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what is a good imaging computer software

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Back in the days i worked with Ghost to image computer, with Windows 98 and XP. Can we still use Ghost to image windows 7 or 8 OS? What is cheap solution to image computer? W


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I used Acronis for many years.  Great software that saved the day numerous times.    

I gravitated to Paragon.    It has a few more features and has worked well for me for about a year.



Clonezilla is free and has a great reputation (i haven't any experience with it).
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officertango--
Since you have posted in the Win 7 forum, you can use Windows "Backup and Restore"
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/backup-and-restore

There are many third party tools.  Cobian is free.  Acronis True Image is not free but is well regarded.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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An updated version of Ghost will work fine, but there's also (free) system imaging built into W7 and W8:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/back-up-programs-system-settings-files#1TC=windows-7

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2748351

Regards, Joe
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by:wsawalhi
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if you are looking for Free which are in good standing then Clonezilla (http://clonezilla.org)
or FOG (http://www.fogproject.org)

Both have really good step-by-steps on how to get setup
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by:Dan Craciun
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I've had good results with Macrium Reflect Free.

HTH,
Dan
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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Continuing on the free stuff, I've heard good things here at EE about these two:

http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/

But I haven't tried either as I do all of my cloning/imaging now with Casper:
http://www.fssdev.com/products/casper/

It's not free, but it is reasonably priced and is excellent software, definitely worth the cost (and it works on W7, W8, and W8.1, all in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions).

Another well-regarded (also not free) product is Acronis:
http://www.acronis.com/

I used it previously, but now prefer Casper. Here's an article that discusses many of the products mentioned in this thread, although not my personal favorite, Casper:

http://dottech.org/11628/paragon-backup-restore-free-vs-macrium-reflect-free-vs-easeus-todo-backup-vs-driveimage-xml-vs-acronis-true-image-home-which-one-should-you-use/

One thing to keep in mind about Clonezilla is this statement in the Limitations section at their site:
The destination partition must be equal or larger than the source one.
This may also be true of some of the other products mentioned in this thread — check that out if it's relevant for you. But I can tell you with certainly that Casper can clone to the same size drive or to a larger one or even to a smaller one, as long as there is enough space on the smaller one to house the used (non-free) space from the larger one. As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with this company and no financial interest in it whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe
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by:Mohammed Khawaja
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You could also use DriveImage XL
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by:-MAS
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As suggested above I also use Acronis or latest version of Ghost.
If possible I use windows image which is bultin in windows7 and 8
There is one more free software. check this
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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> You could also use DriveImage XL

I assume you mean DriveImage XML. That's one of the products that was reviewed in the article I mentioned above. It has two very interesting comments associated with it:
DriveImage XML is the only one with a portable version (as far as I know).
DriveImage XML is a less than 2 MB download while the other software are much, much larger.
Regards, Joe
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by:jcimarron
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officertango--
I am sure you saw in the link I offered
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/backup-and-restore
that System Image is one of the functions you can perform.  See top left hand panel.
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by:Mohammed Khawaja
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Yes, DriveImage XML is wht i meant.
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by:nobus
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i also use paragon - works fast and easy
here the free version : http://www.paragon-software.com/free/
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by:LeeTutor
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Not enough information to confirm an answer.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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There's plenty of information to confirm an answer. The question title is, "what is a good imaging computer software". Numerous experts gave examples of good imaging software. The body of the question says, "Can we still use Ghost to image windows 7 or 8 OS?" The answer is yes, with an up-to-date version of Ghost, as stated in http:#a40009106. The body of the question also says, "What is cheap solution to image computer?" Numerous experts gave examples of cheap, even free, solutions to image a computer. I suggest splitting the points evenly among the eight experts who provided answers. Make the first answer the Accepted Solution and seven of the other answers (one for each expert) the Assisted Solutions. Regards, Joe
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i agree with Joe
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by:-MAS
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Agree with Joe
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Not only was the OP's question answered, the information given should qualify as an E-E article on the subject.
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