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needing a good cloning software

Posted on 2011-09-10
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I am needing a decent cloning software that I can either clone the whole hard drive or select only the files that I want and then put the files (or complete hard drive info) into a folder on another back up drive.  Does somebody have a suggestion for me?  Thanks - Will
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ID: 36517479
Acronis True Image is the way to go.

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ID: 36517510
As Jeremy said, Acronis is the best paid alternative.
Free alternative whihc will do same job http://www.clonezilla.org/
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ID: 36517812
I am using Acronis, it works best for my notebook and dekstop. Worth my 50 bucks.

Are you targeting to clone the server OS to different machine? If it is then try to get additional Acronis Universal Restore. Of course server price will be a lot different.
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ID: 36517861
We still use the symantec Ghost application as well as acronis..

the better thing we purchased recently was a simple disk duplicator from ebay!.. cost like $39 and allows you to image disk to disk without any software !..


they have other types as well.. that one allows IDE -> sata as well which is cool.. just check the interface types on them..
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Expert Comment

ID: 36519402
clonezilla is a good software package, and if you have in your data center any linux system then use http://www.mondorescue.org/

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ID: 36522183

Reply to khairil:
     No, my customers do not want to loose their music, pictures, documents Etc.,  So I back up their information before I work on their computers. But once in a while a customer wants me to clone his or her disk for them.  The software I am using (EaseUS Todo Backup) will only allow me to clone the entire disk to another disk or a partition on another disk and what I want is to make a shadow copy and then put it in a folder on my back up disk.  
     today I am going to experment with the suggestions you all gave me.   Thanks
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Expert Comment

ID: 36523562
emm..then you wont need AUR.

Just to share with you. I am using Acronis True Image, be able to backup whole disk, partition, selected files, emails and many other tools as well.

Clonezilla also good, but learning steps are little bit steep and missing some features. If you are professional who doing PC repair, then you need to have reliable solution. Do invest a little on good software like this. (Acronis not paying me for the :) - but I felt it is worth to share with you). This tool is a must for our technician here.

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beemmer earned 0 total points
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I did try out the Acronis and really liked it until I was going to restore the customer's data back.  Unless I missed something, all I could see was that Acronis was offering to restore the data onto my computer.  I was needing to put the data back onto my customer's hard drive. (It was plugged into my computer via slave drive.)  
    If you don't mind telling me, can you explain the procedures your technician uses to make and restore backups? What I have been doing is transferring all the folders that contain the users data such as "contacts", "Desktop". "favorites", "my documents", Etc, onto a backup disk on my computer and then after I have re-installed the OS, I transfer the file back onto the hard drive. This seems to work Okay, but I am wanting to know if there is a better way.  

    I am going to experiment with the CloneZilla when I get a little time.  At this point I have not found the time.  

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ID: 36813386
Thanks for all of your help.  I am closing this out because I have not had time to do the research I need to do. I will just keep on backing like I have been doing until I get time to research some more.

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ID: 36592403
This is beeemmer and I made a mistake trying to close this out an appoint points
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