free, decent backup software

Dell Inspiron laptop with intel core 2 d...
March 31, 2010 at 15:45:42
Specs: Windows XP, 2Gb
Dell Inspiron 9300
Does anyone know a list of decent but free backup software to try?
I need something that will create an image of my hard drive and also restore it if anything dodgy happens.
I have tried Acronis but I find it a bit steep at £40/$60.

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March 31, 2010 at 15:55:15
Like Harddrive makers have software that can a Drive copy.
Like Western Digital "Data Lifeguard Tools" V.11 can do:

Compatible with Windows 95/98/98SE/ME/NT/2000/XP. The software includes utilities that can perform the following tasks: drive copy, diagnose a drive for problems, write zeros or low level format a drive, provide drive information, create bootup disk, and provide ATA Ultra management.

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March 31, 2010 at 16:26:08
imaging a drive is not the same thing as backing up files. I hope you understand the difference.

Mosy [online backup] provides 2gig of backup for free.

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March 31, 2010 at 17:43:59
g4u is one of the most basic. It may or may not fully support your system. It is very simple once you get the idea of it.

The main issue with clones is you need to have a ton of hardware support built in. Acronis and Ghost do cost but they have worked.

Other people may be happy with learning how to use linux or barts pe live cd's. Linux can use dd command while there are some OK plug-ins for barts.

Acronis is on sale at their site and other places like

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March 31, 2010 at 22:49:51
Google for Free Macrium Reflect... it is the best and easiest to use imaging software you will find, believe me I use it daily.

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