Who makes a *good* disk imaging utility?
November 27, 2011 12:35 PM Subscribe
I'm getting a new laptop. How do I make a backup of what's on the hard drive, before I blow it all away?
posted by fvox13 to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My goal is to make a copy of the "unadulterated" operating system, so that I can put it back on there before I send it off for service, if necessary.
I remember using an old version of Acronis TrueImage to do this before, but it doesn't support SATA drives. I would tend to think that the newer versions of the software might support it, but I'd love some sort of free solution...
I'm basically looking for a bootable CD rom that will let me make an image of the hard drive, and save it to a network share (preferred) or, I suppose I can find a USB hard drive around here somewhere.
Bonus points if it does some sort of compression to the image as it saves it. Extra extra bonus points if it does *good* compression, like LZMA.