This is driving me freaking insane.
I'm on a MacBook Pro. It's a triple-boot solution with Snow Leopard, Ubuntu 9.10 x64, and Windows 7 Professional x64. I spend most of my computing time in Windows (yes, I'm on a Mac, but oh well).
In Snow Leopard, I use Time Machine to backup, and I love it. Not for the 3D restoring interface (never really used it), but I love how it does incremental backups. It only backs up what it needs to after it does the initial backup of the entire partition. I had to do a hard drive swap recently, and restoring Snow Leopard was a breeze. I had Ubuntu backed up, but getting GRUB2 to reinstall properly was a big pain, so I just reinstalled it. I made a backup of my Windows 7 partition using the default Backup and Restore program. When I tried to restore it (from the Windows 7 installation DVD), it said that I had to partition and format the drive so that it would match the drive of the backup. That was a huge no-no. It should just restore the files to wherever I tell it to.
So I dumped using Backup and Restore. Having to do an entire backup of the partition whenever I wanted to do a backup was just bogus. I just tried out Genie Backup Manager, and it's just like Backup and Restore.
So I'm trying to find some simple backing up software that is similar to Time Machine, where it:
- Makes an initial backup of everything on the partition.
- Makes incremental backups after that (backs up only changed or new files).
- Can be easily restored (through something you have to boot).
Is this THAT much to ask? Time Machine does this. There has to be something for Windows that does this, but I've yet to find anything.