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Hello, just wondering what everyones thoughts are on any of the image backup software out there? Like Norton Ghost, Acronis True image etc.

Also while were on the subject, anyone know what version of Norton ghost i can use on a win 2000 server?

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vookster82 said:
Hello, just wondering what everyones thoughts are on any of the image backup software out there? Like Norton Ghost, Acronis True image etc.

Also while were on the subject, anyone know what version of Norton ghost i can use on a win 2000 server?

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Hi Vookster82,

I too have been researching imagers. I dont know if you have done a Forums search but the consensus of opinion among the experts would appear to be
between Acronis & Norton Ghost with Acronis being the favourite.

I have researched elsewhere & obtained similar results.

There doesnt seem to be any free versions that utterly successful :(

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I prefer Acronis True Image, I used GHOST for years and have recently switched. I tried the new GHOST 9.0, but I wasn't impressed.
 

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Acronis is very user friendly. I've recently used Paragon which I got on a cover disc. It seems just as slick and easy to use. It's worth a look too, especially for free if you can find it.
Foxfire, I got it on last months Personal Computer World. I've also seen it on others since. Check out the magazines and look for Paragon Exact Image 6 on the cover CD's. Or you can have a copy of mine, it's all above board as you'll have to register it online anyway. You won't be disappointed.
 

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i searched a little bit...but im retarded when it comes to searchs. If it doesnt have a $ sign buy it...i'm lost for comparison. Man i luv Ebay and Froogle :D
I totally dislike Ghost 9.0...i dont understand Nortons logic sometimes...oh wait, i never understood it in the first place. :rolleyes: I used Acronis a couple times before, didnt seem bad at all...but never had to restore a Acronis image yet either. So i personally cant cast a fair opinion on its work.

Thanks for the input, and ill refine my searching on imagers a bit more. If ay'll come across a good link or forum about it throw it my way please, Thanks all
 

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Please excuse my ignorance; this seems an interesting thread but I don't understand it! If I want to backup my images I just copy them to a CD or external HD in the usual way. What do the programs under discussion here do that copying can't do. I really would like to know what this thread is all about in case I can benefit!

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Moby said:
Acronis is very user friendly. I've recently used Paragon which I got on a cover disc. It seems just as slick and easy to use. It's worth a look too, especially for free if you can find it.
Foxfire, I got it on last months Personal Computer World. I've also seen it on others since. Check out the magazines and look for Paragon Exact Image 6 on the cover CD's. Or you can have a copy of mine, it's all above board as you'll have to register it online anyway. You won't be disappointed.
Thats very kind of you Moby.I have heard Paragon recommended elsewhere. I will check out the Magazine (once the snow subsides) carefully-especially as its free :)

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Thanks for the input, and ill refine my searching on imagers a bit more. If ay'll come across a good link or forum about it throw it my way please, Thanks all
Hi Vookster82,

I found considerable information by using the search facility on the Forums List page here on TechGuy. I used Acronis as search word.

If you already have Acronis & can backup registry/files, why not give it a go.

Moby has said its user friendly & JohnWill has used it extensively. Two good recommends :up:

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I've used Ghost for years, and never had any major problems with it.
Never used Acronis.

Currently using a crappy Novell imaging program that gets run under Linux at work (via PXE boot). Damn, that program sucks, sucks, and sucks some more. We've reverted from a fairly easy to use, dependable product like Ghost, to this POS. Sometimes I wonder about the competence of upper management here, and my own competence for continuing to work here...
 

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I also used GHOST for years. However, GHOST is pretty weak when it comes to some network configurations and many USB/Firewire devices. Acronis True Image has much better support in both of these areas.
 

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I have to vote for Acronis because it has saved me a number of times. My version is 6.0.0.611 and I plan to stick with it. Good hunting for your backup software.
 

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If you have a spare HD or backup medium this is a good program:
http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptreplicator.asp

Yeah, its free, and it's probably not as fancy as Acronis or Ghost, but it does get the job done. Here is the description on the site:

"Automatically backup files, directories, even entire drives! Karen's Replicator copies selected files from one drive/folder to another. Source and Destination folders can reside anywhere on your network. Files larger than 2 GB are supported.

Options include repeated copies at intervals as short as a few minutes, or as long as several months, copy only files that have changed, and the replication of file deletions.

New features allow you to specify which files should not be copied, and also which days a file should be skipped"


Check it out, it's one of those useful programs that you wanan have just in case...and its one of the rare, fully functional freeware backup systems I've found.
 

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Thank you! I shall go and subside into a corner with shame.

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Perhaps I should join you Johnni, I hadnt realised that a second hard disk was necessary, I simply thought that it could imaged onto free space in my existing
hard disk :eek:

I note the external disks come in all sorts & sizes, my existing disk is 50GB.

What is recommended as a cost/effective external disk :confused:

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You don't neccessarily need a second disc. You could partition your exisiting disc and save the image to the other partition. You could also save the image to CD/DVD. Depending on how much you have to image, that could take quite a few CD's though. (CD=700mb, DVD=4.5gb)
The cheapest extra hard drive is another internal drive, they're less than half the price of the external variety.
Compare these offers for the same sizes internal/external disc.
EXTERNAL

INTERNAL

You can get even cheaper than that if you want a smaller internal disc (£30-£40 for 60-80gb). I haven't seen external ones for less than £80, but it's changing all the time.
 

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foxfire said:
Perhaps I should join you Johnni, I hadnt realised that a second hard disk was necessary, I simply thought that it could imaged onto free space in my existing
hard disk :eek:

I note the external disks come in all sorts & sizes, my existing disk is 50GB.

What is recommended as a cost/effective external disk :confused:

Foxfire
I use an older 40G internal. It's sitting on the shelf now with an image (actually 2 images of the C partition from both my rigs) on it. When I want to update or restore the image I pull my current slave(s) and pop this one in. Most of the Imaging programs will compress the data anywhere from 30 to 60%.
 

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Grateful thanks for all the helpful replies,highly educational :)

Moby. Yes I see what you mean. I had a look on Amazon last night & saw the
considerable price difference between external & internal .
I shall therefore go the internal route & give Paragon a try & buy
Acronis if it fails to please.

Mystic Eyes. Thank you for that. With my existing internal disk being 50GB
would there be any advantage in buying a bigger one?

Can they be slaved up together internally & used in conjunction with
one another? I am on dialup 56K, would this then slow the system up?

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rpndt1 said:
If you have a spare HD or backup medium this is a good program:
http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptreplicator.asp

Yeah, its free, and it's probably not as fancy as Acronis or Ghost, but it does get the job done.
I suspect you should read the description a bit closer. It is not an image utility that will create a bootable image of the source disk, it's a backup utility for data files. That doesn't make it useless, but it does NOT have the same functionality as GHOST or True Image.
 
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