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Home backup software recommendations

I'm looking for software recommendations to do home backup. I will need the following:

1) scheduled backup of my system drive, as a bootable disk image in case of system crash.

2) scheduled incremental backup of my project data, saved as actual directory tree and files (not as .iso or disk image files). This will make the data more easily accessible without having to mount.

I've used Acronis in the past and I remember it being good for creating disk images, but not for other types of backup.

Macrium Reflect looks interesting.

Any other ideas?

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Item 1

Will push you into payware.

Also, since Windows is running you find you need to reboot to your cloning software to get that done.

2. Item 2 has many solutions. Did you check out sync apps? I use Roadkil's Unstoppable copier today.

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Backup to non-proprietary image file

I've looked into sync apps. I like GoodSync and FreeFileSync.

For incremental and system backup, the thing I don't like about a lot of the popular ones (Acronis, Paragon, Macrium, etc.) is that they use proprietary image file formats, which makes it impossible to read the backed up files without having the software installed.

So does anyone know a program that saves incremental backups to a universal format like .iso files or as actual files rather than image files?

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Re: non proprietary

Most backup programs just copy files. Only a few make an image.
Did you look at FreeFileSync?

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FreeFileSync

Yeah I've looked at it. I don't think FreeFileSync does bootable backup or incremental though. Is that right?

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Re: backup

Yes, you need two tools.
1. For an image backup (even offered by Windows)
2. For an incremental file backup.

Personally, I'm using Acronis (free if you have a WD hard disk) for #1 and xxcopy (free for personal use) for #2. But many people would prefer a GUI tool for #2, maybe you also.

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Since one or the other makes file syncs I can recover files

Very easily. ANY IMAGE will remain proprietary (I'm open to be proven wrong here.) I did see an attempt to make .ISO of a complete HDD and they failed because no other tool could use it. Good as proprietary.

As to booting something else to access the synced files, "All too easy."
Read http://tips.oncomputers.info/archives2004/0401/2004-Jan-11.htm
No learning or installing required. Just boot and browse those synced files.

There are some that are searching for what some call unicorn backup apps. So far I only see one app for cloning the system in case of catastrophic failures and the usual sync apps for everyday file copies. (Backup is defined as those copies copied again and taken to a safe location.)

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What I Use & Recommend

I use and recommend Ashampoo Backup Pro 11 (previously used Pro 10) for both DAILY Image Backup of my Operating System (Windows 7) SSD drive and Data Drives (2 WD 1TB drives mirrored as Raid 1). The Backups are set to do Weekly Full backups of both OS & Data drives and Daily Incremental (uses "reverse incremental" to save time & space) to 2 external, usb-attached WD 4TB My Book drives. I also do a Weekly Full "Data" backup of my Data Drive.
While the software is NOT one of the major backup products, I have found it to be a reliable, easy to use with just about any option available in the majors - e.g. compression, encryption, folder/file selection, exclusions, etc. -, it does not "hog" system resources, and is, in my opinion, very reasonably priced.
BTW, the above hardware and associated software is used strictly for home, non-business, personal use but, having lost irreplaceable photographs stored in digital format in the past, I feel that it important to try to secure all of the system assets using both reliable hardware and software.
P.S. - While I have experienced some hardware disk failures with my current configuration, I have NEVER lost any data using the hardware and backup software specified above and all hardware failures have been recovered within 24 hours after having replacement drives in hand.

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Home Backup Programs, which one to use?

I know this post is old but I'm posting for the benefit of future searches by other users. I have just spent extensive time testing home backup software and hands down the best product out there in terms of versatility, speed, reliability and available help documentation is Macrium Reflect.

I would definitely stay away from EasUS ToDo Backup, the product does not perform as expected, it will create full backups when differential backup is specified both manually and via schedule.

I would veer away from AOMEI Backupper, it caused BSOD for me during every scheduled run, it's slow and also gives unexpected results with regard to the type of backup it's programmed to perform.

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Argentum Backup

I'd suggest you to try out Argentum Backup.

It's very small, fast and easy to use.

I've been using it for over 10 years already on many Windows XP/7/10 computers.

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try macrium reflect

Just try macrium reflect

schedule backups and has many sophisticated options


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