Poll: What backup / imaging software you use?

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  1.    25 Aug 2016 #1
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro

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  2.    25 Aug 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Winnipeg, Canada
    Posts : 13
    Windows 10 RTM x64

    I use Acronis because it is what I always used. It is easy to navigate and familiar. Would be hard for me to switch to something else.

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  3.    25 Aug 2016 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 108
    Windows 10 Clean Install

    I have always used Macrium (it has saved me several times). I use it because I am familiar with its use and it has helped me on several occasions.
    I understand that Mods are not eligible, but I did want to give my opinion
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  4.    25 Aug 2016 #4
    Join Date : Jun 2014
    Posts : 587
    W10 pro x64 and W10 x86

    I switched to Macrium only a couple of weeks ago having used Windows backup for the previous 18 months or so. Before that I was a confirmed Acronis fan for many years but not anymore (buggy software, unhelpful technical dept and user forum was in a shambles).

    Windows own utility is good but it has fatal flaw that I only discovered recently... it omits some files (or file type ?) that Microsoft have started using for some key Windows 10 features. This means that a restored image can have problems with user created features being lost. Omitting certain files is normal with most backup programs and done by design, the problem here is MS seem to be using excluded files that can never be restored. With no user configurable options to correct this its a lost cause.

    So I switched to Macrium... and guess what well it has the identical flaw to Windows own set up, however this is where it gets interesting. Macrium were helpful, very helpful in fact, and suggested an option to select in the advanced menu that should overcome this problem. And indeed it does. So I'm a couple of weeks into using the free version of Macrium and I'm finding it very good indeed. The gory details of this are in Kari's excellent Macrium Tutorial

    My backup strategy for both my laptops is:

    1: I make daily system images, which in the case of Macrium is a differential image set lasting the week. Come week two in a month and a new set is started and so on. The images are stored on a separate partition on the same drive (shock horror) as the OS...

    2: I make a full month end image on the last day of the month and store this remotely on a separate drive.

    3: I store all user files (docs/music/pics) on both a separate USB flash drive and a separate HDD. So two copies there.

    4: I also run Windows own File History (which is just brilliant) and archive a complete copy of that as and when the mood takes me. So that's another copy of user files.

    So...... touch wood, no worries.
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  5.    25 Aug 2016 #5
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 8,735
    Windows 10 Pro

    I'm a Macrium user, a "three generations geek" (using Macrium's own terms): I create a full backup (grandfather) when Windows has been installed and setup, a daily incremental (son) and a differential (father) every two weeks.

    In addition I use Macrium full backup to deploy Windows. I do not install Windows 10 new builds except on one Hyper-V vm, which I boot to Audit Mode before any user profiles have been created. I will then customize Windows (Start, desktop, File Explorer), install software I want to be available on all computers, then sysprep the image and capture it with Macrium Reflect.

    Instead on installing Windows on other machines (physical and virtual) I will simply boot them with Macrium boot device and restore this master image:

    (Video explained in customization tutorial, post #473: Windows 10 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep - Page 48 - Windows 10 Forums)

    When deployed I then start my "three generations" backup policy individually for each machine.
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  6.    25 Aug 2016 #6

    Macrium...'nuff said..now gimme,gimme,gimme!

    Just joking ...got Pro, so hoping to see worthy winners...preferably a non-Macrium user with a good motivation...like me ole' bud @SIW2 - who is, AFAIK, a keen Aomei fan. (My 2nd choice BTW)
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  7.    25 Aug 2016 #7
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 8,735
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Macrium...'nuff said..now gimme,gimme,gimme!

    Just joking ...got Pro, so hoping to see worthy winners...preferably a non-Macrium user with a good motivation...like me ole' bud @SIW2 - who is, AFAIK, a keen Aomei fan. (My 2nd choice BTW)
    If you win you are of course allowed to give it to any member you prefer
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  8.    25 Aug 2016 #8
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    Boiling Springs, SC USA
    Posts : 9
    Windows 10 V. 1607 Build 14393.82

    Macrium Reflect!
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  9.    25 Aug 2016 #9
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 903
    Windows 10 Home/10 Pro x 3/Windows 10 Insider Preview ?

    A few years ago Acronis used to be my primary backup software but in the last couple of years has become bloated and less reliable as every time I use it now it also restores an empty folder of all previously deleted backups I ever made on the external drive(s) used for backup. About the only useful feature left in Acronis is the "Try & decide" feature which was removed in the 2015 version for some reason and returned in the 2016 version after many users asking for its return.

    After reading lots of posts recommending Macrium Free v 6.0 here on the forums I decided to give it a try and now it is the main Backup/Restore software I use. I usually create a Full backup only and the Free version will also let you create WinPE bootable media or add the Macrium Recovery boot option to Windows. As the Free version will suffice for my needs the Paid version has one feature that is of interest and that is the "Delta Restore" feature.

    Also I still use 3 different Backup software (Macrium, Aomie, Acronis) when I create a backup of any of my 4 main OS's for safety reasons as on one rare occasion I've had 2 out the 3 different backups fail with a VSS error and when all seemed lost the 3rd one worked.
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  10.    25 Aug 2016 #10
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    San Jose, California
    Posts : 1,871
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64

    I've been using Backup software since early 90 on a 3.5" floppy disk under DOS6.22 to backup Windows 3.11 WG and Win NT Server, forgot the name of the Company but was later taken over by Symantec and renamed it as GHOST, switched to GHOST, used it up to version 8.0 then it broke under Win98/Win2K. Again, switched to Acronis version 8->11, used it until Windows 7 and found out it modified the MBR and added 2 extra services which was the PITA to remove even after Acronis was completely uninstalled. Took a look at Free AOMEI Backupper amd Macrium. With free AOMEI, extra features such as folder backup, includes the WinRE.wim in its Rescue disk, however, I have no use for them since I always make a full backup with Win OS only, all data is in another internal disk which I use GoodSync to sync to another HD/PC. With Macrium, it is as fast as AOMEI Backupper but also can be used as a partition manager and prefer the GUI interface over the AOMEI backupper.
    Having said all that. I ended up selecting free Macrium as my choice, always make a full backup since it only takes under 2 minutes to create one (SSD to SSD) and also disable the Macrium Schedule service.

    Same as Superfly. If I win, I would give to any member that has a need for Home version.
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