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Windows 7: There are too many back-up programs on the Market

24 Feb 2012   #11

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

In theory, they want you to buy the Acronis product to do the restore.

However, you can persuade the brand tied versions to work - even if you don't have one of those HD's still functioning - (at least you can with the Seagate/Acronis app.)

Otherwise, you could get the trial version of the regular Acronis - the trial cd allows restores.

All the well known companies do that with the trial versions.

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24 Feb 2012   #12

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

Thanks mjf and SIW2 for the info / reply's.

I hate to hijack a thread or post a wall of text...

But, if you want a chuckle here's what got me thinking about this.

My nephew's PC had problems, i was called, figured out it was HD problem.
It's a Toshiba laptop, with a Toshiba HD...
I managed to get Toshiba recovery disks created, and the HD was replaced under warranty...
I don't even know if the replacement is a Toshiba HD.

This experience made my sister realize "this is not good"...
So, now i'm trying to figure out a "Backup Plan" for them.
I don't know what all PC's are involved, what type of HD's, and OS's...

From what I have read on the Acronis forum, they only guarantee 1 version back to restore an image.
WD and Segate Acronis are based on Acronis TI 2009(last i checked), and the current version is TI 2012...
So, 2012 TI may not be able to restore a TI 2009 image... again, i don't know

I'm working remote via Teamviewer on this.

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24 Feb 2012   #13

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

There is no one size fits all. I won't bother repeating earlier comments.
If I had to pick one imaging package and only one:
- Macrium Reflect (free or paid with the additional features). Even though I actually also use Windows own imaging. This is the Company's core capability and they have been in the business a long time.

- I would image once every 2-4 weeks. In addition after a significant new install (eg. just installed an upgrade to Photoshop, then image).
- Keep early (virgin) images to avoid a complete clean install.
- Be prepared to "boldly" delete intermediate images to conserve HDD space.
- Backup documents, photos etc initially with drag & drop to another media. Then decide on a file/folder backup program that suites you. Try them.
- Take control.
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24 Feb 2012   #14

Windows 10 Pro

How is Macrium ReDeploy ? What does Macrium mean by Dynamic Disk Support & GPT Disk Support ?
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24 Feb 2012   #15

Windows 7 Enterprise x64

I have quite few PC here, the one of the house are backup by my WHS 2011 and the One of my business are backup by my SBS2011 , Since my shop is in the building next my house the shop server is in the house and the house server in the shop, so it give me a protection in case of fire. I also use GoodSync to Sync the files on my house personal PC and my WS in my Shop, another redudency as you can see in this pic, you have the dashboard , the launchpad and even remote desktop already setup inthe server.

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24 Feb 2012   #16

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit

Perhaps there are so many back up programs because backing up is of vital importance. To find out what is best please try out a few yourself and choose the one that you start liking the most.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JerometheGiraff View Post
There are too many back-up programs on the Market. Brink do you know any three that you can swear by, whether they are commercial or freeware ? Bets are on that ease of use and power, are probably commercial.
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24 Feb 2012   #17

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Several Seagate externals came loaded with a limited time free version of Memeo sync and I loved it till it ended. I held off and held off looking for something as light quick and comprehensive. I finally called and bought a 5 machine business license and I'm freaking loving life.
Access and sync files and folders for your business - Memeo AutoSync
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