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Windows 7: Windows 7 Backup

09 Aug 2010   #1
Cheemag

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Windows 7 Backup

My Acronis True Image 2009 failed today. I found out later that it is not designed for Windows 7.

I took a complete backup (an image of drive C: presumably) using Windows 7's inbuilt backup system.

Whilst it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the Acronis system, is the built-in system as reliable as comparable paid-for products? I really do not want to buy the latest Acronis system at the moment.


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09 Aug 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Many members use this
Free Backup Software: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Overview

I find it to be excellent, but the built in image is very good too.

Other members, particularly highly respected WHS, prefer this one
http://www.macrium.com/
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09 Aug 2010   #3
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If you don't want to buy Acronis (and I don't blame you for wanting to save the cash), I've used Macrium Reflect free as well as EaseUsToDo at work on test and demo machines and both products have always worked well for me.
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09 Aug 2010   #4
Cheemag

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Many members use this
Free Backup Software: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Overview

I find it to be excellent, but the built in image is very good too.

Other members, particularly highly respected WHS, prefer this one
Macrium Reflect Backup and Hard Disk Imaging for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003/2008
Thank you both. I'll have a look at Macrium.

Make that thank you all!
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09 Aug 2010   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

You are very welcome.
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10 Aug 2010   #6
Cheemag

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
If you don't want to buy Acronis (and I don't blame you for wanting to save the cash), I've used Macrium Reflect free as well as EaseUsToDo at work on test and demo machines and both products have always worked well for me.
Macrium's support is poor - no EMail or telephone support even after you've purchased the programme.

Pre-purchase support is non-existent: you can't even post in the forum! Your questions remain unanswered until, too late, you've bought the application.

Reading the forum, restoring a hard disc from an image is far from a straightforward process and fraught with difficulties, particularly in Windows-7.

I'll have a look at Easeus.
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10 Aug 2010   #7
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've never had a need or a desire to contact Macrium...so support is a non-issue for me.

I've restored machines dozens of times with Macrium without a problem. It's a few steps, you have to restore the partitions one at a time and put the MBR back in place....but it works on Windows 7 without issue....or at least it has worked that way for me.

EaseUs is pretty much the same way. The primary reason that I use EaseUs is because it works with Server 2008 as well...and that is something that I use for testing at work.
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10 Aug 2010   #8
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

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and put the MBR back in place
I thought you just restored the partitions. Can you explain what you mean by the above?
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11 Aug 2010   #9
Cheemag

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I've never had a need or a desire to contact Macrium...so support is a non-issue for me.

I've restored machines dozens of times with Macrium without a problem. It's a few steps, you have to restore the partitions one at a time and put the MBR back in place....but it works on Windows 7 without issue....or at least it has worked that way for me.

EaseUs is pretty much the same way. The primary reason that I use EaseUs is because it works with Server 2008 as well...and that is something that I use for testing at work.
Now that I've decided against Macrium, can anyone suggest how I can recover the 100M or so of disc space that it's reserved on the second HD for "System Reserved"?
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13 Aug 2010   #10
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

As a user and devoted believer in the Win 7 Backup and Restore, I 100% recommend Win 7 Backup and Restore.

If you have any questions re the use thereof please ask. I'll be more than happy to answer them.

Win 7 Backup and Restore has saved me more than once.
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