Mac/Win software equivalents

Discussion in 'Alternatives to Mac Hardware' started by Rockadile, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. Rockadile, Jul 30, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2017

    Rockadile macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
    I'm looking for the Windows equivalent of..

    Scannerz or SoftRAID
    Macs Fan Control

    I can also edit this post to create an ongoing list if people chime in on other software.

    Color meter
    Just Color Picker for Digital Color Meter

    Hard drive back up
    For Carbon Copy Cloner:
    Acronis True Image
    Casper by fssdev
    Clonezilla (text-based)
    Veeam's Agent for Microsoft Windows

    Oops!Backup for Time Machine

    Hard drive speed test
    CrystalDiskMark for Blackmagic Disk Speed Test

    MP3 muxer / tagger

    Xmedia Recode for Subler
  2. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Flying over the rainforest at dawn - Priceless
    Windows can create it's own drive image, however it's not bootable; Settings - Updates & Security - Backup. Has never failed for me

    Just Color Picker for Digital Color Meter
    Xmedia Recode for Subler

  3. Rockadile thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
    Would want a bootable one.
    Willing to pay for quality, no frills software ;)

    The Ryzen / Skylake X craze has pulled me in to making another desktop. Pascal almost did.
  4. Mikael H macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2014
    If you're mainly looking for backup software, I'd say go with Veeam's Agent for Microsoft Windows (used to be Endpoint Backup but the new version is considerably more competent even for business use).
  5. SDColorado Contributor


    Nov 6, 2011
    Highlands Ranch, CO
    For a Carbon Copy Cloner replacement, have a look at Acronis True Image, if you don't mind paying or Clonezilla for a free, no frills open source option.
  6. Rockadile thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
  7. ozaz macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2011
    For CCC equivalent take a look at Casper (by fssdev). When I was looking for a disk imaging program this is the one I was closest to getting. I've forgotten why I was considering it ahead of Acronis True Image. In the end I never got it because I decided not to bother maintaining a bootable backup.

    I now just auto backup my data to a network drive, and for this I use Oops!Backup which has similarities to Time Machine.
  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Back in the day, there used to be a tool called Norton Ghost Image, it was probably one of the more popular cloning applications. I used it successfully myself. Like much of the Norton utilities, Once Symantec took it over, things went down hill. I think now its strictly an enterprise targeted application and costs 250 for 5 licenses (the minimum amount that you can purchase) and that's just for one year of support.
  9. lowendlinux Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    FWIW Acronis works as well in my uses as Norton Ghost used to.

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