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We used to use a program called Acronis for creating image backups of an entire hard driver on a daily/weekly basis that could be used for restoring a crashed machine.I don't think Acronis works with Windows 7 now. What is the best application out there for creating such backups? Does the backup system that is part of Windows 7 work well?

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Could I make a friendly amendment to this question and ask for the best <i>free</i> application? – kajaco Feb 24 '10 at 15:45
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It looks like the latest version does support windows 7:

http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/

support for Microsoft Windows 7

With Acronis True Image Home 2010, rest assured that all your important data including images, music, documents and applications are well protected

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I'm using it with Windows 7 64bit. Works fine. – MetalMikester Feb 24 '10 at 15:45
    
Acronis is better than Norton Ghost on Windows 7. I succed to make it work but it was pain in the neck tweeking it to. – r0ca Feb 24 '10 at 15:53

DriveXML should work for what you want:

http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

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You could also use the dd tool to create images of whole partitions.

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