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Windows 7: Whats your backup software & strategy?

View Poll Results: What is your backup software?
Windows System Image 1 6.67%
Macrium 9 60.00%
Clonzilla 0 0%
Other - specify 5 33.33%
Voters: 15. You may not vote on this poll

01 May 2017   #11
Sky Ranch

Windows 7 Home 64-bit

I use both Acronis and Macrium. Acronis seems to be a little faster but not by much, while Macrium is probably more user friendly.

For those that prefer Macrium's backup solution, the free version will be available sometime this month after about a dozen or so patches since 7.0 was released back in ending of February.

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01 May 2017   #12

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Macrium Reflect and Image for Windows are my pay-fors :)
Each computer has two dedicated pancake-sized, platter-driven, usb, 1TB hard-drives.
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01 May 2017   #13

Windows 7 Ult x64

FYI, Acronis now releasing a "free edition" for Seagate & WD hard drives, so we can use Acronis True Image WD Edition for free (it needs at least one WD hard drive attached in your system to be able to install and run the product) - Same thing for Seagate too - Free download at their site!
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01 May 2017   #14
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

The only free Acronis program were trial version.
Free to try for 30 days.

I'm not sure why a backup program would care what brand drive one is using.

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01 May 2017   #15

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

The WD and Seagate Acronis versions have been available a long time. They have some limitations compared to the full version, but do the basic job.

Acronis WD Edition Software

Seagate DiscWizard

They are quite large, and other 3rd party soultions have more features.

I recommend Aomei Backupper.
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01 May 2017   #16

Windows 7 Ult x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
The only free Acronis program were trial version.
Free to try for 30 days.

I'm not sure why a backup program would care what brand drive one is using.
Nope, there is a notice with yellow highlight at the bottom: "This product edition has limited functionality". So, you should get the full paid version to complete all the functions to run.
In this free edition, the Disk management only allows: Clone disk, Rescue Media Builder, Backup transfer settings, Import & Export backup, and Mount / Unmount image, and the rest with blue text to open paid apps to their site if we click.

But, as long as we need Backup only, it's very convenient to use.. right?
Me myself use up until now (WD edition), and all backups & restores are running fine.
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01 May 2017   #17

Windows 7 Ult x64

@SIW2, yes you right, thanks for correction. But the link you suggest is very big filesize, do not select it,
please choose here: Acronis True Image Western Digital Edition Software 6126 (261 MB)
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01 May 2017   #18

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

I use 2 backup programs and yes, Macrium Reflect is one of them.
I, of course, have two external drives attached to each of my 5 computers.
If this plan fails me I will cry like a baby.
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03 May 2017   #19

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks everyone for responding, I'll check out all the programs mentioned.
So I currently have one external drive where I back up my personal data and keep the image files. I decided to keep both the Macrium & Windows System image for the time being since I'm not short of space.
Sounds like redundancy is the key in backing up. I figure if the laptop HD dies I have the data on the external, if the external dies I have the laptop data.
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04 May 2017   #20

Win7 Pro 32bit

Macrium Free v5.3 images every 10 days, just in case. Better safe than sorry, and whenever I've needed it, it works.
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