What is best software for baremetal backup to a larger hard drive?

Posted on 2010-09-14
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I need a software package that will do a bare metal backup to a larger hard drive.  I want to use this software on a laptop AND a desktop.   Ideally, the software would put the image onto a larger hard drive that I would then replace the original with.   It would contain all settings, etc, and boot without problems.   Can anyone recommend software that can do this without any problems?
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ken2421 earned 500 total points
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Many can do it. I use Acronis. A version of it (Relabled for Apricorn) comes free with this usb adapter that does a remarkable job and you set it from within Windows. Wouldn't be without it.

Happy Imaging.
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some free and paid options.

Free Drive imaging Free ghost alternatives
also some free alternatives

  here's how to use it to create a free recovery DVD....
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How to do a new hard drive install, copy a hard drive copy ghost a drive

I hope this helps !

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For windows OS look @
For Linux OS look @
Mondo Rescue to clone linux systems:
in order to image your system and create bootable CD/DVD download mondo for your distro  more info read this manual
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Paragon Drive Backup 10 or Paragon Backup & Recovery Home Edition: www.paragon-sf\
It does what you need exactly and easy to use. Moreover if you plan in future to move to newer hardware without OS reinstallation you could easily do that with the same copy of Paragon with its P2P Adjust OS feature.

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Ken2421:  I ordered the one you suggested, will give it a try.   Noxcho:  may also try Paragon.  

Everyone:   Thanks so much for your input!   Please be patient while I am assessing some of the proposed solutions.   Thanks again!

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Fantastic solution!   It can NOT get any easier than this!  Thanks!

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I am glad you like it. Like I said I wouldn't be without it.


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