• This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more.

best imaging software?

Perris Calderon

Moderator
Staff member
Political User
#1
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
 

Bman

OSNN Veteran Original
#4
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
 

Perris Calderon

Moderator
Staff member
Political User
#7
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
 

Perris Calderon

Moderator
Staff member
Political User
#10
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
 

kcnychief

█▄█ ▀█▄ █
Political User
#13
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.
 

Bman

OSNN Veteran Original
#14
go to control panel / administrative tools / computer managment / Disk managment

should show you there
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.
 

kcnychief

█▄█ ▀█▄ █
Political User
#16
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
 

Attachments

Bman

OSNN Veteran Original
#18
I'm sorry to say, PartitionMagic shows if it is Primary, or Logical

*edit, most paritions are physical, are they not?
 

kcnychief

█▄█ ▀█▄ █
Political User
#20
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.
 

Members online

No members online now.

Latest posts

Latest profile posts

Hello, is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me ...
Xie
What a long strange trip it's been. =)

Forum statistics

Threads
61,961
Messages
673,239
Members
89,014
Latest member
sanoravies