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  1.    08 Sep 2014 #1
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    It's Backup Season Again


    It's almost the end of the summer season.
    It's time to image my PCs again. This is also a reminder to all who have not done so. And while you are waiting for Win 9 to arrive, start backing up you system now. It will come in handy specially to those who are planning to do a dual boot. Don't wait. Just do it!

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  2.    08 Sep 2014 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Bay Area
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    Lol, I make 2 Acronis, and one Paragon (backup backup) backup image every weekend

    A Guy
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  3.    08 Sep 2014 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
    Lol, I make 2 Acronis, and one Paragon (backup backup) backup image every weekend

    A Guy
    I don't change my system settings a lot nor install a lot of programs. I don't really need to image that often.
    My files are backed up separately on NAS and external drives.
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  4.    09 Sep 2014 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Bay Area
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    Weird font problem. Browser won't load email suddenly. Can't connect to internet. Restore to last image, at worst it's 1 week old. Great peace of mind

    A Guy
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  5.    09 Sep 2014 #5
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Pentland Hills
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 TH2

    Back ups are one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Otherwise it leads to lots of heartaches.
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  6.    09 Sep 2014 #6
    Join Date : Aug 2014
    State College, PA, USA
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

    Always a good reminder, badrobot. :smile:

    For home I just back up my data on an external drive, then take it into work (my simple disaster recovery plan).

    For work, I back up my data on a network drive that's backed up multiple times a day (off site). And I use Acronis to make a complete image of my system on an external drive. While at home I don't mind a clean install of Windows, at work it can be a pain since I have my development environment tweaked so much.
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  7.    09 Sep 2014 #7
    Join Date : Jun 2014
    UK
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    W10 pro x64 and W8.1 x86

    Daily Acronis incremental for me. Acronis is the most important single program I have installed.

    Yes, its a good reminder. These days there is no excuse for not backing up your system image.
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  8.    09 Sep 2014 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
    Weird font problem. Browser won't load email suddenly. Can't connect to internet. Restore to last image, at worst it's 1 week old. Great peace of mind

    A Guy
    Something is not right with your system. Unless you probably do a long term solution like clean install (I know it's a very painful truth to some of us), then you may not need to do image every week then. But if your system works for you, then forget what I just said.

    Personally, I prefer reverting back to a "clean install image". I do have it as a primary backup. But I also do quarterly backups. So, I have two image backups... a clean version and a "recent" version.

    As for my Win 8 PC, I have a clean backup for both Win 8 and Win 8.1. ("Clean backup" is just a system image right after a clean installation.)

    I use macrium free edition for image backups. I have a Macrium bootable rescue USB for both Win 7 and Win 8.1. Very easy to use also. But I also have Acronis Pro version.
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  9.    09 Sep 2014 #9
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    Oak Ridge TN, USA
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    I learned about the importance of disaster recovery at work many years ago and I carried those concepts over to my own PC usage.

    Right now I have two drives, one for the OS/Programs and one for the data. And I use DVD's for backup and the cloud for even more backup.

    I really don't want to have a disaster that I can't recover from!
    Jeff
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  10.    09 Sep 2014 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyJ View Post
    I learned about the importance of disaster recovery at work many years ago and I carried those concepts over to my own PC usage.

    Right now I have two drives, one for the OS/Programs and one for the data. And I use DVD's for backup and the cloud for even more backup.

    I really don't want to have a disaster that I can't recover from!
    Jeff
    Exactly!

    On my 2 desktop PCs, I have 2 copies of the same OS. One on cloned SSD which is the primary boot drive and one on the HDD (original installation) which also serves as a data drive.
    So if anything happens, and I am in the middle of something, I will just switch to the other drive and carry on and deal with the problem on the other OS later.

    And in case of an unfortunate data loss disaster... my ultimate weapon is the MiniTool Power Data Recovery... it saved my life twice already!
    Last edited by badrobot; 09 Sep 2014 at 07:21.
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