Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




570 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 105


Topic # 223896 23-Oct-2017 11:47
Send private message quote this post

I need some kind of backup system for a friend's Windows 7 computer.

 

Macrium seems to get good raps.

 

Anyone using it? What does it cost in NZ? Is there anything better?


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
2316 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 665

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1888049 23-Oct-2017 12:30
Send private message quote this post

One of my team is a massive fan of Reflect and has been using it for years when he had his own one-man IT company.  I've hears others in my team try it and get good results.  No negative feedback so far.





"4 wheels move the body.  2 wheels move the soul."

“Don't believe anything you read on the net. Except this. Well, including this, I suppose.” Douglas Adams

1428 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 311


  Reply # 1888052 23-Oct-2017 12:34
Send private message quote this post

I've been using it for years.

 

I have found its user interface to be a little less user friendly than some other backup software but it has always done what I want it to which is not the case with other backup software.

 

 

 

PS. I forgot to say that there is a free version for (I think) non-commercial use. That is what I use at home.


 
 
 
 




570 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 105


  Reply # 1888073 23-Oct-2017 14:28
Send private message quote this post

Thanks, guys.

 

Hammerer: I'd heard there's some sort of limitation with the free version. Do you know what it is?


7224 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2289

Subscriber

  Reply # 1888079 23-Oct-2017 14:51
Send private message quote this post

https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree

 

check out the website it tells you the differences




570 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 105


  Reply # 1888082 23-Oct-2017 15:00
Send private message quote this post

Thanks, got the link. It was the Incremental Backup facility I was thinking of. Dunno if the lack of that function would be a big deal...


13457 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2276

Trusted

  Reply # 1888083 23-Oct-2017 15:04
Send private message quote this post

I use it for system image backups. I run it from the USB boot drive. I've done restores and never had a problem. I rate them as trustworthy and well established. I currently use Cloudberry, but for some reason I can't pin down I don't really fully trust that software. Because of that I tend to back up files to Amazon S3 using Cloudberry's sync function, and use server side encryption and versioning, even though it's less efficient than block level versioning - I trust AWS far more than any small software company.

 

I haven't used the file / folder backup. Has anyone else? They don't seem to have any cloud backup destinations, so anything like that would have to be manual.





AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional, Sysop Administrator Associate, and Developer Associate
TOGAF certified enterprise architect
Professional photographer


6215 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2924

Subscriber

  Reply # 1888092 23-Oct-2017 15:28
Send private message quote this post

Also a fan. Never a problem. EaseUS is an alternative.

 

 





I reject your reality and substitute my own. - Adam Savage
 




570 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 105


  Reply # 1888097 23-Oct-2017 15:34
Send private message quote this post

Actually, I think my mate would be better served if he could do individual file and folder backups, and that's another thing that's not possible with the free one. AFAIK, that is.

 

He recently lost his system due to a hard drive failure, and that's not something that any backup method can protect you from, unless your backups go to the cloud or some other offline location.

 

Which is more expense.

 

I think a better solution is just to back up folders that are important (MyDocs, .pst files, photo folders etc) and rebuild the OS as required. Everyone needs a good system cleanup every couple of years, and the best way to do that is a rebuild, IMHO.


13457 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2276

Trusted

  Reply # 1888107 23-Oct-2017 15:49
Send private message quote this post

Of course your backups have to be on another drive, ideally two drives, at least one in another location. Cloud backup is great for protecting data, BackBlaze is my current favorite easy to use cloud backup provider.

 

I'm using CloudBerry software to sync my data up to AWS S3. I also put archives into AWS Glacier.





AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional, Sysop Administrator Associate, and Developer Associate
TOGAF certified enterprise architect
Professional photographer


3384 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 389

Trusted

  Reply # 1888183 23-Oct-2017 17:54
Send private message quote this post

I have used the software successfully for imaging drives - it does a good job.






13451 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1616


  Reply # 1888186 23-Oct-2017 18:01
Send private message quote this post

Anyone got any recommendations for software that will simply replicate a folder onto another drive at a certain scheduled interval, and then only updates files that have changed? I used to use Karens replicator which I have used for over a decade, but it seems to no longer work properly on windows 10 after the creators update.


2848 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 259


  Reply # 1888202 23-Oct-2017 18:25
Send private message quote this post
13457 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2276

Trusted

  Reply # 1888215 23-Oct-2017 19:05
Send private message quote this post

mattwnz:

 

Anyone got any recommendations for software that will simply replicate a folder onto another drive at a certain scheduled interval, and then only updates files that have changed? I used to use Karens replicator which I have used for over a decade, but it seems to no longer work properly on windows 10 after the creators update.

 

 

That's not a backup, that's a copy. If ransomware infects the computer and you don't notice immediately the other disk can be corrupted.

 

You most likely want incremental backup software. If files are corrupted just roll back to the previous version.





AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional, Sysop Administrator Associate, and Developer Associate
TOGAF certified enterprise architect
Professional photographer


xpd

The Overrated Raccoons
8452 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1148

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1888216 23-Oct-2017 19:10
Send private message quote this post

+1 for MAcrium as well, been using it for a number of years, brilliant for accessing "restricted folders" on an old HDD :)

 

I use it mainly for backing up family systems when they die/reinstall,  otherwise everything else is via Backblaze now.

 

 





XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

For Free Games, Geekiness and Reviews, visit :

 

Home Of The Overrated Raccoons

 

 


13451 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1616


  Reply # 1888227 23-Oct-2017 19:54
Send private message quote this post

timmmay:

 

mattwnz:

 

Anyone got any recommendations for software that will simply replicate a folder onto another drive at a certain scheduled interval, and then only updates files that have changed? I used to use Karens replicator which I have used for over a decade, but it seems to no longer work properly on windows 10 after the creators update.

 

 

That's not a backup, that's a copy. If ransomware infects the computer and you don't notice immediately the other disk can be corrupted.

 

You most likely want incremental backup software. If files are corrupted just roll back to the previous version.

 

 

 

 

I do use other software for backing up too that creates image files. However use this copying software for copying additional things, such as if I want to dump a lot of files to a portable drive.


 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

New Zealand's IT industry in 2018 and beyond
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:50


Introducing your new workplace headache: Gen Z
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:45


Jucy set to introduce electric campervan fleet
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:41


Hawaiki cable system will be ready for service in June 2018
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:32


New Zealand hits peak broadband data
Posted 18-Jan-2018 12:21


Amazon Echo devices coming to New Zealand early February 2018
Posted 18-Jan-2018 10:53


$3.74 million for new electric vehicles in New Zealand
Posted 17-Jan-2018 11:27


Nova 2i: Value, not excitement from Huawei
Posted 17-Jan-2018 09:02


Less news in Facebook News Feed revamp
Posted 15-Jan-2018 13:15


Australian Government contract awarded to Datacom Connect
Posted 11-Jan-2018 08:37


Why New Zealand needs a chief technology officer
Posted 6-Jan-2018 13:59


Amazon release Silk Browser and Firefox for Fire TV
Posted 21-Dec-2017 13:42


New Chief Technology Officer role created
Posted 19-Dec-2017 22:18


All I want for Christmas is a new EV
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:54


How clever is this: AI will create 2.3 million jobs by 2020
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:52



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.