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accronis True Image Home Edition - how do you do it..

hi,

I want to make an image of each computer in my office.  In this way if it goes belly up.. no set up configuring...
i was going to install a second HD in each Machine... however, a tech friend recomended a different approach.. ( and much cheaper ).  He said i should i simply take my laptop ( which has a large HD ) and Install accronis on there and attach each work stations hard drive to it, and then make an image of that HD to a folder on the laptop.

ok sounds good, but how do you do that with accronis... True image home edition ?
which menus.?
can i clone a drive to a folder?

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Tony_the_PC-TunerCommented:
I know this can be done with Norton Ghost.

Acronis - to my knowledge- must be manually set up to make an image, on demand.  With Norton Ghost the image is being made constantly and on the fly, so that if at any moment a disk on the network goes kaput, you've got a recent copy of it on hand, and don't lose any down time.
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dbruntonCommented:
>>  With Norton Ghost the image is being made constantly and on the fly, so that if at any moment a disk on the network goes kaput, you've got a recent copy of it on hand, and don't lose any down time.

Not sure which version of Norton this is.

There are a number of products that can make images of hard disks for backup and recovery purposes.

Have a look at the Terabyte product http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image-for-windows.htm  Free to try.
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Tony_the_PC-TunerCommented:
Not sure which version of Norton this is.

If you haven't seen the newer versions of Ghost, it does continuous backup, including backup over LAN.

This was the subject of great criticism, and Norton finally listnened.

http://antivirus.norton.com/norton/ps/1up_us_en_gh.html?om_sem_cid=hho_sem_sy:us:ggl:en:e|kw0000011946|6426226996&om_sem_site=
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Tony_the_PC-TunerCommented:
intelogent, the other thing you could do is run a 2nd hard drive.

Just run your system in RAID 1.

If one disc fails, you have an exact duplicate on the other.  Simply pull out the dead drive, drop in a new one, and go from there.

I'm pretty sure that is the only way to absolutely have a precise mirror of a drive- an exact clone- at all times.  Every other clone of a drive (including the continuous, scheduled, and recurring backups like those afforded by Acronis and now Symantec Ghost) is going to be limited to the last time you ran a backup.  Files made or modified on the failing drive after your last (manual or automated backup) will be lost, unless you are running a RAID 1 array.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID
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intelogentAuthor Commented:
Accronis does it... however it is simply called a back up which i confused with a cloning process.  the back up is stored in a folder
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