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Good drive imaging program to backup multiple systems with an ext. drive? Free?

Question: Good drive imaging program to backup multiple systems with an ext. drive? Free?

Hey guys...I am trying to find a solution to a problem that I'm having. At work we have about 6 PC's that I would like to make drive images for in case of drive failues. I was wanting to use an external drive for the backups and was looking for a one touch feature but I don't think it would work with multiple machine backups.

I was trying to avoid having to install software on each machine to perform these backups.

So what I was thinking of doing is trying to find a program that can reside on the external drive and will run from there.

Does anyone know of a free reliable imaging program that will do this?

I had found one at one time that did just this and worked great but I can't remember for the life of me the name of the program!

Any help or ideas appreciated!!

Mike

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Preferred Solution: Good drive imaging program to backup multiple systems with an ext. drive? Free?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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Having just read ?dstowe's `Please Read this even though it may be Boring` thread, I thought people might want to check out an example of the above - DriveImage XML V1.00 (click here) - less user friendly and with fewer features than the commercial packages but still useful.

Answer:Free drive imaging/backup app

click hereDrive Cloner (freeware)click here (on my site)? DrvImagerXPwpe is specifically designed to run within WinPE. Unlike typical backup programs that copy files, DrvImagerXPwpe makes backups (image files) of NTFS and FAT32 drive partition structures (as well as floppy disks), for the Windows 2000/XP operating systems, by copying, byte-for-byte, the drive partition sectors. And when not using file compression, can do this very quickly, much faster than copying files. I'll keep rummaging thru my files,I have a selection of backup tools(most if not all freeware)that I've collected over time,although a recent screw-up with FreeBSD wiped my HD but I still have these files on a DVD-RW somewhere. ;-))

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Aomei Backuper.

Does everything you need. Image Drives/System/Partitions.

Full/Differential/Incremental.

Image mounting. Scheduling.

Creates Winpe recovery media - no need for WAIK/WADK download. Native 64 pe too.

Don't know how long it will be free. Worth getting it while you can.

Backuper

AOMEI's free data backup software for disk, partition, system and file backup & recovery for Windows Oss.



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Answer:Xmas Present - FREE Drive Imaging program

Worth noting is that this "free" present requires you to put in your email address before they send you a link to download the software.

They claim it's free for personal as well as commmercial use and it works on Server based OS's too (Server 2008, 2008R2, and 2012).

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Aomei Backuper.

Image Drives/System/Partitions.

Full/Differential/Incremental.

Image mounting. Scheduling.

Creates Winpe recovery media - no need for WAIK/WADK download. Native 64 pe too.

Don't know how long it will be free. Worth getting it while you can.

AOMEI Data Backuper ? free disk imaging and cloning software, backup and recovery for your computer.





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Answer:Xmas pressie Free Drive Imaging program

Thanks for the link SIW2.

I haven't heard of this company, so keen to have feedback here from anyone who is using or intending to use this software.

Seems rather a small software package (14.2MB installer) for all its advertised features.

Seasons Greetings everyone!

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Well, I FINALLY have an extra hard drive exclusively for the purposes of backing up my main hard drive. I want a program that will make an image of my entire C: drive (windows XP 64 bit) and dump that on my G: drive automatically, every night. Are there any good, simple, and hopefully free programs that will do that? I want the image to be in some kind of standard format (iso?)so I'm not locked into one kind of software if I have to restore...
 

Answer:Good hard drive backup program?

Acronis True Image.

Imaging software doesn't make "ISOs" unfortunately, that's not how they work. They all use proprietary image formats for themselves, but you typically get some way of making a bootable recovery CD as well. True Image allows "live imaging" meaning you can back up/image your system without needing to shut down - although a restore operation (if required) will.

There are several different apps out (True Image, Ghost, DriveImage XML, etc) but, for the feature set, ease of use, stability, and general reviews, nothing beats True Image.

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My current needs are that I want to back up the files on one hard drive to anther but the files/directories are not organized the way they should be so I want to be able to have a program look at directory 01 on drive A compare it to directory 02 on drive B and copy and replace only the files that are newer over to drive B. Make sense? Does this type program exist and if so is there a free version. I will get into organizing my drives correctly later... just gotta do this for now.

Answer:Looking For A Good Hard Drive Sync/Backup Program, Suggestions?

It's called an incremental backup and windows 7 does that with their backup program (included in the OS).

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A friend of mine is looking for a good piece of software that will allow him to erase unused portions of his hard drive in an effort to further decrease his chances of being a victim of ID theft. I was wondering if anyone knows of an open source piece of software that can do this?
 

Answer:Good program for cleaning free space on a hard drive?

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I always really liked the Backup program included with Windows until Windows 7 (I never had Vista but I guess it had the same). I've been using Windows Backup since I have Windows 7 but a few things bother me, for example I don't like how you need to go through the entire backup configuration again each time you want to switch backup disks and that after going through all that it forces a backup to start even though I don't want to start a backup right away as I need to delete the old backup from that media first.

Are there any free backup programs that can backup open files (I always leave MS Outlook running so I need a program that can backup my email database even when it's opened). I also need it to support backup schedules and allow for easy switching of one backup media to the other. Ideally but not necessary, I'd like it to be able to restore the entire OS from a restore disk without having to install Windows first.

I realize this is asking a lot for a free program, if none are available what's the lowest cost one that does that I want?

Thanks

Answer:Is there a good free backup program?

Hi, there is a long list here 34 Free Backup Software Tools (Updated August 2015) you will need to do the research on that.

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I am looking for a completely free backup program for a client.

I would like to select the directories to backup and have it do it automatically without any user intervention.

The files will just be backed up to a second HD in the PC.

Any recommendations?
 

Answer:Good free backup program?

NT backup?
 

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looking at putting a second 250gb hardrive in my computer as a backup incase my primary hard drive fails. I would like software that I can select certain folders and files and it will always keep those files backed up on the second hardrive hopefully free... any ideas?

Answer:good free data backup program?

here is a free backup link
http://free-backup.info/

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So I am pretty much setup my main harddrive (system). I created a 70gb partition soley for backup, is there a program that will make an image of the drive and be able to restore it in an extreme emergency situation where the drive fails or whatnot?

I know the ultimate backup solution is RAID0 but I didn't do that. Any programs you guys use to backup your main drive?
 

Answer:Drive imaging or backup

RAID 0 is the opposite of what you want, your thinking of RAID 1. 1 mirrors data on 2 or more drives, 0 stripes it and if you loose 1 drive you loose everything.
 

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I'm looking for Good Free Automatic Backup Program that works on XP/Vista/Win7, that I will be able to configure on a standalone user's PC, and that can just make automatic backups of files (Like my documents user folders) to a External HD that will always be connected.

I'm trying to find something that is free, and robust enough to keep working on its own without needing any help, and the users will be less technical and will not be able to trouble shoot many backup issues.

Answer:Good Free Automatic Backup Program to a External HD, fo

Hi,

Maybe you could take a look here and see if it's what you want.

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Question: Free Drive Imaging

Hello- I am seeking a FREE HDD imaging prog. There is one that I read about that was excellent a while back, but I forgot to copy the link to Notepad and save it. Anyway, I want to replace my HDD and shoot an image of the complete drive and install on new HDD. The prog I mentioned earlier was known to image the apps/progs reliably also.
My current set-up is clean and the system files are intact (SFC.EXE-SCANNOW verified). The current drive is a cheap 500GB WD Blue unit and it was installed in an emergency. I have a WD V-Raptor 300GB 6.0 Gb/s new drive sitting here. I think the 6.0Gb/s throughput will work with my old standard SATA mobo.
The system is an old (2006) P4 mATX running XP Pro SP3. I use this machine pretty much for reference and storage purposes.
Can anyone please advise?... Thanks in advance!
tim
 

Answer:Free Drive Imaging

Have a look at this:

http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=257746
 

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hey guys, im thinking about replacing my hardrive with 2 in raid 0, but dont wanna lose any of my data. whats the easiest to use/best software to do this?
 

Answer:good hard drive imaging software?

Hands down....Acronis True Image.
 

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Anyone know of good drive imaging software that can create images while the drive is in use, using Shadow Copy ?
I'm getting tired of vista and am just going to reinstall, back up the entire drives before

Answer:Looking for good drive imaging software, freeware

There is a free trial version of macrium reflect.
Macrium Reflect Backup and Hard Disk Image software for Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003/2008

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I'm looking for a good drive imaging application. I've ruled out Symantec Ghost and Acronis True Image (read too many negative things about both). At this point I've narrowed it down to Macrium Reflect, Paragon Drive Backup, or ShadowProtect Desktop Edition. They all seem pretty comparable, and seem to have good reputations, so it's hard to know which one to go with, short of trying them all.

I'm asking if anyone has experience with these apps and can offer any compelling pros or cons of any of them relative to the others. The paramount concern for me is reliability. If a product satisfies that requirement, then I'm interested in additional details like feature richness, speed, ease of use, etc.

I know there are other apps that I haven't mentioned, but I'm less interested in hearing about those, and I'm not looking to just hear people's votes for one product or another. What would really help me is insight into why any of the 3 products I'm focusing on would be more or less appealing than the others, so that I can narrow 3 down to 1.
 

Answer:Looking for recommendations for hard drive imaging / backup software

Paragon would be my recommendation.
After getting fed up with True Image I found Paragon and tried their freeware version and I was impressed that it did exactly what I wanted, which was make images and restore them with no fuss. The interface is not the prettiest to look at but Paragon just works and thats what I wanted. Its been a very solid program for me with no issues over the last year. It takes about 20 minutes on my quad core to backup and verify 40 gig. And it works fine with the rescue cd if you have a total crash.

I tried a demo of Shadow Protect and I almost bought it but the demo would not let me restore my backup but it was incredibly fast very easy to use. I don't know much about Macrium until recently but if I have to switch in the future I will look into that.

Give the freeware version of Paragon a try and see what you think.
 

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Back in the days of good old DOS, we had tape backup programs that could be preconfigured to run a complete drive backup on a schedule without user participation.

I'm looking for something like that for Windows 2000/XP. Norton Ghost is a great imaging program; but, I don't see anything in it that will cause it drop to DOS mode at the same time every day, image a drive automatically and then return to Windows--all on its own.

Any suggestions on anything about $100 and down that you know really works well with Windows 2000/XP would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Need Automated Drive Imaging Program

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Backup/Restore Procedures (as done by RolandJS)
Have been paying closer attention to my external USB HDs, I am much more aware that rather than ATI (Acronis) or Macrium failure -- it has been several times an explorer.exe not communing with respective external HD failure. It might be within any one particular external HD, it might be conflicting drive-letter assignments, it might be "explorer.exe and company" needs to be dropkicked or punted into better performance.
In order to maximize the idea of restorable backups, minimize the idea of failures in backup and/or restores, I've been doing the following...
Long ago, because drive letters differ when booting external media for backups & restores, I labeled all my OS partitions S0x(ddd)C, data partitions S0x(ddd)D, x being computer number (1 2 or 3), ddd being three unique digits/letters from HD ID/serial number. Each external backup/restore HD's labeled: Hitachis Kitty & Katty(*), the four Seagate HDs labeled SeaEPD, SeaBPD, SeaKIT, SeaKAT. WDE1, WDE2. At all times, I know exactly which partition is being backed up to what ext HD, what ext HD is going to restore to what partition C or D, regardless of what the drive letters are. (* - My two cats are more famous than me, on Facebook & Twitter.)
Before beginning backup routine, I plan to test explorer & ext HD operations by a quick-copy into & out of attached ext HD, if bi-direction copy fails, the backup or restore will fail, it's time ... Read more

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Good day to all!

I am confused on what do I have to do: "clone" my Windows hard drive or make an "image" of it that will serve as back-up. I want to back-up my Windows hard drive so that when this hard drive fails (e.g. mechanical problem like I encountered last month), I can restore my OS including all updates through Windows Update and all the softwares installed in this drive. Also, I want that these softwares will run like before.

Can someone tell me the difference of each, the advantages and disadvantages, and the best recommended utility to be used.

Thanks to all that will help.

Answer:Cloning VS. Imaging - Full Backup my Windows Hard Drive

Cloning makes a duplicate of a HDD that is fully functional. An image acts like a photo negative; all the data necessary to rebuild a HDD is there but can't be used as is unless the software used for imaging is capable of mounting an image. One significant difference between a clone and an image is a clone is of the entire HDD while images can be made of individual partitions on a drive, multiple partitions, or the entire HDD.

Images are best for backing up HDDs or partitions that contain the OS since they can be used to restore the OS to the original HDD without having to physically swap drives. Merely copying the OS from a clone back to the original HDD will not work. Images also usually take up less room on a HDD than the original data because they are usually compressed.

Clones are usually best for moving the contents of one drive to another. Both clones and images can be used to back up not OS data.

For backing up my desktop, I make an image of my SSD boot drive. Since it has only the OS and programs on it, it is only 56GB big and takes me only 8.5 minutes to clone to a folder on my first data drive in the computer. I can easily restore the boot drive from the image and have done so several times. I clone the data drive because, if the data drive ever dies completely, I can use the clone (I actually have three, two at home and one in a safe deposit box at my credit union) to easily access my data until I can replace the dead drive.

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** Admin/Mods: I cannot find my original thread! If found, I will gladly update that thread and ask that this thread be deleted.**

Backup/Restore Procedures (as done by RolandJS)

Have been paying closer attention to my external USB HDs, I am much more aware that rather than ATI (Acronis) or Macrium failure -- it has been several times an explorer.exe not communing with respective external HD failure. It might be within any one particular external HD, it might be conflicting drive-letter assignments, it might be "explorer.exe and company" needs to be dropkicked or punted into better performance.
In order to maximize the idea of restorable backups, minimize the idea of failures in backup and/or restores, I've been doing the following...
Long ago, because drive letters differ when booting external media for backups & restores, I labeled all my OS partitions S0x(ddd)C, data partitions S0x(ddd)D, x being computer number (1 2 or 3), ddd being three unique digits/letters from HD ID/serial number. Each external backup/restore HD's labeled: Hitachis Kitty & Katty(*), the four Seagate HDs labeled SeaEPD, SeaBPD, SeaKIT, SeaKAT. WDE1, WDE2. At all times, I know exactly which partition is being backed up to what ext HD, what ext HD is going to restore to what partition C or D, regardless of what the drive letters are. (* - My two cats are more famous than me, on Facebook & Twitter.)
Before beginning backup routine, I plan to test explorer & ext HD ... Read more

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I may need to wipe my HDD to trial Neverware. I want to make sure I can get back my legal installation of Windows 10 Pro on this computer.

What are my options? Built-in Win10 or something like Macrium?

Answer:Macrium Reflect- Free vs. Windows 10 drive imaging

I had to look up what Neverware is, but why not just run it in a virtual machine? This way, after you try it out, it isn't going to affect your main OS.

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I have a 2TB internal HDD split in to 4 partitions. XP is running on one, but i want to install windows 7 on another partition or on the same partition. I've tried to lay out my issues and train of thought in as much detail as possible...

Idea/Problem A... I want to easily be able to switch between the 2 from a multiboot menu on start up. However as i understand it, this would only be possible if both operating systems were both installed on the same partition. There is also no option in my bios to specify what partition to boot from as it will only let me chose a physical drive. Therefore as i understand it, it will always boot from the active partition on the hard drive it is booting from. The only way i can see to be able to switch between OS's on the different partitions is to change which partiiton is the active one. But these seems a bit long winded and i cant help but think there must surely be a quicker way to make it work. And as i understand it, unless i logged into a 3rd OS installed on a 2nd separate HDD, in order to switch i would have to remove the active status from the very partition on which the OS i was using to do it was installed which i'm not even sure is possible or advisable. Am i understanding this correctly or are there areas where i am incorrect or any faster work arounds for this?

Idea/Problem B....Alternatively, to avoid this problem, i've considered installing a 2nd OS on the same partition as the 1st. I've done this before with xp home an... Read more

Answer:multiple operating systems on same hard drive

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP - Windows 7 Forums

Your BIOS has nothing to do with it as far as booting to partitions. It is the bootloader that manages this, and Windows 7 will automatically add entries for both Win7 and XP. You can set which OS is the default, as well as the timeout period for choosing an OS.

Also, an easier way to adjust partitions instead of using the command prompt from the 7 disc...
http://www.techist.com/forums/f127/g...torial-224994/

Gives a nice GUI interface that's quick and easy.

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My 80GB Windows 7 drive isn't cutting it, and I don't want to do a reformat on a new drive.

I'm thinking of getting a WD 500GB Black to replace it. (Or are there any other recommendations for a fast system drive?)

What is the best, possibly free program to image my system drive to the new 500GB so there will be no problems once I plug it into my computer?
 

Answer:Best (free?) program to image a system drive to a bigger drive?

Since you're buying a Western Digital drive, this will be the best thing for you:

http://support.wdc.com/product/downloaddetail.asp?swid=119&wdc_lang=en
 

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Hiya folks

At work, we install a lot of different operating systems on computers, both for use within the school and for staff members' personal computers. In order to make things easier, we want to be able to create a USB pendrive that contains all of the operating systems we want to use and some form of menu to start the installation of each. The problem is, I've not been able to find guides that explain how to do exactly what we want. The operating systems that would be going on this are:

Windows XP Home OEM
Windows XP Pro OEM
Windows Vista Home Premium OEM (32-bit)
Windows Vista Business (32-bit)
Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit)
Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit)
Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit)
Windows 7 Professional (32-bit)
Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
Ubuntu 9.10 (32-bit)
Ubuntu 9.10 (64-bit)

We have the CD/DVDs for all of these, but we don't like wasting consumables by writing multiple CDs (and of course they get scratched easily) and they fill up a lot of space when they're in those CD wallet things. Plus, my experience with installing from USB drives has been quite positive and seemed to go much faster than installing from CDs and DVDs.

Now, there are a lot there, but we have drives big enough. I know that I could use WAIK if I was only going to put Vista and 7 but as far as I am aware I can't use that with XP and I wouldn't even think that there was a remote chance of installi... Read more

Answer:Install multiple operating systems from single USB drive

You could use the Automated Installation Kit for Vista and W7 and the good old-fashioned unattended installation of XP across the network. Saves time, consumables and shoe leather.
 

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I do alot of downloading and trying out different software. My antivirus has recently expired and now my computer is acting weird, slow, and i have alot of unwanted stuff on my computer. So I reformatted my entire harddrive and installed a fresh copy XP. What I would like to do is install two operating systems on one hard. Reason why is because I don't wanna spend 80 bucks for another antivirus. Anyhoo... My plan is to have two operating systems, one for downloading music, videos, movies, installing not so credible software... expendable and one for personal use primarilly for school work, banking, and purchasing online. This way, when the expendable operating system craps out i can just delete and reinstall a fresh copy without affecting the other OS. So to sum it up... how do i install multiple copies of xp on one harddrive? i tried reading up on it, something about partitions, but i'm still not sure how to do this.

Answer:How to install Multiple Operating Systems on one hard drive

Windows, what ever version, MUST I repeat MUST always be the 1st OS on the 1st Partition.( Reason, if you load any other OS windows will take over the MBR and you won't see the other OS). If you want two versions of Windows i.e. W2k and XP, then the oldest version must be installed 1st.
If you install Windows then Linux , Linux will offer to partition the drive,( it's usually ok to accept the default setting) and will install a Boot manager.
With two versions of Windows , the last installed version will install the Boot Manager. You will also need to create two Partitions prior to installing the 1st version of Windows.
I have never installed two versions of Xp, so I don't know what will happen although I think you might have probs with the Register.

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hi,
i have a post on here trying to figure out pse7. i am really trying to figure out what is a good digital imaging program that you can use so you fix photos and make slideshows on. i had one person say the picassa program and another say use photoshop still. does any one have any good advice.
i like to edit photos but put them onto a slideshow or something creative.
please let me know.
thank you
jonna
 

Answer:what is a good digital imaging program? any good advice?

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Anyone here have any positive experience using a drive imaging program that works with Windows NT Server 4.0 (ntfs) that doesn't cost an arm and a leg?I would like to ghost/image our boot drive but the Ghost and Drive Image that I have infer that they will not work with a server OS.
 

Answer:Drive imaging program that works with Windows NT server 4.0 (sp5)/ntfs?

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I've been troubleshooting this for a while now, trying to figure it out, and am at a loss, other than considering it a Windows 10 bug.

I have 2 different windows 10 machines that I move a removable hdd enclosure between, one at home, one at work. When data is moved or copied from the internal drive to the enclosure, the data is fine. Both the internal and external drive chkdsk fine, both before and after the move of data.

That same drive is then taken home, connected and moved to that machines internal drive. Both the internal drive and the same enclosure chkdsk fine.

The drive is then connected back to the original machine, and Windows 10 throws up notifications that the drive needs scanned, and chkdsk reports errors like:

"Stage 1: Examining basic file system structure ...
Found corrupt basic file structure for "<0x1,0x30c>"
... repaired online."

and

"Found an unneeded link ($FILE_NAME: "IMG_0083.JPG") in index "$I30" of directory "<0x1,0x3d2>"
... repaired online."

It continues to "fix" these files, and by fix that is an assortment of actually fixing, to moving them to a found.001 folder, to completely deleting them without a trace.

Another strange outcome is that after moving files off the enclosure to the internal drive on computer "A", is that sometimes when chkdsk "repairs" the drive on computer "B", the moved files are back in their folders. Alm... Read more

Answer:Multiple Windows 10 systems claim removable drive(s) need repaired

Is there any particular reason why you run chkdsk when connecting the drive to the various machines or is Windows forcing you to do it?
 

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Hi,
I'm currently running linux from a disk after some prolems with my version of windows vista, but I've been wondering; I have a 500GB external USB hard drive, so would I be able to install linux to the laptop's hard drive and use a vista installation disk to install vista to the external drive?
Any help with how I would go about doing this would be appreciated, thanks

P.S. I'm completely oblivious to the inner workings of computers whether it be hardware or software so try to explain as if you're talking to a small child, thanks ^_^

Answer:Multiple operating systems (install Vista on an external drive?)

Hi-

Well that depends if you have the Windows Vista installation disk. So, do you have the Vista Install disk?

You also could try to clone (copy) vista over to the new drive, but any problems would go along with it.

If you would like, you could partition the internal drive and have Vista and Linux be on the same drive. (you could chose which OS on boot up).

So just let me know what you want to do, then we can go from there.

Regards,

Mark

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What is a good drive imaging program that is easy to use and not bloated with other stuff. I need a program to copy my hard drive to dvds and later be restore it without the assistance of an OS. Any ideas?

Thanks,
Jerry
 

Answer:What is a good imaging program?

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I keep getting an error when I try to use the Backup Program. As far as I can tell there are no hidden partitions. Using the Administrator tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management tool, I deleted all the partitions on my external ESATA drive which is larger than my boot drive. Then I recreated two partitions, one a 30G partition and the other uses the rest of the 320G drive. After formatting them, I tried to do a backup and received the same error. I have done this twice now. Anyone know why this is happening and how to fix this?

I used the external drive dock in USB mode and got the same errors. I tried two different external enclosures and still the same errors.

Error:





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Windows Backup Error:
A shadow copy could not be created. Please check "VSS" and "SPP" application event logs for more information. (0x81000019)
19000081990500003F0900005B090000420ED1665C2BEE174B64529CB14610EA71000000

VSS Warning:

ASR writer Error 0x80042416
0x00000000, The operation completed successfully.
Operation: PrepareForBackup event Context: Execution Context: ASR Writer Execution Context: Writer Writer Class Id: {be000cbe-11fe-4426-9c58-531aa6355fc4} Writer Name: ASR Writer Writer Instance ID: {628b20aa-214f-4935-9b7a-722e0bf2200b} Error-specific details: ASR Writer: System partition (partition marked "active") is hidden or contains an unrecognized file system. Backup does not support t... Read more

Answer:Unable to backup hard drive with Backup Program

That error seems to be referring to your system partition, not your backup destination. Make sure you're logged in as an admin.

Now run an elevated (admiinstrative) command prompt
Start > Cmd > Right Click Cmd.exe > Run as Admin
Type in: sfc / scannow

If you get errors, run that three times.

If that doesn't help you could try a System Repair or Repair Install.

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Aomei just released a new freebie. It is intended for users who just want a one click backup/recovery solution. Free for all uses, works on server os too.

It is aimed at those who want something very simple.

It makes a recovery partition and creates an entire system backup on there. You access that either from winpe it creates, or by pressing f11 after post ( on mbr ), or by the boot shell on uefi systems.

Just had a look and it does what it says on the tin. Similar to oem recovery partition in concept. You can replace the image with a new one when you like, but you do that manually.

Might be useful if you know people who want something straightforward like that. The image format is the same as used by their regular Aomei Backupper.

I think they would be better having it on a hidden f key.

You can give it a whirl:

One Key Recovery - Create a Factory Restore Partition with AOMEI OneKey Recovery

Answer:New free imaging program

Need to test this, looks promising. Thanks for the tip Siw!

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Easeus have released Todo v3 free version.

It can create winpe 3 boot media for you.

It will burn it to a cd , or put it on a flash drive for you.

It can also add it as a boot menu entry.

Most surprising is that Recover to dissimilar hardware also comes with the free version.

That is more than other free image apps. are offering.

EaseUS Todo Backup Free - world's best free all-in-one backup & recovery software.

Answer:New free system imaging program

That could be interesting. I wonder if WinPE has USB 3.0 support? Restore from external should be a lot faster if you can run at USB 3.0 speed. I'm using Macrium and at the moment I have to boot from USB stick then load the USB 3.0 driver manually if I want USB 3.0 speed. A bit of a kludge.

edit: looks like Macrium 5 now has USB 3.0 support in both the Linux and WinPE boot discs. At least according to the features page. But they want $22.50 to upgrade from 4.2 paid std version.

I got the Macrium 5 trial. The Linux boot should have USB 3.0 support. I'm not going to test it tonight though. The Macrium Free edition 5 should be out in awhile. I bet they use the same Linux boot CD for it or maybe one version behind, when that is released. But I expect it to have USB 3.0 support as there's been a lot of clamor for it on the Macrium forums.

edit2: the product you mention I looked at the instructions how to make the WinPE disc. It's version 3.0 not the latest 3.1. Also they make you download WAIK(which is a GB download) so it looks like you either don't get the full WinPE or they are somehow kludging it.

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Aomei ( pronounced owmay) just released a new freebie. It is intended for users who just want a one click backup/recovery solution. Free for all uses, works on server os too.

It is aimed at those who want something very simple.

It makes a recovery partition and creates an entire system backup on there. You access that either from winpe it creates, or by pressing f11 after post ( on mbr ), or by the boot shell on uefi systems.

Just had a look and it does what it says on the tin. Similar to oem recovery partition in concept. You can replace the image with a new one when you like, but you do that manually.

Might be useful if you know people who want something straightforward like that. The image format is the same as used by their regular Aomei Backupper.

I think they would be better having it on a hidden f key.

You can give it a whirl:

One Key Recovery - Create a Factory Restore Partition with AOMEI OneKey Recovery

Answer:New Free System Imaging program

This may be OK for custom-built/self-assembled PCs to try it out, but for those with OEM machines which already have a recovery partition, the usual system back-up is still called for. They may not like to do away with the OEM recovery partition and replace it with the AOMEI One Key Recovery partition.

You said you had given it a try. Was it an MBR disk or GPT disk?

I have my own apprehensions as to how it takes on GPT system drives and wouldn't venture into actual systems till the beta testing is over and a final version emerges.. I wouldn't like the actual users to become beta testers on their machines, unless they are of the experimental type and can take on challenges.

( I was a beta tester for Raxco's Perfect Disk but actually did nothing.)

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Hey,
I have two 500 GB hard drives, and a tower system. I was wondering if it is possible to clone hard drive 1 (with my OS and data on it etc.) to the second, and then, in Windows, have my system save all data to BOTH HDDs SIMULTANIOUSLY?
This seems like it should be possible, and I believe it would be a big flaw if not. It's like, a perfect backup, however not able to find anything on the internet in reference.
All replies appreciated :) Thanks for your time.

Answer:Multiple Hard drive Backup

Have a read of this, you will need to copy and paste the link to you Browser Address Bar then press enter as the link tool is not showing above the box hear
http://lifehacker.com/352472/set-up-real+time-bulletproof-backup-drive-redundancy-with-raid

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title says it all its a bit of a rush i have a presentation due on friday the 12 of dec and i need a wicked font to illistriaght my theme plus i was hoping for image program(not gimp gimp no like me)because i have paint shop pro 8 and animation shop 3 and neither of them have wut i need can anyone help and plz i dont want just names id perfer links if it can be helped(remember needs to be free im dirt poor):confused
 

Answer:need great free imaging/font program

http://www.dafont.com/ is a great site for free fonts... I've used fonts from them on several occasions. However, not all of the fonts are free so you have to be aware of what you're downloading. As to a graphics/image type of app, there's tons listed in the Major Geeks graphics section and many are free. You can find fractal makers and photo manipulators to paint-with-pastels-and-real-brushes programs and everything in between. Since I don't know exactly what you're trying to do, I can't really provide any exact names of programs, but I'm sure you'll find something in the graphics section to suit your needs.

[dlb]
:-D
 

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For those interested click here

Answer:Free Paragon Drive Backup v9

Thanks.Worth a look.

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I got a My Passport Essential SE a few months ago and I've never got around in setting up the backup.

I just searched around and read that their smartware stuff is actually crapware.
If so, I would like to use some other backup software but I have no idea which free one is good and can provide live backup.

I will update the firmware of the drive and hide the smartware contents soon but for now, i am considering options of drive backup software.

any suggestions ?

Answer:Free backup software for a WD Drive?

WD comes with Acronis which is one of the best backup software you can get

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Until 4th may - d/l and get your free license before then.

This is called 9.5 Pro - Paragon are now reducing the edition number by 0.5 on their special giveaways.

What you get here is Version 10.

It includes the P2P Adjust o/s module to make o/s bootable on different hardware , worth getting for that alone.

Huge 300mb download includes 32 and 64 bit installers , plus self burning boot disc.

License software - free backup, partition freeware, data recovery

Answer:Paragon Drive Backup Pro - FREE

Actually, free till 9 AM tomorrow:

Lifehacker, tips and downloads for getting things done

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I found a posting on another forum and it worked. Paragon Drive Backup 8 available free for a while. This is the replacement for their Exact Image 7 program and it creates images similar to Ghost and Acronis.

There are two links needed. One downloads the program in zip format and the other link is for the free registration code.

Can't beat the price.
Program File
http://slickdeals.net/?sduid=39804&t...stya/DB8SE.zip

Registration Code available here
http://kb.paragon.ag/paragon/scripts...roduct_id=1846
 

Answer:Paragon Drive Backup available free for a while

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Paragon Drive Backup Pro - FREE License software - free backup, partition freeware, data recovery
Until 4th may - d/l and get your free license before then.

This is called 9.5 Pro - Paragon are now reducing the edition number by 0.5 on their special giveaways.

What you get here is Version 10.

It includes the P2P Adjust o/s module to make o/s bootable on different hardware , worth getting for that alone.


Huge 300mb download includes 32 and 64 bit installers , plus self burning boot disc.

Answer:Paragon Drive Backup Pro - FREE

Downloading now. Thanks SIW2.

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Hello, I'd like to have a usb flash drive backed up automatically every day

The tricky part is that I don't have it plugged in every day.

I'd like the backups to be simple file copies if possible so they can be browsed in explorer and have each day's backup go into a folder called something like %date%flash_drive

If the drive is not plugged in, then the backup would be skipped obviously.

Is there anything out there that can do this?

Answer:Are there any good USB Flash drive automatic backup programs?

Create a scheduled task to run each day.
Have that task start a batch file.
Put a file named something like back-me-up.txt on each USB drive that you want to backup.

Use code like this in that batch file:

Code:
if exist "z:back-me-up.txt" xcopy z:\*.* %UserProfile%\desktop\USB-FOLDER\*.* /yesvmk
if exist "y:back-me-up.txt" xcopy y:\*.* %UserProfile%\desktop\USB-FOLDER\*.* /yesvmk
pause
You can also read thru what the xcopy switches do. You can remove the pause after you get it working as desired. And you can repeat the code for as many drive letters as you want. There are other ways to deal with each of the drive letters, but this will keep it simple.

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I read a blurb that this drive provides "continious automatic backup" which sounds great. Has anyone tried this feature?
 

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I am currently storing my users and program files folders in separate drives. I use system image to keep my C: backed up. But windows system image forces me to store the program files (x86)* and users drive as well, defeating the whole point of keeping different drives.

I know about Macrium and Paragon, which can image backup just one drive, but I was wondering if there was a tool that generates windows system images in such a way that I can use Windows RE itself to restore the image, using "system image restore". Basically I want to backup using 3rd party tools, and restore using Windows tools.

Possible?

Any other solutions to this?

Answer:(Windows system image backup)-compatible imaging program

Bump!

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New version 1.5 Supports scheduling now:

NAS Supported

GPT & UEFI Boot Supported

Dynamic Volumes Supported

Incremental & Differential Backups

Encryption and Compression

Image File Checker and Mount to a virtual partition.

Comment Backups and Splitting Backups

Create Bootable Rescue Media usb or cd

http://www.backup-utility.com/free-b...from=patoolbar

Fantastic free backup software.

Answer:New Aomei Backupper - Great free imaging program

I've been giving AOMEI a trial run for a week now. My verdict so far: Big Thumbs Up. The UI is so neat, so sweet. Backups and restores are simple, fast, problem free. And now there's a scheduling feature to complete the package. I am turning into an AOMEI fanboy. lol

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New version 1.5 Supports scheduling now:

NAS Supported

GPT & UEFI Boot Supported

Dynamic Volumes Supported

Incremental & Differential Backups

Encryption and Compression

Image File Checker and Mount to a virtual partition.

Comment Backups and Splitting Backups

Create Bootable Rescue Media usb or cd

Best Free Backup Software for Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003, 2008, 2012

Fantastic free backup software.

Answer:New Aomei Backupper - Great free imaging program

Thanks, SIW2. Got it.

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Get it while you can FREE TODAY ONLY!...click here

Answer:Free today only - Drive Backup 9.0 Professional

Thanks for that :)

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Hardly know where to begin. I used Paragon Drive Backup 9.5 Free, started it up and let it backup my windows 7 with all my installed apps on it. Something went wrong or else I did something wrong. Now, I only have the drive this software created and my C: drive with windows 7 on it is apparently gone!! Can't find it anywhere and not even a sign of it. Am stuck with the backup made by Paragon. Now my drive C: is this *&&^# Paragon backup and only 160GB free out of 193GB. Where has my 500GB Hitachi HD gone. Oh I know it is still in my computer but it does not show in the Computer icon on my desktop. What confounds this even more is I only had an Acronis Home 11 image file saved on an external HD that is a March image. Afraid I know what you may say about this---nothing to do but re-install. I surely hope someone has a better plan than that. As usual, TIA.
BTW, after the fact but I now learn that my version of Acronis does not support Windows 7. I am using an ISO CD I burned some time ago and that is the way I accessed my Acronis backups on the the external HD. Help--please. That ISO CD may just let me continue using the Acronis version I now have and until I can buy the 2010 version.
 

Answer:Solved: Paragon Drive Backup 9.5 Free

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Hi,

I'm looking for some hard drive backup/restore software with some specific requirements: I need to be able to backup a partition into a single file (ideally compressed) then this must be able to be restored from a USB drive/stick. Ideally if there was an option to make the USB memory stick bootable so all the user needed to do was insert the stick, boot the PC and follow the restore instructions - that would do the job.

I've used Ghost (ages ago) which I believe could do something similar but I'm not sure that the latest version will from what I've read.

Thanks
 

Answer:Can anyone recommend some good hard drive backup/restore software

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We have ~40 Windows 8.1 Pro OEM workstations, which should qualify for the free upgrade to Windows 10.

However, I do not wish to do an upgrade. I would much rather re-image their disks. (All user data is stored in roaming profiles, and we have software to automate installing the few user applications we use.)

So, from what I've read, our only option is this:
1) Install the Win10 upgrade on an individual workstation (which will then register it in whatever database MS is using to keep track of this stuff)
2) Create restoration media for that workstation
3) Use said restoration media on that workstation to do a clean-install
4) Re-install applications / join domain / etc
5) Repeate steps 1-4 for each and every workstation

That last bit is where I'm getting hung up. Requiring me to do an upgrade install on a workstation just to build restore media for that workstation, and do this for each and every workstation... even with only 40 workstations, that gets time consuming, fast.

Ideally, what I'd like to be able to do is: Get a clean install of Windows 10 on one system, image the disk to the other workstations, and then change their product keys and SIDs as necessary. However, if my understanding of the upgrade options MS has handed us is correct, this is not an option.

Does anyone have an alternative that would allow us to utilize the free upgrade path, and do a clean-install, without having to jump through quite so many hoops?

Thanks

Answer:(clean) Win10 Free Upgrade: Multiple systems?

Steps 2 and 3 can use a generic system image. Step 1 must be done for each individual computer separately and uniquely. After the separate and unique upgrade has been performed on the computer, a generic, non-activated Windows 10 image can be put on it and that Windows 10 will activate based on the information stored on Microsoft activation servers during step 1.

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From time to time, I use my home computer for some extremely sensitive and personal projects. When thru, I usually transfer them to a secure external storage device. But I KNOW just deleting them doesn't remove info on them still on my hard drive.

My question is: Are there any free hard drive freespace wipers that are really GOOD? I want something that will wipe ALL my hard drive's FREESPACE(where sensitive files used to be before transferring and deleting them previously)
thanks
jA
 

Answer:Are there any free hard drive freespace wipers that are really GOOD?

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What is the best program to Backup MY DVD's to my hard drive?
 

Answer:program to backup my DVD's to hard drive

What is on your DVD's? Movies? Data files? Audio?
 

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Can anyone recommend a good freeware DRIVE backup program,please. I see Easeus and Acronis (is that how you spell it).Are there any more?

Answer:Best freeware drive backup program

There's also this one.
Personally I went for a 'paid for' backup software. Served me well so far but the freebies might be just as good. I don't know, though.

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Hi all, I have just re-installed Win XP Pro and tried using Acronis True Image 10 to back up the system partition. I tried to restore the back up to make sure it was working alright before I finished loading all my programs. However, it gets to the Acronis Loading... bit and goes no further. I have used this program before on my old computer without any problems and it really is a good tool to have. I can't understand why it won't work on my new system. I did log on to Acronis forum and read something about True Image not working if you have Samsung DVD-Roms or DVD-RW? Both my optical drives are Samsung sata connections. Could there be any truth in this.. I find it incredible if it is true!! My system is as follows

Abit AB9 M\B, Intel Core 2 Duo E6600, 4Gb DDR2 Memory, XFX GeForce 7600GTXXX Graphics, 2 x Sata 250Gb Western Digital Caviar H\D, 1 Samsung sata DVD-Rom SH-D 163A and 1 Samsung sata DVD-RW SH-S183, Hiper 580W P\S.

Has anybody got any ideas? I had to buy the Acronis before as it was the only one I could find that would back up 64bit. My Windows OS is XP Pro 32bit version. Does anyone know if there is any other Image Programs that will do this now?? I would be very grateful if you can help me with this. Failure to finding a solution, I might think about buying a new DVD-Rom!!:major
Hope I have explained it clearly enough.
 

Answer:Best BackUp Program For System Drive

I use Nero back it up,and I'm satisfied with it.
 

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What is the best program to Backup MY DVD's to my hard drive?
 

Answer:program to Backup DVD's to hard drive

Closing duplicate thread.

Continue here: http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/442886-program-backup-my-dvds-hard-drive.html
 

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I'm looking for a program that will let me set a certain time of day to backup all the new files in the folder(s) I select.

Anyone know of anything?
 

Answer:Hard drive backup program

well, you could use a cron-type program to initiate a backup.

For Windows, this could be pycron (check Google) calling xcopy (in your dos window)
Not a formal software backup app, but it would do the trick.
 

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GAOTD are distributing Paragon Drive Backup Personal 9 - for FREE

This is great piece of Backup software - fully featured and selling for $39 normally. I have been using Paragon products for a while - they are excellent.

The d/l has both 32 and 64 bit installers.

Once extracted from the GAOTD setup, you register for a free key with Paragon , which they email to you.

This means you can keep reinstalling it.

22hrs left :

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Answer:FREE Paragon Drive Backup 9 Personal for today only.

Thanks!!

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I have two sets of data files one of which is 650MB and the other 15MB with backups stored on an 8GB flash drive of which 6.5GB is shown as free space. Nevertheless both these data sets, for Outlook and Money respectively, refuse to backup stating that the backup destination is full. The Money problem has existed for several months, but the Outlook problem has just now appeared. Other data sets can be backed up onto the flash drive without problems. Any suggestions?

Answer:Backup problem despite flash drive free capacity

Try going to Computer - right click on your Flash Drive - Properties - Tools - Error Checking - Check Now - this will check drive for Errors. Can't say if this will solve your problem.

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Free for 24 hours.I have never used it so cannot comment on it.But i am sure it will be useful to someone.click here

Answer:Free for today.Paragon Drive Backup 2010

Bump, I will download when I get home, I have the earlier version and it is OK.

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GAOTD are distributing Paragon Drive Backup Personal 9 - for FREE

This is great piece of Backup software - fully featured and selling for $39 normally. I have been using Paragon products for a while - they are excellent.

The d/l has both 32 and 64 bit installers.

Once extracted from the GAOTD setup, you register for a free key with Paragon , which they email to you.

This means you can keep reinstalling it.

22hrs left :

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Answer:FREE Paragon Drive Backup Personal - today only.

Paragon makes good stuff. I've been using their Partition Manager since I moved to Vista.

Better than the usual GAOTD fare.

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I heard some people like to scan for virus multiple times.
For example: 1 main real time AV, 1 on demand AV, 1 antispyware, another antispyware.
Is there a benefit for doing that? Let say, the computer is virus free. He just wants to scan for virus multiple times.

Answer:Scanning hard drive multiple times, Is it a good thing?

Yes, there is an advantage in using multiple virus scanners. But not the same scanner twice.

Two options:
Spybot Search & Destroy
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

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I have an external hard drive and would like to keep an identical backup of it, and am wondering if there is a program that will automatically sync any file changes, added files, etc.? I hope this is the right place to post, my apologies if it's not.

Answer:Program to backup/sync one external drive to another?

Any program that you are looking for it to do it automatically will require some payment.

I've used these two programs before, but I am not sure if they have automatic backups. I believe its a one click backup instead.

Personal - Macrium Software

Hard Disk Manager Suite – complete system management | PARAGON Software Group - disk partitioning, resize partition

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i posted in another thread witch was not answered so i decided to make this post, what is the best image program that will allow me to make and image of a fresh format with my basic apps, prefrablly able to burn on a dvd-r if possible?
 

Answer:best hard drive image backup program?

Norton Ghost 2003 hands down is the best, and will do everything you want.
 

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I used to like Acronis TrueImage in the "old" days. Now I think it's to bloated. All I want is a simple program to take Images of my drive and to restore them.
So, what I'm asking for is advices on programs for that task.

Answer:Backup: Looking for a simple program to take an Image of my C:\ drive

Macrium Reflect: Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
easy to use, and NO bloatware....
i?ve been using Reflect for a long time, i think it might be 2 years now.
it?s safe & fast.

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What is the simplest, cheapest way to make an image of my system after a fresh XP install.

Bascially I like to reinstall XP every 3-6 months but the obvious pain is reinstalling ALL of the drivers and ALL of the programs.

I would like to make a DVD image of my system that automates the entire installation of XP, Office, Firefox, NVidia drivers etc. etc. etc.

I do not care about data (Documents/Pictures/Music) at all, just the programs and drivers for all the hardware.

What is the best way to do this, Norton Ghost? Is there a freeware alternative?
 

Answer:Program to backup/restore XP drive image?

I've used Ghost but I recently switched to Acronis TrueImage and I like it a lot better.. so that's what I recommend.

Not sure about free programs. I know there are disk clone tools on Ultimate Boot CD but I have never used them.
 

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December 2, 2009 - Today Only

Special offer for GAOTD users! Paragon Drive Backup 2010 Special Edition - English-version offers more safety to all your important data including videos, images, music files, documents and applications. Find other extra features onboard this toolkit along with a Windows 7 and 64-bit Operating Systems support.

What we offer:

- Complete set of features for entire disk imaging and file Backup;
- Backup to any destination: Including local mounted/un-mounted partitions, external storage locations, CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs, network shares, FTP as well as a secured hidden partition on your local drive (Paragon Backup Capsule);
- Smart Backup options for headache-free security, so you can backup exactly what you need and with the best backup method, chosen automatically depending on the data to protect;
- Professional recovery tools;
- Useful extras: boot corrector, simple partitioning and more.

What?s new in 2010 Special Edition comparing to Drive Backup 9.0 Personal?

- Windows 7 support;
- Smart Backup Wizard ? backup exactly what you need: the whole system, e-mail databases (MS Outlook, Express, Windows Mail) media files or office documents of the My Documents folder, or any other files and folders in a few mouse clicks;
- Selective Restore to easily extract files and folders from a backup image with the - Restore Wizard without the need to restore the whole image;
- Schedule File backup ? you can start the File Backup Wizard with the preset schedu... Read more

Answer:Paragon Drive Backup 2010 Special Ed. - Free Today

Paragon is very good for servers or situations where you have to make frequent backups. The writing of differential backups is extremely fast (in my test just a couple of minutes). But as usual with those advanced programs, you need to do some learning. To purchase it is pretty expensive - $80 last time I looked. The product key for my last free version that I won in a contest expired after some time. So you may expect the same with this freebie.

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I am trying to find a free program to copy my games to hard disk so i dont have to keep switching cd's, anyone know of one?
 

Answer:free virtual drive program?

DarkStar said:

I am trying to find a free program to copy my games to hard disk so i dont have to keep switching cd's, anyone know of one?Click to expand...

DAEMON Tools
http://www.daemon-tools.cc/dtcc/portal/portal.php
 

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I guess title says it all...

Windows won't defrag my sata drive and I am trying to find a free program that will defragment my 750 gig sata drive. Thanks!
 

Answer:Solved: Whats a good defrag program for a 750 gig drive?

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any one know of any ?? any info is appreciated...anything but chkdsk
 

Answer:Any one know a good program to check hard drive health ??

either search your hard drive manufacturer;s web site for a drive utility, or just google search for one. Or check a local area computer store. Here is a link at the PC World site; http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/browse/0,cat,1503,sortIdx,1,pg,1,00.asp#
 

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I'm looking for a program to encrypt an external sata2usb hard drive that allows for easy access from the windows environment and supports non windows booting! (i use acronis os selector)

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I'm finishing up rebuilding from a bad hard drive. I got no warning that there was a problem (but I wasn't really looking either).
I think I should have some software installed that monitors my hard drives (reads SMART or tests the drive, or such) and lets me know if something is going bad.

So what do you recommend?
I've seen Gibson SpinRite, Passmark DiskCheckup, And Priiform Speccy mentioned here. Is there any consensus among the IT professionals as to what is the best program or method to keep an eye on my hard drives for pending problems? I have computers with Hitachi, HGST, WD, Seagate, and some SSDs by Corsair, Kingston, and Samsung (and probably a few I've forgotten about) so a single program that works with all drive brands would be nice.

Thanks for your feedback.

Answer:Can you recommend a good Hard Drive maintenance program?

Never had any issues with Crucial's SSD's.

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I am looking to encrypt an entire drive. What is the best program to do so with?

XP Pro
 

Answer:Whats a good file/drive encryption program

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=truecrypt&spell=1
 

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Hello all,

I am running "windows backup and restore" on one of my external hard drives and WDsmartware (western digital software that came with my other external drive). WDsmartware eats up WAY to much resources. Would I be better off just using "windows backup and restore" for both drives? are there any free programs out there that are "better' than windows 7 "backup and restore"? thanks a lot.

Answer:Looking for a great external hard drive backup program

If 'Windows Backup and Restore' is working, then I'd keep using it.

Doesn't hurt to try other programs.

I see many here that use Macrium free;
Image your system with free Macrium - Windows 7 Forums

BTY, I use 'Windows Backup and Restore' and Clonezilla Open-Source Image Backup - Windows 7 Forums

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When I connect by backup drive, I get the following message:-

"This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action, Please install a program or, if one is already installed create an association in the Default Programs control panel."

I have no idea what this is all about or how to fix it.

Can anybody help?

T

Answer:Program Association Error Message With Backup Drive

How is the backup drive connected - USB, Ethernet, WiFi.... also Make and Model of drive.

Viz

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I can't find a program that will automatically backup a USB drive to My Documents(or any place on the computer's hard drive) without any notice. I found programs that back up to a USB in stealth mode but not from a USB. Thanks in advance.
 

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“Note that this download is only available until midnight (BST) of the 28th of August 2009.”
On the download page you may have to try again and again to get the download Get Paragon Drive Backup 9 Professional FREE from August 25th to 29th

Answer:Paragon Drive Backup 9 Professional FREE from August 25th to 29th

Nice share...thanx man.
Lets give a try.

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Is there any free ones that work good for reformatting hard drives.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Free Program for reformatting hard drive

active kill disk
 

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I want to copy the Hutchinson Science Reference Suite to my hard drive to save me inserting the free PC Advisor disk (Feb 2004) every time I run the program. Any one got any ideas. I have loaded all that I can see relating to the program but it still refers back to the cd-rom data.Thanks for any response.

Answer:Copy program from Free CD to Hard Drive?

You need software do do what you want, CD emulationclick here

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I normally use XXClone to clone hard drives. But, I need a free one allow cloning several drives via USB. Any suggestions? The free XXClone only alows the source drive to be c:.
 

Answer:Need a Free Hard Drive Clone Program

http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/ or http://oakdome.com/k5/tutorials/clone-with-usb-drive/clone-with-usb-drive.php
 

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I need a program that would easily wipe the C drive but leave the recovery partition alone.

any ideas what to use? need something free and easy.

Ive also read that starting with windows Vista, a format does a basic hard drive wipe. so is this basic wiping of the drive enough for the home user?

Just wondering what others use. thanks.

Answer:need a free hard drive wipe program...

Don't let the name fool you. This might be what you are looking for. It's one of the Forms Tutorials.
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Found this link a few minutes ago.

http://www.computeractive.co.uk/vnunet/downloads/2166877/driver-genius

It is for a driver backup program and seems to run very well.
 

Answer:Free Paragon Drive Genius Program

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Hi. I need to extend the partition C in my hard drive. I have other partitions. I have Part Manager 8 but I think is too old and not compatible with W8. What free program can I use to do it?. Thanks.

Answer:Any free program to partition the hard drive in W8.

Have a look here. It will come with help files.

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Will someone have a lookie at this Drive image clone program which is freeware as far as I looked (which was not long...)

http://home.carolina.rr.com/lexunfreeware/

If you try it please post back and tell us how it went....
 

Answer:FREE drive image type program

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I am trying to image my 80gb 7200 rpm IDE ultra 133 drive to a brand spanking new 200gb seagate baracudda SATA drive. The first thing I tried was using Ghost to image it from partition to partition.. that didn't work. I booted with the windows cd and tried to do the fixmbr and fixboot.. The fixboot seemed to do the right drive, but the fixmbr kept wanting to write my old drive. I unplugged the old drive and tried to boot into windows setup once more and it gave me a blue screen of death. I am in the process of imaging it disk to disk in norton ghost. I hope this works. Any thoughts anyone who has gone through this?

RiPPCLaW
 

Answer:imaging OS PATA Drive to SATA Drive

Seagate's own disk install utility will do the whole thing for you.

Ive done it many times. Just install the new sata disk, let seagate format/copy all the files over, etc. Works fine IDE->SATA and SATA->IDE.

Tough part comes with sata raid, then the utilities dont work. Each disk compnay has a version...basically the same program, diff name. If it wasnt on a disk with drive.... download from seagate.
 

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Hi guys i got a new hard drive recently and am going to replace my 2nd hard drive with it. what i need is a program to transfer all my installed prograns and such can anyone reccomend a good free program for this.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Solved: Need a recomendation for a good hard drive transfer program

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Hi everyone ... One of my computers recently started experiencing a few problems altogether .. now I have a hunch that there might be something wrong with the hard drive in this computer ..

So basically I am looking for some very professional kind of software which does some good Hard Drive diagnostic and repair work ... Something which scans hard drives inside out for possible problems .. Something like memtest, but for Hard drives .. Some software recognised a professional hard drive doctor ... Dont care if its free or commercial, as long as its good

Know any such software ?
 

Answer:Urgently need some good Hard Drive Diagnostic/Repair program .

Manufacturers like Seagate, WD, Fujitsu, Toshiba, Samsung, etc, make diagnostic software for their own drives, that's your first course of action. Get that for the drive(s) in question, run the Quick/Short/Normal test, and regardless of the results go back and run the Long/Advanced/Thorough test immediately afterwards with the full surface scan enabled. It'll take a long time but that is the one best recommended way to determine if a drive is either defective or potentially about to fail.

As far as "repair" software the only recommendation I'd make it the same one I've been making for over 15 years now:

SpinRite, by GRC.com

The only repairs you can do from a software perspective are refreshing bad sectors to hopefully make them functional again, but once a sector is "bad" it never will be the same again, period. If a hard drive is defective from a mechanical or electronic perspective, forget it, toss it in the garbage or RMA it if it's still under warranty.

Hope this helps...
 

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Hey,
My pc has been very sluggish for quite some time now; it gets slower and slower the longer it is left running and my suspicion of a virus/malware infection was confirmed when the Panda ActiveScan picked up a bunch of threats.
Right now, there are 7 svchost.exe files running in my task manager: 4 are SYSTEM, 2 are NETWORK SERVICE, and 1 is LOCAL SERVICE. I don't know if that is a big deal or not but it seems odd that there are always at least 5 - 6 svchost.exe files running.
Also, my disk space has been decreasing recently; I have not downloaded/installed anything recently (besides the 5 step requirements for this post). I had 2.07 gigs free in my C drive today morning; there are 1.92gigs left now in the same drive. I currently have Kaspersky Anti-virus 7.0 and Sunbelt CounterSpy installed on my pc.

I have attached the ActiveScan file exported from the Panda ActiveScan. The HijackThis file is as follows:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:39:59 PM, on 4/9/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop... Read more

Answer:Sluggish Cpu; Multiple SVCHOST files; Decreasing Free Space on C drive

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I have a new hard drive that I want to use as my main hard drive. I have googled a few but the only ones I could find weren't free. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:Any suggestions on a (free) program to clone a hard drive

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"TODO" is the new free program from Easeus.

It offers drive/partition imaging, cloning, and the ability to mount images and restore individual files/folders as needed.

I tested it on Windows 7x64.

It imaged a 25gb o/s partition in about 20 mins and the image size was around 9gb.

Mounting the image and extracting files was successful.

I have not ( yet) tried to restore the image.

http://www.todo-backup.com/

Macrium Reflect Free offers drive/partition imaging, scheduling, and the ability to mount images and restore individual files as needed.

It is certainly faster than TODO - and compression is slightly better. It does not have a cloning function, but does provide scheduling.

I have restored numerous images successfully with the Macrium on x64 o/s.

http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp

Answer:Free drive image program from Easeus - TODO

Thanks for the links. Good finds like this are always nice for the toolbox. i tried to rep you, but it won't let me rep you again until I rep others.

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Hello and good morning everyone, my friend is about to buy a brand new laptop, and she wishes to give her old laptop to her brother who is abroad, but first she wants to COMPLETELY wipe the laptop 100%. She has already gotten a portable external hard drive to transfer all her important docs, pictures, etc. She needs a program that will totally wipe her hide drive of ALL data(obviously not the operating system, lol!!!) and it must be TOTALLY FREE and simple to use......just like install, 1 click, and all data is gone and cannot be retrieved. Any help would be much appreciated. thanks

Answer:Free and perfect program to wipe a hard drive??

If you wipe the hard drive,the Operating System also goes.

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This program might be usefull for anyone looking to replace a hard drive and its free.you have to register to get a serial code.click here

Answer:Paragon Drive copy 8 Personal SE, Free program

Sorry wrong Address,tryclick herethe other one is Ashampoo burning studio v5 also free.

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