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Acronis - Norton - Dantz

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#1 wlafeen


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Posted 12 February 2006 - 11:03 AM

Anyone game for a poll?

I usually put considerable effort into decisions regarding which software I purchase. In the security arena Iíve been a Norton customer for years. Norton can be a love it or hate it brand sometimes; I personally have had no problems with Norton products.

I never bothered with backups on my last computer, the old Gateway. When it came to backups for my new computer, I decided that I will use a disk imaging program. After some research, the choices are Acronis True Image, Norton Ghost or Dantz Retrospect. Backups will be made to a 200GB Western Digital Essential USB 2.0 external hard drive.

Lovers or haters of any of the above mentioned imaging programs are encouraged to chime in now!
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Posted 12 February 2006 - 12:52 PM

I do not like Norton. I find it too heavy on resources. If you want an one button backup I would recommend Snap Backup (Backup Utility). I find it very clean and easy to use. If you are looking to image your drive I use Digtal Dolly (Hard drive utility). Microsoft's Backup (Start>Program Files>Accessiores>System Tools>Backup) is often over looked but will do the job. If you are a power users and run on a slit second then you may not have a use for these recommendations. I am a meat and potato user. Nothing fancy, just get the job done with minimun cost user.
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Posted 23 February 2006 - 05:16 PM

I've been a beta tester for Acronis since shortly after Acronis True Image 7 came out. As time moved on, I've tested more and more products for them. Obviously, my viewpoint is biased.

But I love Acronis True Image! I've been too busy to install v9 on my system - so I'm still running v8. I used my v8 about a week ago when I installed the Vista build from MSDN, and am preparing to use it again tonight - prior to installing the latest build.

I understand that there are new features in True Image that will make the restoration process even faster (it's about 20 minutes on my system right now) - although one friend has reported having problems with the new "selective" imaging portion of it.

Regardless, I can stick my Acronis TI rescue CD in the drive and can image my SATA hard drives and my W-D 120 gB External USB drive from outside of Windows. I also use it at the wife's office to image their workstation hard drives - that way I can reinstall everything back to normal in 20 minutes. And, combining it with a good backup strategy, I can have their file server back up and running in 25 minutes (the additional 5 is to restore the data that was backed up).
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