View Full Version : Recommendations wanted fro Drive Imaging programs please...

Billy T
10-03-2010, 08:48 AM
Hi Team

I'm taking delivery of a new business computer today, nothing fancy about it to make your eyes light up other than perhaps twin hard 640GB drives for OS & programs , plus another pair the same for data, and utilising Raid 1 (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/RAID-SCALING-CHARTS,1635-3.html) on both for data protection and security reasons.

I have probably 10 times the amount of data storage I will ever need so I plan to store images of both program and data drives on the computer and also on an external USB back-up drive.

In the past I used Norton Ghost but my copy is now quite old and required booting to Dos, so I'm looking for something rather more recent. I don't mind whether it is a commercial product or freeware etc, all that matters is ease of use and reliability. I want to avoid anything that might cause wetware problems. :rolleyes:

Any advice or opinions from current users of imaging programs would be much appreciated.


Billy 8-{)

10-03-2010, 08:57 AM
I have made images to a external drive using the free version of Macrium Reflect from http://www.macrium.com/

I have found it easy to use and you can restore straight from the image if you have done any fiddling by clicking on the image.

It also has a tool for making the boot disk which gives you two choices of using a Linux Based Boot Disk or making a PE Bart Windows Boot Disk.

Haven't had reason to put it to the test yet though in actually having to restore anything.

Comodo have a image copy program and there are others out there that no doubt others use.

Speedy Gonzales
10-03-2010, 08:58 AM
What version of windows will you be using?

10-03-2010, 09:26 AM
acronis true image backup

10-03-2010, 09:59 AM
+1 for Acronis, What make are these drives?
Seagate and Western Digital both have Acronis as a free
download for their users.

If you need to use the Seagate version on a different make you can
use the Tech Override (Press Alt, t and o together) when it moans about no Seagate drive being

10-03-2010, 10:20 AM
Acronis Backup & Recovery (previously TrueImage) plus the Universal Restore addin, will backup from within Windows, and restore to just about anything (including various types of Virtual Machine if need be).

10-03-2010, 12:17 PM

Plug in a USB Hard Disk (unpartitioned/unformatted)
Boot up on your the Gparted CD.
Copy PC/Laptop HDD Partition to USB Drive

Then Copy back again !

May have probelsm with Windows 7/Vista ... WinXP is fine.

Billy T
10-03-2010, 01:06 PM
What version of windows will you be using?

XP Pro. I was going to jump straight to Win7 but the suppliers suggested that given my need for solid reliability I should stick to something mature. I didn't really want to leap from W2K to W7 in one jump as I don't have the time to be learning the foibles of a completely new OS right now, and the decision was made easier by my having several copies of XP Pro still in their shrinkwrap.

I have it here now and it looks really cool in its black Lian Li mid-tower case. I've peeked inside as well and it all looks very impressive with major cooling on the CPU and Video card. I'll probably fire it up this evening and start the process of configuring XP the way I want it before loading programs. I have to partition the drives before I get going too. Looks like I might be asking a few newb-like questions over the next few weeks!:blush:

Quite exciting really, first new computer in about 8-9 years! :clap

Drives are all WD so where do I go for the free Acronis download? I will be running at least two virtual machines for my legacy instrumentation technology as well so it sounds good. I'll probably have DO 6, Windows 3.11 and Windows 98 installed.


Billy 8-{)

10-03-2010, 01:52 PM

10-03-2010, 02:01 PM

I haven't used the WD edition so I don't know how, if at all, it differs from the full product.

10-03-2010, 07:33 PM
I use Acronis True Image Workstation Echo and Norton Ghost 14 at work.

No issues at all.