post, thanks for the link Good writeup's and links to the freeware all at one convenient link. That's one's bookmarked.
After reading that page, I downloaded one of those items (ISO only) that I'd not seen before, "Redo". I booted that one up last night and I like the simplicity of the layout with that tool. I'll give that one a try at my next routine image or clone. I noticed that this tool has basic formatting and partitioning options in the tool which I like as I always remove the partitions on my Target HDD before cloning/imaging.
Thanks to you both for the info. I will investigate. I'm a firm believer in regular backups. Acronis helped my restore my system after a HDD failure in October of 2012. It was strictly my docs, photos, etc. The system looked liked what I lost by the time I restored everything. Thanks again.
Hi from another Texan . I'm the same, backups are worth their weight in gold.
I also use Acronis (2011) to clone periodically. I've recently learned more about imaging and have used "Macrium Reflect" (free ver) with good results although there was a learning curve on my part with the ISO build for their free WinPE 3.1 boot media.
It worked but not exactly as I'd expected in that I needed to burn dedicated CD's for my PC's as well as a family member's PC. I had wanted one CD to boot on multiple machines and that may be possible since there's a good chance that the issue is the user (me) .
However, I've tested both of my machines with the Macrium WinPE CD and have imaged and recovered full-disk bootable HDD's with both PC's.
I initially downloaded a standalone ISO for Macrium's WinPE but that didn't boot on my PC's so I installed the program onto my HDD and created the Rescue CD from there and that worked good.
I did find that, when using the cloning option with the Macrium Free WinPE CD, it's a little tricky to tick the boxes in the correct order during the setup for cloning.
When I was viewing a couple of YouTube tutorials about cloning with Macrium, their instructions didn't work for me, ie, dragging and dropping partitions vs cloning a completely bootable HDD.
Bottom line is that I got it to work with successful results on my 2 machines.
I've also used "Clonezilla" for a couple of my clones but haven't tested it with imaging yet.
With Acronis cloning, that's already paid off a couple of times for me during the past couple of years where I was hit with a malware/virus, etc. That's why I prefer a dual approach to backups, ie, a full-disk completely bootable replacement HDD (or image) available in addition to a daily automatic backup routine. I use my Acronis scheduler to backup a few of those must-have's twice daily so they're near real-time items in the event that I need to install the cloned HDD for a full-HDD recovery situation.
I used to run a Raid 1 config on the Desktop PC but discontinued that approach due to an unrelated issue (intermittent bad memory stick issue).
I didn't rebuild the array after that since Raid 1 won't protect me from a malware/virus intrusion and that's one of my primary reasons for cloning and imaging along with protection against a HDD failure or user mistake.