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I have Hirens Boot CD but I had some trouble with Norton Ghost in the past but will look.
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I do enterprise IT, and have tried all of those products, and the best so far has been... Windows 7 (have used this to recover >1 dozen times). Here are my experiences with other products:

Acronis isn't too bad, but I have had it give me lots of issues detecting newer chipsets, and trying to do stuff over the network. I tried it once, messed with it for a weekend to restore my image backup, and it failed me. I think it was able to detect my RAID, but was not able to detect the SATA HDD the image was on. Eventually had to move that to another system, and streamed over the network overnight.

Symantec Ghost is not really for imaging for backups, but rather imaging for large scale deployments. It requires a seperate server for the imaging, but if you do that, and start a new OS and programs from scratch, then it is pretty good.

I have heard people having great success with Windows Home Server handling incremental image backups, but I have not tried that my self.
    
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I do enterprise IT, and have tried all of those products, and the best so far has been... Windows 7 (have used this to recover >1 dozen times). Here are my experiences with other products:

Acronis isn't too bad, but I have had it give me lots of issues detecting newer chipsets, and trying to do stuff over the network. I tried it once, messed with it for a weekend to restore my image backup, and it failed me. I think it was able to detect my RAID, but was not able to detect the SATA HDD the image was on. Eventually had to move that to another system, and streamed over the network overnight.

Symantec Ghost is not really for imaging for backups, but rather imaging for large scale deployments. It requires a seperate server for the imaging, but if you do that, and start a new OS and programs from scratch, then it is pretty good.

I have heard people having great success with Windows Home Server handling incremental image backups, but I have not tried that my self.
Cheers !, The thing that annoyed me about the Image I made through WIN7 was that when I tried to recover it, it kept stating I was not using the correct Recovery disk or something similar which I was, I even tried others and the OS disk itself. The OS disk has the option to recover your system via an image as it is...but it would not let me so I have lost confidence in it I have to say.
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+ 1 for acronis, or if your cool and you have a mac then the functionality is built into the OS.
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d000dz you shouls have used PARAGON hard disk manager, it is not a dedicated hard disk imaging tool, but the imaging part of it is awesome.

Where i work we use this a lot to rebuild corrupted machines and the like, very handy. The tool also contains other things but we dont use em.
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Clonezilla.

I use it at work for multiple customers. Used with DRBL, it can be used for a clone server, creating and deploying images across the network to hundreds of clients at the same time. It can be used in standalone mode to clone and restore an entire disk or individual partition.

Acronis is also used here but only for one customer. We just upgraded to the snap server software to deploy over the network.

For linux we have also used Mondo/Mindi. Great stuff!
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I've used Acronis TrueImage since 2004. When I got an SSD, I discovered that Acronis did not support the proper SSD partition offset natively. I now use this:

http://www.oo-software.com/home/en/p...age/index.html

IMO, O&O DiskImage is better than Acronis.

Check out the free trial version...
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I did not think of 0&0 actually and I use there defrag ! I will have to check that out as I generally like there software. Thanks to all those who have helped..Cookies for you
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Acronis true image, you hafta buy it but it works wonders, itll even install the image if your whole pc is messed and wont boot windows
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