5 Free Disk Imaging/Cloning Softwares
When we talk about disk imaging or cloning no doubt Norton Ghost is the best software. Norton Ghost is almost 13 years old software providing Imaging solutions from small to large enterprise. But the license of Norton Ghost is almost of $70. Companies can easily buy the license but if you are home users you surely don’t want to spend $70 on Disk Imaging/Cloning software. So, here is solution, there are many Disk Imaging/Cloning software available for free to Home Users. I have gathered a list of 5 Free Disk Imaging/Cloning or Backup softwares. Try these softwares to create images/clones of you disk or to Backup your data. But i generally prefer Macrium Reflect Free Edition because it is the Best Free Disk Imaging software.
1) Macrium Reflect Free Edition:
Absolutely free! No strings! The only free XP, Vista and Windows 7 compatible disk imaging software with BartPE and Linux based recovery options.
* Create a disk image whilst running Windows using Microsoft Volume Shadow copy Service (VSS).
* Image to Network, USB, FireWire drives and DVD.
* Built in scheduler.
* 32 bit and native 64 bit versions.
* Industry leading compression levels and speed.
* Linux based Rescue CD with Network access and full GUI. Only 6.5MB in size!
* Built in CD/DVD packet writing engine. Supports packet writing to DVD DL media with Windows Vista.
* HTML log files.
2) EASEUS Disk Copy Free Advanced Edition:
EASEUS Disk Copy is a potent freeware providing sector-by-sector disk/partition clone regardless of your operating system, file systems and partition scheme by creating a bootable CD. The sector-by-sector method assures you a copy 100% identical to the original. Disk Copy can be used for copy, cloning, or upgrading your original small hard drive to a new larger drive. Simply speaking, it can copy anything from the old hard drive including the deleted, lost files and inaccessible data. So, the freeware is a perfect tool for Data Recovery Wizard to recover files from a backup disk.
3) DriveImage XML:
DriveImage XML is an easy to use and reliable program for imaging and backing up partitions and logical drives.
Image creation uses Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Services (VSS), allowing you to create safe “hot images” even from drives currently in use. Images are stored in XML files, allowing you to process them with 3rd party tools. Never again be stuck with a useless backup! Restore images to drives without having to reboot. DriveImage XML is now faster than ever, offering two different compression levels.
DriveImage XML runs under Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Vista and Windows 7 only. The program will backup, image and restore drives formatted with FAT 12, 16, 32 and NTFS.
4) Paragon Backup & Recovery:
A disaster recovery tool for stand-alone Windows-based PCs. Combining all the existing backup techniques and exclusive recovery environments, this latest edition satisfies the needs of even the most demanding user and is simply the most powerful free backup tool available today.
5) Second Backup Free Edition:
Second Backup is an easy-to-use file backup and sync tool, it can archive multiple versions backed up copies for different time (for example, the first copy for Monday is ‘Backup_1′, the second copy for Tuesday is ‘Backup_2′). Automatically backup your important data (includes opening/using files and folders) to external hard drive, USB disk, network, and other storage device.