Advice for a freeware backup software

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by SuperTaf, Dec 12, 2009.

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  1. SuperTaf

    SuperTaf Registered Member

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    Hi guys!

    I need a freeware backup software to create a mirror image of my windows
    partition in a DVD restorable on bootup.
    Can anybody help me?
    Thank you in advance!
     
  2. Shankle

    Shankle Registered Member

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    Clonezilla live has worked flawlessly for me and got me out of trouble half
    a dozen times. I am using it on XP Pro and Vista Business.
    It is FREE.
    It requires you to download it and burn a cd of the program.
    If you are running a single partition system, then it should be rather
    easy to follow the instructions on the screen.
    Good luck
     
  3. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

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    I have been told that Macrium Reflect Free will do what you want but I have not used Macrium Reflect Free.

    Terabyte Unlimited's Image for Windows/Image for DOS/Image for Linux will make nice bootable restore DVD(s) but they are not Free.
     
  4. sded

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    I tried out Macrium Reflect Free at http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp and did some comparisons with Acronis True Image. Timing and sizing are about the same as ATI, and it seems to do everything you are looking for. Simple interface and easy to use. Only thing it doesn't do is differential/incremental images; does do verification and also image mounting for picking off files, etc. Give it a try; it is not a very large package.
     
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    Given you have a legal copy of windows and the correct version you already can create all these items with what you have in hand.
     
  6. sded

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    I think the one issue with the Windows imaging (only available in Ultimate for Vista) is the lack of a good source for a boot disk, although I understand there is a 3rd party version available, at least for W7. Restoring is a bit more complex without one. With Reflect you do get a Linux boot disk to run the backup from in case you are unable to start Windows-the reason a lot of us do image restore in the first place. Haven't checked that the image DVD is actually bootable, but suspect noto_O
     
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  7. rollers

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    I have used the new windows 7 image tool, it works but the images are large and new ones tend to overwrite the old ones. I prefer more control over the images.
    I am now using macrium reflect free, its superb.............and best of all free. 29 mb download, makes a start up disk in case of being unable to boot......its easy and it works.
    Hope that helps
     
  8. acuariano

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    can you make a bootable image using the bootable cd?
     
  9. SuperTaf

    SuperTaf Registered Member

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    Thank you gus for the reply!
    I will give a tray to filezilla and macrium.
     
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    macrium imo the best free available and its so cheap even to get the full one i own the full version now and love it
     
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