best software for OS backup?

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  1. loki8481

    loki8481 Lifer

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    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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  3. Chiefcrowe

    Chiefcrowe Diamond Member

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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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    MontyAC Diamond Member

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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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    capeconsultant Senior member

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    Active@disk image gets my vote. Good software without the bloat!
     
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    GrumpyMan Diamond Member

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    Macrium for me.
     
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    Remobz Platinum Member

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    Same here.
     
  8. Zxian

    Zxian Senior member

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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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    #8 Pardus, Jan 19, 2013
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  10. Chiefcrowe

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    ImpulsE69 Lifer

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    I use both Todo and Macrium free versions (on 64bit).