Which is better / easier to use for making an imaging drives and then retoring to other drives = Ghost or Acronis ?

Posted on 2007-10-21
Last Modified: 2013-12-02
Im currently playing around with Acronis but havnt looked at Ghost yet.

> Can both create an image from a boot CD? I without having to remove and slave a hdd to make an image?
e.g create a laptop drive Image by attaching a usb drive and then saving it to that drive.

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    Ghost seems to have stood still while Acronis has stolen its crown. I find Acronis invaluble, easy to use and very reliable. The baility to do bare metal re-installs to differnt hardware is a great plus (pity you have to pay so much extra for this feature - but it pays for itself the first time you have to use it.
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    by:Alan Henderson
    I agree with KCTS. Acronis True Image is my #1 can't-do-without software. And it's cheaper than Ghost.

    Acronis will create an image to a USB drive, either from withion Windows or using the boot CD. I'm 90% sure that Ghost will do something similar.

    Quote from Symantec's website:
    "LightsOut Restore  restores your system with on-disk software recovery, no bootable CD required"

    Some observations here which may be helpful:

    And a strategy for imaging an XP installation:
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    Between Ghost and Acronis, I'd definitely recommend Acronis.

    My personal favorite, however, is Boot-It NG ==> it's definitely "geekier" than the other products; but it's not only a superb imager; but also an excellent partition manager and boot manager (if you want to multi-boot).

    You can easily image your laptop from a bootable CD ... which I always consider preferable to a "live" image ==> although most products now support live imaging (imaging a partition while it's actively running an OS ... i.e. imaging from "within Windows") it is NOT a good idea to do so.   There are many things that can go wrong with live imaging ... and I've seen numerous examples of folks who have a failure and find out too late that their image is corrupt.

    You can also install Boot-It to the hard drive in its own small partition (8MB) and then it's always available with a keystroke at boot time => so you don't need the CD to do an image.

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    If I get version 9 or 10 of Acronis?

    If the old disk is 40 gigs and brand new is 200 gigs, will Acronis allow
    me to use all the 200 gigs or do I have to get part magic?
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    Acronis will restore to the larger disk with no problem.

    Boot-It has a complete set of partition management features => you can resize a partition; move its position on the disk ("slide" it); image it; etc.

    Either will do what you've suggested.
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    Have a look at it gives and overview of the features of the lastest version of True Image. (v11)
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    Well the cheaper way may be to use the vista PE-disk and ximage... :-)
    but then you'll have to do the typing work -nah - the PE disk is part of the WAIK - and you'll be able to download it for free - the image can be mounted in an empty folder...
    no gui - just pure command prompt based.

    read the fine manuals....

    But even more powerfull than ghost/acronis - only when used for vista/xp!

    i agree that Acronis is more advanced - but it has it's disadvantages when hardware changes... chipsets...
    (it's linux-based!)
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