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I think the best way to back up a home computer is using the ClickFree software and drive. It takes ALL of the guesswork out of backing up data (not apps or OS). When you buy their drive it comes with the software (Win/Mac) and works great. I have one at home, and gave one to my daughter for college!
If your computer goes haywire or you can't get online, how do you retrieve your back-up? That's why I use an external hard drive.
Sync Toy is just way too cool for keeping my computing world consistent across several machines. I run the application about once a week. Windows 7 HomelessGroup complicated everything but I got around that by ditching that worthless piece of garbage and just networking things the old-fashioned way. MS should really charge for Sync Toy but that probably makes up for what Carbonite does charge (Carbonite, by the way, is right in the ballpark as far as price with the other offsite providers).
I use it for instantaneous duplication of every save of specified current files; and Yadis from Codessentials to backup SyncToy - both to different partitions on a removable drive; and Norton Ghost to diskimage my primary hard drive to my secondary hard drive; and Spotmau to do the same to a removable drive; and Mozy to do a nightly cumulative backup of all my data and images. And every so often I copy all essential files to one or more CD-Roms. But I'm not paranoid about losing data. I think.
I would never let anyone take care of my files out there and then not even the biggest and most protected storage services that exist online. It is simple, why put my trust there when I can buy an extra disk for keep my backup on in my own office or home there noone will have a chance in register myself or my files for unknown purpose. Actually, anything that has connection with internet shall never be seen as equal with "protection" or "safe" something else would be foolish.
Here Here! Though I fear we are by far the minority - Thank you for your Voice of Reason. Anything ONLINE and SECURE is an oxymoron. There most definitely is a good reason for off-site storage of business essential data. Why take the chance of losing your business to the 1 in a 1,000,000 chance of losing your data to fire or another disaster? Isn't that the whole theory of the insurance industry? Now, as for this whole Cloud Computing thing -
I have mirrored drives in my system so I only really need to a disaster recovery backup. I do simple backups to an external drive using Robocopy and Windows Backup. Windows Backup to create an system image and Robocopy for very quick backups of data.
I use SyncToy at work and home. The scheduling works fine but we are a small office. At home I use Macrium Reflect (free) and have looked at Self Image and Drive Image XML. None of these were in the review but Macrium seems to be the best of the aforementioned programs.
Backup for Workgroups is easy to use, fast, and supports all Windows OSs including Server 2008 R2 and also has a native 64 bit client. Supports backing up open files and system state. Supports off-site mirroring. Supports near-continuous backup.
I rely on replay from AppAssure to backup servers and workstations. http://www.appassure.com/
Is anyone using a network attached system, and if so what combination of sw/hw are you using? I have a lot of old data that we need to keep online (readonly), but with only 4 people in our office, a file server is way overkill. Does it make sense to get a few NAS devices to manage all the backups centrally and to support my archive data?
I've been a long time user of Genie Backup Manager. They've been stuck at version 8 for quite some time now. It still does the job. Lately the've been offering Genie Timeline as a replacement of sorts. Have yet to try it. Still looking for user reviews. I haven't done much in the way of disk imaging (sadly) but occassionaly I'll use either Acronis or Paragon Drive Backup via CD. I don't think I've ever imaged from within Windows itself.
I've successfully used Acronis for several years and it has saved my rear end several times. I am interested in knowing if anyone has experience with "Bounce Back" and their opinion of it. It was recommended to me, but I'm not sure I want to trade in something already successful. Is the interface better, etc.???
For the past two years I've used Acronis for imaging hard drives. I've used it successfully and reliably with 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7. I've been using Cobian for the past 5 years for file backups. Most recently I've used version 9 Amanita. I'm planning to transition to version 10 Coletus soon.
Been using Acronis True Image Home to copy to external and offsite disks for a few years. They still cannot autoexpire oldest images properly. They do schedule ok. And their disk clone for hard disk upgrades works well. Support is pretty challenging. I use it, but would trade for something better. Still haven't identified 'something better'.
For a Small Business, Logmein Backup provides off-site backups at a low cost. It's fast and provides multiple versions of files.
I use SyncBackSE by Two Bright Sparks, very nice program with many features, I backup too my network drive and my DropBox folder, which gives me a local and online backup of my data.
it doesn't allow you to archive previous file versions, something that's important to me. I've been looking at ViceVersa PRO which, at about USD60 or GBP40 for one licence to use on up to 3 computers, seems a steal.
I also have used SyncBack SE for the last couple of years. I trialed a range of backup programs and concluded this best fitted my needs. It has all the power I need, is regularly updated and I am very happy with it. I mainly use it to backup to external hard drives.