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Alternative to Norton Ghost

Hello,
Does anybody have an alternative (as effective but less costly) to Norton Ghost?
Suggestions should be for software that you have used (i.e. tried and true)
Thanks
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vlogg5
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vlogg5
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Aaron TomoskyTechnology ConsultantCommented:
Acronis. I quite using ghost years ago.
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hecklejCommented:
Well I Second that Opinion... Aronis is a great product.  We have been using it for a few years in our Tech room.  We have used it for imaging servers and restoring onto new hardware.  Works great.  Workstations, and Servers.  Similiar features and the Universal Restore option works well.  Let me know if you have any other questions, but yes..this is something I would recommend.
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t-maxCommented:
If you are pro open-source, take a look at the Ghost alternatives here:
http://www.osalt.com/ghost
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lancecurwensvilleCommented:
x3 for Acronis, however, recently I have begun using open source as t-max suggested.  The one that has worked the best for me so far has been CloneZilla.  It has done the imaging job very reliably from the local machine to network shares and back, the best part of it I like over Ghost is that I dont' have to mess with different boot discs or pcdos/msdos multi-template boot devices.  There is a server level version available for it and people that have used it appear to have good luck with it but I am not willing to designate a server or even a virtual machine for a linux based server.  PING (partition image is not ghost) works very well, but I have had a couple oem machines that don't have compatible nic cards.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Acronis works very well, and is far superior to Ghost today, as Ghost is no longer being developed by Symantec.

But for (free trial), try Drive Snapshot http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/ but very inexpensive.
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Lord_Austin_PowersCommented:
Acronis 11 si the best shareware actualy
With acronis you need a deploy server and a client computers or a cd for specific OS booting déployement.
http://kb.acronis.com/content/13416

But Microsoft give you an internal possibility winth WDS server (Windows Deploy Services)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766320%28WS.10%29.aspx

Best regard
Austin
(Sorry for my French english)
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FireW0lfCommented:
Hi vlogg5

I've used SavePart before very successfully

http://www.partition-saving.com/

It is freeware, and works superbly. The only downside is it requires a little bit of prep
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ChunksCommented:
Are you in a networked environment cos you could just use windows deployment services. Works fine for us and is free. I have used acronis too that seems ok.
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vlogg5Author Commented:
Thanks people for all the timely suggestions.
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