How to Clone a Hard Drive Using a Dock Stationby TS Jordan
Creating a "clone" of a hard drive is creating a full backup of all the files and folders contained on the drive. This will afford you the equivalent of a "do-over" in the event of system failure, allowing you to quickly bring your system back online. You can easily create a clone of your drive onto an external hard drive utilizing your laptop in conjunction with a docking station.
Plug your laptop into a docking station.
Attach the external drive's USB cable to an available USB port on the side of the docking station.
Right click on the "Start" button and select "Explore."
Right-click on the letter of the drive to be cloned and select "Copy."
Click on the drive letter of the external drive.
Right-click in the right hand pane and select "Paste" to clone the drive.