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post #1 of 10
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Alrighty, I'm getting desperate here guys. I need a good FREE backup/ghosting utility. Here's my main goals with this:
  • Backup my Windows install after its fully updated
  • I want ALL of my mainly used programs installed as well from the image
  • Must be able to burn this ghost image to DVD's.
  • This program will be used to ghost all of my computers

Help? If there's a better option that's not free, I'll look into it...but free works better for me on my budget .
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pm talintid he can help you out
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pm talintid he can help you out
Will do once I see him pop online again. Can't find him right now.
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Crucial MX100 256GB WD Green 2TB DVDRW Corsair H50 Push / Pull 
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NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
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post #4 of 10
Try Selfimage.

A word of warning though: it backs up drives bit for bit with no extra data attached. This means that if you save a partition from one drive then load it onto another, you must manually edit the partition table to accomodate it. Plus a few other things.

I personally like it for this, but its definitely not a tool for everyone.
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post #5 of 10
i can talk to him he lives just up the street from me
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post #6 of 10
Free? Well, Acronis True Image full version does that and actually, it's what you should be looking for.
However, it's not free (35-45$). But you may try trial version.
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post #7 of 10
drive image xml is free and easy to use.
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post #8 of 10
Vista ultimate has the ability to do a full backup itself. I don't think you need to buy anything. I built a Vista PC for someone quite a while back and, if I remember correctly, installed the os backed it up to dvd blew it away and rebuilt the entire C: drive from the backup.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro...ls/backup.mspx

If you don't have Vista business or above on all your PC's, Acronis works really well and is reasonably priced.
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norton ghost
     
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post #10 of 10
Norton Ghost is more expensive and has less features than Acronis.
So, i'm not sure you need that.
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