PC Imaging Application

Hello Experts,

I need help in finding the right product that will allow me to do the following below:

- backup entire hard drive to an image
- restore image back to hard drive or Operating System for file retrieval if nessacary (not sure if this is possible but if so I need it)
- restore image to Virtual Machine (VM) if possible
- Password Encrypt image (if possible)

I'm sure there are many products out there and I'm not so much worried about price. I need something that works well. I'm also assuming that whatever program is recommend I'm sure I will need that to restore the image if nessacary.
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Symantec Ghost :

Does all of the above - except for a VM image (as far as I know)... but you could put the image out to a hard disk and then make this into the VM disk.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Paragon Backup & Recovery 12 Free: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/
They have also commercial version such Hard Disk Manager Business.
i second noxcho on Paragon.   It does handle VMs.  

Acronis is another great imaging application that i've used for years, but i think i lean towards Paragon now.
you can go for Acronis True Image
Its not expensive and does all what you need
use a trial version before you buy it
Its fast robust and reliable

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