Best imaging software


Old 07-12-16, 08:18 PM
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Best imaging software

What's a good Windows 10 imaging software? Free is always good.
I just want to setup an image on a separate drive in case of emergencies.
I've used Acronis before years ago but I think there are others now.
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Old 07-13-16, 04:01 PM
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Acronis is good. I have also used DriveImage but that one is a bit scary as it can erase the source drive if you don't know what you are doing.

I have tested these out in the past:

Macrium Reflect Free Edition
Paragon Backup and Recovery (Advanced) Free
Drive Image XML
AOMEI Backupper
Old 07-28-16, 06:35 PM
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I used Macrium recently to image my C drive, and to clone my old drive to a new SSD. Worked well. I've also used the free EaseUS program in the past and it worked well.
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I'm trying the free Acronis download for a month. It's 69 if I decide to keep it for a year, then it's 99 a year.
I have used Acronis years ago from a friend and it was very usefull and dependable.
I had to reinstall from the image a couple of times, or pull files off of the image.
This has to do with using the cloud for backup and that's new.
It's REALLY slow to back up to the cloud, I mean it's been backing up @3.6 mbps at times and estimated time is 16 days. Others its faster. IDK if it's throttled as a trial or not, but that's a long time.
We'll see.
My Carbonite is still active and I can use it until this fall.
That said, Carbonite is 30 a year cheaper but doesn't image.
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I don't have a good suggestion for imaging software. I've used Clonezilla for repeated imaging, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for a "one-time-use".

Have you considered just backing up your data? Windows is pretty easy to install along with software these days - and gives you the additional benefit of a clean install. If a HD dies, it's an hour or two for a reinstall, then restore your data files.

I use and recommend Mozy Home for a cloud backup, but Carbonite seems to be good and there are others out there too.

Just a thought...

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DriveImage XML. Free for personal use, no bloatware. The only caveat is with Win7 (and maybe Win10), if you have to restore a drive, you'll need a Win7 dvd to repair the boot record. It's actually pretty simple to do and any version of Win7 will do. Hopefully, you'll never need to restore a drive.
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NOT Acronis

Ok, so I thought I needed a new hard drive after installing Acronis on my old hd.
So, I got a new SSD and it's amazingly fast. Glad I did.
Got everything just right.
Went to install Acronis. crashed my NEW hard drive during install.
So Acronis is total crap now.
After booting into safe mode I was able to go into chat with Acronis, get a full refund.
Also, it was only partially uninstall.
Icons still on my desktop but I couldn't find the program to uninstall.
So their chat sent me to a Windows tool to remove it.
What a mess.
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