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

    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.


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    Macrium Reflect: Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

    easy to use, and NO bloatware....
    ive been using Reflect for a long time, i think it might be 2 years now.
    its safe & fast.

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    agreed on the macrium

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    Quote Originally Posted by hackerman1 View Post
    Macrium Reflect: Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

    easy to use, and NO bloatware....
    ive been using Reflect for a long time, i think it might be 2 years now.
    its safe & fast.
    I have tried it, but I doesn't understand/feel safe about this: Only restore 1 partition and not 2 (system and OS).
    Have been googling about this and it seems that it's possible to create a restore disk from where one can restore both in one go, but it was to technically for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeXaCo View Post
    agreed on the macrium
    Thanks for your input, too

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    How old is your Acronis?
    I am not "selling" Paragon (free) and Macrium (free) are both superb. I agree that the later versions of Acronis are bloated. So is Paragon to a certain extent. But I have used Acronis 9 for some time, runs perfectly in Windows 7 64Bit. IMO, on my own tests, Acronis is much speedier on my computer. About 25 gigs, including my software, it takes 17 minutes to back up. The other two are pretty identical, around 30 minutes. There may be horse for courses on this, as computer specs and performance do vary.

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    A few more ... 7 Freeware Acronis True Image & Norton Ghost Alternatives Pls check if they work on Windows 7 as the post is a bit old

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    I have used and tried about a dozen imaging programs. My find is that Macrium is the absolute easiest, fastest and most reliable. I made a video tutorial how to use it including the recovery scenario. But since I cannot link my whole tutorial from another site, here is at least the video: Imaging with Macrium on Vimeo

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    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    How old is your Acronis?
    I am not "selling" Paragon (free) and Macrium (free) are both superb. I agree that the later versions of Acronis are bloated. So is Paragon to a certain extent. But I have used Acronis 9 for some time, runs perfectly in Windows 7 64Bit. IMO, on my own tests, Acronis is much speedier on my computer. About 25 gigs, including my software, it takes 17 minutes to back up. The other two are pretty identical, around 30 minutes. There may be horse for courses on this, as computer specs and performance do vary.
    TrueImage Home 2011 is my version.

    I tried Paragon Free, but the recovery CD didn't support my keyboard (usb) and my mouse (wireless). Paragon support said the only solution was to update to their paid version to get my hands on the winpe disk.
    Why their free version doesn't support my keyboard/mouse is a mystery to me as both Macrimum free and Acronis do.

    If I understood how Macrimum free deals with restoring, I'd probably be using it. What happens when it first restore System and OS not?

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