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Cowinacape September 9, 2008 12:49 PM

Back up software??
Didn't really know where this fit in with the rest of the board, and this sub forum felt like about the best fit, so here it goes.....

So I am running Vista Ultimate 64bit (just so everyone knows) I currently run the OS off of a 250 HDD, and then have another 640 HDD that I use for my applications.

I also have two extra dedicated HDDs for back ups 1-250 to back up my OS drive, and 1-640 to back up my apps drive.

So to my pea brain all seems well so far, so I tried to use the built in backup in Vista, but it insists on trying to back up both of the drives to one target drive (not what I wanted) kind of hard to fit both a 250 and 640 gig drive on one 250 drive http://www.vistaheads.com/forums/ima...s/rolleyes.gif .

My plan was to back up both hard drives to their own mated (size wise drives) through the use of a removable HDD bay I have intstalled in my machine. (ie back up the 250 OS drive to the empty 250, and the 640 app drive to the empty 640 drive, and then store my back ups seperatly from the machine and have them on hand for when the machine eventually goes down. And in that event simply boot off the Windows disk, and restore the drives from the back ups, and carry on.

Hopefully that was clear (albeit long winded) enough. So what I am in search of is a utility to perform the back up program that I had invisioned (doesn't have to be a freeware/shareware, acctual commercial product is fine, as long it is resonable priced maybe up to 50 - 75 dollars(? - admitedly I don't know the price range of this type of product). But is easy to use. I am looking for something that will allow making fully bootable,cloned, carbon copy of the drives they are backing up.

I was hopping to get some feedback of what others might be using for their own back up, to get an idea of what a good program is, and what to avoid like the plague http://www.vistaheads.com/forums/ima...es/biggrin.gif

Yes I tried this question at a different forum (thus the smileys) but seems almost like a ghost town over there.

Dwayne September 9, 2008 03:24 PM

I use Acebackup2 AceBackup: The free Backup Software it is freeware and it works very well. There are lots of stratagies that people use, find one you are happy with. I only back up my data, and I try to keep my data in one spot. That way once I set up my backup it will find new and updated files and save them when I process the backup. I don't know if Ace has a function built in to do automatic backups, I just do manual ones.

We bought a WD MyBook 500 GB external drive for my wife's computer as the backup drive. It was pretty cheap though Costco and the software it comes with basically monitors the drives/folders you set up. As you make a change to a file in the monitored drive/folder, it backs it up. No compression from what I can see, but pretty slick. My wife has a partition that she uses exclusivly for data and that is what is monitored. We don't back up apps that we can reinstall, just a waste I think, and we don't backup the OS cause if it crashes I'll just reinstall and start fresh anyway.

yamawho September 9, 2008 03:38 PM

The app that I swear by is Acronis True Image.

You can image the whole hdd.

You can transfer a hdd to another.

You can backup only the data.

Partition hard drives and also works with flash drives.

Does many other things ... it's is a great app !

I like their motto ... Compute with confidence.

Backup software for data backup and disaster recovery in Windows and Linux - Acronis

DK2 September 10, 2008 04:50 AM

what yamawho says!
If your going to spend some $ on a backup system True Image is the one.

lcdguy September 10, 2008 11:16 AM

i also use true image. I would definitely get it. Worth every penny. Also if you do alot of hard drive work (ie dual boots, etc) disk director is freaking amazing as well.

bushwhacker September 11, 2008 02:44 PM

check out Cobian Backup

ebdoradz September 13, 2008 09:28 AM


Originally Posted by bushwhacker (Post 88422)
check out Cobian Backup

thats what i what gonna suggest

Thund3rball December 31, 2008 06:00 PM

Just played with both Ace and Cobian. I have to say I like Cobian better, it just seems simpler to use with a lot of control. Ace somehow didn't come off as user friendly to me. Just my 2 cents for anyone reading this thread. It's also nice that it runs as a service using minimal resources. Two thumbs up. :)

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