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Old 01-18-2013, 12:19 PM   #1
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Default best software for OS backup?

so, I just purchased a 4.5TB NAS drive (eventually upgrading to 9TB once 3TB drives go on sale again... for now, it's 2 x 3TB and 2 x 750gb). I thought it would be a good opportunity to setup backups for my operating system in case a drive ever dies or the OS gets hosed (and maybe even ditch the RAID1 on my desktop if restores are easy enough; my long term plan is scaling back my desktop so I can get a smaller case, which isn't an option with my current setup that has 6 internal drives)

question is, any recommendations on backup software to run backups of my windows OS? (Win 7 currently, but might upgrade to 8 in the near future). some kind of bare-metal restore option would be ideal, to make recoveries faster. cloud/offsite isn't really a requirement (I use dropbox for my irreplaceable files; this backup would just be to recover my OS and spare the pain of having to reinstall everything)

price is obviously a factor... it seems funny for me to ask this question since my entire job is running server backups for a web hosting company, but the enterprise-level software we use is way more expensive than I'd pay for home use.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:30 PM   #2
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I've had great experience with Macrium Reflect. They also have a free edition with limited features if you want to try it out.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:19 PM   #3
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I like Macrium Reflect too. Make sure you create a rescue disk to boot and restore the image.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:55 PM   #4
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Active@disk image gets my vote. Good software without the bloat!
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:45 PM   #5
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Macrium for me.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:48 PM   #6
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Macrium for me.
Same here.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:16 PM   #7
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Any reason why you can't use Windows Backup? I've got that setup for my desktop systems, and I've used it a couple of times to restore the image. As long as your network drivers are supported by the Win7/8 installation media, you should be able to restore your system image directly from the OS installer.

It's free, and I haven't run into any showstopper bugs that would necessarily be handled by third-party software.
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Actually it does. According to their site, the installer contains both versions.

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Macrium doesn't have a 64-bit free version, todo is better.
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:13 PM   #10
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I use both Todo and Macrium free versions (on 64bit).
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