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Windows 7: Multiple Backup Images on USB Disk

25 Nov 2010   #21
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

That's only a 30 day free trial , sadly.

If you have at least one Seagate/Maxtor drive - you can get a free - but somewhat limited - version of Acronis called DiskWizard

| Seagate

Works ok on windows 7.

There's no scheduling , but does the job - it does include a cloning feature as well as basic imaging.

There is also a version you can use if you have at least one WD drive.


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25 Nov 2010   #22
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
That's only a 30 day free trial , sadly.

If you have at least one Seagate/Maxtor drive - you can get a free - but somewhat limited - version of Acronis called DiskWizard

| Seagate

Works ok on windows 7.

There's no scheduling , but does the job - it does include a cloning feature as well as basic imaging.

There is also a version you can use if you have at least one WD drive.
Thanks for clarifying that. The buggers always make it sound as if it was free. But fortunately I have both Seagate and Maxtor drives. So I can go from there. Just wanted to play around with it because I have not used it in a couple of years.
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25 Nov 2010   #23
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

If you own a Maxtor, Seagate or Western Digital Drive Thay offer a free imaging software made by Acronis. Seagate owns Maxtor and their imaging product is Disk Wizzard, WD's is called Acronis True Imagr Western Digital Edition.
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25 Nov 2010   #24
Kari

 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Whs, this is a curiosity question. I have always been leery of using internal disks for backups. I know many people do, but I have always been afraid that if something were to go wrong, it could ruin all of the internals. That is why I use externals. Am I wrong in that. It would be much easier to use other internal drives, and probably more efficient.
If you have multiple physical internal drives, there is nothing wrong with using an internal drive (of course one that is different from where the original resides). That is a lot faster than a USB attached drive (unless you have a USB3 configuration). You do, however, not want to image to a partition on the same physical drive where the original resides. If that drive goes south, so does your image.

I make one exception to that - that is on my wife's laptop with which she travels. Here I made images into a partition of the same physical drive - the one and only. I figured that is still better than having to reinstall from the recovery partition. And should the drive go south, then everything is lost anyhow. She does, however, keep all her data on a USB stick.

I use a folder on one of my internal drives for my daily images (they are scheduled to run automatically each morning). That's how I get the 3.5 minutes for a complete system image.
Very good points.

Might be a bit OT, but I have never understood why for instance several manufacturers put the recovery partition on first HD. For example all HP's that come with two HD's have the recovery partition at the end of disk 0. If system HD now breaks down, there goes the recovery partition, too. Of course you should always burn the disks but let's face it, normal newbie does not always do that.

Kari
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25 Nov 2010   #25
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Kari,

Must be because it's easier (cheaper) for them to just apply their premade image to one HD - saves a process on the production line.
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25 Nov 2010   #26
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

essenbe, The Maxtor Disk Wizard is neat in conjunction with a Maxtor One Touch disk. I have set this up for one of my wife's laptops (with a 2.5" One Touch which unfortunately needs 2 USB ports to operate - one for power and one for data. Thus it is a bit more work to attach.). But it is really easy for her to make images.
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25 Nov 2010   #27
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi whs,

The free DiskWiz is quite beguiling.

Great UI - it's pretty fast ( not as fast as macrium ) - if you turn the priority up.

Unfortunately, it's not very efficient - big - heavier on resources, has several services running in the background - and that intrusive snapman driver.

My fondness for Macrium has increased since using the Bartpe plugin -( on my winpe 3 recovery media).

It can create as well as restore images - diffs and incrementals too - it also mounts beautifully.

You won't find a more efficient backup app. than Macrium.
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25 Nov 2010   #28
Kari

 

Siw & Whs, are you talking about the free or commercial version of Macrium?
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25 Nov 2010   #29
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You can get the BARTPE plugin free ( they call it PEBuilder now ) - for use on a boot disc.

The free installable version is pretty good to use from within windows itself.

The paid installable version has more features, of course.

I use the free version - and instead of the Linux recovery disc - I use Macrium PEBUilder plugin on my winpe 3.

I might already have a screenie somewhere - cbb booting it up now to take one
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25 Nov 2010   #30
Kari

 

I'm interested in trying it, have read Whs' posts about it and grown to like his backup policy. I'm old school, according to me the three most important things in computing are backup, backup and backup. Currently using Windows' own imaging app.

Have to try this Macrium. Downloading now...

Kari

EDIT: This seems to be a 30-day trial. I don't find the free version from macrium.com?
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