A clone is a form of disk copy that includes data, structure, and even the contents of unused areas.
Disks contain both user data and overhead information about that data, as well as structural information, such as partition layout and boot information. Areas of the disk not in use are considered “free” and available, though the disk areas they represent typically continue to hold whatever data had been previously written.
A clone is a bit-for-bit copy of all data and free space, including the physical structure and layout.
Characteristics of a clone include:
Cloning is often used in mass production of new systems, as well as in some backup strategies.« Back to Glossary Index