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I'm told Norton Ghost and Acronis are decent but does anyone have any suggestions/experiences with these programs or others?
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If you don't want to purchase software, the back and restore "create a system image" in Windows 7 is great for certain tasks. I just used it to move my entire laptop installation onto a new hard drive, and it worked flawlessly.
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It'd be for a Vista installation though. Is that a feature in Vista or just 7?
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post #4 of 9
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...m-image-backup
According to Microsoft, Vista has it but only for Vista Business, Ultimate and Enterprise.
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post #5 of 9
DriveImage XML is the best free software out there. However, I am now using Acronis. You should keep an eye out, there are always promotions where you can get free keys for signing up for a newsletter or something.
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post #7 of 9
if u were using western digital i would say acronis
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post #8 of 9
I've used Ghost, Acronis and they both work very well. I was using Ghost Solution Suite 2.5 but that was for deployment of 800+ computers when I was a sysadmin.

DriveImage XML has my vote...very easy to dump an image to a shared network drive.
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post #9 of 9
Clonezilla or PING, both freeware and work flawless all the time.
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