confused with multiple backup solutions

Discussion in 'Backup Software' started by Joe, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. Joe

    Joe Guest

    A few years ago I bought Acronis but didn't install it.

    I recently bought a WD external USB HD. It comes with Smartdrive software
    which will automatically and continuously back up all created files but not
    system or program files.

    I asked WD tech support what they'd recommend with 2 back up programs. Their
    tech suggested first using Acronis to image the entire drive- then using
    their Smartdrive software to back up created files.

    I suppose that makes sense since Smartdrive continuously does the back ups
    with no further effort on my part- whereas, I believe Acronis will run on a
    schedule- which may be a good way, but it's not continuous - so conceivably
    I could lose a day's work, even if I have Acronis scheduled for daily back

    Too bad the WD software doesn't come with an image function- then I'd be
    more than satisfied.

    So, what do you folks recommend- which of the following:

    1. use Acronis to image the entire drive, then use WD Smartdrive for
    continuous back ups of created files.
    2. use just Acronis- first create the image, then have it backup new files

    Joe, Jul 29, 2010
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    louisesmith Guest

    I'm using Norton Ghost 15 for images only - one external hard drive, win
    7 prof. If you buy the Norton box, the original disk can always be your
    startup disk.

    I'm using Macrium Reflect for a full image and then nightly incrementals
    on a different hard drive.

    I do the full Ghost Image every few weeks and use Macrium every night.

    Being really careful, I also use Carbonite so that most of my really
    important files have a copy off premises.

    I did a lot of research for good backup programs for win 7 and I would
    recommend both of these.

    louisesmith, Apr 5, 2011
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