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17 Aug 2010   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
The two major free ones are Paragon and Macrium Reflex. They are discussed often in this forum and arguments develope over which is best.
I agree...
At this time and have been for a while now using Paragon... It seems to be offered free now and then ( that's how I got mine )... Worth checking out there site each day... GL

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17 Aug 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dazombie View Post
I'll also take another look at Robocopy, since it seems like a really interesting program.
For me, I use robocopy to backup documents, pictures, scanned in files, music, etc. So, none of that stuff is utilizing volume shadow service isn't important for me.

With regards to my OS on my server, I could reload it in a heartbeat and configure it within I just need my data files and I'm right back in business.
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17 Aug 2010   #13
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

But that's also for a server not so much a desktop setup there. The best results seen here for backing up the main host drive have been with the Backup + Recovery option already included in Windows. For the secondary drives for imaging and restoring as well as mounting them I have boith WD free and the full retail version of Acronis True Image which does the job.

Whichever program you go with make sure that also has the live cd option. With the 7 dvd booted live as well as starting up a recovery while in Windows you have two methods for restoration. Likewise the better programs will also offer the live cd option in case Windows isn't up and running at the time.
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19 Aug 2010   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
But that's also for a server not so much a desktop setup there.
Well, I'm just backing up a mapped drive on my server. It would be the same as backing up C:\data, C:\downloads and C:\music if I kept the files locally on my workstation. but since they are on my server and mapped to Q drive, T drive and U drive...I just back those up instead. But the principal is exactly the same.
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19 Aug 2010   #15
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

You backup the backup in that sense.

For dazombie on the other hand however he may be better off with a program that can create a full system image there if not planning to use the Backup & Restore option. WD does provide their own free version of Acronis True Image where you can mount any image to add/remove files or set it for read only as a duplicate logical drive of the first when mounted.

Working with multiple drives and Vista on the second Acronis works well for restoring images to secondary drives when not booted live with a cd make up. For the main host drive however the built in tool does the trick every time! And if comes included in Windows for that purpose.
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