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jwil1
08-02-2009, 01:35 PM
Which disk imaging programs do you guys use/recommend?

TIA :)

Bantu
08-02-2009, 01:51 PM
Acronis*True*Image

pctek
08-02-2009, 03:33 PM
Paragon or the old Ghost.

mzee
08-02-2009, 04:42 PM
I use Acronis 11 and find it to be 100% reliable.

I also have Norton 12 which works but is bloated and costs twice as much.
The old Ghost has problems with USB and Sata drives.
Paragon is good, but expensive.

Misty
08-02-2009, 08:01 PM
I use Acronis 11 and find it to be 100% reliable.
I have Acronis True Image 9, but never had to restore yet (lucky maybe !). Wanted to update to TI 11 last year but the local distributers say that another Acronis product has superseded it. Was going to check out and probably buy that but got sidetracked.

Acronis has got a very good reputation. Ghost 2003 was the last Ghost that had the same good name, when I last did research on the subject.
Misty :nerd:

CliveM
08-02-2009, 08:05 PM
I have used Casper for both XP & Vista for the past several years and have found it completely reliable

gary67
09-02-2009, 05:52 AM
True image is my choice too

Bantu
09-02-2009, 06:00 AM
Ghost was a great program when it was New Zealand owned, but once Norton/Symantec purchased it it went downhill fast from there like almost everything else Norton has aquired.

Blam
09-02-2009, 08:28 AM
For something free, DriveImageXML is excellent for creating hot images...
Acronis would be the best paid one

Chilling_Silence
09-02-2009, 01:18 PM
SelfImage is nice for byte-for-byte images
PartImage if you want a free one from a Bootable Linux distro (Image any PC without pulling out the hardware)

gary67
09-02-2009, 07:10 PM
I just made a new image at the weekend as my old one was getting out of date. Used my True image 11 very quick and easy from the bootable CD I made took around 10 mins to do

Brooko
09-02-2009, 09:03 PM
+1 Partimage. Haven't tried from a linux live-cd, but do run it from my own Linux install and it's very good.

Misty
10-02-2009, 08:42 PM
I just made a new image at the weekend as my old one was getting out of date. Used my True image 11 very quick and easy from the bootable CD I made took around 10 mins to do
I thought that the bootable CD is only used for restoring
Misty :confused:

Neil McC
10-02-2009, 09:52 PM
No Misty,
you can restore or make an image.Only thing is, making an image takes a lot longer with the bootable cd/dvd. Tried it with version 12 the other day and it took over an hour,whereas using version 10 on my pc while running Windows, takes about 30 minutes.

Misty
11-02-2009, 12:19 AM
No Misty,
you can restore or make an image.Only thing is, making an image takes a lot longer with the bootable cd/dvd. Tried it with version 12 the other day and it took over an hour,whereas using version 10 on my pc while running Windows, takes about 30 minutes.
Thanks for the clarification Neil - much appreciated :)

Separately, I note that you talk about version 12. After versions 10 & 11 the next version is 2009. Presumably 12 is slang for 2009 ? :rolleyes:
Misty

gary67
11-02-2009, 05:45 AM
No Misty,
you can restore or make an image.Only thing is, making an image takes a lot longer with the bootable cd/dvd. Tried it with version 12 the other day and it took over an hour,whereas using version 10 on my pc while running Windows, takes about 30 minutes.

Took 10 mins from my bootable disk and needs at least half an hour from within Windows as when using the CD it's not sharing resources with Windows

Paul.Cov
11-02-2009, 08:04 PM
I forget exactly which version of Ghost I investigated a year or so ago, but it was a piece of 'manure'. I think it was something like Ghost 12.

I still rely on a much older version of Ghost, but it doesn't support USB, and probably not SATA, and maybe not even CD. This old version needs a DOS prompt... but it's a breeze to use.