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Suggested software to make backup image of hdd from bootable media?


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#1 krs000a

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Posted 18 September 2016 - 06:34 AM

Hello,

 

I would like to find a software that can be installed onto a bootable device (USB stick / CD / DVD) and I should be able to backup my entire harddrive to an image and also restore my harddrive from that image all from this bootable software. In other words, I shouldn't have to have the backup software installed on the harddrive at all while writing/reading the backup images.

I don't need anything that makes automatic backups on regular basis, I want to do them manually when I want to.

I was using Acronis before and while it worked fine on my main computer, my other computer wouldn't recognize the bootable CD, it just skipped over it.

Can you please recommend some other software that could do what I am looking for? It needs to function on Windows XP and Windows 7.



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Posted 18 September 2016 - 11:28 AM

In order to get many PCs to attempt to boot from a bootable CD/DVD (before trying to boot from the hard drive), you must change a setting to that effect in the CMOS/BIOS Setup.



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Posted 18 September 2016 - 04:17 PM

Clonezilla works well, despite it's rather antiquated looking 'text-based/arrow up-down' menu system....

 

Clonezilla is a small Linux based bootable setup.

 

Not flashy, not very intuitive, but free....

 

If you want easier things to use, I'd look at EaseUS TODO Backup or AOMEI Backupper (exact name of titles escapes me, but, each is easy to use, and allows creation of bootable media to recov er from.


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