Which windows cloning software do you use and why?

Posted on 2011-10-11
Last Modified: 2016-10-27
I'm looking for cloning software compatible with Windows 7. Basically I would like to be able to boot up a laptop on a DVD disk or a USB drive (preferred) and then clone the internal hard disk to an external drive.  The problem is that there are so many out there that it's hard to tell which is good and which is not. Why ones do you use and WHY?
Question by:AnserMan65
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    For something as simple as that I use CloneZilla which is included on the PartedMagic LiveCD, OpenSource and free. It works well and an advantage is that you can use it for other OS's as well, and there are other very useful tools on that CD too, and you can also put it on a USB stick:

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    Do you need it for Home use? If yes...

    I would go with Paragon Backup & Recovery 2011 (Advanced) Free. Why: Because it's a commercial software in a home edition for free (for non commercial use only).
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    Again, Home Use is Free...

    EaseUs Disk Copy

    I am a fan of all their tools, including the Partition Manager and the Data Recovery software. It is very simple, and FAST......

    Author Comment

    I'm not looking for home use as I want to pitch this to a few clients as a service but I will rake a look. Thanks.
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    I mostly used Clonezilla, but have been going with Paragon more and more.

    >> ...I want to pitch this to a few clients...

    For what you want to use it for, I would go with either the paid version of Backup & Recovery or Hard Disk Manager. Both have Adaptive Restore, so you can also move hard drives to new hardware. I really don't think you need to go with a Business version.
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    For commercial use we have StorageCraft ShadowProtect IT Edition. It is the best software we have found for our clients.

    - Unlimited use on servers, desktops and laptops. (pay ones for all your clients)
    - very quick recovery
    - Hardware Independent Restore (HIR) of backup images to different systems (P2P).
    - No software installation required
    - Bootable recovery CD provides automatic hardware detection and network support
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    I do acronis and clonezilla

    -Paragon Drive Copy ...create bootable backup copy of a hard drive or its partitions. Paragon Drive make Drive Copy an ideal solution for the full spectrum of disk cloning operations.

    -Acronis Backup & Recovery Workstation is the next generation of the Acronis True Image disaster recovery product for small enterprise environments.

    -Clonezilla is a great way to clone a drive

    -DriveImage XML

    Author Closing Comment

    I've used several of these now and found Acronis to be the easiest for my needs

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