PC Cloning Software

I manage many PCs for different clients.  There computers range from Windows Vista to Windows 8.1, and will also include Windows 10.  Within the last several months some clients have experienced hard drives that have failed or are in a failing state.  I would like obtain a way of backing up the hard drive and simply booting from a thumb drive or something to restore a complete system back to serve as disaster recovery.  I am looking for an easy to manage and cost effective solution.  Not sure if purchasing extra drives and cloning them is the best approach, or somehow creating an image of the pc which is bootable to restore it, etc.  Please keep in mind the solution needs to be cost effective.  Thanks
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Get a Technical Edition of Hard Disk Manager 15: http://www.paragon-software.com/small-business/hdm-business/
With it you can copies of HDDs or migration to SSD. It can also backup and restore. Plus migrate the OS to dissimilar hardware.

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cmp119IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
I am reviewing the paragon software, and it looks pretty good.  I also am looking at the easeus website as well.  I will say that I like the easeus software since it includes exchange mailbox recovery for the server advanced version, but no restore option to pst file.  They also offer and technician version for one price ($699.00) for unlimited servers and workstations.  The purchase of separate console licenses will be necessary to manage separate clients servers and workstation within one console view.  What I was not impressed with is contacting support in China with 24/7 chat or contacting Jason@easeus.com and he will assist within 5 hours.  I just can't see working with a disaster recovery partner with limited assistance when problems occur.  What I mean is when a disaster occurs you want and need immediate assistance when there are recovery problems.  Remote and phone support is needed during these stressful times.  

I will be looking at the paragon software more closely now, and get back with you.
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cmp119IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
I am now looking at the paragon hard disk manager 15 business, and I simply want to manage clone images for 18 computers.  I am not sure if a single license at $299 x 18 is an option or if the Business edition for $699 which can handle up to 10 servers and up to 100 workstations.  

I have some technical questions as to the location of holding all the backup images as well.  For instance, can I store it on a PC that has an external USB drive for each pc.  This would allow a central location to manage all images.  I also have questions how to boot from an image for easy restore/migration, et cetera.  I left two messages with Paragon to return my call and no one has contacted me.  I reached out to CDW, and they were not knowledgeable about the technical questions I have and licensing as well.  

I also have an IT consulting company with 10 clients that have servers and plenty workstations.  I was trying to find out how I could employ this product for each client and manage all their backups from a console if that is even an option, and then figure out the licensing and costs as well.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Strange, are tou calling the USA office or european one?

Clone is an exact image on another HDD. Means that target HDD would keep only one mirrored image. Maybe you are referring to a backup image which can be later restored via Recovery CD.

If it is backup images then you can use a USB drive on a single machine but you need to create a share on it.
HDM does not have a central console, i have it installed on my servers. Maybe you need to have a look on a combination of HDM and Protect and Restore from them? The PPR has central console and allows storing the images on a central storage.
cmp119IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
I just got a call from Ryan, and we scheduled an on-line meeting for tomorrow.   Thus far, the application looks pretty robust.  I will let you know the outcome.  Thanks.
cmp119IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Noxcho!
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Glad to be helpful.
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