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Imaging solution for backup

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I'm looking for an image solution to incorporate with out backup solution. What tool would you recommend for PC imaging to use it as potential restoration tool? I have some experience with Ghost but that's pretty much it. We're looking into using Carbonite for small clients but I don't think that it comes with any imaging tool.

Thank you for all you help!
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Is this for home / personal or business / corporate?

For Windows 7? Or 8?
For Windows 7 personal use, I use the built in Backup Utility and schedule it to backup weekly to a USB 3.0 2 TB External H.D. It creates a system image for total recovery (C: Drive) and I backup my other H.D.'s D: & E: by going thru the manual selections.
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Thank you for your answer.

It is for business(small clients) and it can be either 7 or 8.

Thanks again
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Check out Acronis Deploy 4.  Allows you to make an image of a workstation, to Flash Drive(USB) and restore. I use this to upgrade identical workstations from XP to Win7/8
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Do you need centralized control of backup/imaging? Means that you from one console can control the backup agents on remote machines.
Or is it ok for you if you need to manually install the imaging tool on every machine and configure there backup of entire system to some storage?
Have a look here: http://www.paragon-software.com/medium-large-business/protect-restore/ this is for centralized solution.
And second option: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/brh/
Allows taking full bare metal image of HDD or selected partition to internal\external\network drive. Comes with WinPE/Linux based Recovery CD which allows restore and repair of the system.
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by:Alan Dala
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To bring some more details to the discussion...

Ideally, I would take an image of the PC and store it in the cloud somewhere. On top of that, there would be the regular day-to-day backup of files. If disaster occurs, I would bring a new computer back up and running with that image and after that, bring files up to date with the regular backup. In a regular network, this would be pretty straight forward but I'm not sure how to approach this with clients that don't have a server where to store images. Is the cloud storage a solution?

Thank you for your help!
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Microsoft offers 10 gig of storage in One Drive.  You could install One Drive on all pc's and have them save their documents to that.  Fully stored on the cloud similar to dropbox but more storage.

For cloud storage of the images, don't think you'll find anything free
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It doesn't have to be free. I'm just asking around for ideas from folks that have been working with this kind of technologies.

Thank you.
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