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Windows 7: What system image back up software do you use?

08 Nov 2015   #1
johnnxiv

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
What system image back up software do you use?

I'm using Macrium Reflect, but I hate it. Every time I create a new system image, it creates a new +40GB system image. I want it to updates/replace on top of the old system image file. I tried both Incremental and Differential back up, but still the same problem.


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08 Nov 2015   #2
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I use Acronis True Image 2014 and it has worked well for me.

I have not used the later versions.
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08 Nov 2015   #3
johnnxiv

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
I use Acronis True Image 2014 and it has worked well for me.

I have not used the later versions.
How do you force Acronis to update on the old system image file?
My Acronis keep creating new files every time I make a back up.
I used single version Scheme.
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08 Nov 2015   #4
derekimo

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Is there a differential option, that sounds like what you are wanting.
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08 Nov 2015   #5
johnnxiv

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Is there a differential option, that sounds like what you are wanting.
Thanks for helping. It still creates another system image file.
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08 Nov 2015   #6
derekimo

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I'm sure someone else will chime in, I don't use Acronis so I can't offer any other suggestions.
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08 Nov 2015   #7
johnnxiv

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
I'm sure someone else will chime in, I don't use Acronis so I can't offer any other suggestions.
Do you know any system image software which can update/replace an exist system image file?

I can force Acronis to only keep 1 of the latest version and automatically delete the previous versions, but this is a waste of CPU usage. I'm looking for a back up software which can overwrite the existed system image.
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08 Nov 2015   #8
derekimo

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What about incremental? Have you tried that option?
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08 Nov 2015   #9
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Macrium Reflect Free has differential images. My full backup is around 40GB and my differentials usually come in at about 3-5GB. But I have all my data on a separate partition to my OS.
If you want to keep system images small you should split your OS from your data.

You can only overwrite an existing full backup with a new full backup. I don't know of any backup software that can merge the differential/incremental into one file.
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08 Nov 2015   #10
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

It would help if you fill in your System Specs so we know what CPU, RAM, etc. you have.
This tutorial can help with updating System Specs:
System Info - See Your System Specs

In addition to what Brds7t7 suggested about storing Data on a different partition:
If you have Hibernate enabled and don't use it, disable it.
If you have a lot of RAM, you may have a large Pagefile that could be reduced in size.
Do you have System Restore enabled, and don't use it ?
Do you periodically run a temp file cleaner such as CCleaner ?
The more you can reduce the (unneeded) space used on the [C] drive, the faster the Backup will run, and the smaller the backup image will be.

What type of storage device are you backing up to ?
USB2 will be slower than other options such as USB3, SATA, etc.

Quote:
I can force Acronis to only keep 1 of the latest version and automatically delete the previous versions, but this is a waste of CPU usage. I'm looking for a back up software which can overwrite the existed system image.
I don't understand why you think it might be possible to reduce CPU usage by overwriting or update an existing image
What are you seeing for CPU usage that is a "waste of CPU usage" ?
It would help if you post screen prints of the problem you see.
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How often do you create Backup Images ?
Do you make a lot of System changes so you need a lot of backups ?

I used Acronis paid for many years and it always worked reliably for me.
The last 1-2 years i've been using Macrium Reflect free, it works reliably for me, and i prefer it.

I keep several backup images on multiple backup devices, in case any image/device fails to restore.
I would not trust a program that updates the previous image, and depend on that image only.

fyi, Version 6 of Macrium has Retention Rules options that might help you.
I don't know what version of Macrium you have.
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