Image For Windows

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Stigg, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. Stigg

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    Hi all...

    I searched for a thread about "Image For Windows", but couldn't find one.
    I am looking for a second backup program to go with "Macrium Reflect".

    Reliability, reliability, reliability is the feature I am looking for.

    Is "Image For Windows" that program?

    I have heard some positive comments, but just want to know what you think.

    Thank you...
     
  2. safeguy

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    Pretty sure you would get an unanimous "yes" as an answer.
     
  3. moontan

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    been using it for a couple of years.
    it has never failed on me in hundreds of imaging and restore.

    that's all i use for imaging.
    it's small, fast and can be run from a USB key at boot time.

    probably one of the best software purchase i've ever made.
     
  4. The Seeker

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    Get it, you won't regret it.
     
  5. The Shadow

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    IFW and Reliability are synonymous. Imho IFW and its siblings, IFL/IFD, are the very best of disk-image backup software!

    The thread you are looking for is under "Terabyte Product Release Thread" not too far below....
     
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  7. Stigg

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    Wow!
    What a great endorsement of this product.
    No negatives at all yet.
     
  8. Minimalist

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    One question. Does IFW support UEFI with secure boot?

    hqsec
     
  9. MudCrab

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    @MudCrab thank you for an answer!

    hqsec
     
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  12. Stigg

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    I have decided to try it. :thumb:
     
  13. Stigg

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    How do you schedule backups with this?
     
  14. Brian K

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    See page 194 in the userguide.
     
  15. Stigg

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    Thanks.
    I will have a read.
     
  16. Stigg

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    When I installed Image for Windows, it presented me with numerous optional settings. Technical stuff.
    Did you guys change any of those settings?
     
  17. MudCrab

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    Default is usually fine. I usually just uncheck the options to create the IFD/IFL boot media since I do that manually as needed.
     
  18. Stigg

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    Thanks MudCrab.
     
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    Now I don't understand this. I gave it a try and wow!! So many options, its the complete antithesis of AX64...I have win7 32bit...I use AX64 as a backup for my system because I fiddle with the system files, registry etc as a way of getting a better understanding, if I mess it up or I do get a cunning infection AX64 saves my Ass!...And its simple and almost idiot proof in its design...My question is, what advantage does or would IFW give me with its plethora of options?
     
  20. Stigg

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    I just scheduled a monthly Full Backup and a weekly differential/incremental backup, but I fail to understand and what point in the scheduling that the differential or incremental backup is selected.
    How is Task Scheduler going to know whether I want a differential or incremental backup?
     
  21. Brian K

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    clubhouse1,

    Just use the defaults. The hundreds of options are for the "pros".
     
  22. oliverjia

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    For me, I don't trust any disk backup images that are NOT made of a FRESHLY installed OS. A freshly installed OS has the least chance of being infected, hence the best time to backup your OS is right after installation of OS.
    If you use your OS for a while, you NEVER know IF/WHEN your computer has already been infected by virus. Nowadays virus infection is normally very hard to notice/identify, as most viruses evolved into information-stealing type and won't delete or duplicate your files.

    What is the point to make an image of your OS if it's already infected? That's why I never use AX64 type of programs.

    IFW could have a bit learning curve but once you master it, you'll feel right at home with the greatest tool in hands. Terabyte website provides help documentation to help and I find these documents are great learning materials.


     
  23. Brian K

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    Stigg,

    At this stage I'd use differentials rather than incrementals. Maybe use incrementals later when you understand what is happening. Although I only use differentials.
     
  24. Stigg

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    Hi Brian K.

    I understand everything in regards to the difference between differential and incremental backups, but the shortcoming of Image for Windows is that it relies on the end user to point it to either:
    The Full Backup or
    The Incremental Backup
    to get it to do either of them.

    So, the problem is there is no way to tell Image for Windows whether you want a differential or incremental backup using a schedule.
    I have spent many hours trying to find it, but it seems that it can only be done manually with end user intervention.

    I like to have my backup regimes work automatically.
    In my opinion, if you rely on manually backing up, you will eventually come unstuck.


    Here is the information straight from the user manual (Page 52)
    The above works manually, but not with an automatic schedule as far as I can see.
     
  25. Brian K

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    Stigg,

    I create differentials on a schedule. There are two batch files. A full backup batch file and a differential batch file. The full backup must always have the same name and the differential backup must always have the same name. For example, full.tbi and diff.tbi. In the differential backup batch file I have further lines to rename diff.tbi to something else. I keep the most recent 15 daily differential backups. I do full backups manually every 2 to 4 weeks but I could easily have the full backups scheduled as well. But I don't.
     
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