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  1. I'm considering picking up one of these two apps for creating disk images of my hard drives, so that in the event a hard drive that hosts the operating system fails I can simply replace the failed drive with a new one, then restore my operating system (Windows 7 and Mandriva 2009) to the new drive....

    Which utility is the better? Does either of them support Linux as well as Windows 7 (It's more important they support Win 7 but Linux support would be nice)...

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    If all you want to do is create an image of the entire disc, I'd recommend the free version of Macrium Reflect. It'll do exactly that, and the price is right
    http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp

    I use it on two machines at home.

    I use Acronis TI 10 on my main PC, but I want the ability to back up individual files & folders as well as create whole-disc image. It's worked well for me; I'm actually debating upgrading to Acronis 2010 or getting the paid version of Macrium for that machine for my impending Windows 7 upgrade (the free version is still sufficient for the other 2 PCs).

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    Originally Posted by Jim44
    If all you want to do is create an image of the entire disc, I'd recommend the free version of Macrium Reflect.
    Good program to use,Acronis doesnt work on restoring my system where as Macrium Reflect does it with no issues plus creates the image in windows.
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    Originally Posted by johns0
    Originally Posted by Jim44
    If all you want to do is create an image of the entire disc, I'd recommend the free version of Macrium Reflect.
    Good program to use,Acronis doesnt work on restoring my system where as Macrium Reflect does it with no issues plus creates the image in windows.
    So wierd, Acronis 2009 was the first system image software that worked for me, and it works w/ Windows 7

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    Ya,its mostly motherboard compatibility problems on bootup that causes the problems,macrium works where as acronis boots up but when selecting an image it goes to a blank screen.Nothing to do with the o/s.
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  6. I am currently just using the built-in Backup and Restore in Win 7 Ultimate. But this is only available in pro and ultimate editions of win 7. It works seamlessly, you can burn a bootable recovery CD easily. It can be set to do a full system image, plus it keeps track of any extra media folders in libraries.

    Another backup program to consider is Shadow Protect Desktop Edition. It allows bare metal backups, which means if you need to replace a motherboard, you can restore the whole O/S to a new motherboard.
    http://www.storagecraft.com/shadow_protect_desktop.php
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    Originally Posted by Wile_E
    I am currently just using the built-in Backup and Restore in Win 7 Ultimate. But this is only available in pro and ultimate editions of win 7. It works seamlessly, you can burn a bootable recovery CD easily. It can be set to do a full system image, plus it keeps track of any extra media folders in libraries.

    Another backup program to consider is Shadow Protect Desktop Edition. It allows bare metal backups, which means if you need to replace a motherboard, you can restore the whole O/S to a new motherboard.
    http://www.storagecraft.com/shadow_protect_desktop.php
    Whenever I use Windows 7 Ultimate built in backup software it always wants to, no it adamantly insists upon backing up one of my storage drives as well as my c: drive even in custom mode

    even if I unplug a drive it just picks another drive to include

    It would probably work for me if I didn't have 21 logical drives on 8 HDD's

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    I have used Acronis for years with various computers and no issues. They have a good User's Forum too.
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  9. Paragon now has a fully functional free version as well. I like Macrium Reflect Free but Paragon Backup & Recovery Free has better options IMO and the boot disk tends to work better.
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    Originally Posted by kenmo
    I'm considering picking up one of these two apps for creating disk images of my hard drives,
    Does either of them support Linux as well as Windows 7 (It's more important they support Win 7 but Linux support would be nice)...

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  11. I've used Clonezilla in the recent past as well. It does the job, though the interface is not at all user friendly. My main problem with it is speed. on a HDD with about 30GB data transferring to an eSATA enclosure, Clonezilla took about 4 hours and had a hefty file size with the default compression ratio. Macrium took about 20 minutes with about half the file size.
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    Originally Posted by Poppa_Meth
    Paragon now has a fully functional free version as well. I like Macrium Reflect Free but Paragon Backup & Recovery Free has better options IMO and the boot disk tends to work better.
    Any handy link to the free version?

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