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    Greeting all, Can anyone tell me if the application "Reimage" offered at the beginning of the Windows Secrets newsletter is compatible with Vista Home Premium 64 bit? Is It a stand alone application or just a link to service tech. Any information or claification would be greatly appreciated as their website does not address these issues.
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    Ted, Welcome to the Lounge!

    PC Mag gave Reimage a lukewarm review at best back in 2008. Most of the Google links for Reimage have a poor rating with Web Of Trust (WOT) so I hesitate to go there to investigate. If you are looking at this app for imaging, there are apps you can have locally on your PC that are very effective and much less costly. There are many threads that discuss imaging if that would suit your needs. If not hten sorry to have wasted your time.
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    Good Morning Ted,

    Thank you for the info, I will not pursue it. I thought that because it was advertised/offered by Windows Secrets newsletter that I would check it out. I used Norton Ghost in the past with great results when doing PC management and network support years ago. I recently tried the new version with disastrous results. Took over a week of intense Norton support to get my security app back up and running and Norton Ghost installed. Had to have an" Engineer " finally work with me to get things straightened out. Still using the security suite but Ghost is gone. So I'm looking again for a stand alone Image application that I can use. I have an HP Pavilion PC 64 bit dual core Athalon 2.5 processor with 6 gig of DDR memory, 650 gig internal drive with 1 terabyte external drive. Retired now so not wanting to upgrade to windows 7.. If you or any one has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.

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    Ted, as a fellow retiree, for imaging a drive or partition, I'd like to recommend you try Clonezilla. It's free and, apart from its somewhat silly name, it's a great tool. I can't tell you I've used it to image a Windows Vista 64 drive (or partition) but, from what I've read, it will image anything. It's very easy to use but if you want to experiment with its options, the documentation is very good. You can even download and print a Quick User Guide. I was upgrading my laptop running Ubuntu 9.10 to version 10.04 and used it to back up my two partitions to my USB drive. It worked like a charm. After installing, I backed up my upgraded system, reinstalled the old one, tested it, reinstalled, the new one, tested it and everything worked perfectly.

    Check it out at http://clonezilla.org/.

    I used to use Ghost also and, I have to agree, it's not the great tool it used to be. But even though Ghost was good, I can tell you from my small experience with it, Clonezilla is way better.
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    I used Clonezilla on my Linux Mint partition, and it was effective but quite techy. It is definitely not easy to use. I would recommend Acronis True Image Home 2010 (pretty good deals to be found) or Macrium Reflect (Free) for your imaging needs. These are much more user friendly.
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    Good Morning Guys ,
    I Do want to thank you both for your suggestions. I have not heard anything about any of these but will take a serious look at all of the suggestion. I was a little Leary of just doing a search on-line for re-imaging software. Every one claims their software is the best and for me imaging not not something to play around with. When I was actively working on replacing upgrading Computer ghost was about the only thing available, but then 64 bit machine with memory in the gigabyte and hard drives in there terabyte were jut a dream.. How things change.
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    Ted,

    There are many posts in the Lounge on imaging. Just do a search for imaging and see what pops up. There are many different imaging apps, but the 2 or 3 mentioned here seen to be the most spoken about, and generally with good reviews. I do not think you will be disappointed with any of these. Ted
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob-El View Post
    Ted, as a fellow retiree, for imaging a drive or partition, I'd like to recommend you try Clonezilla. It's free and, apart from its somewhat silly name, it's a great tool. I can't tell you I've used it to image a Windows Vista 64 drive (or partition) but, from what I've read, it will image anything.
    Bob-El,
    Hello, Thank you for your input about "Clonezilla" I agree a silly name but... it works! I use two "imaging" programs Clonezilla and Acronis 2010V 7046. As Ted has stated TI is far better than Clonezilla, for imaging Windows stuff ... Clonezilla is great for imaging "Ext" type partitions (Linux) So far Acronis can image Linux ... but Images the whole HD ... even empty sectors (takes forever) . TI has many more "neat tools " ex: "Try & Decide", Application Imaging, Imaging of individual files and folders , auto backup, continuous backup, etc..... so even though it's "pay for" it is worth every "Federal Reserve Note" and would not be without it ! (bugs and all) I have used it just today (TI 2010) and recovered my OS "7" \ 64 three times ! and used Try and Decide ... to preview a couple of new software programs. Regards Fred

    PS... Clonezilla takes about 40 minutes or so to image about 8GB, Linux OS..(3.5" HD's) and Acronis 2010 will Image my 25GB OS in about 7 minutes with validation, about the same to recover.
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    I must say I'm a great fan of Acronis 2010. Its saved my bacon on more than one occasion,

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    I really want to that you all for your input. I immediately got Trial version Acronis and Macrium Reflect and immediately started the trial of both, one at a time of course. Macrium to a Little longer and started automatically which surprised me and took about an hour to backup 120 gig.. I disappointed that it was so automatic that I decided to try Acronis before delving into further exploration for it. Now Acronis Came up and gave me all kinds of options for what to do and where I wanted to put it . Also had the function to create a boot-able recovery disk which I also did. In my humble option a good to excellent software package should not need a 2' thick manual to be able to take advantage of it features. Acronis Rank and A+ with me on this front. I will probably do a restore to a spare drive before I make my Final decision but I'm leaning real strongly toward the purchase of Acronis True Home and it many functions and utilities and ease of use. Thank you all for the advice and choices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Diebold View Post
    Acronis Rank and A+ with me on this front. I will probably do a restore to a spare drive before I make my Final decision but I'm leaning real strongly toward the purchase of Acronis True Home and it many functions and utilities and ease of use. Thank you all for the advice and choices.
    Ted,
    Hello.. Just a reminder. Do not be discouraged if you encounter problems with Acronis 2010 V7046, It seems that all software have a "bug" in it somewhere,..... and you probably will find it In Its basic function Acronis TI 2010 works! flawlessly (recovering and Imaging ) I have done both literally scores or times ( one or two "hiccups" along the way... my own "bad") Also keep in mind that the Acronis forum is a great resource to find out what some of the "bugs" are before you try "stuff"on your own. Regards Fred
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    I have used the Reimage program that is listed in the Windows Secrets Newsletter. It is not an image creating program like Acronis. It is supposed to repair your current XP or Vista installation. The reason I used it was to try and fix a slow booting Vista computer, ( 7 minutes ) It did nor fix my booting problem but the computer did run faster. It also caused a few problems. I have three local printers on my computer and they all quit after running Reimage, also the DVD burner did not work. I was able to go on line and find solutions and fix these problems. Reimage has a place to email if you are not happy with how the program worked. I emailed them and told them of the problems that the program had created. I also told them I had already fixed the problems except for the slow boot problem, which was why I ran the program in the first place. They emailed me back and set up a time for them to remotely take control of my computer and fix my slow boot problem. At the appointed time they send me an email with a link to run a program that would allow them to connect to and control my computer. It took the tech about 1/2 hour of deleting some things and disabling some things and changing some things. The tech moved so fast that I did not have time to digest all he was doing. When he was done he said the computer would now boot faster. He was right, he cut the boot time by more than half and the computer runs faster than it did before I ran Reimage. I feel positive that if I had not fixed the printer and DVD problems before contacting them the tech would have also fixed those problems. I am happy with the way things turned out with Reimage. The process of running the program took about 1 and 1/2 hours and then 1/2 hour with the tech controlling my computer. I am not sure if it works on Vista x64 or not.

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