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Is there any good RESTORE software for Windows? [closed]

Is there any good RESTORE software for Windows? [closed]

In the spirit of Joel Spolsky's "Let’s stop talking about backups" article, is there any software that's good at restoring a Windows computer?

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Guest [Entry]

There are some imaging software that can do this. Of the top of my mind comes Shadowprotect with its Bare metal recovery and Acronis Trueimage with Universal restore.
Guest [Entry]

"I don't know whether there's any good answer to your question. I suspect not.

One less-than-perfect option is to convert your physical machine to a virtual machine that can run under something like vmware or virtualbox. It's certainly not a simple backup. But benefit is that you then have a virtual machine that will run anywhere without having to reinstall apps. VMWare's convert app is here: http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/
If you've used the vmware converter you can convert to virtualbox with some additional steps:
http://www.sysprobs.com/physical-virtual-virtualbox-virtualbox-p2v

Like I said, this isn't complete backup and restore solution. But it might be part of the puzzle for some people. Use your physical machine as you have been, use a converted vm as the backup of system and apps, and use a vanilla backup for documents and data files."