I have been using various backup programs in the past and I'm curios to find what are you guys using. After testing several programs, I came to the conclusion that these work best:
Backup speed is incredible: 3-4 seconds/snapshot
Snaphots take little space (hundreds of megs usually)
You can lock the snapshots of your choosing to prevent beeing automatically erased
There is no recovery CD
If something damages/overwrites the MBR, the program can't start and basically all is lost
if the main HDD dies, Rollback dies as well
The snapshots cannot be moved/copied
-Traditional way of backing up: select destination and a large file will be created; you can move it to whatever location you want
-Rescue CD available in case application cannot be started from the HDD
-Snapshots take a longer time to create (~minutes) and they tend to be large (~GBs)
-Not too impressed with the snapshot management feature: you can set it up to erase backups older than xyz days or just to keep a certain amount of full backups; my ideal management is: have a baseline system snapshot then take incremental consecutive shots; after the incremental shots reach a certain age, they get erased and a new set will be created (baseline shot remains untouched)
-if one of the shots in the chain gets corrupted, you can't do the full restoration; since these volumes tend to be quite large, corruption is a real concern. It happened several times in the past, when I used a similar software (Acronis TrueImage);
-backing up in the cloud
-easy to install software (install it and forget it)
-unlimited storage space
So I use - Rollback in combination with Macrium plus a cloud storage option.
Edited by hamluis, 19 October 2015 - 05:52 PM.
Moved from Tips/Tricks to All Other Apps - Hamluis.