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Windows 8.1 - Still schedule your full system backups?

  1. #1


    The Netherlands
    Posts : 47
    Windows 10 Pro

    Windows 8.1 - Still schedule your full system backups?


    Hey guys,

    As many of you may have noticed that compared to Windows 8, Microsoft has removed the 'Windows 7 File recovery' software in Windows 8.1 and renamed it to 'System Image Backup'.
    The major letdown for this tool is (imo), that its no longer possible to easily schedule your backup tasks this way.
    On the other hand i really like how i will be able to execute my backup needs using Windows only tools (also as i have a few years of experience with both Acronis and Symantec, but even after intensively using and suggesting features over at the Acronis website/forums the company just won't listen to its customers).

    Now i found this article online that will still let you set up a scheduled task for backups in Windows 8.1:
    How to schedule a Windows 8.1 System Image backup (step-by-step) ? Pureinfotech

    Very interesting and even though i can dissect the given command lines etc., i still think you could obtain much more usability if all of the options available to you were actually presented in a GUI or whatnot.

    Does anyone know if such a 3rd party tool excists? Come to think of it, seeing as the output would simply be the creation of a task from the powershell command line or altering an excisting Windows task, im thinking this type of tool would not even be hard to make.

    Anyhow, apart from the above question, what i would like to achieve is the following:
    My backup folder is in: E:\Backup\
    Monday: Full system image from my C:\ drive + Seperate Full system image from my D:\ drive
    Wednesday: Incremental image with changes of my C:\ drive + Seperate Incremental image with changes of my D:\ drive
    Friday: Incremental image with changes of my C:\ drive + Seperate Incremental image with changes of my D:\ drive
    Sunday: Move all of the images to my E:\Backup\Archive\ folder
    Have this schedule repeat on a weekly basis (i will manually review and delete the images in my archive folder....this method is simply to prevent having no image at all when the backup task on Monday crashes or the PC is interrupted during that time).

    Does anyone know if this would be possible?

    Yes, i know i have done this in the past using Acronis but their scheduler is:
    A. Resource hogging
    B. Simply does not work and save the configuration exactly the way i want it to (Acronis 2014 is even worse then Acronis 2010 which i was using before).

    I hope this topic will share some nice backup experiences/configurations people have and/or inform people about the off-the-shelf possibilities Windows 8.1 already has.

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  2. #2


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    With the removal of Windows 7 File recovery AND "Windows Easy Transfer" they have basically slit our throats if we depended on those to make backups.

    Acronis True Image is the one I used to use, it may be what we have to use in 8.1. But I agree, it gobbles up huge amounts of system resources. But several people have found other alternatives, search the board with "Advanced Search" and you can find them.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 529
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Wow so they totally removed this feature i wonder i this is a good time for me to switch over to my Nero backitup program that i never have used?.
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  4. #4


    I would suggest you look into Macrium Reflect it seems to be the first one to figure out how to restore a UEIF GPT disk Image accurately. I have just started with them on this notebook due to the fact that Acronis has been unresponsive as to solving this issue of restoring a UEIF GPT disk Image. i have found Reflect tech support excellent and they are responsive. I most likely will move my WS's back up schemes over as I gain confidence in the product.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 529
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    yeah i own the full version of nero pro with backitup so i would rather not buy other software, anyone ever use nero 12 backitup?
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  6. #6


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    And scheduling is sooo easy in Macrium (free). Just right click on the definition xml.

    Click image for larger version
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  7. #7


    Posts : 529
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    well here is a picture of nero backitup looks pretty simple what yeah think. Click image for larger version
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  8. #8


    Try it. The key though is, restore it. Is everything the same? If so then you have a good backup program.
    Does it have it's own scheduler?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 529
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    yeah i think so i have not turned it on yet to see but in the help file it list schedule and stuff
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  10. #10


    The Netherlands
    Posts : 47
    Windows 10 Pro


    Thanks for all the replies so far people.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Try it. The key though is, restore it. Is everything the same? If so then you have a good backup program.
    Does it have it's own scheduler?
    Yeah that is probably the most important argument one can make (and i do have to admit, its a nice Acronis feature to be able to convert images to Windows images back and forth).
    Looking at the current usage of SSD's though, the correct recovery of an image is probably the most valid point to judge a good backup solution (also taking alignment into account).

    --

    i just came across this article today:
    Acronis Press Center: latest press releases and media contact information
    (Acronis 2014 obtained Windows 8.1 certification).
    Maybe i should be a bit more forgiving and give them another try?
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