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Windows 7: Which is the best free backup program?

23 Oct 2009   #51
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Charles, anything's possible. I like to remain anon.

BTW - Just released the best FREE backup app. ever.

Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Free Edition :

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/


* Support for the latest Windows 7

* Complete Backup - Create an exact copy of your PC including the operating system, applications, user settings and all data

* Differential Backup - backup only the archive changes

* Backup Scheduller - plan your regular backup

* new Support for all existing backup techniques, including disk and file level backups with differential or incremental updates

* new Any backup destination - including external storages, CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs, network as well as the secured hidden partition (Backup Capsule)

* new Automatic data exclusion - automate the process of building up contents of the future backup image, by excluding irrelevant data such as movies, music, etc.

* Support for GPT (GUID Partition Table) disks - back up and restore not only single GPT volumes but entire disks with the option of resize during the restore operation

Overview here:

https://www.sevenforums.com/software/...tml#post324736


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23 Oct 2009   #52
Charles Kane

Windows 7 Ultimate, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Charles, anything's possible. I like to remain anon.

BTW - Just released the best FREE backup app. ever.

Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Free Edition :


* Support for the latest Windows 7

* Complete Backup - Create an exact copy of your PC including the operating system, applications, user settings and all data

* Differential Backup - backup only the archive changes

* Backup Scheduller - plan your regular backup

* new Support for all existing backup techniques, including disk and file level backups with differential or incremental updates

* new Any backup destination - including external storages, CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs, network as well as the secured hidden partition (Backup Capsule)

* new Automatic data exclusion - automate the process of building up contents of the future backup image, by excluding irrelevant data such as movies, music, etc.

* Support for GPT (GUID Partition Table) disks - back up and restore not only single GPT volumes but entire disks with the option of resize during the restore operation

More Info Tomorrow.
Undoubtably elsewhere - but certainly available for
download here
- looks pretty awesome. I'm grabbing it as I write. Thanks for the tip SIW2.
This looks like a must have to me. And FREE - Wha!!!
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23 Oct 2009   #53
FyrmnJ

Dual Booting Windows Vista32 bit And Windows 7 Home premium (x64) (build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post

BTW - Just released the best FREE backup app. ever.

Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Free Edition :


* Support for the latest Windows 7
Your link is for the 32bit version. Will the 32bit version work ok on the 64bit Win7?

FyrmnJ
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23 Oct 2009   #54
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FyrmnJ View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post

BTW - Just released the best FREE backup app. ever.

Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Free Edition :


* Support for the latest Windows 7
Your link is for the 32bit version. Will the 32bit version work ok on the 64bit Win7?

FyrmnJ
Choose 64bit if you are running 64bit version of Windows.
Free Backup Software - Download Backup & Recovery

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23 Oct 2009   #55
zrtom

W8 Pro, W7 Ultimate, XP Pro x64, Vista x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I see this thread got active again yesterday. I thought I'd relay something I tried the other day. The new Acronis True Image 2010 converts Acronis images (.tib) to Windows 7 backup images (.vhd) and vice-versa. So I made a full Acronis image on a test bench laptop and used TI2010 to convert it to .vhd format. Now that image can be mounted with TI2010 and through W7 Disk Management.

Next I created a fixed-size VHD in Disk Management and pointed it to the TIB-to-VHD file, added the file to the boot order with bcdedit and booted the VHD (created and converted by TI2010). Neat!

For my final experiment of the day, I created a Windows System Image through Backup and Restore on a separate partition, swapped out the windows VHD (with it's long name) for my True Image VHD (converted from a .tib). I didn't rename the Acronis VHD (MyBackup.vhd) to the long name given to the Windows image VHD file and I completely deleted (not just recycled) the Windows image VHD (so my next step wouldn't "accidentally locate it). Then I F8 booted into the Windows Recovery Environment, selected restore image, it located my backup (remember, this was created with Acronis, converted to VHD and swapped for the Windows image VHD file). It restored perfectly!

So there appears to be a way to restore an "Acronis image" through the WinRE without needing an Acronis Bootable Rescue Media disk/flash drive.

This begs the question...why swap a duly-created windows image (which should restore fine) with a converted Acronis image? I think the answer lies in the category my son would refer-to as DBS (dogs balls syndrome).....because I can!

I thought it was pretty cool, though.
Tom
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23 Oct 2009   #56
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
This begs the question...why swap a duly-created windows image (which should restore fine) with a converted Acronis image? I think the answer lies in the category my son would refer-to as DBS (dogs balls syndrome).....because I can!
LOL.

P2v, v2p and p2p are all built into the new Paragon Drive Backup 10 Server:

Which is the best free backup program?-par-db10-p2v-2009-10-23_192351.jpg


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23 Oct 2009   #57
FyrmnJ

Dual Booting Windows Vista32 bit And Windows 7 Home premium (x64) (build 7600)
 
 

I downloaded and installed the 64bit version on win7 and made two full image backups and two full image restores and did a restore of 3 individual files and folders and it worked flawslessy... Good bye to Acronis....Acronis delibertly blocked acronis 10 and 11 from working with Win7.
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23 Oct 2009   #58
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, it's amazing for a freebie.

Overview here:

https://www.sevenforums.com/software/...tml#post324736
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23 Oct 2009   #59
Muad Dib

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FyrmnJ View Post
I downloaded and installed the 64bit version on win7 and made two full image backups and two full image restores and did a restore of 3 individual files and folders and it worked flawslessy... Good bye to Acronis....Acronis delibertly blocked acronis 10 and 11 from working with Win7.


Acronis True Image Home v11 works fine with Windows 7. I have been using it since RC1 through RTM.
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23 Oct 2009   #60
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It obviously wasn't working well for Fy.

Drive Backup and Recovery is a great app. - and you can't beat the price .
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