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Old 12-18-2015, 11:46 PM
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What would you folks recommend for reliably backing up a Windows 7 system image?

Something that isn’t “Acronis.” I used an earlier version (8, I think) of that product years ago, and it performed reliably. Straightforward, no complaints.

Then I started to get warnings that it was outdated. I bought a newer version (11, I think and it was awful. It was so ****ed user-friendly that I had no idea what was going on. It tried to anticipate everything you'd want to do and ultimately left you nowhere. It launched something called “non-stop backup” (an oxymoronic concept) without asking, and I had to work hard to stop that.

Lately, nothing that I backed up in Acronis can be restored. No matter what version and what system is involved, every backup of theirs is “corrupt” and unusable for restoration.

On one rare occasion that everything clicked, it refused to restore because it couldn’t contact its server! Hey, I was restoring that system because it lost the internet connection! There’s no reason for online access, it’s all local stuff! Anyway, I don’t trust Acronis.

Is there something out there that will image-backup the C:\ drive to somewhere I specify, and reliably restore it afterward? That’s all I want. No user friendly wizard, no non-stop, no cloud.

I looked at CloneZilla, but I note that it runs in its own Linux environment. I can handle that, but does it image and restore Windows systems reliably. Or is there a better alternative.

A free item would be great, but I’d pay for a good one.
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I've used the free version of DriveImage XML and a friend of mine uses the paid version of EaseUS Todo Backup Advanced Server.

Here is my knowledge/experience with each:

DriveImage XML was used to restore a fresh backup of XP to a new hard drive for planned swap (and subsequent integration of dual boot to Win 7 partition on same drive as primary). This was in lieu of cloning, which in retrospect was probably the better choice. The backup/restore basically worked, but had some odd issues on first boot related to access of a few system files. I didn't expect that, but managed to work around it.

When EaseUS was used by my friend to restore a fresh backup (of a new PC) after connecting a Dell Raid Auto/AHCI hard drive (in AHCI mode) to an external interface where the Dell BIOS then somehow switched from AHCI into RAID mode upon re-connection. This corrupted the boot partition. He ended up in a vicious cycle of restoring backup images and gave up (finally doing a full reinstall of Windows).

Lesson learned: Specific interactions between drive geometry, BIOS configuration, OSes and backup software make it a wise idea to do a dry-run on the process using the software you have chosen using pairs of identical physical drives (while the system is still working properly).

Here is someone else's take on backup imaging software:
[Windows] Best free file backup, drive backup (aka imaging), and system backup software | Reviews, news, tips, and tricks | dotTechdotTech
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Thanks for the leads.

I wasn't looking to do anything tricky: just wanted to restore C:\ quick and easy when needed.
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In an odd twist of events, EaseUs eventually coughed up a successful restore of my friends Win 7 backup. Since it had a fully licensed office 2012 install, I would call this a substantial victory on his part.

In any case, I'm still anxious to test AOMEI Data Backuper to test its metal.
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I think the word you want is mettle.
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Yes. "Metal" sounds like hardware.

Let's see if it passes mustard.
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Mettle, huh? Sorry, English is not my native language. Unfortunately, it has been so long since I've spoken my native language, I've forgotten how. JK, well kind of, since I spent several years in near-seclusion writing mostly Assembly (and drinking beer).
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I came across this site and I thought it might be helpful for you.
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Thanks.

I managed to get one of my Acronis backups to restore, but I'll be looking for an alternative for the future. I'll report back if I have success.
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