Best freeWare for taking image of OS drive

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  1. TechBoyJK

    TechBoyJK Lifer

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    Is there anything besides Acronis for this?

    I basically want to be able to hookup a USB drive, boot to a CD, and use the app to take an image of the C: drive so I can backup my computers. I'll just keep all my images on my drive so if I need to restore I can do that.

    I want it to be free because I work on friends computers too and if I do a build I want to be able to make an image and give them a copy of it (along with the disc to restore it).
     
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  3. Chiefcrowe

    Chiefcrowe Diamond Member

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    Macrium Reflect does this well and they have a free version (although with fewer options than the normal version).
     
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    Yup, used it yesterday to back up a new image at home since my WD backup drive ate it. Works great for a SSD too since it keeps the correct alignment. May go ahead and get the pay version too.
     
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    clonezilla is the best free one I've used so far. Can't comment on ssd had I haven't done the mechanical -> ssd or vice versa to find out.
     
  6. Chiefcrowe

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    I ended up buying it as well. I am going to upgrade to version 5 pretty soon also.


     
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    I agree with the recommendation of Macrium Reflect - I'm in the process of ordering a retail copy for myself now.

    One definite advantage over Acronis is that it doesn't have that d@mned "Operations are in Progress" bug that Acronis has apparently been unable to fix for the last umpteen years. I tolerated it in at least the last four versions of Acronis, but never again.
     
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    I use Clonezilla. It's both free and libre.
     
  9. SimMike2

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    I could never get a bootable CD with Macrium Reflect.
     
  10. xSauronx

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    i bought acronis a couple of years ago, you can get it cheap or damn near free with rebate a couple of times a year so i jumped on it.
     
  11. Chiefcrowe

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    If you're using Windows 7, just use the backup tool built in.
     
  13. pcslookout

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    Paragon Backup & Recovery 2012 works well.


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  14. Chiefcrowe

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    Does that have the ability to restore the image to another drive with a boot disc? If so how do you to do that?

     
  15. SimMike2

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    Windows 7 imaging won't work if you go from a larger hard drive to a smaller SSD.
     
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    Bootable Linux CD and dd.
     
  17. jimmyj68

    jimmyj68 Senior member

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    Hey I've done it a couple of times with WIN7 backup and restore. Just an image but from a 500GB external hard drive to an 240GB OCZ SSD. I did find that trying to restore individual files and folders was a real bear.
     
  18. stevech

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    Disk imaging is important.. so one may not want to use freeware.
    Acronis is really inexpensive if you shop.
     
  19. Kathi201

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    Try to go through with Macrium Reflect because i think this one is done well as per your post concern.
    Thanks