What's the best Drive image Program

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Hi folks. As the title says. Does anyone know what's the best Drive image Program?
I've had a look at Acronis so far. Like everyone, I'd prefer a free one.

What I want it for is to either backup my drives or use it while replacing a drive.
 

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Hi folks. As the title says. Does anyone know what's the best Drive image Program?
I've had a look at Acronis so far. Like everyone, I'd prefer a free one.

What I want it for is to either backup my drives or use it while replacing a drive.
There are versions of Acronis that are offered free to Western Digital and Seagate/Maxtor hard drive owners.
http://support.wdc.com/product/downloaddetail.asp
http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/discwizard

Keep an eye out even if you don't own either drive, sometimes Acronis offers a free version to the public ( not just trial versions, either)

There are other free drive imaging apps but I've not tried them.
Acronis works well for me.
 
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There are some freeware lnux based tools out there, the one coming off the top of my head right now is clonezilla which you can get here: http://clonezilla.org/

Pretty simple too, make the boot disc, tell it what to back up and where to put it and it does the rest. Personally however, i use acronis trueimage.
 

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Acronis True Image is very popular and has never let me down ..
Except for a Windows 7 Problem with an older version of ATI

The latest version now supports Windows 7.

The problem with Macrium Free .. You have to pay extra to get the other features that Acronis has...
then the cost is about the same.
 

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Thanks guys. I checked out the WD site as all my drives are WD. I'll see how this performs and post back.
 

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To be clear, FOG. Stands for free open ghost, don't know much about it, just heard about it on Podnutz.
 

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You have my vote for Acronis. It is considered #1 by a lot of critics.
 

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Below is a somewhat dated list. Also, "Paragon" is well thought of and has a new "free" offering.

{redoak}

Imaging and Cloning utlities - Elvandil, TSG, 5-08

Free Drive Cloners/Imagers:

SystemRescueCD
EaseUs Disk Copy (Copies disks or partitions)
XXClone
CloneZilla GParted LiveCD (Complete partitioning and drive imaging/restoration tools)
CloneZilla
Partition Saving
PCI CloneMaxx
Drive Image XML
HDClone
DriveClonerXP
Self-Image
copyr.dma (Copies disk with bad sectors for recovery)

Commercial Apps:

O&O DiskImage
Acronis True Image Home
Farstone Drive Clone (Drive image, snapshots, file/folder backups.)
EAZ-FIX Professional and Easy Image
Drive Snapshot
Keriver Image
Avanquest Copy Commander
Paragon Drive Backup
NovaBackup
R-Drive Image
Norton Ghost
HDClone Pro or Enterprise
Terabyte Image for Windows
Terabyte Image for DOS (can directly access FAT, FAT32, and NTFS partitions)
Spotmau Disk Clone & Backup
 
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