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Windows 7: Which backup software, Norton or Microsoft?

01 Sep 2010   #11
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

I used to depend only on Windows backup and restore also until system restore failed 4 times in a row and I was forced to give up a year's worth of work on my computer and reinstall the Factory Image.

~Maxx~


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01 Sep 2010   #12
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there
The FREE version of Macrium reflect doesn't do FILE backup / selective file restore.

jimbo
The free version of Macrium Reflect also does not include the Win PE 2.1 that is needed to restore images in Win 7 nevertheless I continue to use and recommend it because it has never failed.

~Maxx~
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01 Sep 2010   #13
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maxxwire View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there
The FREE version of Macrium reflect doesn't do FILE backup / selective file restore.

jimbo
The free version of Macrium Reflect also does not include the Win PE 2.1 that is needed to restore images in Win 7 nevertheless I continue to use and recommend it because it has never failed.

~Maxx~
Hi there
If a Backup doesn't backup your DATA as well then IMO this isn't a sensible backup strategy.

You need to be able to backup both your system as an image and YOUR DATA from time to time.

Just backing up the OS is fine for a number of cases but DATA does get deleted, lost or destroyed from time to time.

Also Macrium does not handle Spanned or Multi volume stuff.

Cheers
jimbo
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01 Sep 2010   #14
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

[QUOTE=jimbo45;933982][QUOTE=Maxxwire;933768]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Just backing up the OS is fine for a number of cases but DATA does get deleted, lost or destroyed from time to time.

Also Macrium does not handle Spanned or Multi volume stuff.

Cheers
jimbo
I just got done doing a pair of Macrium Reflect Image Backups to my 2TB LaCie Raid 0 and 1TB WD backup drives each of which already has complete updated sets of additional data consisting of over 400 GB on each drive as well as a Windows 7 System Image. A 3rd 1TB WD Drive also has the same 400+ GB of updated data on it also and a 4th 500 GB Verbatim drive has another ~200 GB subset of that data which I use frequently including 100+ GB of digital photos.

Acronis True Image may be just perfect for each and every one of your backup needs, but when I tried the program it continuously used 250 MB of RAM every minute the computer is running and that is just too high of a price for me to pay in that it is many times over the amount of memory that any of my other electively used programs consume.



~Maxx~
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01 Sep 2010   #15
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Another vote for Acronis True Image. What I use and what I recommend to the clients I support (and most are using it).

I do full backups, not incremental. If you need to restore or rebuild a hard drive it is faster with just one backup file than having to install the initial backup file and then subsequent incrementals, and it can get confusing and easy to miss one. Where I worked (I'm retired) we initally did a full backup of our file servers on Monday and then incrementals on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and finally a full backup again on Friday. We found out if a server had to be restored it was faster and easier with a full backup so we changed to doing full backups every night.
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01 Sep 2010   #16
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maxxwire View Post
Acronis True Image may be just perfect for each and every one of your backup needs, but when I tried the program it continuously used 250 MB of RAM every minute the computer is running and that is just too high of a price for me to pay in that it is many times over the amount of memory that any of my other electively used programs consume.
Out of curiosity, what process do you see running in Task Manager that consumes 250MB of RAM at every second of every day? I have Acronis True Image 2010 installed on my machine and I don't see any acronis process running right now. And looking at all processes, I have nothing consuming anywhere near 250MB of RAM. My highest used app is Firefox at 114MB, followed by svchost at 55MB and outlook at 44MB.
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01 Sep 2010   #17
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

[QUOTE=pparks1;934244]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maxxwire View Post
Out of curiosity, what process do you see running in Task Manager that consumes 250MB of RAM at every second of every day? I have Acronis True Image 2010 installed on my machine and I don't see any acronis process running right now.
I have come to rely more upon Mark Russinovich's Process Explorer rather than upon Windows Task Manager to assess process resource consumption within my computer and according to Process Explorer Acronis True Image 2009 used a constant 250 MB of RAM right from startup on my x86 computer. This was just my own personal experience with Acronis 2009 and its good to hear that Acronis 2010 is so resource friendly on your computer.

That said so far Windows 7 System Image Backup has worked perfectly every time I have used it so far and it restores a System Image very quickly from the LaCie Raid 0 drive. Its great to have a choice of 2 reliable backup programs neither of which have failed.

~Maxx~
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02 Sep 2010   #18
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

I was up late last night making some ?genius adjustments? to my Win 7 x64 computer and when I booted it up this morning it took 50 seconds which is twice as long as it normally does. I figured that I could either spend most of the day trying to figure out what I had done wrong or I could spend a few minutes and reimage the computer with Macrium Reflect.

Reflect restored a recent 7.9 GB backup Image to my Win 7 computer in 4 minutes and 40 seconds from the LaCie Raid 0 drive. Then I restarted the computer it got to the desktop in 25 seconds as usual. Not only that, but using 40 MB RAM less I've seen at the desktop than usual.



~Maxx~
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03 Sep 2010   #19
kituhi1234

Windows 7
 
 

use Norton Ghost dude...

it's awesome software to take backup... its trustworthy....
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