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View Poll Results: What backup / imaging software you use?

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  • Acronis

    9 11.11%
  • Aomei

    9 11.11%
  • EaseUS

    7 8.64%
  • Norton

    0 0%
  • Macrium

    54 66.67%
  • Paragon

    2 2.47%
  • SyncToy

    2 2.47%
  • Windows Backup

    6 7.41%
  • Something else

    10 12.35%
  • None

    3 3.70%
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  1. Kari's Avatar
    Posts : 15,405
    Windows 10 Pro
       25 Aug 2016 #1

    Tell your backup software, win Macrium Reflect Home license!

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    OK geeks, now it's too late! Time to participate is over, it's 12 noon UTC time.

    No new entries will be accepted.

     Tell your backup software, win Macrium Home license!

    Ten Forums gives two lucky winners a free license of Macrium Reflect Home edition, courtesy of Macrium Software (one license is at the moment worth 62.95).

    Rules are simple: answer the poll, post your reasoning in this thread before 12 noon UTC Saturday 3rd of September 2016. You must both answer the poll and reply this thread to participate. Posts from Ten Forums admins, mods and team members will not participate in draw.

    Your first post in this thread entitles you to a ticket in drawing. Your ticket number will be the next number available, if you are 51st to participate your ticket number will be 51.

    You are of course free to post as many times in this thread as you want to but the post count does not increase you chance to win.

    Two winners are drawn in next TenForums Saturday Live Chat on September 3rd, see TF Live Chat thread for schedule. Drawing will be done live during the chat, geeks as we are in a geeky way :)

    TF Live Chat will also include live presentations of Macrium Reflect & viBoot, see post #2 in chat thread for more information.

    OK geeks, start posting about your backup software & strategy :)

    Entries deadline 12 noon UTC on Saturday 3rd of September, 2016. Countdown to deadline:
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    Last edited by Kari; 03 Sep 2016 at 07:24.
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  2.    25 Aug 2016 #2

    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. richc46's Avatar
    Posts : 115
    Windows 10 Clean Install
       25 Aug 2016 #3

    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. Posts : 1,455
    W10 pro x64 and W8.1 x86
       25 Aug 2016 #4

    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. Kari's Avatar
    Posts : 15,405
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       25 Aug 2016 #5

    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 gimme,gimme,gimme!

    Just joking Pro, so hoping to see worthy winners...preferably a non-Macrium user with a good me ole' bud @SIW2 - who is, AFAIK, a keen Aomei fan. (My 2nd choice BTW)
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  7. Kari's Avatar
    Posts : 15,405
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       25 Aug 2016 #7

    Superfly said: View Post
    Macrium...'nuff gimme,gimme,gimme!

    Just joking Pro, so hoping to see worthy winners...preferably a non-Macrium user with a good 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. rdburke's Avatar
    Posts : 35
    Windows 10 V. 1809 Build 17763.134 (64 Bit)
       25 Aug 2016 #8

    Macrium Reflect!
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  9. IownAmoneyPit's Avatar
    Posts : 828
    Windows 10 Home/10 Pro x 3/Windows 10 Insider Preview ?
       25 Aug 2016 #9

    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. topgundcp's Avatar
    Posts : 2,438
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       25 Aug 2016 #10

    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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