Ghost 15 vs Ghost 10

I know that Ghost 15 offers additional enhancements, but for someone who only wants a clean cloning software option for PC's, the so-called extra benefits and tools are not worth it

I am aware that most of the newer PC’s (specifically Dell PC – which is what most of my clients have) don’t support the older ATA/IDE and/or don’t have the option to change the setting ACHI to ATA. Ghost 10 doesn’t support ACHI.

On the Dell Vostro 200, it allowed me to choose the ATA in the BIOS. I would perform the cloning with booting from the Ghost 10 CD (actually using the Ghost32 8.2 when booting from the CD) then when completed, I would change the BIOS setting back to ACHI. The system would boot fine with the new image

On the Dell Vostro 220, there is no option to to change the BIOS from ACHI to ATA
On the Dell Vostro 230, the Ghost 10 CD works perfectly. No need to change the BIOS

What I am looking for is a better product then Ghost 15 (paid or free version) Preferably the paid version because they’re usually faster for cloning.

I am not a fan of Acronis. I’m going thru a “nightmare of a support” with they’re Server product

I just started looking at the “Farstone” Total Recovery 7 product (formally Drive Clone 5). I ‘m curious if anyone has had experience with this product.

Any help or direction would be appreciative
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Andreas GieryicComputer Networking, OwnerAsked:
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Are you looking at disk cloning to produce an image or to clone the odd disk to another from time to time?

We use the following product which does disk cloning, plus a whole load more, although it is pricier than Ghost!

http://www.diskology.com/djstandard.html
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Have a look on this simple and intuitive tool: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/dc-professional/
Designed for cloning exactly.
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Andreas GieryicComputer Networking, OwnerAuthor Commented:
Alanhardisty: I'm looking to clone a new PC to image an identical PC. I save the images for each model Dell PC I support. I perform a clean image than a loaded image for a particular user so I don't have install dozens of programs.
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Have you considered Ghost Solution Suite?

http://www.symantec.com/business/ghost-solution-suite

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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Drive Copy 11 from my link will give you exactly what you need. Even if your hardware is different - no problem, image will go ok. Also with its help you can migrate the OS to SSD excluding files during copy operation. Give it a try.
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SysExpertCommented:

if I remember correctly, the last Ghost Solution Suite (you can download a trial from the official site: http://www.symantec.com/business/ghost-solution-suite) it has the necessary tools to:

also

http://www.powerquest.com/
Drive Image Pro

and lastly
http://www.storagecraft.com/
which also has options to restore to different hardware !

I hope this helps !
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Sysexpert - did you complete the comment your were posting?  It looks half finished to me!!

Alan
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Andreas GieryicComputer Networking, OwnerAuthor Commented:
I have tried the many of the Symantec's newer products and its overwhelming. Why does Symantec need to have over a dozen differents version of their product to clone PC's.  During and after all the above testing, I ended up going back to Ghost 10's Ghost32 8.2 and was successfull cloning a new Dell PC to another new identical PC. It took 8 minutes to boot from the CD with an external USB drive attached and to restore an image to a new identical PC.

None of the above mentioned products allowed you to create or boot from a boot CD with out having to install the product on a PC.

I dont have a need to clone a PC to a disimiliar PC. I've done it in the past. Its a headache and there are errors you have to resolve.

I just want a solid clean cloning tool that can make use of extended memory when booting from a CD like Ghost 10 has always done. I know that Ghost 10 will not work on PC's that only support ACHI so I will need to keep testing. So far, I like Farstone's product. It seems to work best for my needs.

I appreaciate everyone's input.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Indeed, Drive Copy 11 does not require installation. It comes with WinPE self burning ISO image that lets you burn it in few clicks and then enjoy the functionality of drive copy from both CD or USB stick.
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Andreas GieryicComputer Networking, OwnerAuthor Commented:
noxcho: thanks
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