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Old 28-January-2013, 13:13
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Default good free backup and disk imaging or cloning software

I used to use norton ghost and it's a good option but I don't think there's a free version (not checked recently)

I have been using the free version of Macrium Reflect ( http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx ) and so far it seems really quite good and very fast to create disk images.

they say you don't know how good your backup is until you test it, well I had occasion to need a file from a backed up image and was pleasantly surprised by how Macrium Reflect handles this function. Simply right click on the image file and you get the option to mount the image as a virtual drive and have full (read) access to all the files held within the backup.

Anyway, thought it might be useful to others looking for something similar. The paid version of Macrium Reflect lets you restore an image to different hardware which would be cool but the free version is very workable for most scenarios, quite impressed.

One tip, I have some fat32 formatted disks (at the moment at least) which I use as storage disks, when you create the image file you can specify to keep within a filesize limit (for example under 4gig for fat32) and it will create a spanned image file set

any other options I should consider, what do others use?

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Default Re: good free backup and disk imaging or cloning software

I've been using Arcronis True Image Home 2010 version that came free with an order of parts from Ebuyer when I was building my flat mates PC, I don't think it's overly expensive though about 24.00 I think.

Pretty happy with that but always looking for other ideas. The above looks pretty decent so might give that a whirl as my backups are shall we say, rather poor !
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Default Re: good free backup and disk imaging or cloning software

Thanks for this Silver, I've downloaded it and will give it a try soon.
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One of the neat things about macrium is you create the disk image from within windows (they say you can keep using windows normally but I tend to leave it alone to do its thing)
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Thats even better, get fed up of having to use a CD or DVD to run a backup program.
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Old 03-February-2013, 20:22
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Default Re: good free backup and disk imaging or cloning software

Thanks for this Silver, I've downloaded it and will give it a try soon.
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let me know what you reckon

Thats even better, get fed up of having to use a CD or DVD to run a backup program.
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it's quite impressive,. I had a very old copy of ghost I used to use and you booted from a floppy disk(!) being able to create an image of the OS disk while using the OS makes it more likely I will backup and it's quick to do (you can I think make it a scheduled activity but I am not that rigorous)

the free version won't do incremental backups but I'm happy with complete backups anyway,. the table at http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx shows you the feature set and the differences between free/paid versions
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I remember Norton Ghost well, my Dad bought a copy it was agreat little programme, I think he paid for the NTFS version at a later date.
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one of the things I liked about ghost was you could boot from the floppy and write the disk image file onto a windows network share - pretty neat but much easier if you can backup from within windows
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My network is no near as advanced as I'd like it to be.
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