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Windows 7: Help in the right backup software

27 Aug 2012   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Build 7601
 
 
Help in the right backup software

Hello everyone and sorry for the trouble again.

I am looking for a backup software but wasn't sure of which one is really good to use. I am going to buy the software but I am holding back on which one to go for.

I was told that Acronis is really good with it's boot-disc and software and can do incremental backup monthly. The backing-up process seems really fast though and since I am only going to backup my SSD's data. All the information I know from there are based off what my friend said but haven't really seem it in action.

Is there any other software that could out-perform Acronis?
Or am I better off using the default Windows backup?

Sorry and thanks.

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27 Aug 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Hi,

Can you clarify whether you are addressing full system images, or individual user data/file backups?

If its the latter, you might consider SyncToy. For full system images both Acronis and Macrium seem quite popular. I'm not familiar with Acronis and use Macrium.

Imaging with free Macrium

Regards,
Golden
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27 Aug 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Macrium is probably the easiest to understand, quite fast, and as reliable as any.

The built-in Windows tool works fairly well, but is fussy and not particularly intuitive.

But I wouldn't rely on images for data backup. As Golden says, use something like Synctoy for that.

Probably no need to buy anything. Macrium has a free edition and Acronis has a free version available to anyone with a Western Digital or Seagate hard drive.

Many would tell you to avoid incrementals and just do the periodic full images.
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28 Aug 2012   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Build 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi,

Can you clarify whether you are addressing full system images, or individual user data/file backups?

If its the latter, you might consider SyncToy. For full system images both Acronis and Macrium seem quite popular. I'm not familiar with Acronis and use Macrium.

Imaging with free Macrium

Regards,
Golden
Thank you, Golden for the wonderful link to SyncToy but I am not very sure how to use SyncToy because I am looking for a full system backup solution. I am looking into Macrium right now and thanks for the tutorial. Tyvm!


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Macrium is probably the easiest to understand, quite fast, and as reliable as any.

The built-in Windows tool works fairly well, but is fussy and not particularly intuitive.

But I wouldn't rely on images for data backup. As Golden says, use something like Synctoy for that.

Probably no need to buy anything. Macrium has a free edition and Acronis has a free version available to anyone with a Western Digital or Seagate hard drive.

Many would tell you to avoid incrementals and just do the periodic full images.
Thank you, ignatzatsonic for the heads-up. Really appreciate it. I have no idea about that Acronis is free for WD and SG HDD. I happens to use WD HDD for my storage. Damn sweet. Thanks again!
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28 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

I would go for Acronis WD edition, its free, fast, reliable, easy to use, nice boot CD that loads FAST... and did i say it was free??
I was testing and trying a lot of system imaging apps for full cold backup-restore from boot cd, and i allways come back to my favorite Acronis WD edition.
Macrium free/paid is good too but Acronis boot cd loads faster and the backup/restoring is faster too.
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