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Looking for a good Drive Imager

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  1. kame_sanjo

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    I am looking around for a good backup / restore utility. I am going to be purchasing windows Vista and if all doesnt go well id like to have an image of my current install. What is a good program for this? Ive seen things like Norton Ghost and rrtools blah blah. What are some good names out there in the data backup business. :)
     
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    Yeah, I have to give a thumbs up toe Acronis TI, but alot of my friends have been swearing by Drive Image XML lately. I have not gotten around to testing it out yet.

    http://www.runtime.org/dixml.htm
     
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    Drive Image XML is a bit more trouble to configure, but it sounds interesting. :) The only downside for a novice is the complexity of having to "roll your own" recovery boot CD. It's not that difficult, but think about the issues we deal with every day here. :D
     
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    I agree. On a side note, I hadn't really looked much at my email thru December and Acronis sent me a link to download Version 10 Home edition. Have you tried it yet.
     
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    Yep, got it installed on my Vista machine. :)
     
  7. kame_sanjo

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    how is vista anyway? is it as good as they say so far? im buildin a new machine for vista and 'next-gen' gaming
     
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    It works pretty good now that I've replaced the ATI video card with a nVidia one. The ATI drivers kept blanking the screen and refusing to light it up again. :rolleyes: I tried several versions, and finally swapped out the card, works fine now. :)
     
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    Nero for imaging software?
     
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    I too am looking into doing a completer backup before installing vista.

    If something did go wrong and i did have an image from before how would i go about restoreing that image to the HD? (Particulary with Drive Image XML as its free).

    Do you need to create a boot disk?
     
  12. frenat

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    I've been using BootIt NG for a few years with no complaints. It is a drive imager, partition manager, and boot manager all in one and only costs $35
    http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootitng.html
    It is not the most user friendly program out there but it works well.
     
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    Acronis TI is now a complete backup programme. User friendly. Creates complete images for total restore as well as normal types of backup. The Acronis CD itself is bootable to help you get out of trouble or you can create a bootable CD from within the programme if you buy and download from online. Can also create a 'secure' drive on your hard drive which can be accessed on bootup, before windows. Meaning if windows doesn't boot it doesn't matter as your hard drive will still boot to to this secure drive from where you can restore your system from your created images. Just saves using a CD if you're lazy. ;)
    It basically has all the options covered.
     
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