Good snapshot software?

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  1. Noob

    Noob Registered Member

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    Lately i've been trying Imaging software as my drive backup, but i didn't know they would use so much space and is TOOOOOOOO slow o_O

    Now i'm considering snapshot software.
    So anyone knows any good snapshot software?
    Also wanted to know if Snapshot are as effective as imaging :D
     
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  2. Aaron Here

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    Hmm, compressing the image should help - besides, external disk storage isn't very expensive!


    I highly recommend Rollback Rx - which I use and find to be very fast and reliable. It's most effective for creating multiple backups and restoring the C-drive very quickly ....but no snapshot software can take the place of a disk-image if your PC or the C-drive is a goner! ;)
     
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  3. Noob

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    Lol, PC hardware here is quite expensive, though i always wanted an external storage :D (Maybe when i get my own money)
    GOOD, i'm gonna try Rollback Rx right now :argh:

    Any other recommendations :D
     
  4. bgoodman4

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    I use RollBack as well and it is excellent BUT there are things you need to do to avoid problems.

    1: never use a 3rd party defrag program with RX installed, and especially do not use anything that does continuous defrags.

    2: you will need to periodically uninstall RX, do basic system maintenance, and then reinstall RX. If you don't you will find things slowing down considerably or even failing.

    3: as noted above if your drive becomes damaged or your PC is stolen (or lost) you would be out of luck. You might consider purchasing RXs companion program that will allow you to image your drive.

    AS to backup media you could always image to DVDs but really, an external drive would be better. Costco has drives for under $100 that would be quite adequate (I just saw a HP 320gig portable drive at Costco for $89 Canadian).

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    I just did a quick google search and found a 160 gig HP drive for $54 (US I assume) - here is the link
    http://www.shopping.com/xFS?KW=160 gig external hard drive&CLT=SCH

    You might also consider an internal drive and an inexpensive drive enclosure.
     
  5. Huupi

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    IMO imaging should be the first thing to be considered as you work with computers,anything else is secondary.
    It will save you from mechanical and/or software disasters.

    Question is are the images recoverable or not so you have to test it.
     
  6. daray

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    I avoid Rollback RX and similar products, for the reasons listed above. It is too easy to hose your system if you try to do something with the computer that the product wasn't designed to handle.

    Personally, I periodically run full system drive backups on my machines with Acronis True Image (probably about once a week). It has already saved me a few times with screwed up systems - and True Image is a solid product (not once has it failed to restore an image for me).

    I also run Shadow Defender in shadow mode for the majority of the time (have it set to enter shadow mode on boot, with certain areas excluded to make it easier to work with). Only need to leave shadow mode to update stuff (which i do just before i run True Image).
     
  7. dcrowe0050

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    just keep in mind to trial all these before u buy because their are several pros and cons for all of them. and i have to say (and no offense intended) i think that is the first good thing ive read about acronis in a long while, I take it you use an older version.
     
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