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I have a choice between these two to use to get an exact copy of my HDD image.

The reason being school requires my laptop to be configured in such a sense that I will end up with lots of junkware and junk programs; and in my upcoming term break I want to be able to use the laptop as I would my PC.
Hence the need to image my drive first (while it's very clean right now) and then restore this image at a later date.

Which of the above is better? I am aware that Windows has a built-in capability that lets you create an image of your drive but I'm not sure how I should go about doing it, and how I should go about retrieving and restoring said image when needed.

I've also used Acronis at work; but that was v1.2 Acronis TrueImage Home. Not sure if the WD version is called such because it only works on WD disks. Either case, I should be fine since the disk in my laptop is a WD1600BEVS and I'll be storing my image in an externally connected WD5000BEVT.
As far as Acronis goes, I have no idea how to start a backup; but I do know how to restore from a backup. I read though, that you simply boot from the Acronis CD, select Backup and then the system will ask you where you want to store the backup; and it will automatically create a .tib file which I can restore from?

Sorry for the long and probably confusing post; since I'm in quite a rush.
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i have used acronis a lot over the years and it is very simple and works perfectly for making an image.
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Thanks, any other opinions?
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Acronis TrueImage WD Edition
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I'm perfectly happy with windows built in imaging software, have restored from it a couple times with zero difficulty. That being said I don't know if acronis backups you can restore individual files and such from the images. With windows imaging you can't do that, you can only restore the whole image or nothing at all.
 
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Yes, restoring the entire image is what I'd want to do.

It seems to me that the WD edition of TrueImage is more complicated than just burning it onto a disc and then booting from it.
I'm pretty against the fact that it requires installation; in fact I think I'll go with Windows Backup for a complete system image.

Another question though - I have a friend who wants to swap from a 500GB WD Blue to a 500GB Black. Does cloning the entire disk require Acronis? I have a feeling that Windows Backup is not going to work in this situation.
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Yes, restoring the entire image is what I'd want to do.

It seems to me that the WD edition of TrueImage is more complicated than just burning it onto a disc and then booting from it.

Actually that is all there is to it, you don't even need a disk, the disk is only if you can't access the OS lol.
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I'm pretty against the fact that it requires installation; in fact I think I'll go with Windows Backup for a complete system image.
What software that makes system images doesn't need to be installed in the first place on the system? (Don't say bootable programs like clonezilla tongue.gif)

Go ahead and use Windows imaging tool, it has always worked good for me personally, but I always hear about people having issues with it LOL.
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Another question though - I have a friend who wants to swap from a 500GB WD Blue to a 500GB Black. Does cloning the entire disk require Acronis? I have a feeling that Windows Backup is not going to work in this situation.
The Windows backup should work fine. Make an image, swap the drives in the system, restore to the new drive. Though like I said I hear people always having issues so you may want to just use acronis. Plug the new drive, open true image, choose the mirror option and let it do its thing and you will eb able to disconnect the caviar blue and boot off the black fine.
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Actually that is all there is to it, you don't even need a disk, the disk is only if you can't access the OS lol.
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I'm pretty against the fact that it requires installation; in fact I think I'll go with Windows Backup for a complete system image.
What software that makes system images doesn't need to be installed in the first place on the system? (Don't say bootable programs like clonezilla tongue.gif)
Go ahead and use Windows imaging tool, it has always worked good for me personally, but I always hear about people having issues with it LOL.
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Another question though - I have a friend who wants to swap from a 500GB WD Blue to a 500GB Black. Does cloning the entire disk require Acronis? I have a feeling that Windows Backup is not going to work in this situation.
The Windows backup should work fine. Make an image, swap the drives in the system, restore to the new drive. Though like I said I hear people always having issues so you may want to just use acronis. Plug the new drive, open true image, choose the mirror option and let it do its thing and you will eb able to disconnect the caviar blue and boot off the black fine.

Great, all the info I need.

Going to make a backup right now.
Thanks for the help smile.gif
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I am using ssd boot drive want to make clone onto raptor
cant get win backup to work freezes
also I dont understand all the options

can i do this from ssd to hd?
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If money is not any issue, then I would also suggest acronis!
I've used both and worked just fine. smile.gif
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