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What is the best disk imaging software for small business use

Hi Experts,

Which disk imaging software is best for a small office (5 computers)?

I have used "True Image" in the past and really liked it but the GUI was a little nerdy and non intuitive. Sort of a good tool for geeks. I have not used it in a few years so it may be greatly improved.

I used "true image" in the past to completely restore my disk to a new hdd after a hard disk failure. It was great: 3 hours after I got the new drive, I was up and running like nothing changed.

This time I got lazy and cheap and just backed up with Mozy but lost all my installed software (I had every single version of Visual Studio installed as well as Eclipse and other tools) I am at 60 hours of rebuilding and still not restored.
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Christopher Schene
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Christopher Schene
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akbCommented:
That's a very subjective question.
For me, I use EaseUS Todo Backup. It's free for home use, paid for commercial use.
Easy to use and I've never had a problem restoring images.
It will image a system drive from within the OS.
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Personally I have always used Acronis with Universal Restore. Easy to use and works well.
http://www.acronis.com/en-us/personal/pc-backup/

Will.
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noxchoCommented:
If you want a standalone solution then Shadow Protect or Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Server Basic are good tools. Migration to dissimilar hardware is pretty good in Paragon.
If you need a centralized solution then Protect and Restore is good: http://www.protect-restore.com has very simple interface.
You can go with Symantec but it is really not the easiest solution.
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adez12Commented:
+1 for Acronis.  We use Acronis Snap Deploy 4.  Snap Deploy 5 is out now: http://www.acronis.com/en-us/business/enterprise-solutions/image-deployment/
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
And, the answer no one wants to acknowledge.  Assuming Windows, Windows backup to an external USB drive is effective and free.
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davorinCommented:
Another vote for Acronis Backup (2015 version of true image for business use).
Now universal restore is already included. They say they have changed the user interface to be more intuitive, but have not seen it yet. And you can start using your computer while it is still restoring from backup image.
Second on my preference would be Ghost.
I really don't like windows backup. I always get lost when I decide to try it and I give up.
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Christopher ScheneSystem Engineer/Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
Larry wrote :"And, the answer no one wants to acknowledge.  Assuming Windows, Windows backup to an external USB drive is effective and free."

Larry, will the windows backup actually image my HDD so that if I have an HDD crash I simply restore the backed up image to a new HDD and be back where I was withl all installed software, etc.
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noxchoCommented:
The answer is yes if the drive is of the same or bigger size. If your server crashes and you need to restore it to dissimilar hardware then it is hard.
You cannot have more backup versions with windows server backup. It will do first full and all the rest incremental.
Windows Server Backup has its pros and cons.
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSystems AnalystCommented:
Paragon is by far the best.
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