Backup software _ which one?????

November 12, 2009 at 05:26:13
Specs: Vista Ult 64 Bit SP 2, amd 64 DUAL CORE 5200 2.7GHZ
Right then, as we are constantly reminded about Backing Up our PCs i have purchased a 500gb Seagate Expansion XD w/o software. Now: the software to Back Up IN Entirety including Differential backup. I am running:

[COLOR="Red"]Windows Vista Ultimate (x64) Service Pack 2 (build 6002)
Drives Memory Modules c,d
250.06 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
209.36 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S222A ATA Device [CD-ROM drive]

Hitachi HDP725025GLA380 [Hard drive] (250.06 GB) -- drive 0, s/n GEK254RH3AXMSG, rev GM2OA5CA, SMART Status: Healthy 3840 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

2.70 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core
Board: ECS GeForce7050M-M 1.0[/COLOR]

I have Nero 9 suite incl BackItUp. No good, as it doesnt support 64 bit and u cannot update Full Drive Backups.

So I need software that will clone my drive (in case the unthinkable happens) and which i can update with updates as and when. (Differential BU is it)?

I thought it would be great with Vista Ultimate 64 bit when installed on my new PC in Feb............... but very few software companies/programs use 64 bit. I shouldve stuck to the old 32 bit on XP. As there arent many 64 bit applications out there which Backup software works with Vista 64 bit??
It seems i have to pay again to preserve my HD contents. First an X HD now a Backup Application.
I ask all this only having read conflicting reports that Vista's own Backup Utility isnt very good (although it would support its own system) i guess. I know the answer is "Any Backup is better than none at all".
I havent taken the Ext HD out of the box yet so nothing has been tried - Not even Vista Backup.
Question is should i give Vista's BU a go - or spend the hard earned readies on a 3rd party version???
Sorry to ramble on - Any Advice would be welcomed and taken on board.

Incidentally, as the Ext HD is double the internal one i was planning on 2 partitions of 250gb each.
One for the Vista 'clone' and one free for anything else. Is this wise? I currently have everything including Windows on the single internal drive.
Thanx in advance. I think that's it.

Del (Derek)

I Will Not Fail !!!

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November 12, 2009 at 12:28:07
To take the last Q first, there is no advantage in 2 partitions for the backup drive. An image file of the OS is one file plus any updates if running incremental backups, so just make a Vista backup folder for these images.
As for Imaging the OS drive, I recommend Acronis True Image Home (2010) is now out, I'm still using 2009.
It's easy to use, works in Vista & W7, you can set it for auto backup of the OS drive, full and incremental, also individual files, folders and system settings. It's quite fast, backing up a OS hdd with 25GB used space takes less then 15 minutes.
Reboot required for system disk restore operations, otherwise all is done in Windows.
Cost $50 USD and worth every cent, I wouldn't be without it.
If you get the boxed version, the cd is bootable, if you download, make sure to create a bootable Acronis restore disk.

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