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Windows 7: What is the easiest "non geek" backup program for Wins 7-64? **HELP**

04 Apr 2014   #1
melen001

Wins 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium
 
 
What is the easiest "non geek" backup program for Wins 7-64? **HELP**

There is so much technical (geeky) talk when you speak about backing up that I am a little confused. All I want to do is have an adequate back of my PC in the easiest manner possible . What should be backed up? What program should I use that is easy for a newbie with no technical skills? If you have a solution that is quick and easy PLEASE let me know. I am considering either Macrium Reflect Free or AOMIE Backupper Standard Edition so please give me some feed-back on what is best and easiest that doesn't require any technical skills. Something like a one and done solution... Thanks a million......

George

Puerto Rico


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04 Apr 2014   #2
fireberd

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I am currently using Macrium Reflect (paid version). I don't have any experience with AOMIE, but I know Macrium is a very popular backup program.

I do full hard drive (all partition) backups to a separate hard drive. Then if the hard drive were to fail or get corrupted I can restore the entire hard drive back to how it was at the last backup.

If you just want to backup user files such as pictures, music, documents, etc you don't need a backup program for those, just copy them to a separate hard drive, flash drive or make data CD's (or data DVD's).

Best to do full hard drive backups when backing up. Most backup programs offer an "incremental" option, where you first make a full back up and the subsequent incremental backups are only what has changed since the last backup. That can become confusing, thus just do full backups and you will avoid this.
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04 Apr 2014   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

AOMEI is really easy but buggy. I don't trust it after trying it on several systems. I would suggest you go with free Macrium. Here is a tutorial I made together with Keith (Kado) that should help.

Imaging with free Macrium
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04 Apr 2014   #4
melen001

Wins 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
I am currently using Macrium Reflect (paid version). I don't have any experience with AOMIE, but I know Macrium is a very popular backup program.

I do full hard drive (all partition) backups to a separate hard drive. Then if the hard drive were to fail or get corrupted I can restore the entire hard drive back to how it was at the last backup.

If you just want to backup user files such as pictures, music, documents, etc you don't need a backup program for those, just copy them to a separate hard drive, flash drive or make data CD's (or data DVD's).

Best to do full hard drive backups when backing up. Most backup programs offer an "incremental" option, where you first make a full back up and the subsequent incremental backups are only what has changed since the last backup. That can become confusing, thus just do full backups and you will avoid this.
Hello Firebird...

Thank you so much for such a fast reply to my non-geek question. I see that it's not that difficult at all so I will stick with Macrium, look at the tutorial and perform full backups maybe every other week and store on an external hard drive. That should do it and I will also backup my files (pictures, documents etc.) to my external hard drive. Easily explained and easily done. I have had so many explanations on what to do that it was very confusing and in my native language which is Spanish I should have understood but you have done an admirable job on what I have to do so again THANKS A MILLION .....

George Melendez
Puerto Rico

Please excuse my English, it's my second language.....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Apr 2014   #5
melen001

Wins 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
AOMEI is really easy but buggy. I don't trust it after trying it on several systems. I would suggest you go with free Macrium. Here is a tutorial I made together with Keith (Kado) that should help.

Imaging with free Macrium
GREAT....

Thanks a lot and I will use Macrium Free since I have been told and read in reviews that same concern about AOMEI so I will take a look at the Macrium tutorial and start doing my backups. Firebird also gave me the same info so I will follow and do as you guys say.



Thanks so much for your time

George Melendez
Puerto Rico
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Apr 2014   #6
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by melen001 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
I am currently using Macrium Reflect (paid version). I don't have any experience with AOMIE, but I know Macrium is a very popular backup program.

I do full hard drive (all partition) backups to a separate hard drive. Then if the hard drive were to fail or get corrupted I can restore the entire hard drive back to how it was at the last backup.

If you just want to backup user files such as pictures, music, documents, etc you don't need a backup program for those, just copy them to a separate hard drive, flash drive or make data CD's (or data DVD's).

Best to do full hard drive backups when backing up. Most backup programs offer an "incremental" option, where you first make a full back up and the subsequent incremental backups are only what has changed since the last backup. That can become confusing, thus just do full backups and you will avoid this.
Hello Firebird...

Thank you so much for such a fast reply to my non-geek question. I see that it's not that difficult at all so I will stick with Macrium, look at the tutorial and perform full backups maybe every other week and store on an external hard drive. That should do it and I will also backup my files (pictures, documents etc.) to my external hard drive. Easily explained and easily done. I have had so many explanations on what to do that it was very confusing and in my native language which is Spanish I should have understood but you have done an admirable job on what I have to do so again THANKS A MILLION .....

George Melendez
Puerto Rico

Please excuse my English, it's my second language.....
Your English is fine. It's better than many native speakers in the U.S.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Apr 2014   #7
melen001

Wins 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by melen001 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
I am currently using Macrium Reflect (paid version). I don't have any experience with AOMIE, but I know Macrium is a very popular backup program.

I do full hard drive (all partition) backups to a separate hard drive. Then if the hard drive were to fail or get corrupted I can restore the entire hard drive back to how it was at the last backup.

If you just want to backup user files such as pictures, music, documents, etc you don't need a backup program for those, just copy them to a separate hard drive, flash drive or make data CD's (or data DVD's).

Best to do full hard drive backups when backing up. Most backup programs offer an "incremental" option, where you first make a full back up and the subsequent incremental backups are only what has changed since the last backup. That can become confusing, thus just do full backups and you will avoid this.
Hello Firebird...

Thank you so much for such a fast reply to my non-geek question. I see that it's not that difficult at all so I will stick with Macrium, look at the tutorial and perform full backups maybe every other week and store on an external hard drive. That should do it and I will also backup my files (pictures, documents etc.) to my external hard drive. Easily explained and easily done. I have had so many explanations on what to do that it was very confusing and in my native language which is Spanish I should have understood but you have done an admirable job on what I have to do so again THANKS A MILLION .....

George Melendez
Puerto Rico

Please excuse my English, it's my second language.....
Your English is fine. It's better than many native speakers in the U.S.

Muchas gracias...... Thank you....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Apr 2014   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

De nada.
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04 Apr 2014   #9
melen001

Wins 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
De nada.

Hablas Espa~ol.....
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04 Apr 2014   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you have any questions regarding free Macrium, post beck. Here are many members that use Macrium and will be glad to assist.
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