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Windows 7: Choosing between a file backup and a image backup...

21 Jun 2011   #11
MultiCat

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
There is a free edition of Macrium which only does image backups. You can get it here. Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
Brilliant! Thank you.


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21 Jun 2011   #12
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

A system image backup will mean you can restore your system from the backup with no worries about activation, losing your Windows disc, can't find drivers etc. etc.

I think it makes sense to create a system image and then backup your personal data separately on a regular basis. As to which software you use, it's your choice. Acronis and Macrium are good, but I've got on fine with the Windows 7 backup software.
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21 Jun 2011   #13
Ich

Win 7 HP 32bit - sp1
 
 

Try Paragon backup 2011 (freeware).

You can create the base image of your system on an external drive & following that you can do differential backups on a daily or weekly basis if necessary which are very small, only a few Mb's on a daily basis, taking into account any editing you may do on documents, images etc. A good all round backup application!
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21 Jun 2011   #14
kado897

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Yes. That's one of the advantages of free Paragon over free Macrium. I didn't suggest that because I had more problems with the Paragon recovery disk than i did with Macrium but that may just have been my set-up. Quite frankly neither Linux disk was ideal at finding my backup drives but others have had no problems. You just need to try it for yourself. Eventually I upgraded to Macrium Pro and the WinPE recovery disk works just fine.
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21 Jun 2011   #15
Ich

Win 7 HP 32bit - sp1
 
 

kado
Luckily for all the years I have used Macrium & Paragon freeware backup I have never at any time had problems with the Linux recovery disks. Both apps have performed admirably.
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21 Jun 2011   #16
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Any Macrium user should test the recovery disk to assure the PC will boot from it and to confirm that the image file can be located and recognized. Boot from the disk and go several steps into the restoration procedure.

It isn't a foregone conclusion that the boot disk will work.

The last time I made a Macrium boot disk, my PC would not boot from it. I had to use one of the other two available modes of making the disk (debug mode?) before I could in fact boot from it and locate the image file.
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21 Jun 2011   #17
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Any Macrium user should test the recovery disk to assure the PC will boot from it and to confirm that the image file can be located and recognized. Boot from the disk and go several steps into the restoration procedure.

It isn't a foregone conclusion that the boot disk will work.

The last time I made a Macrium boot disk, my PC would not boot from it. I had to use one of the other two available modes of making the disk (debug mode?) before I could in fact boot from it and locate the image file.
I couldn't agree more. Any recovery disk should be tested in the environment it is going to be used.
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21 Jun 2011   #18
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MultiCat View Post

I'm thinking of using it as a backup. Is Windows backup sufficient? Or should I be looking at specialist software?
With Windows "Backup & Restore" you need to be aware that it includes 2 totally separate programs:
- a file/folder backup program (uses zip files)
- Windows own imaging software (uses vhd files)

Windows imaging can be used on its own.
I use Windows imaging (primarily) and Macrium imaging just to be extra sure in case one fails.
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