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I need a software to create an image of my hard disk and restore it when needed.

  1. Need to be free for non commercial use
  2. Can create a disk image into a single file
  3. Can restore the single file to the hd
  4. Can save the image file into an external usb drive
  5. Can create a boot CD/DVD to perform both image backup and restore

I need it to quickly restore the Windows XP installation, free of viruses and other unneded software. I'm using Northon Ghost in a old PC but I need a free software.

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Clonezilla will do this

  • Need to be free for non commercial use: Its FOSS
  • Can create a disk image into a single file: Yes, even with multitple partitions
  • Can restore the single file to the hd: Absolutely. backups are no good without restores
  • Can save the image file into an external usb drive: Yes
  • Can create a boot CD/DVD to perform both image backup and restore: Thats what clonezilla live is
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Any live Linux CD can do this. They are both free, and open source. Ubuntu and Knoppix are probably the two most popular.

The dd command can create a copy of a hard drive and save it to a file:

dd if=/dev/hda of=/path/to/image

Where /dev/hda is the hard drive you want to copy.

To restore from the image:

dd if=/path/to/image of=/dev/hda

You do need to know the device name of the hard drive you want to copy/restore, which requires a bit of Unix knowledge.

A full tutorial can be found here.

This is very low-level and probably not what you're looking for, but I thought I'd share just for the record.

  • Nice! But actually I've no Linux SO installed. anyway, very interesting! – Seraphim's host Mar 27 '14 at 9:38
  • @Seraphim'shost, You don't need Linux installed. The liveCDs are bootable. You can boot off USB too. It will backup and restore Windows or Mac all the same. – Jay Mar 29 '14 at 19:54
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DriveImage XML should meet your requirements. Citations from the website matched to your criteria:

  1. Private edition free
  2. Backup logical drives and partitions to image files
  3. Restore images to the same or a different drive
  4. While I personally have never dumped disk content to USB, I think this should be ok.
  5. Run DriveImage from our Runtime Live CD or a WinPE boot CD-ROM

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