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olkipukki:
I am recently back to Windows 10 on a bare metal due to (trial) architecture change for Windows-only workstation (Intel->AMD). Still early days how the required software (that available in Windows only) will perform and how long (or may be permanently) will keep in this way.

After spent wasted quite a lot of time to install everything, update etc, my thoughts to avoid next time or if any clusterf%*k happened.

I already have a solution in place to backup work files, interested only in full system backup on infrequently basis.

Ideally, a software that allows me:
 - be independent from Windows 10, so no Windows software on same machine
 - boot from an external drive
 - clone/restore a whole source drive to/from an external/internal drive or over network

I don’t mind to pay lower 3 figures for the right solution.

Is there someone using similar?

MrMobodies:

--- Quote from: olkipukki on September 06, 2019, 08:21:03 pm --- - clone/restore a whole source drive to/from an external/internal drive or over network

I don’t mind to pay lower 3 figures for the right solution.

Is there someone using similar?

--- End quote ---

Not sure if this is any good to you but have you tried Macrium Reflect 7?

Now there is a free for home/commercial just to clone and make disc images.

I paid for mine but as at the time they only had a 30 day trial with all the features unlocked unlike that Acronis.

I don't use it in windows to backup the local windows drive and I haven't tried that yet as I brought it just to disc image or clone customers drives.

Once installed you can make a bootable usb stick (Menu -> Other tasks -> Create Media Rescue) and it will automatically include the drivers for the mass storage and network controllers.

I just install the home version one on the customers to make a bootup copy on a pen drive so if the windows updates fail and the restore doesn't work in event that it can't bootup they can extract the image to another drive and recover the contents later. I expect them bring or buy USB backup drives.

Only two issues I found:

1: The block level driver has caused stability issues on two different installations. It is optional after the install so I untick it.

2: The cloning can sometimes fail (I mean other drives that I plug in to disc image not the local one) on certain drives and it turned out that the shadow copier was accessing the drive so by removing the drive letters it starts and finishes without any problem.

There is an option to ignore bad sectors in  (Defaults -> advanced) but if there are problems with the file system and over a simple shutdown flag not set it is set not to clone at all and this seems to also be the case with Clonezilla as well.

amspire:
I have been using the Image for Windows suite from Terabyte Unlimited for a long time now. Image. It is very powerful and reliable, and you get a version that installs and can run from within Windows, but you also can use a DOS boot disk version or a Linux Boot disk version that can both boot from a CD/DVD or USB stick. Probably can put it on a hard drive, but I have never tried.

The Linux boot is UEFI compatible and there is a UEFI version of the DOS boot disk. The utility to burn CDs or USB disks is included (makedisk.exe).

All the Windows, Dos and Linux boot choices give the same options. The Windows version gives the options of using either Windows shadow copy or their original drive snapshot tool called Phylock to capture the state of the drive at a point in time to make the image. As a result, the image includes everything including things like registry files.

The boot disks support networking, so you can boot from a USB stick and save to a network location. It can do differential imaging and it can merge differential images.

It can image to and from .VMDK virtual drives, so you can capture a drive on a PC and run it on, say, Virtualbox, or you can make a sysprep installer for a Windows version on Virtualbox, and write copies to hard drives. Very useful.

Works with FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, HFS+, Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, ReiserFS, and XFS partitions. If something uses these partitions, you can image it. This includes Windows (including servers - no special server version needed), Apple, Linux, DVD recorder drives, etc.
 
You have to pay, but you get free updates forever for the version you are on. They stick to one version for many years. I have been using it for something like 15 years and they have only changed the major version once. They do very regular minor version updates.

The Linux boot disk comes bundled with a number of other tools including a tool to mount and unmount partitions, Midnight Commander (a powerful file management tool - like Norton Commander on steroids). Good for recovering files from damaged Windows PC's as it bypasses the Windows folder protections - you can copy files from user directories without knowing the usernames and passwords.

There is a browser tool for the image files, so you can easily recover files and folders from an image file.

The price is US$38.94 and there is a 30 day trial available.

https://www.terabyteunlimited.com

Richard

MrMobodies:
On that Terabyteunlimited website BootIt® Bare Metal boot selector thing.

https://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootit-bare-metal-ss.htm

That looks really good.

I have been looking for something like that for sometime.

amspire:

--- Quote from: MrMobodies on September 07, 2019, 01:28:07 am ---On that Terabyteunlimited website BootIt® Bare Metal boot selector thing.

https://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootit-bare-metal-ss.htm

That looks really good.

I have been looking for something like that for sometime.

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Terabyte is much more of an engineering tool company then a consumer solution company. They make these tools that let you control everything. So their tools are powerful, but can scare or confuse non-technical users. If you like being able to choose exactly what you want a tool to do, Terabyte products are really worth a try.

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