Professional Backup Program

Greetings.
I recently purchased a BUSlink USB 20gig external HD for the exclusive use of performing HD backups on client computers during tech work.
My Q is what program should I use for the most reliable backup to this external HD drive. No cost consideration, I want the best, and please offer comment on any "bugs" , if any, or other considerations in your advice.
Thank you!!
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dew_associatesConnect With a Mentor Commented:
We use Drive Image Pro exclusively as there are many more features other than just doing images.
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dew_associatesCommented:
Pallidin, if you weren't using USB, I'd probably suggest Drive Image Pro, but in order to get a complete backup, it should really be done at the DOS level and not from within Windows. Unless, of course, you're only concerned about file backups and not the OS backup.

Dennis
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CrazyOneCommented:
Hi Pallidin, I do not know if this helps but this is from Norton's Ghost manual.

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This appendix contains information on USB and DirectParallel cable
availability and ordering.

Parallel Technologies cables

Parallel Technologies USB and DirectParallel? Universal Fast Cable provide high-speed data transfer and can significantly increase Norton Ghost performance.

USB and DirectParallel connection cables are available directly from Parallel Technologies.

Via Web site http://www.lpt.com
Via telephone 800.789.4784 (U.S.)
425.869.1119 (International)
Via fax 253.813.8730
Via email sales@lpt.com

The USB and DirectParallel connection cables can also be used for high-speed computer to computer file transfer and networking in Windows 9x and Windows 2000. Norton Ghost contains DirectParallel driver technology from Parallel Technologies, Inc., the developers of the Direct Cable Connection computer-to-computer technology built into Windows 9x and Windows 2000. The DirectParallel drivers and cables contain patent-pending parallel port interface technology.

Other USB cables
The following USB peer-to-peer cables can also be used with Norton Ghost:
     EzLink USB Instant Network, model 2710
     USB LinQ Network
     BusLink USB to USB File Transfer cable, model UFT06

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I use Ghost now to do a full system backup of my Win 2000 disk and it works great. You can script it to do things you want it to do and as Dennis mentioned this is not done from Windows. Ghost uses...I believe...IBM DOS to accomplish its mission so you either have to have Ghost create a bootdisk or a Bootable CD for you and you run the program from there.


Hi Steve
Hi Dennis


The Crazy One
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dew_associatesCommented:
Hey Crazy, how goes it?
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pallidinAuthor Commented:
Thank you, steven for you post. Great info!!
Dennis, to address your comment, I do want to actually image the client drive, OS and all. My desire is the best program to do this.
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dew_associatesCommented:
Well actually there's two, Drive Image Pro and Ghost, and it really gets down to a matter of preference. Drive Image Pro provides for better licensing than ghost, and the updates are more frequent.
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pallidinAuthor Commented:
CrazyOne, in your experience do you believe Ghost to be the most adequate for TOTAL HD imaging? I am aware of two others. Which is TRULY the best?
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pallidinAuthor Commented:
Dew, on my last comment, might you have your professional opinion on program selection for serious tech work?
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CrazyOneCommented:
Hey Dennis things are starting to look better now, you might even say they are begining to look a little rosy, if you know what I mean? :>)

Sorry pallidin I have not seen Dennis working EE for awhile so I just wanted to say hi to him.

Ghost is the only one I have experience with and I haven't used the USB feature so I don't know how reliable that part of it is.
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pallidinAuthor Commented:
Dew, on my last comment, might you have your professional opinion on program selection for serious tech work?
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pallidinAuthor Commented:
Double post through refresh. Sorry. :(
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CrazyOneCommented:
>>>CrazyOne, in your experience do you believe Ghost to be the most adequate for TOTAL HD imaging

Well it hasn't let me down yet and I use it once a week to backup my HD and after it has finished I take the HD that has the backup on it and test it and then put it in my safe deposit box just in case something should happen to my main drive. I hate to do reinstalls so that is why I do a full system backup. Full system backups on to an extra HD is far more efficent and cheaper in the long run than anything esle I have tried.
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FearumCommented:
Use Ghost
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pallidinAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all. As with computer platforms, there seems to be 2 "camps" with regards to backup software preference. Everyone's advice is good. Knowing the depth of Dew's expierience with this matter, I choose to accept his comment. Thanks again.
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dew_associatesCommented:
Thanks Pallidin, and if you should nned help with DI Pro, let me know and I'll walk you through it.
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pallidinAuthor Commented:
Thank you Dew for your offer of additional assistance, and indeed, I am very serious about doing this on a consistant, professional level. I can only hope that, in time, I will even begin to reach your expertise. Let me not leave-out others as well! Ah, I can only be grateful for EE. This site ROCKS!!!
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