Discussion in 'polls' started by Creer, Aug 19, 2009.
What Image Backup software do you use to backup and restore your datas?
I have an Acronis license TI9 on one machine, and two ShadowProtect Desktop licenses for my personal machines. Incidentally I've just discovered that SP has a new version: 3.4
True Image Acronis.
I'm kinda limited to the freeware stuff lately but I use Macrium Reflect free and DiscWizard. Any freeware backup suggestions?
Fast, reliable & easy to use.
One of the best investments I have made.
Paragon and image for windows. lastest version of paragon has some issues atm so im using image for windows for now. both are great products.
It's a free version of Acronis available for Maxtor hard drives.
I use Acronis True Image v.11 rescue CD only. I don't like drivers in the background of Windows. I have never had a botched image or restore.
None - Just too confusing for me, so many different opinions!
Strange as it might sound, I use 7Zip for creating and restoring OS backups. To backup or restore Win2K, I boot to 98 and vice versa. It works quite well on a dual or multi-boot system. All of my drives are FAT32 for compatibility reasons.
I was using Acronis with no problems, but wasn't really happy with it. For me, there's several advantages to using 7Zip archives.
The archives are 25-35% smaller than the Acronis Archives.
Individual files and folders can be excluded from the backups.
The archives can be made, restored, and accessed from within Windows, DOS, and possibly Linux using available freeware. No proprietary formats.
Individual files can be extracted. Very useful for me when I forget to copy something off of the desktop.
Individual files are backed up and restored, so there's no fragmentation in any of the restored files.
The archives can be made or restored as a background process from within Windows without interfering with the tasks at hand.
The 7z archives do take quite a bit longer to make and restore, especially when using the maximum compression. Being able to perform the tasks as a background process keeps the long time periods from being a problem. Even if something managed to corrupt all of the internal drives, I can restore them using a properly made DOS bootdisk containing a few additional tools and drivers (USB, LFN, DPMI). I have separate tools for the MBR and partitioning but haven't needed to use them.
I guess I like IFD because it's simple, easy to use, and I don't need to install anything. I might have gone with Drive Snapshot, but by the time I heard about it, I had already purchased my license for IFD.
Rehi old, and possible new Wilders Friends!
Slam is back
(Has been almost 3 years already...wow...tempus ruit-hora fluit)
Just in the process of upgrading some hardware, I decided to finally take backing up serious now. So, I bought myself an external HD (Iomega Prestige 320G, very nifty) and now am searching for the right soft.
So, I thought let's go to my old buddies and get a cup of coffee at Wilders, how you're doing Paul?
And what will you know, there's this poll. So, with the danger of slightly going offtopic, I like to ask any of you experienced users which proggie in your opinion is best suited for an almost zero-experienced back-upper -yeah I know..shame
Downloaded Cobian Backup 9, any comments on that one?
Plus, I came across a nice multiple tool back-up CD creator, named UBCD4Win, but as a noob in this area Istill struggle with creating/copying iso-image...will post on another thread for that one.
But for this one too, I like your comments.
I'll be reading with great interest!
Great to be back, you'll be seeing me
Acronis True Image for me. I've tried Ghost, Paragon and several others and had issues with all of them. Never had a problem with ATI - it's reliable (for me) and easy to use. I would like to have a go with Shadow Protect, but I couldn't afford to pay for it anyway, so a bit pointless .
Clonezilla here. Works well for me on both Win and Linux, and it's free.
I know if you've never done it before, it seems at first a daunting task. Nowadays these programs are very easy to use for their main task: restore a complete system in 15 minutes (average time, 7 and 11 minutes for my machines). A complete reinstall of Windows + programs + personal configuration might take from 3 hours to several days.
Once one knows it works, it really allows you to do anything with your computer knowing that within the time to prepare a cup of coffee, your system or different systems can be running as freshly installed. The only catch is when trying to restore for the first time: the only way to know if it works is to do it with a system that is working.
IMO, the most important security/recovery software to have.
Dont use windows other than for playing games, but there I use Shadowprotect.
SP cant copy linux filesystem (without imaging the empty space too) so for Ubuntu I use Terabyte's Image for Linux.
I'm giving Easeus Todo backup (free) a try.
If anyone else wants to check it out, the home page is here:
Sadly... ATI 2009 Home...
Does FirstDefense count?
AFAIK FD ISR doesn't Image Backup software.
You can vote in another poll
Macrium Reflect for making backups.
Haven't had to use the restore so far, touch silicon.
Drive snapshot on one pc.
Image for windows on the other one.
Both are great.
I have several licenses for Image for Windows and use it on all my systems to create base images.
I've pretty much grown to hate all the other alternatives.
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