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Best Boot Drive Imaging Software

by GreatestOne / December 3, 2008 6:45 AM PST

Hey guys, would like a general consensus on what you think is the best to use to backup a boot drive to an external so that if anything goes wrong on the internal boot, I can just pop a new drive in there and image/recover it back over easily, no frills, high reliability... and of course free is always good as long as it works for this one purpose:

Acronis True Image
Norton Ghost
Clonezilla (free/open source)
G4L (free/open source)
BackupPC (free/open source)
Bacula (free/open source)
(Any Linux app, Ghost, ddrescue, etc....)

(If applicable, Windows XP Pro and will have many programs installed, and possibly large files, i.e., HD video files, going from a 1TB internal to a 1TB external)

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And we have G4U too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 3, 2008 9:16 AM PST
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I've used GHOST 2003 for many years but I create
by VAPCMD / December 3, 2008 10:17 AM PST

compressed images to a second internal HDD with extra copies to an external. Always felt that approach gave me better access to the drive with the compressed images for restores should that be needed.
Another things I like about GHOST is it allows you to locate and restore individual files where/when desired.

The trick isn't creating the image, it's being able to restore one when and if needed.

VAPCMD

PS...making compressed images of partitions allows you have multiple images to restore from ... say now, next month and so on where after I start deleting earlier images to make room for more recent ones.

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