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Drive Imaging--What do you use?

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    Drive Imaging--What do you use?


    So, I've been historically an Acronis True Image Home 2010 user, but am contemplating whether it's time to upgrade to a new version or something else.

    I have a handful of computers that I use at home, Desktop, machine acting as file server, my laptop, my wife's laptop, etc. I like being able to take images of these machines every now and again. However, with something like Acronis 2012, I have to buy 4 licences for my 4 computers and that will cost me $29 to upgrade the 1st license, and $50 each for the remaining 3 licenses. So, around $179 total. I think I could actually get 1 upgrade license for $29 and the 3 user family pack for $79 and only spent $110 or so.

    So, i'm evaluation other good choices. I'm familiar with Macrium Reflect Free version 5.0 and that will probably meet most of my needs. I would prefer to be able to file and folder backups, but I realize this is a limitation with this product and I can live without it. I also realize that differential or incremental backups are also not possible with the freebie product.

    For those who have paid for Macrium Reflect Standard 5.0, do I absolutely have to buy a separate copy for each of my 4 computers, or could I install it on all 4 computers if I elected to do so?


    What other choices are available that you guys are using and would recommend?

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    Windows 8 RTM (Retinas taking damage...)


    I am personally satisfied with windows' built in imaging capability. It's pretty short on features, but it comes with the OS.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Macrium used to do a multi pack deal - they still do - 50% off for a 4 pack.

    I assume you would want the pro rather than standard

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    I'm not sure if I have any reason for the pro version. I pretty much only restore to the same hardware, and I don't usually have dynamic disks either.

    Is there anything else that I really need to have the pro version for?

    Is there a trial edition for the Macrium Reflect Standard or Pro version? I'd like to look at it before I commit to possibly spending $120 or so on the 4 license pack.
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    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    So, i'm evaluation other good choices. I'm familiar with Macrium Reflect Free version 5.0 and that will probably meet most of my needs. I would prefer to be able to file and folder backups, but I realize this is a limitation with this product and I can live without it. I also realize that differential or incremental backups are also not possible with the freebie product.
    You could use Macrium Free for image backup and something like Comodo Backup free for differential\incrementals and that would cover both areas. I haven't used either so can't speak of their quality.

    Alternatively if you have enough parts to build another server you could install Windows Home Server. It can do over the network backups of all your PC's both for files and Images. You would create a Restore CD that allows you to restore an image over the network. I've seen OEM copies of WHS 2003 for around $80 and WHS 2011 for around $100. I've thought of using WHS myself but MS has discontinued it, however it may not matter if all you do is backups and file share.
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    @pp

    You can d/l the trial installer with this: Downloads - Macrium Software

    Pick any edition you want to try.

    I think you need pro to support gpt.

    Paragon might do file/folder backup as well as imaging with their free version.

    EDIT - no there is just imaging in the free paragon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R0bR View Post
    Alternatively if you have enough parts to build another server you could install Windows Home Server. It can do over the network backups of all your PC's both for files and Images. You would create a Restore CD that allows you to restore an image over the network. I've seen OEM copies of WHS 2003 for around $80 and WHS 2011 for around $100. I've thought of using WHS myself but MS has discontinued it, however it may not matter if all you do is backups and file share.
    I toiled long and hard over potentially using WHS when I retired my very old file server this past year. It just didn't end up being the right product for my needs. I ultimately just went with a new build, of a Core i3 box running Windows 7 as a file server and that has worked very well. I wanted to specifically run some home media stuff which was not suited well for the WHS product.

    The images of my actual machines aren't that terribly important to me. I keep my important data on my server machine, and it's backed up to a secondary internal drive daily, with 7 days retention and then I also keep 2 external hard drives off site with synced copies of my data.

    My images are more of a convenience. Especially when I just want to play with something for a short bit. It's nice to load it once, make an image and then just keep it for future testing. Macrium Reflect free would fit that bill just fine...not to mention it's proven to work with client OS's as well as server OS's both...and I do use both in my testing. I have a handful of machines that I test with, but would rather not fork out $50 per machine for testing. I also like to play and experiment with the backup applications themselves in a VM...but it's not something that I would be willing to purchase a license for.

    I'm also wondering about whether I'd need to actually activate my copy of Acronis, if I make the cd and simply boot from the cd to make the image and also to restore the image. I'll have to give that a shot during my trial period. There really is no reason why I have to run the application from within Windows for the testing that I do.
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    sweden
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    Windows 8 Pro x64


    I'm happy with it that comes with windows. Why install another one that does the same function.
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    Windows 8.1.1


    I just popped $29 for the upgrade to Acronis 2013. Lots of new features............ I've made a full/incremental backup to an external drive, I have non-stop backup running on my libraries, and I'm doing a full backup to the Cloud as I type. Made the recovery CD no problem, and I like that I can backup and restore from it. I have no problems at all with it since installing it a couple of hours ago. ymmv.
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    Ohio
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    Windows 8 Pro


    I've used the one in Windows 7 several times and have had no problem what-so-ever. I suppose the one in 8 will be the same way.
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