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HDD will die soon, I need a backup image software

RealPetChicken

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So, I already have a new HDD ready but I want to make am image back up of my current HDD and then restore it on the new one, so can anyone recommend any software. Thanks [emoji2]
 

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z31fanatic

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Just do a complete clone. I use Macrium Reflect free. Extremely easy to use.
 

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DeaconFrost

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Be aware, though, if your current install has any corrupt files due to the failing drive, they will be included in the install.

Whenever I encounter something like this, I back up the user-created data (photos, documents, game saves, etc) and do a clean, fresh install on the new hard drive. Then you get to install the latest drives and software versions as well.
 

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broe23

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I would use EaseUS Todo Workstation. It will image sector by sector. If you use any other method, it may fail every time you try.
 

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RealPetChicken

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Be aware, though, if your current install has any corrupt files due to the failing drive, they will be included in the install.

Whenever I encounter something like this, I back up the user-created data (photos, documents, game saves, etc) and do a clean, fresh install on the new hard drive. Then you get to install the latest drives and software versions as well.
That is a great idea, so I will most likely do that then. So this is still using Windows as a back up method and not a third party software right?
 

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DeaconFrost

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I guess you could still use the Windows back up, but I meant just copying those important files off to an external drive, just so nothing needed to be saved or recovered once you put in the new drive and went through the clean install.
 

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broe23

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DeaconFrost, actually it would not work. They took Windows Backup after 8.1.1 came out. Your only option in this case, because of the failing Hard Drive, would be with EaseUS ToDo Workstation. Then when the OP wants to restore to say a different sized hard drive, ToDo allows you to do that.

I had to work on a laptop with a quickly failing hard drive. I tried every tool I could use, to try and get an image backup, but would either fail, or not allow resizing to the new drive when restoring. It was a lot of trial and error. I used a USB pocket drive case, that has my old 300 gb from my laptop to hold the image on. Then used it to restore to a 240 gb SSD installed in the machine.
 

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    12GB
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    AMD Radeon™ HD 7310 Graphics
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    Realtek HD
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    Crucial M500 240GB SSD
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DeaconFrost

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DeaconFrost, actually it would not work. They took Windows Backup after 8.1.1 came out. Your only option in this case, because of the failing Hard Drive, would be with EaseUS ToDo Workstation. Then when the OP wants to restore to say a different sized hard drive, ToDo allows you to do that.
That's good to know, but I honestly don't use back up software in a situation like this. I pull off the files that are needed, and perform a clean install with the new hard drive. All components are up to date, and you can test the stability of the system before restoring the data. I don't trust images taken from failing drives, and don't always want to stress the drive copying off everything, when only a small portion is actually what's needed.
 

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    Crucial M4 256 GB, WD WD20EFRX 2 TB
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    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

RealPetChicken

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DeaconFrost, actually it would not work. They took Windows Backup after 8.1.1 came out. Your only option in this case, because of the failing Hard Drive, would be with EaseUS ToDo Workstation. Then when the OP wants to restore to say a different sized hard drive, ToDo allows you to do that.
That's good to know, but I honestly don't use back up software in a situation like this. I pull off the files that are needed, and perform a clean install with the new hard drive. All components are up to date, and you can test the stability of the system before restoring the data. I don't trust images taken from failing drives, and don't always want to stress the drive copying off everything, when only a small portion is actually what's needed.
I'm taking your advice, I will only back up the stuff I need.
 

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CuriousOne

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I don't know if I should start a new thread or just add on to this one.

An elderly friend of mine was using acronis home image 2013 to automatically image backup her pc to an external USB hard drive. 2 weeks ago her pc's HD suddenly died. I told her not to worry because a restore should be easy.

Not true! I know the latest version of Acronis has been roundly criticized but this was an old Acronis version. She took it to microcenter. They sold her a new HD and installed Windows 7 on it. (I would have thought that the image restore could have been used to restore the OS but they didn't do that). The store technician told her he found a full backup from January 2015 which he would restore and that the later backups which she had to 5/5/2015 were "corrupted".

She's waiting for her pc to be ready for pickup later today. But, needless to say, both her confidence and mine (I too use Acronis Home Image 2014) are shaken in Acronis. So, we are both looking for another dependable backup software.

What is today considered a dependable backup for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1?

I've used the free version of Macrium but the free version does not permit automated backups which this lady needs because she is elderly and not computer literate beyond email, the web, and MS Word. Buying Macrium is $69 per copy which is a little steep. Does it ever go on sale? Is another dependable image backup solution available that can be automated to backup once a week? I've never used Windows own backup. Don't know if it does image backups that would restore the os.

Thanks.
 

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Clintlgm

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I don't know if I should start a new thread or just add on to this one.

An elderly friend of mine was using acronis home image 2013 to automatically image backup her pc to an external USB hard drive. 2 weeks ago her pc's HD suddenly died. I told her not to worry because a restore should be easy.

Not true! I know the latest version of Acronis has been roundly criticized but this was an old Acronis version. She took it to microcenter. They sold her a new HD and installed Windows 7 on it. (I would have thought that the image restore could have been used to restore the OS but they didn't do that). The store technician told her he found a full backup from January 2015 which he would restore and that the later backups which she had to 5/5/2015 were "corrupted".

She's waiting for her pc to be ready for pickup later today. But, needless to say, both her confidence and mine (I too use Acronis Home Image 2014) are shaken in Acronis. So, we are both looking for another dependable backup software.

What is today considered a dependable backup for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1?

I've used the free version of Macrium but the free version does not permit automated backups which this lady needs because she is elderly and not computer literate beyond email, the web, and MS Word. Buying Macrium is $69 per copy which is a little steep. Does it ever go on sale? Is another dependable image backup solution available that can be automated to backup once a week? I've never used Windows own backup. Don't know if it does image backups that would restore the os.

Thanks.

Search the internet for Macrium Reflect Coupon you can usually get 20% off sometimes as much as 40%.
I was a long time user of Acronis since 2011 they claimed UEFI compatibility yet as late as 2014 they could not restore a booting UEFI GPT disk. I switched over to Reflect with all my systems.
 

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