Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: stay away from win 7

28 May 2012   #1
soulfood

XP windows Professional
 
 
stay away from win 7

hi i heard someone said on these forums to stay away from windows 7 backups which only does incremental backups, he uses norton or macreum or something, ? what is a good back up software program? help please, thanks


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
29 May 2012   #2
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Many different opionions on whats best. The best depends on exactlly what/how you want to backup and what features you need or want.

Personally, I like Acronis. macrium Reflect is another favorite around here.
Windows built in backup works OK, but it just doesnt have as much flexibility and options as some of the other 3rd party solutions do (even the free ones). Some are fine with it, other need more.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 May 2012   #3
ganjiry

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

+1 to the above suggestions plus EaseUS Todo backup is a good free backup prog
Free download EaseUS Todo Backup Freeware to complete backup & restore Windows system - EaseUS Todo Backup Free
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

29 May 2012   #4
Night Hawk

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

Here after numerous full system image backups I found the built-in option for creating a full image reliable. I would generally use that option over scheduling incremental backups since I store all files needed on other drives backing things up from the host as I go along.

The extras in Acronis True Image were worth the investment there since you can take a full system image and mount it as a second C drive to add or remove files from the image itself as if it was seccond drive of it's own. That also has the option for one click backup once you select the files and folders frrom specific partitions.

With any backup one thing to note is testing the backup to see if all went well. Having a second OS drive here to test a full image backup for example shows whether or not the image made will work in case it is needed at some point to restore the main drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 May 2012   #5
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

I've been using Windows 7 since it was released to the public in Oct 2009. I've also been using the native imaging tool since that time and I haven't had any issues. With an eSata connection the images are fast and reliable. But because of the info and horror stories I've read at Seven Forums, I also use Macrium Free. And I use two external hard drives to store the images.

You probably won't know an image failed until you try to use it. And then it's too late. So I'm thinking if a 7 image fails chances are the Macrium image will be good. And if external drive 2 fails, external drive 1 will probably be good. It's called redundancy. ( Or being anal if you talk to some folks who know me. )
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 May 2012   #6
Night Hawk

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

Here I can test any image simply by having a second OS drive I had planned to have following testing 7 plus upgrading into a newer build. I can wipe the second drive at any time once I have verified the integrity of an image created by the Windows backup option or with any 3rd party program.

Initially back in the spring of 2009 I gave the Macruim Reflect a lookover but a simply change in drive letter Reflect labeled the image as invalid when browsing to the folder it was being stored in. With Windows or Acronis on the other hand you may see a drive letter change especially with an external drive you unplug and replug at some point and need to browse to a folder where an image is kept and suddenly either option goes to work.

Here I would be using two options anyways since the images tend to grow in size like 347gb justt seen once all the programs were bakc on the lates clean install of 7! Previously the last one was about 421gb after cleaning up from another 497gb image.

The important thing to remember with any program being used is not to be busy with other apps not just av and other security programs while seeing an image made. Other programs can clash and disrupt the process where then you are more likely to see fails.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 stay away from win 7




Thread Tools






Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Log out or stay Logged in?
Is there any advantage or disadvantage to either one? I've been so busy with different things for at least several days that I have been forgetting to log out of here when I thought I was done but when I came here a bit ago to post, was expecting to have to log in but was already. My "old...
Chillout Room
Taskbar always stay on top
The taskbar always stays on no matter what is open. Its really bugging me. I can't findsetting to make it hide when a program is open. I don't want to use the autohide feature. I windows xp it just let the windows open to max and would hide under what ever program was open. Is there a setting for...
General Discussion
Open Box - or STAY AWAY!
Greetings, I am looking @ some motherboards and other items on Newegg and they sometimes have items discounted since they are classed as "open box." Should I run away quickly from any open box items, or would it be okay to purchase an item like that? Thanks for your thoughts. :)
Chillout Room
Who came here for help and then decided to stay??
Me! Joined a week ago to get someone to help me with my BSoD issues (which have not been resolved despite everyone's best efforts :cry:), and thought this was a pretty cool, friendly forum. TBH, I usually hang out on parenting forums and this has been a nice change of pace. As I wrote...
Chillout Room
Computer Won't Stay Off!
Hi all! I am about at wits end when it comes to this computer. I just built it like last week, and everything runs beautifully about it; that is, except that the dang thing won't stay turned off! I tell it to shutdown, and it turns itself back on after about two or three seconds. Let me...
General Discussion
won't stay asleep
When i put my PC on sleep, it "wakes up" after 2 minutes w/o any stimulus from keyboard or mouse. is this a known problem?
General Discussion


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 21:29.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App