The hard drive of your system is the media that stores much of your important data. In your laptop/desktop computer, whatever data you process or files you create are by default stored in the system hard drive. Even, the users who create backup copies of their data in the system hard drives use external hard drives to store the backup. Thus, be it the internal or external hard drive, when it fails all your precious data in it gets lost or becomes completely inaccessible. In such situations, if you have a cloned copy of your hard drive, you will not lose any data, even if the source drive fails. There are many hard disk cloning utilities in the market, which can easily help making the clone of your hard disk.
Hard disk has many electro-mechanical components in it, including the head, platter, spindle motor, actuator arm etc. Each of these components must function well for the smooth running of your hard disk drive. Sometimes, due to various reasons these components get damaged and the hard disk crashes. This can be a mechanical failure, electrical failure, or firmware failure, which ultimately result in the loss or inaccessibility of all your data in the corresponding hard drive.
Every storage media has a life span. You cannot expect your hard drive or external drive to run for years and years, without any trouble. Someday, the drive will definitely fail and the point to worry is that you can hardly predict its exact failure date. In such cases, you need to go for a data recovery service provider to recover data from the physically damaged hard drive. Apart from the fact that there is no guaranty, you can get back 100% of your data, during the period of recovery, you have to stop all your ongoing work.
That is why; it is everywhere advised to take regular backups of your important data in the hard drive. However, cloning is a much better idea, as you are making another exact copy of your source hard drive. The cloned hard drive not only helps restoring data in case of data loss, but also keeps your work going.
These days, there are many hard disk cloning utilities available, using which you can clone selected volumes or entire hard disk. These cloning utilities also provide option to create and keep image file of the hard disk, which is again helpful in restoring data following accidental deletion/formatting. Moreover, these utilities are completely reliable and do no harm to the hard disk or your precious data in it.