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I have a pro crash plan that automatically backups up my files, but I also want to make a disc that will restore all my software and operating system if I lose my hard drive, I tried to understand the different types of backups by reading the websites, but I need someone to explain the easiest and (hopefully) cheapest solution for that.
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by:Tony Giangreco
ID: 38833340
Try Acronis True Image. it's cheap and works well.
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/
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by:Fred Marshall
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Search on "disk image" or "disk imaging"

Windows 7 will do it.
Programs like Acronis will do it.
You make an image of the entire hard drive and save it.
Perhaps re-image from time to time when you feel the system is well-behanved and stable.
Keep making data backups to stay current.

Then, if THE hard drive fails you pop in a new one and put the image on it; followed by the most recent data.
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by:pony10us
ID: 38833353
You may want to look at something like True Image from Acronis for an inexpensive option:

http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/?source_detail=NA-US-EN-SEM-branded-ati&gclid=CLuMqM_hjrUCFWKCQgodyx0AXg

Baremetal backups are designed to restore your system entirely.
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by:pony10us
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TG-TIS beat me to it.   :)
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by:nobus
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i suggest the FREE Paragon B&R  : http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/      
works fast, and easy...
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by:peonylady
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Does the free version of Paragon do the image I can burn to disk for operating system and software, I have a hard time understanding just what each version of the different softwares will do. I have Macrium Reflect Free, there is an option to "create an image of the partitions required to backup and restore Windows", but I want to be sure I get all my software restored too. True Image looks good, but I am already paying $60 a year for unlimited cloud autobackup for 10 computers on crash plan, unfortunately it only does the folders and files.
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by:nobus
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Macrium reflect will do the same as Paragon - the choice is yours
i always make an image of a whole disk drive - not of 1 partition - that way, you're sure to have everything
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by:Fred Marshall
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Carbonite offers cloud backup services that, depending on the plan you buy, will backup images as well as folders and files.
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by:peonylady
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Hi Nobus, does that mean if I make a full image I can restore all the software too? That is exactly what I want, the crash plan incrementally saves my files, and the image too, if I save it on the computer. Thanks again for your help all!!
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nobus earned 2000 total points
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that is exactly what it does
it is often to be used AFTER a full install of a new PC + drivers + applications + settings etc, etc..
then you make an image, so you can put that later on your drive, and restart from a fresh install
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by:Fred Marshall
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ummmmm.. a number of us said that...
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