What Backup Imaging software do you use?

Discussion in 'polls' started by Page42, Jul 7, 2012.

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What backup/imaging software do you use?

  1. Acronis

    12.4%
  2. Active@ Disk Image

    2.1%
  3. Casper

    0.3%
  4. Clonezilla

    3.1%
  5. DiscWizard

    0.3%
  6. Drive Snapshot

    5.2%
  7. DriveImage XML

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Dubaron

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. EaseUs Todo

    2.3%
  10. Farstone

    1.0%
  11. Fog

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  12. Genie Timeline

    0.3%
  13. Gigabyte

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. Hybir

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  15. Image for DOS

    1.0%
  16. Image for Windows

    7.5%
  17. Keriver

    2.1%
  18. Macrium Reflect

    26.6%
  19. Miray

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  20. Nero BackItUp

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  21. Norton Ghost

    0.5%
  22. NTI Backup

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  23. O&O DiskImage

    0.3%
  24. ODIN

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  25. Paragon

    6.5%
  26. Partition Saving

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  27. Perfect Image

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  28. PING (Partimage Is Not Ghost)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  29. R-Drive Image

    0.5%
  30. Redo

    0.3%
  31. SelfImage

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  32. ShadowProtect

    5.9%
  33. Windows Built-in

    9.6%
  34. Other, please specify

    5.4%
  35. None

    7.0%
  1. aladdin

    aladdin Registered Member

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    Hi Alexhousek,

    Excellent. It also has an option to be available as bootmenu on booting. Keep your recovery CD/DVD in safe for hard disk failure and use the bootmenu to boot into Macrium Reflect during booting.

    Best regards,

    Mohamed
     
  2. Alexhousek

    Alexhousek Registered Member

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    I've seen you and others mention this before. Please forgive my ignorance, but what is the value of doing this since I've created the recovery DVD? I actually hope to never have to use that recovery DVD. Considering you may need to use this bootmenu feature once or twice a year (hopefully never), what is the benefit of adding this feature?

    One last question, I assume adding this bootmenu would/will have no effect on my AX64?
     
  3. aladdin

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    Hi Alexhousek,

    1. The Recovery DVD is not very handy when needed.
    2. The bootmenu is at your fingertips if you ever want to do COLD imaging and/or restore.
    3. The bootmenu always contain the latest build of Macrium Reflect, whereas the Recovery DVD doesn't.

    It will have no effect on AX64.

    In fact, AX64 has about 20% failure rate on HOT restores. In those rare instances, you have to do a COLD restore. With EasyBCD, you can build a bootmenu for AX64 too. AX64 on your fingertips to do COLD restore, when HOT restore fails and your computer doesn't boot into Windows.

    Best regards,

    Mohamed
     
  4. luciddream

    luciddream Registered Member

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    I am only 1 person, but I "thought" I described said terrible situation. Perhaps it was in another thread... I upgraded to the new v5, and the very first (and only) image I attempted would have bricked my computer had I not had other images on hand. Even when I was going through the options I saw buginess, like my preferences not being saved when I'd go from one tab to another.

    Never had any problem with 4.2... ever. Again, maybe just coincidence. But I've seen other members in here that have Macrium 4.2 in their sigs, or in the "what is your setup" thread, instead of v5. And I have to think for a reason.

    But trust your own experiences. I'm simply sharing my own.
     
  5. aladdin

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    One of the reason could be that they don't won't to pay for the upgrade, when v4.2 is working perfectly on their systems.

    Best regards,

    Mohamed
     
  6. Stigg

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    At Least Two Different Backup Options

    It is very hard to know what imaging program works best on your system until you actually put it through all the tests which some people are reluctant to do. I guess that's why some people recommend that you have at least two different backup options.

    By the way. I cloned an old hard drive to an SSD the other day using Macrium Reflect 5.2 Free, and it worked perfectly.
     
  7. JoeBlack40

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    Aomei Backupper.Because it's free,easy and speedy hot backups,very reliable and trustworthy as i have done dozens of backups and restores and never failed me.My primary backup solution.:thumb:
     
  8. dja2k

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    I've been using Macrium Reflect Free for some time now without any issues and also been testing AX64 Time Machine Trial. I think I can buy Macrium Reflect Standard and do combinations of Full\Incremental Backups to fill the gap of using both Macrium Free and AX64 at the same time. I don't think I need quick restores anyways.

    I see some of you use the combination of Macrium Reflect and AX64, so probably you do need a fast restore method.

    dja2k
     
  9. Minimalist

    Minimalist Registered Member

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    After moving from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 I also switched from Acronis to Macrium. I like Macrium - it's fast, simple and reliable.

    hqsec
     
  10. ams963

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    I use Drive Snapshot. It's fast, light and very reliable.:thumb:
     
  11. guest

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    Initially voted Windows' built-in tool but since my system partition usage gets bigger and bigger, I need compression. Now Macrium is always there to save my butt.
     
  12. Page42

    Page42 Registered Member

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    I use Macrium as well. I imaged both of my Win7 machines yesterday prior to installing latest Windows Updates, just in case something got broken. Call it pro-active butt saving. ;)
    Then today, I imaged them again, now that the updates worked fine.
     
  13. The Hammer

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    Windows built in does the job.
     
  14. Stigg

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    Windows 8.1 broke it for many people.
     
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  16. Stigg

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    It would be good if it was reliable, but it is not reliable enough for me.
    And a backup/imaging program's main asset has to be reliability, and it doesn't have it, in my opinion.

    It has already failed me a couple of times doing restores, and I have seen a number of restore failures being reported by others.
    I wouldn't rely on it.
     
  17. guest

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    i backup via main UI and only restore via Local Storage (other methods failed on win8.1 upd 1)
     
  18. ProTruckDriver

    ProTruckDriver Registered Member

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    Windows 7 Built-in. Backup and Restore, Create a system image. Backup approx. 2 to 3 times a week.
     
  19. The Hammer

    The Hammer Registered Member

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    Using Win 7 myself. Without issue.
     
  20. guest

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    What's being wrong with it? It seems to work just fine as before here (8.1).
     
  21. Abdallah

    Abdallah Registered Member

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    AX64 , works as it should be here
     
  22. Hadron

    Hadron Registered Member

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    Interesting to see that Macrium Reflect is No. 1. *puppy*
     
  23. Page42

    Page42 Registered Member

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    And way ahead of whatever is 2nd. I used it yesterday to restore an image. Excellent program. :thumb:
     
  24. guest

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    Macrium deserves to be on the first position.
     
  25. MarcP

    MarcP Registered Member

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    Been using Macrium for over 2 years. Will not use anything else. Been burnt by Acronis too many times. Will never trust that one ever again.
     
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