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How to take an image of an hard drive partition

How to take an image of an hard drive partition

I'm a reformat freak and I reformat almost every month for one reason or another. I have a small (32 GB) C:\ partition for Windows and some programs and keep everything else on different partitions and/or hard disks that I never format.

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Guest [Entry]

You didn't tell us what operating system you're running. In Windows 7 there is a built in imaging tool. If you're not running 7 there's plenty of third party tools for this, booth free and payed. A good free one is Macrium Reflect. You don't have to reboot when doing the image, only when restoring it, in that case you use a restore CD which you can use the imaging software to create.
Guest [Entry]

Clonezilla and FSArchiver are free. Drive Image is paid-for but lets you backup whilst using the PC and also preserves the disk alignment of a partition if you are restoring to a SSD.