the best method for win xp backup

Hi,
what's the best method to backup my win xp pro that will work on other hardware?
gabiffAsked:
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aldanchCommented:
If you just need imaging level backups of your Windows XP installation then you have 3 vendor choices:

Symantec - Norton Ghost/Backup Exec System Recovery Desktop Edition (BESR)
Acronis - TrueImage Home/ TrueImage Echo for Workstations
Paragon - DriveBackup Personal/Workstation

All 3 will provide with what you need. It just comes down to preference.

You can download Paragon's DriveBackup Express (free) to do image level backups if all you need is the ability to restore to the same hardware, but if you need UR capability (restore to dissimilar hardware), then they all provide you with the universal restore capabilities, but at different price points.

Symantec is about $70 (Norton Ghost 14, No UR option) to $85 (for BESR Desktop Edition)
http://shop.symantecstore.com/DRHM/servlet/ControllerServlet?Action=DisplayProductDetailsSmbPage&SiteID=symnasmb&Locale=en_US&ThemeID=106400&Env=BASE&productID=107223500

Acronis is about $50 (Home edition, No UR option) to $110 ($80 for license, $30 for UR option addon)
http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/ATICW/

Paragon is free (DriveBackup Express, No UR option) or $40 (for personal edition) to $75 (for workstation edition) - both Personal and Workstation editions provide UR option

Cheapest solution with UR option is Paragon DriveBackup Personal edition at $40
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crawforditsCommented:
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gabiffAuthor Commented:
did the acronis will know to restore the image to other mother board?
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sk_raja_rajaCommented:
Ref the attached document also,

ntbackup.pdf
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crawforditsCommented:
with universal restore it will work
the image is not restored to the motherboard but the hard drive
please read
http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/ATIES/universal-restore.html
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aldanchCommented:
Correction: Instead of Paragon DriveBackup Workstation Edition, you can use the Drivebackup Professional edition.

Below is a link that compares Paragon's disk imaging products:

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-professional/comparison.html

Express - free
Personal - $40
Pro - $70

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gabiffAuthor Commented:
Hi,
i bought the acronis workstation echo software build 816, now how can i restore the windows at other hardware? will it work with a vista image too?
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aldanchCommented:
For restoring to dissimilar hardware, you would need the Universal Restore option as well ($30).

Acronis Echo Workstation supports Vista (32-bit) and XP (32- and 64-bit)

System Requirements
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/requirements.html

Universal Restore
http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/ATICW/universal-restore.html
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gabiffAuthor Commented:
i do have the Universal Restore option what next?
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aldanchCommented:
If you have it installed, create a backup image of your workstation and store it on a network share or external hard drive.

Make sure to create a boot CD with all Acronis components so it has the Universal Restore option bundle into the boot CD. Burn it to a CD or create an ISO image and then burn it to CD.

At the target PC, boot into the Acronis CD and choose the option that includes Universal Restore.

Follow the wizard for restoring an image to dissimilar hardware. If it asks for drivers, make sure you have them for the target PC.

http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/support/kb/topics/Products/cid/183/articles/502/
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