calls this “Filter Cloning” and it can be handy when you want to clone a drive as fast as possible by eliminating any unnecessary data from the cloning process.
Echo 3 also includes a simple performance utility which will test the read/write capabilities of your HDDs and SSDs before or after you proceed with any drive changes in your PC. It’s helpful to get a perspective on the different performance levels of your drives. We used a system with several Western Digital HDDs and one Corsair SSD.
To test, we simply made a clone of the Corsair SSD to a Western Digital Velociraptor. Normally you would clone an HDD to an SSD or SSD to another SSD for better performance but in this case we’re temporarily replacing the Corsair SSD because the write speeds have become so slow and we didn’t have the new SSD in house yet.
The cloning process just takes a couple of mouse clicks to run. Then it’s a matter of how much data you’re copying. More data = more wait time. But, it really couldn’t be any simpler. Grab a cup of coffee, relax and your clone is complete.
However, it’s important to go into the BIOS before booting with the new drive to make sure it’s now set as the boot drive for the system. Otherwise you may get the following boot manager error. By the way, you’ll get the same error with Acronis, Ghost and other cloning software if the BIOS is confused about which drive is the proper boot drive. So be sure and check this to avoid any frustration.
We created two separate clones of the Corsair SSD. 1 worked and 1 didn’t. Both examples ended with a successful confirmation screen. However, one of the drives would not boot regardless of BIOS settings or simply making it the only drive in the system
Echo 3 is an affordable and extremely easy to use solution for cloning your computer drives. The interface is clean and the process was painless . We still don’t know why the first drive didn’t clone properly because the software did not give us any error messages. However, we experienced no problems with our second attempt.
Our next order of business is to replace this slow Corsair drive with something much faster. We’ll provide an update with our SSD to SSD clone.
Visit NTI to get more information about Echo 3 and system requirements.