Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Free Disk Image/Clone /System Restore/partition back up Tool

Backing up data and restoring it fast is need of today computer world. with the continuous piling of data there is need of proper back which will help to recover during any unwanted situation
Here I am going to analysis few FREE System Restore tool that works fine and fully loaded with different feature.Whenever we think of back /recovery the first name comes in mind is Acronis/ Norton Ghost
Acronis True Image" or "Norton Ghost". However both Acronis and Norton are commercial products that need to spend money to get licence but I am going to discuss some alternative for these paid software. So I did some research and came out free back up software
Here is list of FREEWARE system recovery tool/Disk Image/clone tools

1) Free Paragon Backup & Recovery
2) Macrium Reflect Free 
3) DriveImage XML

1) Free Paragon Backup & Recovery

 Basically Paragon Back up and Recovery can create full backups of your hard drives, copy your hard drive.Paragon Backup & Recovery generates a backup of your data including operating system, application and personal files. The backup target can be another internal hard-drive, external storage such as CD/DVDs and portable disks, network storage as well as secured hidden partitions. Every file is copied sector-by-sector. A boot sector copy within the backup makes it easy to move from an old to a new hard-drive as the operating system doesn’t need to be re-installed. During recovery partition sizes are automatically adjusted if the new disk-drive has a different size. Paragon Backup & Recovery now supports SSD Drives and hard-disks larger than 2TB.

2) Macrium Reflect Free
Macrium Reflect is very gud professional disk cloning/imaging software with easy and user friendly GUI that allows you to create and compress full image backups, to explore each image backup just like you were viewing a folder which is helpful if you want to only restore a certain file instead of the whole backup.It has a scheduler and supports the creation of Linux and BartPE bootable disks.

In nutsell we can have brief feature of FREE version as :
Disk Cloning
Disk Imaging
Access images in Windows Explorer
Schedule backups
Linux Rescue CD
Windows PE 3 Rescue Media (RAID support)
Windows XP / Vista / 7 compatibility

3) DriveImage XML
DriveImage XML does not have the most user friendly but it  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.
The program will backup, image and restore drives formatted with FAT 12, 16, 32 and NTFS.

4) Clonezilla

Clonezilla is not very user friendly so those were out the window pretty quickly.
Clonezilla is a powerful open-source disk imaging tool easy enough for new users to jump into. The server edition allows for network-based bulk disk imaging, and Clonezilla itself supports over a half-dozen file systems covering Windows, Linux, and Mac-based machines. Even if you're using an obscure file system that isn't supported, you can still use Clonezilla, but you'll need to do a sector-to-sector copy instead of taking advantage of the efficiency and compression it applies when backing up a supported file system. The personal version of Clonezilla is a Live CD and customizable by the end user to meet a variety of needs in a variety of situations, with more than adequate documentation on the Clonezilla site to help you do so.