Alternative disk imaging software to Acronis True Image

I normally use True Image boot disk to take an image of a Windows system before any major work.
This means I can boot from the TI disk and restore if anything seriously go wrong.

I have a laptop which must have an odd hard disk in, as True Image boot disk will not recognise it and I'm going to have to wait too long for Acronis to patch the drivers on their product.

What are the alternatives for reliable disk imaging like this (ideally a commercial product rather than Linux DD).

Thanks
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DraginMagikCommented:
i setup FOG for my environment.  it does a great job but is PXE based.
http://www.fogproject.org/?q=node/1


Clonezilla works well with usb drives if you need to go that way
http://clonezilla.org/


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CoSmismgrCommented:
A freebie I have used before is DriveImage XML. I normally use Acronis as well.
http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm
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brothertomAuthor Commented:
With either of these, will I need to setup the boot disk with the right drivers - hoping to get something out of the box and go.  Also, need to ensure it handles the partition sector, MBR and can handle multiple partitions (for the recovery partition).

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CoSmismgrCommented:
You can use DriveImage XML with WinPE boot CD-ROM (or BartPE) as they offer a plugin.
Also,
Backup logical drives and partitions to image files
Browse images, view and extract files
Restore images to the same or a different drive
Copy directly from drive to drive
 
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hatheharikenCommented:
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jmaggio322Commented:
There are a number of them that you can use. Shadow Protect, Ghost, or Macrium Reflect are the three that come to mind that may work best to replace ATI.
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DraginMagikCommented:
clonezilla works very nicely from a bootable USB / CD (i have loaded it up on an old sata drive.  boot to it and store the images on it).  it is linux based so you are not likely to have a NIC driver issue.  it can handle your mbr, partsec and your partitions.
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pgm554Commented:
Which version of Windows?
Vista and 7 have a backup that uses a wim file that is oretty much am image like solution.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home www.drive-backup.com
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brothertomAuthor Commented:
Thanks all.
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