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Acronis Backup

  1. #1


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    Win 8 64 Pro

    Acronis Backup


    I am looking for software to do scheduled backups of my Win8 PC and was looking at Acronis Acronis backup software for data backup and disaster recovery solutions. . Is anyone using this on Win 8 and if so what is it like.

    Should I maybe look at any other software for this

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    I am using 2013 on windows 8 and windows 8.1. I have made quite a few progressive images and, so far, have not had any problems
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    I used to use Acronis (I have the 2013 version) but switched to Macrium a couple of months ago after Acronis failed me for the second time trying to rebuild a hard drive from an Acronis full backup. Acronis didn't get a 3rd chance.

    The first time, I made a full backup of an SSD drive as I was going to update the firmware in the drive, and the firmware update deleted all data. I made the full backup to a separate hard drive, did the firmware update and then tried to restore but the Acronis backup was "invalid". I didn't have much on the SSD drive as I had just installed Win 8 on it so I just reinstalled. The second time, I had a motherboard fail, on a different PC, and when it failed it also corrupted the hard drive. I replaced the motherboard and tried to rebuild the hard drive. I had a recent Acronis backup on a USB connected drive and tried to restore but the Acronis Linux rescue disc would not run in the PC, fortunately I had an Acronis WinPE rescue disc that would boot but it wouldn't restore from the backup to the hard drive, it would keep failing about half way through the restore. I had Acronis WinPe discs from both Acronis 2011, 2012 and 2013 and they all did the same thing. That was the end of Acronis.
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    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    If you want to go the cheap route, take a look at Macrium Reflect Free. I use it on Windows 8.1:

    Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
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    Win 8 64 Pro


    I have used Macrium free and it is great but I need the scheduled feature so that would mean getting the paid version. It is the same price as Acronis so either way I must decide what one would be best
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    windows 7


    Acronis is great, I've been using it for years on all different windows versions. The 2013 release is the one you want for Windows 8, work's perfect and I've never encountered any problems.
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    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by DirtRider View Post
    I have used Macrium free and it is great but I need the scheduled feature so that would mean getting the paid version. It is the same price as Acronis so either way I must decide what one would be best
    It includes scheduled backups. What specifically do you need that Macrium Free doesn't have? Just curious:

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    Canberra
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    Win 8 x64 Pro


    Acronis has saved my @55 on more than one occasion. It's one of the first programs I install on a new build
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  9. #9


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    Win 8 64 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by JustATest View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DirtRider View Post
    I have used Macrium free and it is great but I need the scheduled feature so that would mean getting the paid version. It is the same price as Acronis so either way I must decide what one would be best
    It includes scheduled backups. What specifically do you need that Macrium Free doesn't have? Just curious:

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    Ah yes sorry it was the following features that I also needed

    Differential and Incremental backups
    File and Folder backup
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    I never use incremental backups. Only full backups. Avoids a lot of potential confusion if a restore is needed (and a full backup is faster). Where I worked, before retirement, (I was a Network Manager) we initially used incremental backups for our file servers. If a restore was needed it took much longer and the tech that did the restore had to make sure he restored in order. If one of the incremental backups was accidentally skipped or tried to install out of sequence it made a mess of things and they would have to start the restore over. We changed to full backups every night and although the backups took longer and more backup space, it avoided any potential restore problems and a restore took less time.

    I do full backups on my systems and keep the last two backups, unless there is a specific reason for keeping an earlier backup.
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