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Drive Imaging--What do you use?

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    Another satisfied Acronis 2013 user here...

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by PCmannen View Post
    I'm happy with it that comes with windows. Why install another one that does the same function.
    More features. Full, incremental, or differential backups. Ability to adjust the compression. Ability to store multiple backups, not just the latest backup. Ease of mounting the image to pull back a single file. Other features like the Acronis "Try and Decide" function which I have used numerous times.
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  3. #13


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by PCmannen View Post
    I'm happy with it that comes with windows. Why install another one that does the same function.
    Because for serious imaging, the Windows facilities are a pain in the neck and do not work half of the time. I use free Macrium - but I run Win8 an Virtual Box.
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  4. #14


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    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Because for serious imaging, the Windows facilities are a pain in the neck and do not work half of the time.
    The GUI does seem to be flakey at times for image backup with the dreaded "cannot find file specified", which doesn't even make sense for an image backup. However, the wbadmin command line has always worked for me.
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  5. #15


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    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by PCmannen View Post
    I'm happy with it that comes with windows. Why install another one that does the same function.
    Because for serious imaging, the Windows facilities are a pain in the neck and do not work half of the time. I use free Macrium - but I run Win8 an Virtual Box.
    I've heard others say that they, also, do not like the one built in in Windows 7. I'm sure that everyone has their reasons but I have had not one problem with it. Maybe I've been lucky. I may try just another just to see how I like it.
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  6. #16


    Ohio
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    Windows 8 Pro


    For those who prefer something other than the one inWindows, which of the free ones is the best user friendly?
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  7. #17


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    Windows 8.1.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Frank1 View Post
    For those who prefer something other than the one inWindows, which of the free ones is the best user friendly?
    I've used Macrium Reflect Free before and it rocks!
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  8. #18


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    you can also check out DriveImageXML, I used it for a long time previously, but have not used it in a long time.
    Have not tried it with Win8, but assume it should work.

    It is free, was stable when I was using it. Not entirely user friendly, and can be slow to create the image, but pretty quick at restore

    This is really a full disk image utility, not really meant for incrementals, etc.

    DriveImage XML Backup Software - Data Recovery Product

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    Also, this can be run as a portable app. Just install, copy out the folder and that's it. Portable from USB.
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    Posts : 59
    Windows 8.1.1


    Also, the Windows back up I just did was 32gb compared to ATI 26gb just after that. That's quite a difference if you're low on space.
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  10. #20


    Ohio
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    Windows 8 Pro


    For curiosity I just downloaded Macrium since most everyone likes it. I didn't use it yet but I opened it and it looked almost too easy to use. If I understand it correctly, after you open it, you select the disk or files you want to image and then select where you want to put it. You then click, Next. Is that all there s to it?
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