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Free Hard Drive Backup and Restore Utilities

HDClone 3.1
Copies smaller onto larger drives for migrating or backing up complete installations as well as for data rescuing. The download package contains a program to easily create a bootable floppy disk or CD/DVD under Windows with only few clicks. A floppy image, ISO image, and manual as PDF are also enclosed.

Ultimate Boot CD
You need the Ultimate Boot CD if you want to Run floppy-based diagnostic tools from CDROM drives, free yourself from the slow loading speed of the floppy drive, or consolidate as many diagnostic tools as possible into one bootable CD.

DriveImage XML
DriveImage XML is an easy to use and reliable program for imaging and backing up partitions and logical drives. Image creation uses Microsoft's Volume Shadow Services (VSS), allowing you to create safe hot images even from drives currently in use. DriveImage XML runs under Windows XP Home and XP Professional only.

SystemRescueCd
SystemRescueCd is a linux system on a bootable cdrom for repairing your system and your data after a crash. It also aims to provide an easy way to carry out admin tasks on your computer, such as creating and editing the partitions of the hard disk. It contains a lot of system utilities (parted, partimage, fstools, ...) and basic ones (editors, midnight commander, network tools). It aims to be very easy to use: just boot from the cdrom, and you can do everything. The kernel of the system supports most important file systems (ext2/ext3, reiserfs, xfs, jfs, vfat, ntfs, iso9660), and network ones (samba and nfs).

Freebyte Backup
Freebyte Backup is a freeware backup program for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP. It allows one to easily copy (and filter) a large number of files and directories from various sources into one backup directory.

WinDD - Disk Dump for Windows
This is a WindowsXP version of Unix 'dd' command. It supports FAT, FAT32, NTFS, ext2, and ext3 partitions.

Partition Image
Partition Image is a Linux/UNIX utility which saves partitions in many formats to an image file. The image file can be compressed in the GZIP/BZIP2 formats to save disk space, and split into multiple files to be copied on removable floppies (ZIP for example). Partitions can be saved across the network since version 0.6.0.

Partition Saving
Partition Saving is a DOS program that is used to save, restore and copy hard-drive, partitions, floppy disk and DOS devices.Partition Saving is able to compress data and split it up into several files. Most partition types are supported. In the case of FAT (12, 16 and 32), ext2/3 and NTFS partitions, you can choose between saving all sectors or in-use sectors o

NFGDump
This is a Win32/Linux command line tool that dumps and restores NTFS, Compressed NTFS, FAT16, FAT32 and generic partitions. Dump files support encryption, compression, splitting and page file removal. It is compatible with Linux, Win2K, WinXP

Dubaron DiskImage
This is a Windows tool for dumping and restoring partitions, usb sticks, floppy disks, and optical media such as CDs and DVDs. It is compatible with Win2K and WinXP. A few features aren't available in the free version - see the website for full details and restrictions.

SelfImage
This is a windows hard disk imaging utility capable of making an image file of a hard disk or hard disk partition, and restoring an image back to any drive or partition that doesn't have open files. It can create an image of a partition that is in use, and on Win2k or XP it can create an image of a partition that Windows doesn't recognize such as a Linux partition on a dual boot system.

g4u - Harddisk Image Cloning for PCs
g4u (ghost for unix) is a NetBSD-based bootfloppy/CD-ROM that allows easy cloning of PC harddisks to deploy a common setup on a number of PCs using FTP. The floppy/CD offers two functions. The first is to upload the compressed image of a local harddisk to a FTP server, the other is to restore that image via FTP, uncompress it and write it back to disk. Network configuration is fetched via DHCP.