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    Disk Imaging software

    I am going to have to send my Win 8 computer in for "Factory Service".

    I just dread having to reload all the stuff on to it or a replacement.

    I have heard that Making a disk image can reload all files without reinstalling.

    Can anyone lead me to a comparison of the programs?

    My computer is an HP pavilion, and searching thru it's info, there is mention of a "Backup and Recovery Manager". The info sounds like it should do the job, but one of their service techs said that is not so. Does anyone really know?

    Are any of the free items liable to work?

    Thanks in advance for any help!
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    Here is a comparative of imaging software: http://disk-imaging-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

    As to free software working, yes, it does. Probably the best option in that area is Macrium Reflect Free, used by many forum members.
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    There are a couple of old threads giving step by step instructions for both Acronis True Image or here and Macrium Reflect. These were both written for older versions of each app, but both should still be able to be used.

    As you can see by some of our signatures, Imaging is VERY important. Most of those using Imaging will create a new Image quite often. In my case I create a new Image at least once per month.
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    I just purchased a Seagate drive. It directed me to their website to download the DiscWizard software. DiscWizard is a free disk imaging software. I used it to clone from my old drive to my new drive. It worked perfectly, and it was very easy to use.

    The software was actually written by Acronis. I'm guessing that you could use it for any drive, not just Seagate; and I'm also guessing that you could use it to make an image of your drive, not just to clone from one drive to another.

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    The software was actually written by Acronis. I'm guessing that you could use it for any drive, not just Seagate; and I'm also guessing that you could use it to make an image of your drive, not just to clone from one drive to another.
    The Seagate version will only work if you have at least one Seagate drive attached.

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    I was being optimistic, because it's really good software.

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    Thanks for everybody's effort.
    I did download & run Macrium. Wont know for sure that it works until I get the computer back.
    I was rather surprised that it wanted to generate some files on the drive that I was imaging.
    I did make a Rescue Media CD, I assume I will use that and the files on my external HD when I have to recover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by halek2 View Post
    I did make a Rescue Media CD, I assume I will use that and the files on my external HD when I have to recover.
    Yes, and you probably should test the rescue media and ensure you can boot from it and even see the image file when you boot from it.

    You may want to have a look at this thread:

    http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...m-image-safely
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    OP didn't say why he had to have factory service on his system.

    Problem might hinder creation of a disk image.

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