Jump to content


 


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.


Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Photo

Should I remove Dell Backup and Recovery?


  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 Duke_Dave

Duke_Dave

  • Members
  • 47 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:02:59 AM

Posted 24 June 2017 - 12:35 PM

Hello,

 

When I got my computer in 2012, Dell Backup and Recovery was already preinstalled. Now recently I was trying a new program called Open Broadcast Software, but for some reason it kept crashing. Looking for some help in another forum, the administrator told me it was due to Dell Backup and Recovery which was making it crash. He told me the only solution is to uninstall it.

 

I started researching a bit, and found out that Windows 10 already has its own program which backups files from my PC to an external hard drive. I wondered whether is was necessary to keep Dell Backup and Recovery at all. I never had any external hard drive, so do I even need any backup software? Thanks for the answers!

 

PS: I do backup some files and documents from my PC to a USB Drive. If possible, can you give a comparison between Dell Backup and Recovery, Windows's Backup, and just simply backing up files on a USB drive?



BC AdBot (Login to Remove)

 


#2 jwoods301

jwoods301

  • Members
  • 1,489 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:10:59 PM

Posted 24 June 2017 - 02:15 PM

I would highly recommend geting an external hard drive and doing frequent full disk image backups, as well as daily backups of volatile data (personal data).

 

A disk image is an exact copy of your hard drive.

 

It is the most critical way to protect yourself from ransomware and malware.

 

When an image is restored, it brings your systen back to where is was on the day the image was made...system, applications, settings, and all.

 

I am not familiar with Dell Backup and Recovery, but many pre-installed vendor backup applications simply back up your personal data only.

 

From the Dell site -

Dell Backup and Recovery is a backup and recovery application designed to reliably protect your most important digital documents and memories in just a few clicks.

 

Windows 10 has several backup and recovery tools  -

 

https://www.howtogeek.com/220986/how-to-use-all-of-windows-10%E2%80%99s-backup-and-recovery-tools/

 

There are also many free third-party tools such as Macrium Reflect.

 

https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree

 

You might take a look at the Computer Backup Rule of Three article -

 

https://www.hanselman.com/blog/TheComputerBackupRuleOfThree.aspx



#3 Duke_Dave

Duke_Dave
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 47 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:02:59 AM

Posted 24 June 2017 - 03:01 PM

I would highly recommend geting an external hard drive and doing frequent full disk image backups, as well as daily backups of volatile data (personal data).

 

A disk image is an exact copy of your hard drive.

 

It is the most critical way to protect yourself from ransomware and malware.

 

When an image is restored, it brings your systen back to where is was on the day the image was made...system, applications, settings, and all.

 

I am not familiar with Dell Backup and Recovery, but many pre-installed vendor backup applications simply back up your personal data only.

 

From the Dell site -

Dell Backup and Recovery is a backup and recovery application designed to reliably protect your most important digital documents and memories in just a few clicks.

 

Windows 10 has several backup and recovery tools  -

 

https://www.howtogeek.com/220986/how-to-use-all-of-windows-10%E2%80%99s-backup-and-recovery-tools/

 

There are also many free third-party tools such as Macrium Reflect.

 

https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree

 

You might take a look at the Computer Backup Rule of Three article -

 

https://www.hanselman.com/blog/TheComputerBackupRuleOfThree.aspx

So do I really need Dell Backup and Recovery to do disk image backups and backups of volatile data, or can I just use Windows's default Backup and Restore instead? 



#4 jwoods301

jwoods301

  • Members
  • 1,489 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:10:59 PM

Posted 24 June 2017 - 03:06 PM

My reading of the Dell information is that Dell Backup and Recovery only backs up personal data.



#5 zainmax

zainmax

  • Banned
  • 344 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:09:59 AM

Posted 24 June 2017 - 03:19 PM

Dell Backup and Recovery is absolutely useless, takes only much space and nothing more.
Lifetime Dell user.


Edited by zainmax, 24 June 2017 - 03:20 PM.


#6 Duke_Dave

Duke_Dave
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 47 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:02:59 AM

Posted 24 June 2017 - 04:18 PM

My reading of the Dell information is that Dell Backup and Recovery only backs up personal data.

 

Dell Backup and Recovery is absolutely useless, takes only much space and nothing more.
Lifetime Dell user.

So in other words, I can just use Windows's default Backup and Restore instead?



#7 Havachat

Havachat

  • Members
  • 1,050 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sleepy Hollow - Geelong - Go Cats.
  • Local time:04:59 PM

Posted 24 June 2017 - 08:15 PM

I would leave the Dell Backup and Restore as is , in the event you may wish to return the System to the way it was at purchase date , or you decide to sell it with all the Dell Programs / Drivers and the Recovery Partition intact.

 

Otherwise if your currently running Win 10 { Upgraded } then the existing Dell backup and recovery would be less important to keep , but leaving it would not be an issue.

 

I personally dont use any Windows Backup features or trust them when needed to restore.

As you stated backing up to Usb / Ext HD is good practise for any personal files.

 

I would more rely on a System Image saved externally to a Backup Drive which would be an exact copy to the date you created it.

 

I use Acronis and Macrium Reflect as choices , as a free version Macrium Reflect is a good choice for Images amd being able to do incremental backups also , or as i prefer just a manual Image taken Monthly of the C:\Drive which only holds my Operating System , not my personal files which are on a second Partition.



#8 RolandJS

RolandJS

  • Members
  • 4,519 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Austin TX metro area
  • Local time:01:59 AM

Posted 07 July 2017 - 06:34 AM

+1 for any 3rd party backup / restore / clone program such as Macrium Reflect, EaseUS ToDo, AOMEI Backupper, Image for Windows, just to name a few of the many available.  As mentioned by another, I too make routine full images of my partitions onto an external hard-drive, which is then disconnected until the next backup session.

Windows Backup and Restore has many fans and many detractors, depending upon their experiences.

Because the only reason to do a backup is to be able to absolutely, with certainty, do a restore - I do not use Windows built-in backup/restore.


Edited by RolandJS, 07 July 2017 - 06:37 AM.

"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forums/45/Computer-Technologies/

Backup, backup, backup! -- Lady Fitzgerald (w7forums)

Clone or Image often! Backup... -- RockE (WSL)


#9 jwoods301

jwoods301

  • Members
  • 1,489 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:10:59 PM

Posted 07 July 2017 - 02:16 PM

Testing your backups is also an important part of the process, regardless of which product you use to make them...

 

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/disaster-recovery-worst-practices-dont-test-your-backups/


Edited by jwoods301, 07 July 2017 - 02:16 PM.


#10 RolandJS

RolandJS

  • Members
  • 4,519 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Austin TX metro area
  • Local time:01:59 AM

Posted 07 July 2017 - 09:45 PM

Testing your backups is also an important part of the process, regardless of which product you use to make them...

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/disaster-recovery-worst-practices-dont-test-your-backups/

I'm just now reading all the articles and saving them onto my hard-drive, thanks!


"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forums/45/Computer-Technologies/

Backup, backup, backup! -- Lady Fitzgerald (w7forums)

Clone or Image often! Backup... -- RockE (WSL)





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users