SSD backup options?

February 9, 2012 at 16:41:05
Specs: Windows 7, i7 950 12gb ram
I have a custom windows machine with a 60gig ssd and a 1tb HD. i use the ssd essentially just for the OS. i would like to create some kind of partition on the HD that i can make a backup of the SSD with a clean install. My goal: is to be able to reformat my SSD and restore it to a clean install ( drivers and such already set up ) frequently, and with minimum hassle. i would be stoked to hear some ideas on the simplest way to do this. the way i see it there are a number of options, but the least amount of applications or other shenanigan's the better :P

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February 9, 2012 at 17:25:49

I suggest using a backup program like Acronis True Image Home. It can create an image level backup of your SSD harddrive to the the 1TB harddrive. You would be able to skip the format process and just restore from the image level backup. Since you have 1TB of space on the second drive, you'll even have room for more than one version of the SSD HD C: drive partition.

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February 9, 2012 at 18:48:27
Windows 7 and your windows dvd provide a good backup solution.

Just use the build in backup program to save to some folder on the 1tb drive. Do that on a regular basis or create new copies to save your data.

Plenty of other ways to do it also.

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February 9, 2012 at 19:03:32
Use the built in Windows Back up. There is a separate create a back up image of your drive feature which you can use back up your SSD to your HD either to just a folder or partition off a drive and that will limit how much you can use for these images prompting you to delete some if needed without effecting your files partition. You can then set up a normal back up of your important files to another drive, probably an external, but without the image option selected (unless you have the room and want that too). No hoops to jump through, no program to install. Just use the install disk or a Repair Disk (you can also create that in the back up section while you are there, a good tool to have) if/when you need to reload or replace the drive.

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February 9, 2012 at 19:08:36
this research is never ending lol...

any reason to choose acronis over windows 7 system imaging???

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February 9, 2012 at 19:18:35
thankyou all for your input. im going to give the win 7 tool a try.

Does it matter if i reformat the ssd inbetween disk images?

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February 10, 2012 at 07:44:29
Acronis True Image doesn't work right with Windows 7. Just use the built in backup utility in Winodw 7 as suggested above.

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February 10, 2012 at 08:04:21
There is no need to format when doing a reimage since the image is put back block by block.

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