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Topic # 223896 23-Oct-2017 11:47
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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?


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  Reply # 1888049 23-Oct-2017 12:30
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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.





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  Reply # 1888052 23-Oct-2017 12:34
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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.


 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1888073 23-Oct-2017 14:28
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Thanks, guys.

 

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


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  Reply # 1888079 23-Oct-2017 14:51
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https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree

 

check out the website it tells you the differences




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  Reply # 1888082 23-Oct-2017 15:00
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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...


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  Reply # 1888083 23-Oct-2017 15:04
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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.





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  Reply # 1888092 23-Oct-2017 15:28
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Also a fan. Never a problem. EaseUS is an alternative.

 

 





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  Reply # 1888097 23-Oct-2017 15:34
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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.


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  Reply # 1888107 23-Oct-2017 15:49
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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.





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  Reply # 1888183 23-Oct-2017 17:54
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I have used the software successfully for imaging drives - it does a good job.






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  Reply # 1888186 23-Oct-2017 18:01
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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.


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  Reply # 1888215 23-Oct-2017 19:05
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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.





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  Reply # 1888216 23-Oct-2017 19:10
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+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.

 

 





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  Reply # 1888227 23-Oct-2017 19:54
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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.


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