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free hard drive imaging software?

by khmer2rulz / March 1, 2008 6:27 PM PST

hi i want to take an image of my current computer and put it on an external hard drive. im going to do a complete format of my computer and start off fresh and if anything goes wrong i would like to return my computer to the way it is now, is there any free imaging software out there that meets my requirement? right now im downloading the trail version of acronis imagine 11 home edition.

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There is G4U
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2008 9:39 PM PST

But I'm not supplying a link. It's mildly advanced and if you can't find it then that's a sign it's not for you. It does use a command line but the last time I used it the command was all of three words.


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(NT) Is this a new computer from a major mfg ?
by VAPCMD / March 2, 2008 1:45 AM PST
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yes it is
by khmer2rulz / March 2, 2008 12:55 PM PST

its a 4yr old hp comp

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Might try
by VAPCMD / March 3, 2008 12:00 PM PST
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Dont try Use
by sp8smate / March 7, 2008 3:46 PM PST
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thank you
by khmer2rulz / March 7, 2008 4:40 PM PST
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thank you i have the seagate freeagent desktop hard drive and this software is perfect. thank you again

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A word of caution
by VAPCMD / March 8, 2008 12:28 AM PST
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It may be true that DiskWizard is written by Acronis but if you need support ... you'll have to get it from Seagate.

Ghost and True Image do much more than DiskWizard. DiskWizard only copies one drive to another drive...not a partition to a drive or to a compressed image, or from a compressed image to a drive or partition. In other words . . Ghost and TrueImage have use and functionality far beyond initially imaging a drive to another drive.

Hope this helps.


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thank you
by khmer2rulz / March 8, 2008 7:42 AM PST
In reply to: A word of caution

acronis does much more than the seagatewizard but its also $$$ more. im happy with the seagate software. thank you very much for your input

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Check out the free DriveImage XML
by awjester / March 9, 2008 11:05 AM PDT

The free DriveImage XML software at http://www.runtime.org/dixml.htm has been found to be very good. Not all the features of Ghost or Acronis but still very good. I have bought both Acronis True Image 11 Home and Ghost 2003 and both are also very good. Ghost 2003 is very good at copying partitions if you want test partition of your main XP parition.

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