While absolutely 100% agreeing with people that they should back up their OS regularly -- don't forget also to back up YOUR IMPORTANT DATA such as multi-media files etc. Agreed these don't change very much so after an initial backup (can be done over a period say of days) incrementals will probably do for this data. Always take a FULL image of the OS though. If as it should be where humanly possible it's installed on an SSD backup and restore will only take MINUTES and the amount of time amd aggro you save is beyond any sort of price calculation.
I'm sure retrieving 1000's of tracks from ITunes or re-ripping and tagging zillions of CD's and DVD's won't be too much fun even if you can retrieve the data completely. Similarly some of those video files you want to keep might take forever to download them - always assuming they are still available.
The WEAKNESS in FREE MACRIUM is that it doesn't do Folder / File backups. But even if you use Windows / File explorer it's 1,000,000% BETTER THAN NOTHING. A decent free file backup system is the old TAR utility which you can run from any Linux live CD - but IMO BUY a decent version of a commercial backup system and backup BOTH system and data - remembering that data backups can be run differently to full images.
If you only have a small amount of data then maybe if you are a trusting person things like Ms's onedrive (or whatever their cloud system is) then OK keep stuff on there -- but as always the first time you URGENTLY NEED to restore a document your Internet won't be working !!!!.
jimbo; you echo my thoughts. A lot of people won't do a complete backup because it takes so much time. This is why I was attracted to True Image in the first place because it allowed me to exclude my data files, about 300 gb, and reduce the task to imaging the OS in case of a crash or infection, about 25 gb or about 30 minutes. So I do that a couple times a month. I sync my data every few days using GoodSync and it takes less than 10 mins since 98% of it is unchanged. It's essential that you keep up with both tasks because you just don't know when you'll need a backup. In my case, an infection forced me to recover the computer after two yrs of unused backups but very quickly, I had the computer up and running again. The data recovery took a couple hrs but I had a completely recovered machine by day's end.
After these comments on TI 2015, I made a 2nd image on a stick and tested both the ext HDD and usb stick versions and they worked perfectly. So, I'm not sure whether the negativity is due to external hardware issues or what but it does the job for me.
I'm still interested in "What features were silently removed".
What "Features" does a Backup and recovery suystem need other than it can IMAGE a DISK, BACKUP files both as complete backups and incrementals / differentials (i.e just save changed data after a full backup) and restore things.
Of course it should be possible to boot from a recovery media such as a USB stick and for removable media be able to back up on to multiple media (for example over several DVD's if you use DVD for backup).
Other than that I can't see "What features" a backup needs --so I'd be greatful if the OP could tell me what's been removed.
Last edited by jimbo45; 02 Feb 2015 at 04:46.
I only do full drive backups (images). Incrementals can be a hassle unless they are restored correctly.
Like I said, I've had the last two versions. The newest just has a new interface, like the diff between Malwarebytes old and new. It offers more cloud storage options, if you subscribe. I like TI because I can easily exclude the data files or OneDrive folders that I sync elsewhere. This saves a LOT of imaging time.
I did notice Try and Decide, the sandbox feature, did not work but it was because the new laptop has a UEFI drive not a SATA disk. I suspect it would have worked on my old one. So I still can't see anything that was 'silently removed'
But that does not matter to me. What does ist the fact that True Image 2015 managed to f... up 5 of 5 different images of 5 different partitions, stored on 2 different external hdds. So that was the show stopper for me and not the removed features which I didn't care about.