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Imaging software. Anything reliable?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by srhoades, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. srhoades

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    I've been using Acronis since version 10 (not 2010). Version 11 was, in my opinion, the best. Since then they have this Mickey Mouse cartoon interface that is just crap. Version 11 let you clone a disk by first making the image from the source disk and then pointing it to the destination disk. This gave you the ability to use the same drive reader for both drives. Now you have to have the source and destination drives connected in order to clone. I have gotten around that by just making a backup disk image and restoring but I have had numerous instances where restoring from an image has just been a nightmare for one reason or another.

    Reading reviews for Ghost are even worse. I know there is a paid version for Macrium reflect, but since it is not sold in retail or online stores there are no reviews.

    I know the built in backup with Windows 7 is decent but it lacks a lot of options, like incremental, differential, and email notifications when a backup fails.

    So what are you guys using?
     
  2. Detectorist

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    I did some research and it appears that Acronis is still king of the mountain.
     


  3. I use Clonezilla for partition imaging/cloning and a batch file for file-level backup. :dunno:
     
  4. Toyman

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    I switched from Acronis to Macrium Reflect, been running good for over a year now.
     
  5. We're using Microsoft Imagex here. It's free and it works well. There is a GUI frontend called Gimagex available from a third party. You can also mount wim images made with imagex if needed.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722145(v=ws.10).aspx

    If I were imaging a home computer I would use Acronis, and use Imagex for managing corporate imaging. Acronis is easier to use. Imagex has a little more learning curve and is more suited for corp environments and has more features. I made a custom Imagex boot disk that prompts the user to hit any key (so that the computer isn't accidentally reimaged if disk left in the drive), then automatically applies an image stored on a network drive.
     
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  6. mtbinva

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    I use Paladin, by Summuri. Or you can use FTK Imager. Both free and forensically defensible.
     
  7. Furant

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    +1 for Clonezilla

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk HD
     
  8. Linux3

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    Oops, wrong forum.
    Never drink and comment.
     
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  9. Detectorist

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    I would expect a 'Senior' engineer to be able to understand the question which was asked.

    Do you have any suggestions regarding imaging software?
     
  10. Toyman

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    I think I originally found out about Macrium from the backup sticky thread.

    One of the reasons I went with Macrium is that the backup can be set to copy the disk images to a second location. So I have mine backup to an external drive, then it copies that backup to a second external drive.

    One of the things I like about it is that the backup can be setup to run via a VBScript, which allows me to customize it. For example, in the future I'm going to have it copy it to a third location which will be out in my shop.

    Also, there are several other features that are important to me like:

    + The rescue environment.
    + Direct disk cloning - Directly copy one hard disk to another without creating an image file first. Partitions can be ordered and resized during this process.
    + Change the order and size of partitions as they are restored.
    + Easily rotate backup destinations by specifying a list of alternate backup locations.
     
  11. mtbinva

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    I'm a certified Computer Forensic Examiner. The software I listed is used in our field and is free.

    For public use for 50 bucks, you can't go wrong with Acronis.

    The issue with ghost is you don't if future versions will be able to mount your image. Their version compatibility sucks.

    FTK Imager is free, and will allow you to mount various forms of computer images.
     
  12. Toyman

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    Took me a while to find Paladin. It's Sumuri with one "m". Here's the link for you guys: http://www.sumuri.com/

    What do you mean by "forensically defensible"?
     
  13. mtbinva

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    You can boot to it by creating a bootable thumb drive. Sorry for the misspelling. iPhone.

    Forensic defensibility means it creates an EXACT copy of whatever you are imaging, and generally accepted by the courts. This captures unallocated and file slack.

    What's nice too is it will wipe a drive. USE THIS FUNCTION WITH CAUTION!!!

    This is a forensic wipe, and the data is irretrievable!!
     
  14. srhoades

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    Perhaps I should have asked the question better. I know Clonezilla and the like can clone just fine with a bootdisc, but I looking more for a backup solution.
     
  15. Deleted. Just noticed that you needed incremental backups. ImageX doesn't do this.
     
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  16. Detectorist

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    It's Ok if you share the drinks.
     
  17. Detectorist

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    Do you have a link. I can't find it.