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Windows 7: What's the best free backup utility?

24 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
What's the best free backup utility?

After my last near disaster I need to get off my butt and backup this pc. I was using Acronis but the earlier version of it was a lot easier. I don't know if I need to backup sector by sector and that's what I didn't understand.

Is there something that will work the same and would work on boot up, either starting with a separate disk or with the boot up option on the backup disk?

So list any really good backup programs in your opinion and thanks

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25 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Acronis in my opinion is great but if you don't want to use it, that's fine. I'm sure you can still download and install an older version though; most software keep archives of older versions on their websites.

Anyway, Macrium Reflect and EaseUS are both great, free backup programs.
EaseUS
Macrium Reflect Backup

You can also run the native Windows program, Windows Backup. It can be scheduled to run at specific times as well as on startup, before shutdown etc.
Backup User and System Files
Registry - Backup and Restore
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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25 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

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25 Sep 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

thanks guys for the suggestions, I will look into both of those
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25 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I have no problem when using Windows 7 backup so I haven't tried another program.
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25 Sep 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 
Rapid Backup

A backup tool that mirrors the files and directories you choose to another file system, like an external hard disk. Different backup jobs can be run automatically on a schedule.

http://www.mlin.net/files/RapidBackupB1.exe
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25 Sep 2011   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Unlike many I routinely use Windows inbuilt.
I also use Macrium Reflect (free) - I've never heard any serious criticism about it.
Paid Macrium gives extra features for a small outlay.

other free ones that get a mention here
Paragon, Easeus V3.
Free versions of Acronis if you have Seagate or WD HDDs.
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25 Sep 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks. I'm trying the free acronis ones.
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