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Disk imaging software

We have been using Acronis to do imaging...Keep our images on a NAS box...use a boot CD to access the computer...
We got our first bunch of M4600's...and Acronis will not recognize the HD...

Googling around, it appears that Acronis has problems recognizing the chipset, QM67...

I'm looking to find another imaging program that will allow me to create a boot CD...
Create backup images I can store on a NAS box...
and use that same boot CD to restore images from the NAS box...

Right now I'm trying Paragon 11...but it does not seem to recognize the HD either...

We run a mix of XP32/64 and Win7 machines...

Suggestions appreciated...

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jimmy_the_fishCommented:
I highly recommend Symantec Backup Exec.  I use this on a weekly basis for XP/Vista/7 and it works perfect.  It offers great compression, encryption, and the ability the break the files into sizeable chunks.  It's a lilttle pricey (1000$ ish), but well worth  it!
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stevem5000Author Commented:
But...will it recognize the QM67 chip...that is the ONLY thing I am intested in...

We have NO issues with Acronis...works great on all our other systems...
It just won;t work on these Dell M4600's...and the chipset is the only difference I
can find...so far at least...
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jimmy_the_fishCommented:
download a free trial and find out.
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantCommented:
I suggest clonezilla--has two versions live and server. I would use live first, make sure it works and then if it does use server so it can function to keep all your images on your NAS
http://clonezilla.org/downloads.php
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stevem5000Author Commented:
Well...not going too well...

Symantec looks like there are 4 very large downloads just to test the program...too much...

Clonezilla, grabbed the live version...boots up to the Clonezilla splash screen but won;t go any further...thought maybe a bad download or I burned a bad CD...so downloaded it 2 more times on different comptuers and did 4 more CD's...no joy...

Tried R-Drive, EaseUS, Paragon, PC Network, Miray...Paragon and Miray both recognize the HD...but there are other issues...no network accessability, or something that just does not
make it a very good choice...

Looking for other cloning software to test...

I don;t know what it is about the M4600's...I'm guessing it's the QM67 chip, which I had never heard of before this...that is preventing Acronis and others from cloning the HD...

We have a call into Acronis...maybe something will happen there...but at this
point I'm going to push this question back to the moderator and see if someone else may have run into this issue and found a solution...if not then I will close this question and continue testing other products as i find them...

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_Commented:
While you are waiting for something to get the "proper drivers", looks like you will have to do it the hard way.

Take the drive out of the M4600, and slave it in a machine that does work with the Image software.
At least you will have a backup that way.
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jimmy_the_fishCommented:
so you give up on symantec without even trying because its a large download?  its only 1 file--around 800MB.  lame.

with symantec, you can load specific drivers for chipsets/raids.
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stevem5000Author Commented:
Ok...I got it...

Turns out a mistake on my side...

One of the other techs, about 20 of us in the company...had set Acronis 10 up to create a universal image for various OS installs...
The Acronis he used he modified to use a WinPE base rather than Linux...
This threw me off when I booted from the Acronis CD...it brings up a bunch of stuff I was not expecting...
And he told nobody what he had done...
So I thought it was an issue of Acronis not recognizing the HD...


Jimmy the fish...
Why deal with a 800 mb file when everyone else does the same thing in about 50 mb or even less...
I used to use Norton2003...and I thought it was a pretty good product back then...but I have not been that impressed
with their products since then...
So...call me lame if you want...but any imaging program that you have to load drivers for various chipsets when competing products
don;t need additional drivers....is really "lame"...

I'm gonna split the points out...since you all tried to help...
And thank you for your suggestions...
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stevem5000Author Commented:
Fault was mine...misscommunicaiton between another tech and me...
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_Commented:
Thanks for the feedback and Points.    : )
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