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Hi,

I need to creat a image of my hard drive very often, I just wonder does anybody know a FREE program
that allow you to make backup and create images of the hard drive.

thanks,

Jack
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The 3 suggestions above have the following issues:

(1)  PartImage does not fully support NTFS -- if you image an NTFS partition it MAY restore; or it may NOT.   Definitely NOT recommended.

(2)  CloneZilla is based on PartImage and has the same issues.

(3)  TrueImage is a 15-day free demo;  but then needs to be purchased.

In fact, I'm not aware of any truly free programs to do this that I would recommend.   Many good imaging programs have free demos;  but all have at least some cost associated with registering them.   I think one of the best values -- and an excellent program for both partition image/restore operations but also general partition management and an excellent boot manager -- is Boot It NG from http://www.bootitng.com/.   If all you want to do is image and restore, the less expensive Image for DOS (also free to try -- and only $18.96 to buy) uses the same imaging/restoral engine.
Also, unlike some others, their demo downloads do not stop working -- so if you don't buy the program by the end of the trial period you won't suddently have non-restorable images.

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XXCopy is an excellent extended copying program with MANY options.  I've used it for years.  It is NOT, however, an "imaging" program :-)   It can, with the /Clone option, be used to effectively clone a Win9X system -- but not an XP system.   There are several similarly capable GUI-based programs that are also free => Karen's Replicator and SyncBack are probably the two best.   But none of these are Image programs.
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Pay your money and get a supported package that does exactly what you want it to. Or... spend hours/days/weeks searching for a free download program that will not be supported and will have limited functionality.... and you probably can't use it after 15 days anyway!

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There is g4u (translates to something like "ghost 4 U") and this is free and should work with most hardware. It is included on the UBCD which has many other wonderfull tools.

http://ultimatebootcd.com
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g4u is ghost for Unix
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It'll ghost not just unix systems, but also other OS's and filesystems. It just runs under an *nix, I believe freebsd or something similar.
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if you go out and download the Universal Boot CD then there are a few disk imaging software utilities on there all in a nice neat easy to use package!
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I'm sorry, I meant Ultimate Boot CD http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
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