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HDDSuperClone from SD Computing Service is a software solution for disk imaging, cloning, and data extraction tasks. It's specifically designed to work with unstable, faulty, or dying hard drives. It uses several advanced techniques to extract data from hard drives with bad sectors and other hardware issues while doing everything possible to avoid inflicting even more damage on the drive being processed.

It has two modes of operations:

1. The disk cloning/imaging mode: It simply copies data from one disk (the source) to another disk or a file (the target). It also creates a disk map file (the log) that specifies the sectors that cannot be read (the bad sectors). Such data may be processed by a third-party data recovery program. This mode is available in both free and commercial versions, with some small limitations for the former.

2. A virtual drive mode (the commercial version only): In this mode, HDDSuperClone installs a special driver that creates a virtual drive from the disk. This virtual drive becomes accessible to the host OS and other programs.

To work with the HDDSuperClone in the virtual drive mode,

1 Connect the source drive and the target drive if such drive is necessary. If the source drive is small, it's possible to use a disk image file rather than another hard drive.

2 Run HDDSuperClone and create a new project. Next, install the virtual driver before connecting the source and target.

As the source drive is small, the target may be an image file in our case. Select the necessary Virtual Mode and click the Start button.

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HDDSuperClone connected to the source drive

You may read more about installing the driver and configuring HDDSuperClone in its documentation: HDDSuperClone User Manual .

> A virtual drive will appear in the system
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Virtual drive created by HDDSuperClone

And in the Main Panel of R‑Studio for Linux

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Faulty hard drive and its virtual drive created by HDDSuperClone

You may work with this virtual drive as it is a real physical drive.

You may read more about working with HDDSuperClone in our article Joint work of R-Studio and HDDSuperClone .