RESOLVED! Thanks everyone. I do think after just now trying all of the above (OMV backup, winsysimage32, and some other clone sw) I think I prefer just cloning it on my laptop. That seems headache free when or if I actually have the need for it.
This little headless HC2 unit is a perfect fit for my nas. Thanks Adoby, for the explanation in an earlier post. In a couple weeks after getting to know this more I will pick up a primary nas with HDMI out to tinker more using it as pri nas and the hc2 as backup.
Thanks again --