What Image Backup software do you use?

Discussion in 'polls' started by Creer, Aug 19, 2009.

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What Image Backup software do you use?

  1. Acronis True Image

    29.1%
  2. Active@ Disk Image

    1.1%
  3. Clonezilla

    3.3%
  4. DriveImage XML

    1.6%
  5. Drive Snapshot

    7.1%
  6. Diskwizard

    1.1%
  7. Image for Dos

    5.5%
  8. Image for Windows

    7.1%
  9. Kroll Ontrack

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Macrium Reflect

    10.4%
  11. Norton Ghost

    4.9%
  12. O&O DiskImage

    2.2%
  13. Paragon Drive Backup

    16.5%
  14. Partimage

    1.1%
  15. Partition Saving

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  16. Perfect Image

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  17. Ping

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  18. R-Drive Image

    0.5%
  19. SelfImage

    0.5%
  20. ShadowProtect Desktop

    14.8%
  21. Windows built-in Image Backup

    5.5%
  22. Other, please specify

    4.9%
  23. None

    8.2%
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  1. Creer

    Creer Registered Member

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    What Image Backup software do you use to backup and restore your datas?
     
  2. Osaban

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    I have an Acronis license TI9 on one machine, and two ShadowProtect Desktop licenses for my personal machines. Incidentally I've just discovered that SP has a new version: 3.4
     
  3. blacknight

    blacknight Registered Member

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    True Image Acronis.
     
  4. voltron

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    Hi;

    I'm kinda limited to the freeware stuff lately but I use Macrium Reflect free and DiscWizard. Any freeware backup suggestions?

    voltron:cool:
     
  5. egghead

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    ShadowProtect desktop. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

    Fast, reliable & easy to use.

    One of the best investments I have made.
     
  6. lodore

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    Paragon and image for windows. lastest version of paragon has some issues atm so im using image for windows for now. both are great products.
     
  7. the Tester

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    MaxBlast.
    It's a free version of Acronis available for Maxtor hard drives.
     
  8. Montecristo

    Montecristo Registered Member

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    ShadowProtect :thumb:
     
  9. SourMilk

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    I use Acronis True Image v.11 rescue CD only. I don't like drivers in the background of Windows. I have never had a botched image or restore.

    SourMilk out
     
  10. Tarnak

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    None - Just too confusing for me, so many different opinions! o_O
     
  11. noone_particular

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    Strange as it might sound, I use 7Zip for creating and restoring OS backups. To backup or restore Win2K, I boot to 98 and vice versa. It works quite well on a dual or multi-boot system. All of my drives are FAT32 for compatibility reasons.

    I was using Acronis with no problems, but wasn't really happy with it. For me, there's several advantages to using 7Zip archives.
    • The archives are 25-35% smaller than the Acronis Archives.
    • Individual files and folders can be excluded from the backups.
    • The archives can be made, restored, and accessed from within Windows, DOS, and possibly Linux using available freeware. No proprietary formats.
    • Individual files can be extracted. Very useful for me when I forget to copy something off of the desktop.
    • Individual files are backed up and restored, so there's no fragmentation in any of the restored files.
    • The archives can be made or restored as a background process from within Windows without interfering with the tasks at hand.
    The 7z archives do take quite a bit longer to make and restore, especially when using the maximum compression. Being able to perform the tasks as a background process keeps the long time periods from being a problem. Even if something managed to corrupt all of the internal drives, I can restore them using a properly made DOS bootdisk containing a few additional tools and drivers (USB, LFN, DPMI). I have separate tools for the MBR and partitioning but haven't needed to use them.
     
  12. boonie

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    I guess I like IFD because it's simple, easy to use, and I don't need to install anything. I might have gone with Drive Snapshot, but by the time I heard about it, I had already purchased my license for IFD.
     
  13. slammer_JvA

    slammer_JvA Registered Member

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    Rehi old, and possible new Wilders Friends!

    Slam is back :D
    (Has been almost 3 years already...wow...tempus ruit-hora fluit)

    Just in the process of upgrading some hardware, I decided to finally take backing up serious now. So, I bought myself an external HD (Iomega Prestige 320G, very nifty) and now am searching for the right soft.
    So, I thought let's go to my old buddies and get a cup of coffee at Wilders, how you're doing Paul? ;)

    And what will you know, there's this poll. So, with the danger of slightly going offtopic, I like to ask any of you experienced users which proggie in your opinion is best suited for an almost zero-experienced back-upper -yeah I know..:oops:shame:oops:

    Downloaded Cobian Backup 9, any comments on that one?
    Plus, I came across a nice multiple tool back-up CD creator, named UBCD4Win, but as a noob in this area Istill struggle with creating/copying iso-image...will post on another thread for that one.
    But for this one too, I like your comments.

    I'll be reading with great interest!

    Great to be back, you'll be seeing me :)

    regards,
    slam:cool:
     
  14. mrfargoreed

    mrfargoreed Registered Member

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    Acronis True Image for me. I've tried Ghost, Paragon and several others and had issues with all of them. Never had a problem with ATI - it's reliable (for me) and easy to use. I would like to have a go with Shadow Protect, but I couldn't afford to pay for it anyway, so a bit pointless :D .
     
  15. Kerodo

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    Clonezilla here. Works well for me on both Win and Linux, and it's free. :)
     
  16. Osaban

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    I know if you've never done it before, it seems at first a daunting task. Nowadays these programs are very easy to use for their main task: restore a complete system in 15 minutes (average time, 7 and 11 minutes for my machines). A complete reinstall of Windows + programs + personal configuration might take from 3 hours to several days.

    Once one knows it works, it really allows you to do anything with your computer knowing that within the time to prepare a cup of coffee, your system or different systems can be running as freshly installed. The only catch is when trying to restore for the first time: the only way to know if it works is to do it with a system that is working.

    IMO, the most important security/recovery software to have.
     
  17. RSpanky

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    Drive Snapshot :thumb:
     
  18. suliman

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    Dont use windows other than for playing games, but there I use Shadowprotect.
    SP cant copy linux filesystem (without imaging the empty space too) so for Ubuntu I use Terabyte's Image for Linux.
     
  19. boonie

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  20. Follower

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    Sadly... ATI 2009 Home... :blink:
     
  21. Rabiddog

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    Does FirstDefense count?
     
  22. Creer

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  23. Tarq57

    Tarq57 Registered Member

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    Macrium Reflect for making backups.
    Haven't had to use the restore so far, touch silicon.
     
  24. pandlouk

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    Drive snapshot on one pc.
    Image for windows on the other one.

    Both are great.

    Panagiotis
     
  25. Seer

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    I have several licenses for Image for Windows and use it on all my systems to create base images.
    I've pretty much grown to hate all the other alternatives.
     
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