Image of HD in Vista environment

By nhiep_nguyen ·
Hi everyone,

I would like to make an image of my system OS hard Disk on a separate HD so that I could restore it in case of a crash or whatever.
I used to use Drive Image from PowerQuest in the XP environment, but I suppose it does not work in Vista's.

Could anyone help me by suggesting an app that would do the same in Vista Home Premium?

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Poke around in Vista.

by normhaga In reply to Image of HD in Vista envi ...

Vista has a built in backup routine that backs up the ENTIRE HD, including system files.

This backup utility is not as advanced as say Paragon Drive Image or Drive Back Up or Acronis True Image. It is, however, functional and is capable of a bare metal restore.

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What is the Best?

by nhiep_nguyen In reply to Poke around in Vista.

Backup is so important that I am ready to part with some doug to have the best for the job.
I used Drive Image in XP, which one do you deem the best for creating a reliable, straight forward partition image in Vista?
Thank you.

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Matter of choice.

by normhaga In reply to What is the Best?

I myself, and my company use Paragon Backup. We have tried other solutions, such as Acronis.

I dislike Acronis because the Dos based restore does not work well with the video hardware in may of the machines. The same can be said of the Paragon Dos based restore. However, Paragon also has a Linux based restore CD that works well with all the hardware in my command.

I also like Paragon because I can resize the partition being restored, the partitions on the hard disk at restore time, and I can also change SUID's so that I can restore a back up to a completely different machine.

Paragon has a suite of tools. I also use Paragon Partition Manager, and if I have a serious fragmentation issue and can afford to take the machine off line, I use Paragons Total defrag.

Paragon uses Linux to write their programs and all of their software shows the approach.

I have no association with Paragon. Others will tell you their preferences and why.

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Paragon Backup

by nhiep_nguyen In reply to Matter of choice.

Thank you. Following your reply I've browsed the Paragon site and think that Paragon backup suite me fine.

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