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Best Way To Back Up my PC?

  1. #11

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    Windows 8

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    this is one of those cases where I would recommend a paid 3rd party product -- these work really well and will in the long run save you so much time that I can't even THINK of booting up a computer without one of these type of products available.

    My favourite is ACRONIS but there are others as well. You can make bootable images of your system ane even do a complete "Bare Metal" recovery -- even if you replace an HDD.

    While there are FREE versions of some of these you'll probably find they are too restrictive in what they can do.

    Incidently the thought of having to find and re-rip 3,000 CD's plus re-create loads of DVD movie copies and scanned data (tax returns etc) makes the 50 or so USD the product cost seem very reasonable.

    Plus if you install something that doesn't work you just restore a previous image etc etc.

    Acronis backup software and recovery services in UK. Internet data backup software for your home PC and corporate network

    If you don't want Acronis then Paragon or Macrium might be good alternatives - but I'd recommend the PAID versions in both cases.

    Macrium DID have a problem with W8 but I believe it's been fixed.

    Acronis works well!
    Use it at work on servers and at home. Can back up your whole drive into one file.
    If hard drive fails, boot off cd then restore to new drive. Newer version lets you restore
    specific files as well.

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  2. #12

    Products like acronis and macrium by default don't backup to the cloud. You typically back up to an external hard drive.

    I have used both. I am a paid for customer of acronis and use the free macrium product with win pe where my acronis product is not licensed our won't work (server operating systems).
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  3. #13

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    windows 8 prof 64 bit

    Norton cold using Norton Ghost from Dos is an acceptable solution for Windows 8 don't make me laugh. They SHOULD FIX IT. If you are just going to do a cold image you might as well use the confusingly named windows 7 recovery tool (which you can find using the metro search tool) why it isn't integrated with the windows 8 recovery as an option is just lazy programming or a last minute response to feedback from beta testing. If you want the ability to browse the recovery file and restore individual files, for now you will need Macrium or an equivalent. If you have only just bought Norton ghost 15 before upgrading to Windows 8 you should pursue a refund from Norton. They did not admit the product was incompatible until the after windows 8 was released, and are still selling it with no warning that its not compatible with Windows 8 (unless you read the forums. How many people read forums on a product before buying it, not many!).
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  4. #14

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    I don't know about the others, but Paragon Free offers this option:
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  5. #15

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    windows 8 prof 64 bit

    That certainly looks a bit more polished than Macrium. Sounds like a really good option
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  7. #17

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    I don't know about the others, but Paragon Free offers this option:
    Hi si

    Thank you for remaining to finish testing Paragon 12 before I buy.

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  8. #18

    The Netherlands
    Posts : 87
    Android, BSD, iOS, Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows

    I have very good experiences with Acronis True Image, they offer a demo which you can use to create a bootable usb/cd/dvd
    Backup software for data backup and recovery | Acronis
    You can remove the program after that to make a cold back-up.

    And yes, Acronis makes a full back-up of your pc, if you would recover from the back-up it would be like turning your pc on right after you made the back-up. No changes or whatsoever.
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  9. #19

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    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)

    I've been using Windows' built-in imaging program since Vista.

    The only time I had an issue with it was my own fault (restored an image for the AS5735 onto the AS8951 by mistake).

    Sure, it isn't feature-packed, but it does work, and works well.
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  10. #20

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    Windows 8.1 64bit Pro

    I want to try the free Paragon after seing this, but one thing I don't like is, at when Paragon must restore a complete drive (a SSD or HDD) it does NOT align partitions in the free version. That is not good for us with SSDs. Is it possible to align the partitions after restoring? Also the "hidden" partitions from Intel Rapid Start and UEFI BIOS?

    Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Products Comparison
    You have to scroll down to "File system optimation"

    BTW page up <> page down are very used in Windows. With Metro scrolling from left to right, should we then not have a "page left" and "page right" key?
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