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Imaging/cloning tools?

Posted on 2011-02-21
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Hi Experts
 
Just wondering what everyone uses to clone their PCs? I’ve struck a snag with our old version of Ghost not recognizing a network card in a new model laptop.
 
Anyone got a better tool to copy a sysprepped image to a new PC? Failing that has anyone used Server 2003’s tool –is it reliable?
 
Thanks in advance...
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by:nobus
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lately, i have been using more of paragon products (free ones too) and they work well :  http://www.paragon-software.com/
free ones :  http://www.paragon-software.com/free/
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by:RobMobility
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Hi,

I recently created a bootable dual-layer DVD and was able to get a Windows Vista image (plus apps) onto the disk (8.7 GB) without issues.

The alternative is to use Ghost with a USB pen-drive on which you can drop the image?

Obviously there are newer versions of Ghost.

Have you tried CloneZilla - supports both Unicasting and Multicasting and it's opnesource?

http://clonezilla.org/

Regards,


RobMobility.
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by:mkuehngoe
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We use Acronis.It is very reliable and with the 'universal restore' option you can even restore to different hardware.
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Acronis is the way to go... You can even try before you buy!

http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/download/
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by:nobus
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i have used it  - but i like paragon better - that is free..
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Paragon and Clonezilla.

And like nobus, I seem to be using Paragon more and more.
And their Adaptive Restore (move hard drive to different hardware) program is sweet.
Easiest XP move I ever did.    : )
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by:FireW0lf
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Or if you like free software, SavePart work like a charm

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

I use it within a small DOS partition, and it takes minutes to backup or restore my OSes
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by:Cam3ron
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We're using Altiris...great image capturing and deployment, it offers a great suite of tools, and remote desktop is integrated. I use it to push out softwre as well.
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by:craigleenz
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thanks for all responses thus far.....
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by:nobus
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any reason you did  not like Paragon (even when different expzerts suggest it?)
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For me (just sharing)... Paragon does not support task editing for one... the interface seems a little "shareware-ish" rather than enterprise level type software...

Acronis (imho) has a greater support base - possibly due to greater market saturation...

Craig, I actually found a better resource for your review here:

http://disk-imaging-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

Hope this improves my points rating this time lol - j/k - Acronis really is the best way to go (if you ask me)...
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The Paragon version suggested doesn't support network distribution (multi-casting/unicasting) which was what craigleenz requested?

The freeware version does not, I suspect, support that functionality.

CloneZilla (freeware) and Paragon Deployment Manager 10 as well as Acronis 10 would appear to offer that as well as newer versions of Ghost etc.

Regards,


RobMobility.
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