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Windows 7: 10 Commercial Disk Imaging Software - Speed Comparision


23 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x32 SP1
 
 
10 Commercial Disk Imaging Software - Speed Comparision

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Do note that I am only comparing shareware disk imaging software and the free ones are not included in the list.
1. Acronis True Image Home 2010 (build 6.029)
2. Active@ Disk Image v3.34
3. DriveClone Pro v7
4. Macrium Reflect v4.2 Build 2028 Full Edition
5. Norton Ghost v15
6. O&O DiskImage Professional v4.1 Build 47
7. Paragon Drive Backup v9 Professional Build 8681
8. R-Drive Image v4.6 Build 4601
9. Windows 7 built-in Disk Imaging
10. StorageCraft ShadowProtect Desktop Edition v3.5
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23 Nov 2009   #2

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What a peculiar review.

No attention whatsoever paid to resource usage.

Obviously if you jack up ram and cpu usage,. plus have several services running in the background - the backup will be faster.

Why use "default" settings if conducting a speed test. Normal/default means different things to different software designers.

I set each to it's highest possible speed - then checked the resource usage.

My own tests reached the opposite conclusion.

I set each app. to normal/medium compression, and the highest priority ( speed) .

Paragon does not have a high priority setting - so obviously was not fast at 13 mins , with average cpu use 11-12%.

Macrium was extremely fast at 6mins 30 and average cpu 22-23%.

Acronis was fairly fast at 7 mins 30 mins - but cpu usage was around 39%.

Clear winner is Macrium - twice the speed of Paragon at about twice the cpu use.

Paragon can't be sped up, sadly, but cpu usage relative to speed is good - no trouble working over the top of it during backup.

Acronis does allow speed adjustment, but is not as fast as Macrium , yet by far the most resource intense.

There was some difference in the backup image size , which should be be taken into account, but not much - with again Macrium doing very well.

Your system may be different - and of course , the features each provides may appeal to different people.
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23 Nov 2009   #3

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
What a peculiar review.
Agreed, and not least because it hardly brushes the surface...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Clear winner is Macrium - twice the speed of Paragon at about twice the cpu use.
Not in my books, for instance it can't even read/reload Windows native backups!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Acronis does allow speed adjustment, but is not as fast as Macrium , yet by far the most resource intense.
Why not compare an earlier, leaner, version of TrueImage against Macrium (which has about the same number of features as one or two of the TrueImage builds circa v8 or v9) then I think the results would come out somewhat differently...
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23 Nov 2009   #4

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Is the clear winner in terms of SPEED. That is the headline of the article.

Features are a different matter. As are old versions of particular products - which would likely have fewer features anyway. The article compares relatively current versions that most people will be using - or about to buy now. It is not relevant to that to talk about old versions, obviously.

I clearly pointed that out:

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Your system may be different - and of course , the features each provides may appeal to different people.
You are not by any chance , an Acronis lover - rattled by the apparently adverse results?

Don't be. Use whatever you like. Every purchase of any product is a matter of personal choice, involving many factors.

One major reason I use Paragon products (mainly) is the astonishing support. That may not be important to someone else.


Please yourself.
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23 Nov 2009   #5

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Key ingredient missing: Acronis works every time, all the time!
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23 Nov 2009   #6

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Are you sure?

No program ever invented does that.

Just google it.

Another major reason I use Paragon (mostly) is that for me - there has always been total reliability.

The Paragon apps. sailed thru all the various beta builds of 7 I tried over the past year or so. I can't say the same for other imaging apps.

Gives a feeling of robustness and confidence in the apps.

You might prefer something else. Fine - up to you.
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23 Nov 2009   #7

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Are you sure?

No program ever invented does that.

Just google it.
Sorry, can't speak to those who are un-initiated/inexperienced. You click/select the right settings/options and Acronis does it right. I've tried 4 of the products listed, Acronis is the one that works.
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23 Nov 2009   #8
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Use whatever you like. Every purchase of any product is a matter of personal choice, involving many factors.
This is the most sensible thing I've ever seen posted when it comes to software.

I have used Acronis for years, it has never let me down. That is all that matters to me. Yet there are people who probably wouldn't even have it on their machines.
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23 Nov 2009   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Good - if it works for you, as they say...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OpSysWiz View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Are you sure?

No program ever invented does that.

Just google it.
Sorry, can't speak to those who are un-initiated/inexperienced. You click/select the right settings/options and Acronis does it right. I've tried 4 of the products listed, Acronis is the one that works.
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23 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x32 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Is the clear winner in terms of SPEED. That is the headline of the article.
(...)
In category Backup from Windows the winner is: ATI
In category Backup and Restore from Rescue Disk the winner is: ShadowProtect Desktop
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