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Upgrading hard drive - Advice to Image software?

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I have ordered a Seagate 320gb sata2/NCQ to replace my current drive. I have one computer with a profile for all five family members so I do not want to go through the process of reinstalling all the software and setting up all profiles and try and restore everyones emails etc. I have been looking at purchasing either Acronis true image 9.0 or Norton Ghost 10.0 to make an exact copy of my drive to place on the upgrade. Does anyone have experience or recomendations with this? choice of software?

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Benamin

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I just did an Image with the FREE (15) day Trail of Acronis Home of a 200G WD to a 200G Seagate. 4 Partitions, worked perfect.

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I bought Acronis and cloned the old drive got the new one up and running. Had a little trouble. It turned out Acronis wouldn't clone my hd when working from windows, I had to to boot from recovery cd so nothing (even OS ) was running. Then all went fine. I am waiting a few days to put my old drive back in as a spare backup drive, we'll see how that goes. Now I have to replace those darn winxp storage drivers and try and get those NF4 storage drivers to stick.

 

Thanks for you advice with Acronis guys!

 

Benamin

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Don't buy Norton "Save & Restore" it's buggy, it installs a whole bunch of Norton crap so it . you don't have more of their software installed and you can't shut it down from the icon in the desktop tray, you have to go into the control panel to windows scheduler and switch it off from there. Talk about inconvenient.

 

Personally I always like to use a new boot disk as an excuse for a fresh install of windows

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I have used Ghost, DriveImage (now Ghost in windows), Acronis, and a few others. I keep coming back to Ghost for a simple reason. It is trustworthy.

I had several cases where Acronis TI said everything was fine, but when I needed to restore it, the restore was butchered. They said the image was verified, but what they mean by that was that the archive file was verified for errors, it did NOT compare the original source on verify! This was version 6 & 7. Haven't bothered with the new versions of it. They lost my trust.

 

Drive Image is OK also. I don't copy stuff while using the OS, so I rather just use ghost, and be done with it.

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