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Old 12-10-2008, 07:02 AM
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Looking for software to clone my hard drive for backup purposes. I already back up all my files on a regular basis, but can't stand the thought of having to live without my computer while I send it in to IT support to get reconfigured w/ all of my business apps and domain settings. Any opnions on the various cloning utilities out there. My preference would be to backup to either DVD-RW or to my desktop PC at home. I would only use the image if a HD failure ever occurs.
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You can use Norton Ghost.

http://www.symantec.com/norton/ghost
Old 12-10-2008, 07:17 AM
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Ghost would be my first choice....it provides a mirror image of what you currently have.
Old 12-10-2008, 08:21 AM
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I understand that ghost had been king on this area forever... I used it before, when it was not a Symantec company yet, and It was awesome.
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And for a Mac, you can't beat SuperDuper! (makes a BOOTABLE clone)
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I have used Ghost in the past, but luckily never had to reinstall.

We are currently using Maxtor One Touch that saves the mirror image to an outboard drive. I think I paid like $50 for an 80 GB drive and the software was included. The drives then gets locked in the fireproof safe at home.

The software reminds me once a month and it only take three clicks to start the backup.
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ACRONIS - Say your 08 model pc crashes in 10. What are the chances you will be able to find similar hardware for a Ghost Image to restore to. Slim to None. Acronis restores a pc or server image to similar or dissimilar hardware. Very easy to use.

We used to use Ghost but Acronis is so much better.
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Check out: http://www.fogproject.org/ This is a free solution
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Freedom Tide - 12/11/2008 12:45 AM

Check out: http://www.fogproject.org/ This is a free solution
That's funny; "fog". I think Microsoft calls the idea of a remote os "cloud".


Ghost is a resource pig. Windows has a built in back up utility that will allow you to back up anything to any location. You can set it to do your back up every night while you are sleeping. Backing up the whole HD isn't necessary, and as was already pointed out, may not be compatible with future configurations. What you need is current data that you can access immediately. The best solution for that is two PC that are sync'd to each other. One goes down, the other is a mirror that is still up and running.

Awhile back Big Al was inquiring into remote back up utilities that would automatically back up his data to a remote location. Maybe he will chime in with whatever he learned about that.


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