To image the system drive I am using the latest Acronis with Win 7 64.
Honestly, it's been pretty flawless. I'm impressed with the features and performance.
Actually had a C: drive fail 2 weeks ago- the restore to a new HD was quick, easy, and effective.
I have seen the gentlemen from ADK suggesting Paragon, have not used it yet myself.
I tried Paragon, and that's why I'm using ShadowProtect now. 'Nuff said.
Thank you Jeff
I was using Acronis when my system was vista64, but when i upgraded to win7, i just started using the built in backup. Seems ok to me, should I be wary of something?
Have you done a restore using it (files and/or entire drive)?
Are you saving multiple disk images of the same disk?
It might be fine, I'm looking for folks experiences.
I have restored individual files and it worked a charm. I have not tried restoring an image.
For what it's worth, I have done both file & image restores from Win7's backup. The images are stored as .vhd (virtual hard disk) files, which Win7 will let you mount as a separate drive, then you can use Explorer to grab files. Just un-mount the image before the next backup or you'll get an error (backup won't be damaged though).
I also had a catastrpohic disk failure (yet another Seagate, but don't get me started on that), and as long as the replacement drive was the same size or larger, an image restore worked like a charm.
Also, look into Windows Home Server (even if you're a small shop). It does automatic backups of networked machines on, as I understand it, a near-constant basis. I don't use it myself, but I've heard glowing reviews from people whose opinions I trust on such things.
I started using the Win 7 Native Image Backups and looks to be working great. Never tried Acronis or anything else as this was the first time I started doing images (after an 'i told you so' disaster).
Unfortunately however the way the Windows 7 native backups work I cannot get hourly or less backups for my premiere files so I am using a second backup product that does that and I'm very happy with it. Its called Oops!Backup from a company called Altaro (http://www.altaro.com) and it stays on my pc and automatically backs up changed files every 10 mins (configurable but I found 10 mins to be great for me). Since it backs up every 10 minutes it allows me to go back in time to get different versions of my work. They have this feature browswer called BackInTime - pretty neat.
I found it when i saw a mention about the time machine equivalent but for windows. It's not the exact equivalent - but i found it great anyway.
Important - it does not make image backups as it focuses on the actual content. You would still need an image backup program and I use W 7 for that.
I just got a simple, nightly, incremental backup system working. I used the Task Scheduler and
a .bat file to copy modified files each night to a directory (named with the date) on NAS.
This process is in addition to full backups that I do on-demand. Here's the script as an FYI:
robocopy D:\Customers \\Droboshare\Drobo-Backups\Backups\Data\Data%DateString% /S /ZB /M
robocopy D:\Projects \\Droboshare\Drobo-Backups\Backups\Data\Data%DateString% /S /ZB /M
I'm using Acronis to image entire drives as a seperate process.