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Windows 7: Need a new free backup software suggestion


21 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Need a new free backup software suggestion

I use to use a software for imaging all my systems and now it is apparent that the software cannot handle my needs and environment so I need to replace it with some thing else.

Here is my current set up

I have 5 systems through out my home and a central computer for backups; they are Windows 7, XP and Vista. What I had before was the imaging software loaded on all computers. I would image them to the central computer.

So if a any of the 5 systems go down, I need a rescue disk that will run on that crashed system and then be able to find the image of that system on the network, find it and then reinstall it.

Are there any suggestions for an easy one to use? My older imaging software requires building drivers to the rescue CD to access the network and that to me is a waste of time. I need something that I can;
load to each system
image each computer to the central computer
create the rescue disk
pop in the rescue CD to a crashed system
let it load
drill through the network to the central computer
find the image
then reinstall

Any suggestions?

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21 Dec 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The driver issues probably has to do with Microsoft not having a generic driver for the NIC. Most resuce CD's are build off WinPE I know that i had to add my NIC drivers to the my rescue disk in order for it to work.

I would recommend Macrium Reflect free edition. There are topics all over this forum about the software and how to use it.

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
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21 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Just looked at, seems really easy. I will download and play with it. Will let you know how it turns out. Thanks
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21 Dec 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Np. Like i said the forum also has a lot of information on it. just do a search for macrium and look at tutorials. Good luck let me know if you need anything.
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21 Dec 2012   #5

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Look at this tutorial for Macrium. There is also a link to a restore video and a link to a pre-built WinPE recovery iso that you just need to burn to disk.Imaging with free Macrium
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21 Dec 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Thanks, got done using Macrium. The network thing is a bit weird, but it does it's thing once you load up the log on stuff. Thanks a lot everyone.
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21 Dec 2012   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Good to see you are sorted.
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21 Dec 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Glad its working for you.
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