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#1 leeflea

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 03:14 PM

I have an external hard drive to which I back up my computer weekly. Is it necessary for me to back up my computer using Vista Complete PC Backup and Restore Utility?
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Posted 14 February 2011 - 03:19 PM

No, you can use whatever backup program gets the job done for you. You'll probably want to do a combination of full image backups as well as incremental backups. How often you do an incremental backup depends on how fast you create new data or edit your existing data and how much you're willing to risk losing.

Edited by strolln, 14 February 2011 - 03:21 PM.

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 03:22 PM

This will work. In addition, there are many backup softwares you can use. If you want to use ghost to copy your computer's hard drive to the external that works, if you want to use acronis and do incremental backups it will work, if you want to use the windows program I am not familiar with it but am sure it will work.

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 03:27 PM

the windows back up and restore program is ok to be honest, I use it for simple file recovery but for total system f**k ups I use Clonezilla which i would now swear by and its free.
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Posted 14 February 2011 - 03:30 PM

I'm a big advocate of disk imaging software - you should look into it. Creating disk images on an external drive on a regular basis, keeping the two or three most current, is the best possible protection for your system(s). Acronis True Image is the best of breed, but it's not free. Marcium Reflect is the best free Alternative.

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 03:33 PM

BTW one other point you can boot in to clonezilla using a 512mb USB key and restore images without booting in to windows, just a point.
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Posted 14 February 2011 - 03:39 PM

Thanks Strollin. I'm a novice, still, I'm afraid. But your saying it's ok to back up to external hard drive is ok, relieves me. Leeflea


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Posted 14 February 2011 - 03:42 PM

While not free. I have used and grown to love Terabyte Products.

Of course they may not be just what you are looking for depending on whether you want whole OS image back-up. Data back-ups, incremental back-ups :blink:




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