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Windows 7: Back up Decision !

View Poll Results: How many times do you back up
Hourly 1 9.09%
Weekly 5 45.45%
Monthly 3 27.27%
Bad Memory I forgot and major amounts of time go by 2 18.18%
Voters: 11. You may not vote on this poll

19 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 10 Pro
Back up Decision !

I'm trying to choose which of these Backup Programs is amongst the best, input is welcome by my list, what would you recommend either from the list or another suggestion?

  1. Karen’s Replicator Review
  2. NovaBackup
  3. Acronis True Image Home
  4. BackUp Maker

My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

The "best" is a subjetive term. I use GFI Home Edition ( for standard backup, and it has never let me down. Maybe another one to add to your list?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2010   #3

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer

Daily was not an option, which I would have selected. I do an incremental backup, then a full backup.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

19 Dec 2010   #4
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

I usually make two complete images weekly with Acronis TI and one with Paragon Drive Backup Pro. I also run Genie Timeline to constantly backup user files. A Guy
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Had "Daily" been an option I would have chosen that, too.

I can't compare backup alternatives; I only use one.
Acronis TI Home (v2011) is what I'm currently running.
I've been using Acronis products for several years and although I find the interface kind of funky, the backups are rock-solid.
I do an Incremental daily and a Full Backup weekly.
I transfer these to DVD's Monthly.
It works for me! :)

Also, I have a "Pristine" image sitting on the side in case I should ever have to re-install Windows- heaven forbid! (About 30 minutes)
It takes me days to do a fresh installation, programs and all, otherwise.

Hope this helps!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I use Clonezilla as it boots from CD or DVD and it doesn't care what operating system your using. Takes a little to get use to it, but it's the best program I used to date. GL :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Dec 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Back up what?



I backup data every day, using Second Copy---a file by file method, not an imaging application.

I backup my system with an imaging application--alternating between Macrium Free and Acronis--every month or two.

I have never had to restore a system image. I've been able to use Windows System Restore to roll back to a known good point numerous times--maybe 6 or 8 times per year.

I keep my most recent two images just in case System Restore fails me---it hasn't happened yet.

I think Karen's application in the poll is a file by file method, not an imager. File by file methods are much more reliable, but can't restore a system.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2010   #8

Windows 7 Pro x 2/Windows 10 Home/10 Pro//Windows 10 Insider Preview ?

I use Paragon back up and restore - free edition and the free acronis edition that is available if you own a segate or western digital drive. I make a full image about every 3 months or after major changes but back up my data (A Guy's wallpaper) to external drive immediately
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2010   #9

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I think Karen's application in the poll is a file by file method, not an imager. File by file methods are much more reliable, but can't restore a system.
Yes, Karen's Replicator is a file backup program. I have programmed it to back up the main drive I use to 4 storage drives and the software does a very accurate job.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I do daily for the system with Macrium. Weekly for the data because that does not change so often - also with Macrium.
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