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Windows 7: Life Expectancy Dell Latitude E6520

04 Mar 2016   #11
ignatzatsonic

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Macrium is probably the favorite backup program used by forum members.

But it's not the ideal way to backup personal data, although you could use it for that purpose.

The free version is all you'd likely need. You have to get to the point where you are confident you can effectively use it in a real emergency situation, and that may mean you do some test restores. Otherwise, you've always got that doubt about what you would actually be faced with when disaster strikes. Lots of backup users just assume they will figure it out when the time comes and are often in for a rude awakening--rescue disk won't boot, wrong partitions imaged, don't understand menu choices, etc.


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04 Mar 2016   #12
guyinpasadena

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

UNI - what do you think of the XPS 13 versus a new Latitude? XPS has much smaller drive, but I am currently using 131 GB and might be able to make it work if I offload some data.
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04 Mar 2016   #13
UsernameIssues

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I only have recent experience with the Latitude 6 series of business grade laptops. I'm not sure if the XPS series uses the same grade of components - e.g. the hinges on the display, keyboard quality...
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04 Mar 2016   #14
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shadow2201 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
I only have recent experience with the Latitude 6 series of business grade laptops. I'm not sure if the XPS series uses the same grade of components - e.g. the hinges on the display, keyboard quality...

Given the user interface direction that Microsoft is taking with Windows 10 and the state of hardware vendors, I point people to Apple products :-(
No one could possibly be desperate enough to go to Apple! I'd rather have a netbook than anything Apple lol!
See this thread.
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04 Mar 2016   #15
guyinpasadena

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I have to stick with laptop PC's for business purposes
Given Macrium backup hurdles, does anyone recommend online backup services such as Crashplan?
Thanks!
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04 Mar 2016   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

What are those Macrium hurdles ??
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04 Mar 2016   #17
guyinpasadena

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

see comments from ignatzatsonic -- sounds like may be challenging to achieve complete backup with 100% confidence.
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04 Mar 2016   #18
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

See this post from this forum's owner :-)

I mentioned Apple because the hardware works pretty well. One customer that I support had to replace a failing drive in a mac laptop. And I've had the hinges fail on a different mac laptop for a different customer.


I use the free version of MozyHome... but technically, you would have to use MozyPro for business. Mozy's pricing structure is horrible. Avoid Mozy unless you can get by with the free plan.
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04 Mar 2016   #19
guyinpasadena

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the feedback - we use proprietary software that will not run on Apple. Appreciate the insight!
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04 Mar 2016   #20
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by guyinpasadena View Post
see comments from ignatzatsonic -- sounds like may be challenging to achieve complete backup with 100% confidence.
You should never have 100 percent confidence in any backup method. You have to know what you'll do if a given method fails.

Some are more reliable than others. Macrium is very high on the reliability scale and short of 100 percent.

You can decide if that's worth pursuing or if you have a better method to backup up an operating system and applications. I don't know of anything better, but you can certainly try to find something superior.

For backing up data as opposed to the OS and apps, I'd just use a common "file by file" backup program that did NOT rely on the complication of imaging. Data is a LOT more important than a Windows installation--at least to me.

As far as I know, online backup can't do anything to back up an OS other than to provide a possible location to store an image.

And I certainly wouldn't want my personal data backup to be dependent on an Internet connection. Never mind any security concerns that might entail.
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