best imaging software?

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  1. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    My companies hardrive is about to fail, I want to image to another hardrive before I do anything with it

    I haven't done this for a while, I'm not up on any of the latest

    suggestions on best software to do this please

    thanx in advance
     
  2. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    norton ghost?
     
  3. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    norton ghost is what I'm used to, but that was a while ago, is it still any good?

    is there anything better?
     
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    norton ghost is the one I always hear about, and programs usually stay good if there good.

    If you ask me, any of those programs are the same
     
  5. omg its nlm

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    I have always just used ghost. I like all the options and its easy to use.

    I have also used this. http://www.acronis.com/
    It works just as well. Less options but worth a try for sure.

    posts merged
     
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  6. Perris Calderon

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    thanx for the input guys
     
  7. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    new question;

    without going into the bios, is there any way to tell if a drive is physical or logical?

    the people that built this box claim they installed two hardrives, but I don't know, I have an "e" for storage and I can't fugure out if it's physical

    I don't want to boot into the bios because the drive is failing and it will chkdsk for a half hour before I can use it again
     
  8. omg its nlm

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    Right click on my computer > Manage > Computer Management > Storage.


    Maybe that will help?
     
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    in those settings it just sayings Basic for the type, that dosen't show him what he needs. hmmm
     
  10. Perris Calderon

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    I installed belarc to read the bios

    I have maxtor on 1; 6b250sd

    on 0; 6yo8omd

    I'm assuming these are two separte hardrives?

    I don't know anything about maxtor and google gives me a blank on these id #'s
     
  11. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    go to control panel / administrative tools / computer managment / Disk managment

    should show you there
     
  12. omg its nlm

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    What about Device Manager?
     
  13. kcnychief

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    I have to say for years, probably the last three, I was a strong supporter for Norton Ghost.

    That being said, I have since switched to Acronis and will NEVER go back. Main reason? Acronis lets you image without taking the machine down. For the servers I manage I can do real-time backups, even schedule to unlock databases so the machine can constantly be in use. In regards to restoration, you can create an image, boot to it, and actually run from the image before the machine is fully restored so services are available.

    For stand-alone, client PCs, Ghost is the way to go. For anything Enterprise, Acronis hands down.
     
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    I just stated that it does not...device manager also does not show you

    I think the only way is to go in BIOS, and even then does it show you which it is?

    I think you have to use a partitioner, like PartitionMagic, to show you which it is.
     
  15. Perris Calderon

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    it doesn't say if the drives are physical or logical

    [edit]

    oops, bman got to the response first
     
  16. kcnychief

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    If a drive is partitioned, it can have multiple letters but only one device ID.

    As you can see, my drive is partitioned so I have more than one letter, but only one "Disk 0"

    Therefore - only one physical disk
     

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    This shows the two maxtors that belarc sees, I believe these are two physical partitions.
     
  18. Bman

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    I'm sorry to say, PartitionMagic shows if it is Primary, or Logical

    *edit, most paritions are physical, are they not?
     
  19. Perris Calderon

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    ya, it looks like two phyiscal disks
     
  20. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    Also as NLM pointed out, Device Manager will show how many physical drives are present as well.

    Disk Management gives you more control over them.