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Windows 7: Which is the best free backup program?


01 Jul 2009   #21

Windows 7 Ultimate RC1 / XP Black 2009
 
 

I use Paragon Drive Backup 9.0 works great in Windows 7 RC1




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02 Jul 2009   #22

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 
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Paragon Drive Backup in not free and the demo does nothing for free
I found only a 30day trial edition of Macrium Reflect for free
The GFI Easy-to-use... what sup3rsprt and Barman58 posted is working great for me!
SyncBack is my favourite now! (posted by usasma)
I didn't have enogh time to try the others.
Thank you all for the replys!
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02 Jul 2009   #23

Windows 7 Ultimate, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by robertoszwald View Post
I found only a 30day trial edition of Macrium Reflect for free
Macrium Reflect Free edition is Here

(Google is a wonderful thing)
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02 Jul 2009   #24

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Charles Kane View Post
Macrium Reflect Free edition is Here

(Google is a wonderful thing)
sorry on an other page i saw it as 30day-trial, must be my fault.
Thank you!
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02 Jul 2009   #25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

One thing I will mention with regards to the Paragon software range.
The company often provide different "offers" in different regions of the world.

Here in the UK we have been particularly well served with fully operational versions of their full products available as magazine giveaways for personal use.

I have used the full suite program for a few years, over several revisions - always available here free of charge, and fully operational

They normally do however provide free "express" versions of software which are available on their site although not always well advertised

For our Admin Brink (as a belated birthday present ) or any other Microsoft MVP's reading this - this page may be of interest ...

PARAGON Software Group - Special offer for MVPs
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12 Jul 2009   #26

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Charles Kane View Post
Macrium Reflect Free edition is Here

(Google is a wonderful thing)
I suggested to my brother that he try Macrium Reflect Free. He checked into it and reported that the free version does NOT allow creation of an emergency boot disk in Vista. What is the "Linux Boot CD"?

Did not want to debate with home, just glad he is getting some backup software.

So he bought a copy of Acronis.
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12 Jul 2009   #27

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi,

I think your brother in law may have misunderstood.

The Linux based recovery cd is the one you use for Vista/ 7 /XP.

The free version also allows you to create a Bartpe disc ( for XP users if they prefer) .

The Acronis boot disc will also be linux based, of course - and the Paragon boot cd is Linux/Dos.

What may have confused him is that ( uniquely ) the Paid version of Macrium also provides a PE2 bootdisc - Vista users can use that if they prefer.

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12 Jul 2009   #28

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

My backups generally are 2 types
1). With Windows 7 and Vista (business, ultimate and enterprise), I set the box up and get the drivers installed and then use the built-in backup tool to create a "system image". I have used this numerous times to restore a box and it works great

2). My data files I backup to a couple of external hard drives...one of which I keep out of the house/offsite. I just use robocopy (comes with Vista and Windows 7)with the /mirror switch to ensure that my portable drive is a replica of my hard drive. And with robocopy, it only backs up the files that have changed...so the backup times are extremely fast. If you want a GUI style interface, I would suggest Karen's File Replicator (Karen's Replicator)

I just find with my home machines that I don't need multiple point in time backups. So, most of the commercial backup apps don't offer benefits for me.
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12 Jul 2009   #29

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi,

I think your brother in law may have misunderstood.

The Linux based recovery cd is the one you use for Vista/ 7 /XP.

The free version also allows you to create a Bartpe disc ( for XP users if they prefer) .

The Acronis boot disc will also be linux based, of course - and the Paragon boot cd is Linux/Dos.

What may have confused him is that ( uniquely ) the Paid version of Macrium also provides a PE2 bootdisc - Vista users can use that if they prefer.
I suspected as much but was far too happy to see him getting ANY kind of image backup to discourage his efforts and progress. His last system had a fatal HDD crash and he was totally unprepared. So it goes....
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20 Aug 2009   #30

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've gone back and tried a few of these other applications and have experienced some problems with them. Keep in mind, my setup is a triple boot with Windows XP 32-bit, Windows 7-64bit, and Ubuntu 9.04 (32-bit on EXT4).

#1). Macrium Reflect Free: Looks great, backs up fast, very good compression. Booting from Linux based rescue disk and I have no keyboard...although mouse works (both are USB). So, when I get to screen to select partitions to restore, I cannot click the shift key to click on multiples. I tried compatibility mode for the rescue disk, I checked Legacy USB in BIOS and made sure that PNP for the OS was disabled in BIOS.

#2). I tried Paragon Drive Backup Express 9.0 Free. Backup was pretty quick, interface was intuitive. Tried Rescue disk on USB media as well as CD ROM. While I got into recscue mode ok, it could NOT find my internal SATA hard drive to select as the destination. The only option shown as a destination was my portable USB drive that I was using as the source.

#3) I tried EaseUS ToDO Backup. It installed fine, but when I selected the entire drive to image and it started the process...it got through the check on the first two partitions and then hung the Windows 7 box.

I'm trying to backup a machine with an Asus P5QL-Pro mobo, a standard single SATA disk in IDE mode. Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB. It's running Windows XP 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit and Ubuntu 9.04 32-bit as a triple boot.

I'd like to get an image of all 3 onto an external USB drive so that I could easily restore this triple boot in the event of a complete disaster. It doesn't seem that the Windows provided system image will do anything but my C and D drive...which are my Windows partitions.
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