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  1. Posts : 285
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    Best backup program?


    What is the most dependable backup program for Windows 10?
    I need to backup to an external usb encrypted drive. I need to be able to restore both the system and individual files.
    Thanks.
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    I've used macrium in the past and it is excellent, but in Windows 10, although it sees the USB drive, it does not the TrueCrypt encrypted volumes on it mounted as drives. So I can't use it.

    Acronis TI can see these mounted volumes but the early versions are not compatible with W10 and I've heard bad things about its recent versions.
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    Reflect is the way to go. I've used Acronis TI for years, but their latest are versions are spotty at best. I had an extra lic for TI 2015. I just built a new PC and installed W10 pro on it. I installed TI 2015, it worked backing up under W10, but both their Linux and WinPE recovery disks would not recognize any USB 3.0 external disks on this machine. Linux really crashed and WinPE never seen them and reason being they use the Windows 8 SDK to build the PE disk. I couldn't get it with out alot of extra work to recognize the W10 SDK, which has the necessary drivers.

    So I tested Reflect, built the recover WinPE disk, and restored was able to recover my system. I have hence purchased Macrum Reflect.
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    You might also want to ask your question to several possible backup/restore vendors' sales and technical staff - specifically mentioning any/all encryption in place.
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    Thank you all. I'll work with Macrium support and support them because they deserve it.
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    Curious said:
    What is the most dependable backup program for Windows 10?
    I need to backup to an external usb encrypted drive. I need to be able to restore both the system and individual files.
    Thanks.
    I back up my entire LAN using a paid product called Retrospect. It's kind of industrial strength, so it may be exactly what you want or it could be massive overkill. http://www.retrospect.com. Look for the Professional version, not any of the server versions that are really aimed at businesses.
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    The two program i like most is Acronis True Image and EaseUS Todo Backup.
    You're able to backup the files of your choice or make a complete image backup of your whole PC, saving it to places like an FTP server or external hard drive with Acronis.
    EaseUS Todo Backup is also as a nice choice, it is easy to use because of the built-in wizard that walks you through the steps of creating a backup job, it can backup individual files and/or whole folders to and from a location on a local drive or network folder, as well as save backups to a free cloud storage service.
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    Curious said:
    What is the most dependable backup program for Windows 10?
    I need to backup to an external usb encrypted drive. I need to be able to restore both the system and individual files.
    Thanks.
    Yes to Macrium Reflect Free :) No to poorly engineered Acronis products
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    Steve C said:
    Yes to Macrium Reflect Free :) No to poorly engineered Acronis products
    -1 to Acronis. I know they were very popular years ago, so I bought their Disk Director Home 11. It worked well enough, but the OS Selector feature trashed some of my drives. Then recently I tried to convert some primary partitions to logical. Acronis borked.

    So I used MiniTool Partition Wizard Free. Worked like a charm.

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