Alternative to Norton Ghost? 19 replies

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Smitty025

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#11 12 years ago

Laughing CheeseSorry, I didn't quite understand that...what's "IIRC" and "SATA"? :confused:

How do you know my drive is SATA? And I'm going to be using Acronis True Image it seems.....

IIRC=If I Recall/Remember Correctly. SATA=Serial ATA connectors will look something like this: 150px-SATA_Data_Cable.jpg




FN_lewrbm69

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#12 12 years ago

depemdeing on the maker of the drive thay have software but ghost is grate it works with lots of devices as long as you have the driver.




Kilobyte

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#13 12 years ago
Laughing CheeseOk, so if there's always going to be a chance, how likely is data loss? Are these generally pretty good programs?

Unlikely. There are Rarely any issues when using these utilities to backup from one hard drive to another.

The only problem that would crop up, would be a "NTLDR not found" error. If so, then you just have to run "fixboot", or "fixmbr" from the recovery console of a Windows XP CD.

If you create a "drive image", don't use the highest compression settings.The more something is compressed, the higher the risk that the data will become corrupted.

Also, burning drive images to a CD or DVD is only as reliable as the burner, and the discs your using.




LaughingCheese

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#14 12 years ago

Monster_userUnlikely. There are Rarely any issues when using these utilities to backup from one hard drive to another.

The only problem that would crop up, would be a "NTLDR not found" error. If so, then you just have to run "fixboot", or "fixmbr" from the recovery console of a Windows XP CD.

If you create a "drive image", don't use the highest compression settings.The more something is compressed, the higher the risk that the data will become corrupted.

Also, burning drive images to a CD or DVD is only as reliable as the burner, and the discs your using.

Thanks a lot!

Although we're going to move it to a folder on my secondary drive, not burn it.

Granted, you can't manually just move the entire hard drive lol...but I guess these programs can do that to?

Also, just a reminder: we're going to be using Acronis True Image, not Ghost.

Thanks, LC




LaughingCheese

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#15 12 years ago

Well good news.

The new hard drive has been installed and we didn't even need True Image!! we did end up using the software included with the hard drive. We (my dad and I) just switched out the secondary drive, put in the new one, made that primary, copied the C drive onto it, and put back in the secondary drive. So now my old C drive is out and I have the new drive as primary and I still have my secondary 55GB hard drive.

Yay more space!!!!!!




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#16 12 years ago

partition magic for xp is what you need




[TtgD] Lewis

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#17 12 years ago

is it?,but he wanted a hard drive image tool not partition




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#18 12 years ago

unless my version is different from everyone elses, it copies / dupes hard drive contents as well..."how do you like me now?"




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#19 12 years ago

Norton ghost Network ghosting is the best option but u just want with in 1 one computer so my skills are god like there.




Kilobyte

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#20 12 years ago
Laughing CheeseGranted, you can't manually just move the entire hard drive lol...but I guess these programs can do that to?

Yeah. Often it is called "Cloning" the disk. The end result is the new drive has the exact same installation of Windows (or whatever), as the other drive. They work identically. Except the new drive has more space.




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