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What Disk Imaging Program Do You Use in the Windows 10 Era?

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:56 am
by w0qj
Just curious, so what Disk Imaging Program Do You Use in the Windows 10 Era?

1. For our (soon-to-End-Of-Life) Windows 7, we found the ThinkVantage Rescue And Recovery (RnR) very useful!
Just customise each computer's Win7 environment, make image with RnR!
One can revert to such a Disk Image Snapshot in just 15 minutes!

But alas, ThinkPad had ended development for ThinkVantage Rescue And Recovery; RnR is not supported under Windows 10.

2. So what Disk Imaging Program Do You Use in the Windows 10 Era?
******We need a quick/nimble solution that can revert a ThinkPad back to a previous Disk Image Snapshot within 15-30 minutes!

a) Do you use Win10 Create Recovery Drive?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?

b) Do you use a freeware program to create/store Disk Imaging?

c) Did you pay for a program (eg: Acronis True Image, etc.) for such a purpose?
******We are willing to pay for a program *ONCE* to cover all our computers (you can almost count these with the fingers on both your hands), but we *refuse* to pay for per-computer Disk Imaging service, which would add up very quickly when you scale up the number of ThinkPads & desktop machines that you may add.

d) No, we do not want to do disk image back into the Cloud, not comfortable with putting our stuff onto the cloud.

Your experience and input would be greatly appreciated!

Re: What Disk Imaging Program Do You Use in the Windows 10 Era?

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:09 pm
by dr_st
Acronis True Image is reliable, but yeah, you would be unhappy because it is per-computer. They have 1, 3 and 5-machine licenses, but I don't know the cost, and is the 5 PC enough for you.

Check Macrium Reflect; it has a free edition.

Re: What Disk Imaging Program Do You Use in the Windows 10 Era?

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:27 pm
by Thinkpad4by3
I use Paragon Drive Copy and it has saved my butt so many times....its like I think 50-70$ for life.

Re: What Disk Imaging Program Do You Use in the Windows 10 Era?

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:00 pm
by RealBlackStuff
If you make a TrueImage CD (and probably also a USB-stick), you can use it on ANY PC or laptop...

Re: What Disk Imaging Program Do You Use in the Windows 10 Era?

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:04 pm
by theterminator93
We use FOG in our production environments at work. A little more setup involved but it's quick and snappy to restore whenever needed.

Re: What Disk Imaging Program Do You Use in the Windows 10 Era?

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:49 am
by w0qj
Wow, many thanks for everyone's very quick and helpful replies!

We really miss our ThinkVantage Rescue & Recovery...

Re: What Disk Imaging Program Do You Use in the Windows 10 Era?

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:59 am
by artic_squirrel
macrium reflect is free for home and pro i think, it is non-free for big business i think. It can make an image of a 50GB partition in 10 minutes and 160GB in 30m/ That's with a SSD in sata 3.

Re: What Disk Imaging Program Do You Use in the Windows 10 Era?

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:57 am
by AndyMH
Clonezilla and redo, but I'm linux!

Re: What Disk Imaging Program Do You Use in the Windows 10 Era?

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:37 pm
by olddog
I had never cloned a hard disk until last week, and downloaded Macrium Reflect with some trepidation.

The whole process needed about three clicks of the mouse and then I went for a short walk. When I returned it was all over and the new SSD booted first time and is very fast.

I couldn't believe how easy it was.

And, as others have pointed out, the program is free.

Re: What Disk Imaging Program Do You Use in the Windows 10 Era?

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:14 pm
by w0qj
Many thanks yet again to everyone for their time and suggestions!

Easy to use Disk Imaging programs are now very common nowadays, more of a commodity...

1) We have decided to standardize on AOMEI OneKey Recovery, AOMEI Backupper, and AOMEI Partition Assistant.
All of these have lifetime licence option for free upgrades.

(We got sick of Acronis [True Image, & also Disk Director] asking us to upgrade to a newer version that support the newest features, despite buying it not long ago).

2) AOMEI OneKey Recovery Pro very closely mimics ThinkVantage Rescue & Recovery,
and both can save the Disk Image onto an external storage also.
You can also use OneKey Recovery to create a hidden "factory reset partition", and save your Disk Image there.
ie: Very closely mimics ThinkVantage Rescue & Recovery.

Just giving back to the community; sharing our findings...

(Note: I do not work for AOMEI ! Just an avid fellow ThinkPad user.)