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Windows 7: Able to restore complete image of a HDD from an USB 3.0 drive?

21 May 2011   #31
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

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That sounds reasonable to me, but I wonder why Acronis recommends incremental over differential?
In a perfect world, that would be a good recommendation. But we all know the hazards of disks.

Hi there
that's why I added in my post take 2 Backups -- to DIFFERENT MEDIA.

Actually external USB's are fine -- those self powered WD "Passport" devices are good -- and small for easy OFFLINE storage. The chances of 2 failing at the same time are so small as to be "negligible".

Commercial backup programs also backup to tape cartriges (expensive for home users however) and various sorts of DVD's too such as the newer BD-RW stuff (25 - 50 GB per disc).

IMO USB disks are reliable enough these days provided you ONLY USE THESE FOR BACKUPS, have TWO backups (on separate disks) and DON'T HAVE THESE ONLINE EXCEPT WHEN DOING A BACKUP OR RESTORE.

1TB self powered USB disks only cost around 60 - 70 USD --- what price your entire music / film / photo collection or Income Tax records etc etc.

Always have 2 backups available in case one doesn't work and whatever system you decide to use TEST THE RESTORE 100% so you can rely on it if you need it.

Testing in a Virtual machine is a good way because it doesn't matter if the VM gets hosed up.

( I know the OP was mentioning usb 3.0 disks - ok nice and fast but I'd stick for the moment to older more available technology for something where you need 100% reliability such as for backups -- you can easily migrate to usb 3.0 when devices have more support, are easily available and are cost effective too -- i.e cheaper than the currently availble usb 2.0 devices).

Cheers

jimbo


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21 May 2011   #32
whs
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

jimbo, your point is well taken. It is all a matter on how paranoid you are about those things.

But my point is different. Since disk space is very cheap as you rightfully state, why not take full images all the time. And that on one, two or three disks depending on your level of paranoia.
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