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Windows 7: best backup software for windows 7

29 May 2014   #1
andrewjs18

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 
best backup software for windows 7

Hi folks,

I'm looking for recommendations on good, free, backup software for windows 7.

I've been using the built-in backup software in windows and find it to be a bit lacking in functionality.

Right now my windows backups get sent to a SAMBA share, but I cannot adjust how often it does full backups, and as such, it's eating up my disk space..

What are you guys using?


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29 May 2014   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I have Win 7 on a separate drive from my data. to back up Win 7, I'm using Macrium Reflect Free (here is a good tutorial on how to use Macrium Reflect) once a week to make a full image. I also make an image before making any changes, such as trying out a new program. That way, if something goes pear shaped, I can restore win 7 using a previous image. In fact, I find Macrium Reflect to be far more reliable than System Restore and have System Restore turned off.

To backup my data, I use a folder/file syncing program called FreeFileSync. I have it set to Mirror. It syncs folder pairs that one has predetermined; an entire disk can be considered to be a folder. It will only copy over new and changed files on the source disk to a destination disk and delete files on the destination disk that have been deleted on the source disk. I also have it set to put any files it deletes on the destination disk to a Versioning folder on another internal disk. Since only changed data is being dealt with, he process is so fast, I can do daily backups onto two different backup HDDs.
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29 May 2014   #3
andrewjs18

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I have Win 7 on a separate drive from my data. to back up Win 7, I'm using Macrium Reflect Free (here is a good tutorial on how to use Macrium Reflect) once a week to make a full image. I also make an image before making any changes, such as trying out a new program. That way, if something goes pear shaped, I can restore win 7 using a previous image. In fact, I find Macrium Reflect to be far more reliable than System Restore and have System Restore turned off.

To backup my data, I use a folder/file syncing program called FreeFileSync. I have it set to Mirror. It syncs folder pairs that one has predetermined; an entire disk can be considered to be a folder. It will only copy over new and changed files on the source disk to a destination disk and delete files on the destination disk that have been deleted on the source disk. I also have it set to put any files it deletes on the destination disk to a Versioning folder on another internal disk. Since only changed data is being dealt with, he process is so fast, I can do daily backups onto two different backup HDDs.
I don't have access to my home computer at the moment to try out the freefilesync software, but do you happen to know if it'll sync the files/folders over a SAMBA share?

If so, this software might be PERFECT for me!

On my linux servers, I use rsync to keeps my files synced/backed up, which seems to very similar to what the software you recommended does.
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29 May 2014   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Sorry, I have no clue what a SAMBA share is.
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29 May 2014   #5
andrewjs18

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Sorry, I have no clue what a SAMBA share is.
Sorry, I should of explained.

It's software that is used to allow windows machines to reach file/printer services on a linux/unix computer/server.

Samba (software) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I'll check out the software when I get home. I appreciate it!
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29 May 2014   #6
lowie1

windows 7 x 64
 
 

hello, I use REDO from redobackup.org. It's very easy and you get a startup cd. With that you can make an image on your external harddisk. And it is free.
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29 May 2014   #7
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

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02 Jun 2014   #8
dowlittlerock

Windows XP
 
 

There are no good free things at all. So may be you will consider spending some money and buy a decent thing e.g.Acronis to backup the data?
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02 Jun 2014   #9
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

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02 Jun 2014   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dowlittlerock View Post
There are no good free things at all. So may be you will consider spending some money and buy a decent thing e.g.Acronis to backup the data?
That's simply absurd and just not true. There are many excellent free programs available. Macrium Reflect, FreeFileSync, SyncToy, 7 Sticky Notes, CDBurnerXP (which works just great with Win 7), Converber, Desktop Calendar, Divvy, e-Sword, Glary Utilities, Avast Free, Malwarebyes Antimalware, SuperAntiSpyware, ZoneAlarm Free Firewall, Irfanview, etc. are just a few of the free programs I use (or have used) that are excellent.
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