Monday, July 5, 2010

Drive Imaging

Ever since computers have started to come without restoration disks for 'environmental reasons', users have often had to rely on proprietary backup methods in order to create rescue methods (but which often have flaws with them as well). I've experimented with several different means through which to achieve free backup. These include G4U, G4L, Partimage (via System Rescue CD), Clonezilla.

Cons: BSD based, minimal hardware support, minimal documentation on the actual disk itself
Benefits: small, fast, easy to use provided you know how to setup a FTP server and have a DHCP server already in your network, one file only to deal with

Cons: can be a steep learning curve for those new to imaging
Benefits: Linux based, good hardware support, option of both CLI and menu based interface systems, good options for compression of image, one file only

Cons: seems to output to multiple files in a directory as opposed to a single file
Benefits: simple to use

Cons: unless I'm mistaken can only save/restore partitions
Benefits: easy to use, pretty much just a bunch of menu options

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