POLL: Favorite Backup Software

View Poll Results: What non-Microsoft, free or paid, backup software is best?

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  • EaseUS

    2 3.45%
  • Macrium

    46 79.31%
  • Smartsync Pro

    0 0%
  • Acronis

    4 6.90%
  • Paragon

    0 0%
  • AOME BackUpper

    6 10.34%
  • Veeam

    0 0%
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  1. Posts : 4
    Win 10 Workstation
       #1

    POLL: Favorite Backup Software


    Hi all, have a new workstation that needs safe backups. What is your most trusted, and favorite, non-Microsoft software?

    Thank you,
    Jim
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  2. Masterchiefxx17's Avatar
    Posts : 475
    Windows 10 Professional 64bit
       #2

    I think they all have their ups and downs, much like antiviruses, everyone chooses one that they like the most.

    With that said, you should be rather safe going with Macrium (a TenForums favorite) or my vote for Acronis.
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  3.    #3

    We had a major poll a year or two ago.

    The results were overwhelmingly in favour of Macrium Reflect (like 67%).

    It is this forum's favourite because it is fast, reliable, flexible and you can do so much else as well.

    The free version is fine for most people's need.

    You can mount images as a virtual machine in Hyper-V for example.




    The paid version is even better - worth buying for Rapid Delta Restore.

    The customer service is unrivalled - they fix bugs within days unlike Acronis who take months.

    The ONLY main reason worth using another package like AOMEI is that it offers incremental backups in free version.

    Macrium Reflect does differential backups though.

    I used to use Acronis and it was so buggy I had backups fail to restore. Macrium Reflect has never let me down in the five years I have been using it.
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  4. Posts : 4
    Win 10 Workstation
    Thread Starter
       #4

    cereberus said: View Post

    Macrium Reflect does differential backups though.
    Thanks much. What are incremental backups?

    I'm hoping for something that keeps a synchronized copy, as well as multiple versions.

    Thanks...
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  5. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 11,166
    10 Home x64 (1903) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #5

    river251 said: View Post
    What are incremental backups?

    A differential backup is all changes since the full backup. You need to keep the full backup and the latest differential to be able to perform a restore. As you make more changes the size of a differential will increase.

    An incremental is all changes since the last incremental (or the full if this is the first incremental). You need the full and all subsequent incrementals in order to perform the restore. The paid for version of Macrium include incremental as well as differential backups. The free version only has differential.

    The paid version also includes rapid delta restore, a much faster restore process as it only restores the changes. The free version always restores the whole image, even when parts are the same as what's already on the drive.
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  6. f14tomcat's Avatar
    Posts : 41,206
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       #6

    Double for Macrium Reflect. For all the reasons already mentioned. It's simply the best.
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  7.    #7

    What are you using the workstation for ?
    It might help determine what kind of backup system you need and how to set it up.
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  8. Posts : 4
    Win 10 Workstation
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Thanks everyone. I work in a lab and we collect pretty large data, plus all the other typical stuff. I just need it safe. Just bought a 24tb WD EX4100 NAS. I want something automatic and trustworthy. I will keep a second backup at BackBlaze for about 50 a year. But that is not a fast way to restore/recover.

    Sounds like Macrium takes the cake.
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  9.    #9

    Masterchiefxx17 said: View Post
    I think they all have their ups and downs, much like antiviruses, everyone chooses one that they like the most.

    With that said, you should be rather safe going with Macrium (a TenForums favorite) or my vote for Acronis.
    Best of luck with Acronis which is the worst engineered and supported software it has been my misfortune to use.
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  10.    #10

    Steve C said: View Post
    Best of luck with Acronis which is the worst engineered and supported software it has been my misfortune to use.
    Apart from Candy Crush ?
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