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Disaster and recovery for  a windows 2000 SP  PC4

Which one is better for disaster and recovery?

Use boot suite 2011 or ultimate bootcd to clone an internal hard drive to an external IDE drive?
Use boot suite 2011 or ultimate bootcd to create an image of an internal hard drive  to a USB drive?
Use Ghost 11.5 to create an image of an internal drive to a USB drive.

Can I do that without installing the software in all cases?
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You can also use CloneZilla (free!) to create an image.   This can be run from an USB drive or a liveCD.

Just keep in mind that an image is only good for restoring a computer to the same or similar hardware!  

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Only advantage the first option has over the others, in your options above, is that if you clone straight to another disk (assuming you are doing a disk clone,m and not an image), is that you can test it, and when needed, swap the drives.... Backup in no time.....

Images dont always come back down on a fresh disk (least not with Ghost)..... Well, they do, but sometimes they take some finagling to get it to boot a system with a freshly restored image.....
I have used backup exec system recovery and shadow protect (http://www.shadowprotect.com/) which both work great for servers.  The only gotcha is you will probably need to purchase an older version for windows 2000.  From the image files with both applications (at least with the newest version) you can convert the image file directly for a VM (VMware or hyper V) in case you want to migrate the server to a virtual environment.  
Ghost and Acronis are both spectacular, however, there can be hefty costs associated with using these solutions.  Personally, I would utilize DriveImage XML (the cloning function of UBCD) to create the disc clone to an external hard drive through a usb connection.  As long as you are using this as a "private-personal user" this is perfectly legal.  To do this as a business you must puchase a corporate license.  Regardless, I would not utilize ghost or acronis as the learning curve for both of these can be quite steep as well as the costs.
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