2008-05-25, 01:35 PM
I am looking for a drive imaging software that can back an image up to DVDs, with a bootable disc for restoration. Opensource/free preferred if it exists. I have never really used much drive imaging software before, so I would like to learn what the options are.
2008-05-25, 01:49 PM
I've historically used Powerquest with no problems... but they were bought out by Symantec in 2003 with their product merged and remarketed as "Ghost". I know you were looking for freeware... but if you are interested Ghost retails for $70 on the Symantec website.
2008-05-25, 03:19 PM
Acronis True Image, Norton Ghost, and Paragon all have good reputations. DriveSnapshot is a free alternative if you only are imaging one drive. A simple search on Wikipedia or Google would have given you this handy reference page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_cloning#Software).
2008-05-25, 05:54 PM
I use ghost.
Its especially handy as you can fit it on a floppy (for older computers.. who actually has those these days? :P)
or a flash drive (make it bootable)
Its DOS core program is ~1MB and that's ALL you need for it to work - so you can take a flash drive - format it with HPUSB key format utility (sorry, link changes like crazy, but google it and you should find it from HP) with a standard win98 boot image, then put your .gho (image) file in the main data of the drive (assuming its ~4GB which =~8GB "real" space - ghost has awesome compression)
And you can plug in your drive and restore in <5 mins.
You can even set up auto scripts in a batch file to run ghost automatically and restore "image.gho" when it runs - essentially unattended reimage.
2008-05-26, 12:45 AM
Thanks rsambuca. That page was great.