Snapshot software

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  1. Noob

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    Anyone can recommend a good snapshot software?

    I would prefer one that is fast and can have schedules :D
     
  2. n8chavez

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    That depends what you mean by "Snapshot Software." Are you referring to software such as as Comodo's Time Machine, which will allow user to revert their system's back to specific times, or imaging applications such as Drive Snapshot?
     
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    I am talking about software like Comodo Time Machine.
    I may try it again, but are there any other suggestions. :D

    I don't like Imaging ones since it takes too much time + space.
     
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    Fair enough. But remember if your hard drive dies your essentially screw if your using snapshot software as a primary means of defense. If the drive were to die there would be no unaffected prior snapshots to revert back to. However, if you using imaging software you could restore everything (regardless of any hardware failure. I think most here would agree with me that is the safest way to fully protect your system. Of course all of this is fully discussed here in multiple location (if only people would learn to use the search function).

    Actually, consider this an exercise in doing just that. Your answers are there, I promise. There's no need to rehash everything over and over again.
     
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    Amen for the rehash bit. Plenty of truth that the answers have not only been given, but elaborated upon - multiple times over.
     
  6. Noob

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    I'm more trying to prevent OS/Software failures than hardware problems.
    If the HDD dies then it died IMO :D

    So any suggestions? :D
     
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    I use RollBack RX in combination with imaging software and have posted a number of times on the subject in some detail. I suggest you search the archives using my screen name and RollBack Rx as the search parameters and you will find these posts.

    I hope this helps.
     
  8. Zero3K

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    I use Comodo Time Machine for making daily snapshots of my hard drive. I have encountered no problems, so far.
     
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    If the HD dies that is the most major "Software failure" that can happen. It is nice to be able to fix this.
     
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    Hardware failure cannot be prevented with software. The key here, and I think this goes in line with the majority of responses you'll get, is that it is better to prepare for the worst but hope for the best. In short, imaging is superior; less convenient but safer.

    If you are determined to use "reverting" software check out RollBack RX or EAZ Fix.

    Yes, use the search function. Everything you want to know has recently been discussed.
     
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    Too much time and space huh? Sounds like you need to rethink your drives partition structure. How 'bout some details?
     
  12. Get

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    CTM. It's not waterproof against softwaref**kups (been there) so better make an image also now and then for those occasions.
     
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    I really don't need Imaging software, all the information that i consider important i keep like 3 copies of them, (Other HDD, USB and SD cards). And even that, they're not really important just random files i always need but i could get anytime easily from the internet. (Setup, patches, songs etc.)

    But i can't use imaging software since it takes too much space and i don't have an HDD big enough to backup all my main HDD data (Main HDD is almost FULL). Just wanted a simple snapshot software like CTM to prevent some software incidents like yesterday (I was lucky i had a restore point or i would be formatting my pc right now :D)

    Anyways thanks for the suggestions, i will try CTM but are any of those compatible with defragmenters?
     
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    Well then there you have it - few key items to save, most others easily replaced. We share ;) parallel philosophies.
     
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    Nope, but you can uninstall CTM when you want to defrag and install again when you're done. You don't have to defrag very often, so that won't be a problem I think. CTM can defrag the snapshots.
     
  17. jonyjoe81

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    I've been using "returnil" as a system restore for almost 2 years and it has never let me down, it's only limitation is that it won't keep changes when it reboots. It will test programs that don't require a reboot.

    I also tried "comodo time machine" but it had compatibility problems with other programs, and I wasn't to sure if it will withstand a virus attack like returnil will. I also experienced some BSOD which where troubling. In the end I prefered returnils quick restores.

    Like other people here I also use a weekly imaging as a last resort from any type of failure.

    One program that you might want to look at is FirstDefense Rescue, it makes a snapshot of your c: drive inside the c: drive. The original snapshot takes about the same time as making an image, but after that your updates are quick. If you are on the snapshot and want to test programs you can test them including reboot, if you don't like it just update the snapshot from your baseline, the updates are quick. The only drawback is that it only keeps one snapshot and it takes up the same space as your original c: drive. But it will provide you with instant restore since you can boot into the baseline or the snapshot. Also this program doesn't have issues with defrag software.
     
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    Which programs? I never had a bsod with it. When did they happen?
     
  19. Huupi

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    Imaging topics are common on wilders,more then anywhere else.
    For me just a noob on technical issues with computers its the easiest way to recover from software or mechanical failures. :D
    So if you hate to do imaging your in for some future pain. :doubt:

    I'm notorious for screwing anything because of the crazy things i do but bless the day that i took imaging seriously.
     
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