Introducing AX64 Time Machine - hybrid imaging/snapshot software

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Isso, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. max2

    max2 Registered Member

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    Hi Isso just asking how the feature for naming of each backup image coming ? Either by filename or as a description like Acronis True Image is done is fine by me. There is no rush. So don't worry.
     
  2. billwv

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    Thanks, good to know, so it is good to delete temp, etc.

    Bill
     
  3. pandlouk

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    For the temp files the best thing to do is to change the "user/s" "Environment variables" in another partition.

    ps."Rapid enviroment editor" is a nice tool for noobs.

    Panagiotis
     
  4. puff-m-d

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    Hello,

    Good idea, I had not thought of that. There is even a simple way to do it too (at least on Win 8 Pro x64 using IE10). Just go to Tools > Internet options > Browsing history > Settings > Move folder... > Navigate to where you want to create the new "Temporary Internet Files" folder > OK > You will be prompted to log off and back on, then delete the old "Temporary Internet Files" folder and you are done. Very simple. I have done this and will see how it affects my snapshot size...

    :thumb: pandlouk :thumb: Thanks *puppy* !!!
     
  5. pandlouk

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    You are welcome.

    you can do the same if you want with the event viewer logs
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216169
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com.../thread/f9cc94e9-cfcb-4b34-97a4-f1b7c6720230/
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...indows-7/22d38ece-511a-41a2-8fa9-727a9e23ab47

    Panagiotis
     
  6. atomomega

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    hi max2,

    I posted this idea a couple of weeks ago at the feedback website, please vote it so Isso and his team can look into it.

    Regards.
     
  7. Isso

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    max2, atomomega,

    We are working on that feature at this moment. I'm not sure if we can include it into the next release (with GPT/EFI support), but we'll definitely include it into the following update. I guess within a month it will be there.

    Isso
     
  8. EASTER

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    Hello Isso.

    Busy over here this week making preparations for AX64 compatibility for Uefi/Gpt. support in shopping for new External Drives which will serve strickely as AX64 backup storage staging area.

    My question is like AX64 itself, simple. Is it also proposed to make provision for backing up and restoring directly via external media convention such as a USB AX64 recovery environment exclusively designed to carry out that type of operation in event of failure for windows 8 to boot even to a command prompt within it's system repair feature.

    I recently resolved (manually) a very serious issue by virtue of a Linux live disc to repair the registry whereas not even Windows 8 USB Recovery Environment could resolve such a stupid simple repair.

    Thanks and keep up the excellent progress with this great new innovation you worked hard to help fashion for everyone.

    Easter
     
  9. bgoodman4

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    Could you not simply pause the hourly snaps?

    I know if you are using an external drive and its unplugged for some reason the hourly backups will resume when the drive is plugged back in.

    So, all you would need to do is unplug your external drive, watch your videos, run CC and then plug the drive back in.

    It may be possible to simply turn off 1 hour snaps and then turn it back on when you have done the CC clean but I have not tried this so am not sure if this will work (but I suspect it is likely that it will).
     
  10. atomomega

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    Hi Isso,

    You are right. After the first reboot after taking the backup, I do nothing related to AX64, just daily usage. System hangs when I shutdown. The problem only happens once per backup. I mean, next shutdowns have no problem, until I take another backup.

    I will try uninstalling-reinstalling. However, odd enough, I tried an intense restore session going back and forth within my different backups. My system behaves just fine. No hangs, no nothing.
     
  11. puff-m-d

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    Hello,

    Again, with me in my senility, I would never remember to turn off and turn back on after cleaning. The best features of AX64 is its speed, set it and forget it, small footprint, and reliability. The automatic backups just ties all that together even more. I also do closed alpha/beta testing for a security software company so a crash can occur quite often. AX64 has saved my butt countless times now when a crash has corrupted something on my system. The automatic backups ensure that I can always recover with never losing more than a hour of work. The restores are so fast that I lose little time.

    I have solved my problem (even though it is not really a problem, just wanting to be more efficient) it seems as I have moved all of my download folders, user temporary files, system temporary files, and temporary internet files to another disk separate from my system disk. I have also moved the storage of log files of anything that logs on a regular basis (such as debug logs accumulated from alpha/beta testing) to a separate drive. I even moved the system event viewer logs to another drive. This should cut down quite a bit on the size of both my initial image and all the subsequent incremental snapshots. Cutting down on the size will also make a fast AX64 even faster.

    I did this today, so it will be interesting to see over the next week or so the effect on both the size and speed of the backups.
     
  12. Isso

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    Hi Easter,

    Thank you :thumb: ! For your question: AX64 Recovery Media is able to restore the system in case it fails to start. It's not able to take backups though, sorry. However in the future we may add "take backup" feature to Recovery Media too, it's been requested a number of times.

    Isso
     
  13. Isso

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    Kent,

    Very interesting, looking forward to your results. Which internet browser are you using BTW? They are quite different in caching methods.

    Isso
     
  14. EASTER

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    Thanks Isso!

    In the end thats all that really matters. Although i read it too, (able to make back-ups via x64 USB) as some have requested, the "Restore" feature is whats most important.

    Regards Easter
     
  15. bgoodman4

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    Ummmm, I do not quite agree. The restore feature is of course VERY VERY important but the ability to restore/recover ALL data is at least as important as the ability to restore most of the data. Losing up to, potentially, and hours worth of work is a significant for me and I would love to have protection from this sort of loss. This then is the one significant area that Rx beats AX64. The ability to avoid any data loss if a restore is needed (most of the time).

    I do hope this ability will be part of AX64 down the road. The ability to take a snap from the recovery media would be a god send IMO.
     
  16. EASTER

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    You misunderstood completely.

    Yes additional features are useful as well as expected from an image app as reliable as AX64. I merely expressed the relief and satisfaction for it's current BASIC features AS IS to pull your tail out of the pot when (especially Windows 8 ) fails to boot even from it's own MS Recovery Media.

    So far as actually creating an image from the Recovery Media is definitely a worthwhile expectation, but untill and if that becomes added in a future version, then AX64 RESTORE from recovery media saves having your current system data either lost entirely or in my case locked on disc with no way to issue repairs except via Linux from a distance.
     
  17. pandlouk

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    Unless one is still on win98/Me and 2000, Microsoft does provide a way to recover his files in XP, Vista Business/Ultimate/enterprize and 7 is called "Restore previous versions" and in windows 8 is called "File History".
    https://wiki.nursing.jhu.edu/display/KB/Restoring Previous Versions of Files in Windows XP
    http://windows.microsoft.com/el-gr/windows-vista/demo-restore-an-old-version-of-a-file
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows7/recover-lost-or-deleted-files
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/how-use-file-history

    Panagiotis
     
  18. manolito

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    Sure, but only if you have not deactivated the Windows System Restore.

    When using Rollback or AX64 I see Windows System Restore as redundant, so I have turned it off...

    The way I use the AX64 recovery media is to have a file manager (Explorer++) available on the recovery media. I usually know which folders contain the data which might have changed since the last backup, so it is easy to copy these folders to a safe location before restoring the last snapshot.



    Cheers
    manolito
     
  19. pandlouk

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    Off course.
    Personally I find redundant the use of third party programs for recovering/viewing old versions of files, plus I never put any important files on the same partition with the OS (system restore is disabled on my OS partition). And I prefer using "duplicati" for retaining a copy of those instead of imaging programs.

    All comes down on how one uses his computer/s. :)

    Panagiotis
     
  20. Brian K

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    Panagiotis,

    I'm with you. No personal documents, music, video, pictures, email or downloaded files in the OS partition.
     
  21. bgoodman4

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    Understood and I agree.
     
  22. bgoodman4

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    Thank you
     
  23. MarcP

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    Only works on a limited number of files.
     
  24. pandlouk

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    You are welcome.
    Not true... works on everything unless you have added a file/folder exception in the "filesnottosnapshot" regkey; just right cleck on a folder or even the partition where the file was use the file history on the folder or drive and you will find your file there.;)

    Panagiotis
     
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  25. MarcP

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    The links you provided say that the file must be in a library (or on the Desktop for Win8 ) in order to be picked up. That doesn't cover all files.

    Can you imagine the bloat if Windows were to cover every single files in the system with that feature?
     
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