Ghost image while PC turned on

Posted on 2011-10-05
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hello eveyrone,

Is there a utility that we can use to image a person computer while they are using it?
Question by:AntonInf
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    Accepted Solution

    Unfortunately no, the operating system does not allow this to occur.
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    Expert Comment

    by:Brian Gee
    Acronis True Image allows an image of a system to be created while a user is logged on to a Windows system.
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    Assisted Solution

    It's not called Ghost, but "image the PC". Ghost is only one of the programs.
    Aside from Acronis you can use NTBACKUP (for XP Pro) or Windows Backup for Vista/7. Beware - it consumes lots of resources.
    Basically - any software that uses VSS will be able to do online backup.

    Symantec NetBackup/BackupExec are another products.
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    Expert Comment

    One product I have had excellent success with is Shadow Protect:

    I've had to do a few restores from it (the real test of how well it works) and it has never missed a beat.
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    Assisted Solution

    Acronis allows you to create and image in running model
    You can even have a startup recovery menu to press F11 during boot to recover or restore the image to the system
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    Author Comment

    Hi there,

    Just on this issue with backup data..

    Does anyone now of a good data backup similiar to Synctool but actually does a backup of partial file
    to increase backup speed.

    FOr example many poeple have large PST files... and I was wondering if there is a tool that will backup
    the changes in the PST files..
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    Assisted Solution

    I don't know of a general backup tool that will do that.  It would take a backup tool for a specific application, like Outlook.  That would probably best be asked in the Outlook zone.

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