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Best backup software to backup a PC

Discussion in 'Software' started by piccadilly, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. piccadilly

    piccadilly Byte Poster

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    Hi all,

    I've a users PC at work that I want to backup the entire drive as it contains important software, if a crash then it would cost alot to rebuild.

    Can you give me suggestions on the best method to do this?

    Thanks
    Picc.
     
  2. westernkings

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    Norton Ghost... Simple as.
     
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  3. derkit

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    I agree with Western - or perhaps Acronis True Image, personally have used both with good results.
     
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  4. piccadilly

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    My budget is £0. Can you recommend a reliable freeware tool?
     
  5. derkit

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    Not trying to be belligerent here, but if a PC crashing is going to cost "a lot to rebuild" is it not worth investing in a back up solution that will save you money in the long run?

    Failing that if its XP, that has a Backup utility built in that can backup the C drive, system state etc. I've never tried it for whole disk imaging though so I don't know.
     
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  6. piccadilly

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    I totally agree, but it's a bad year for the company I work for and the IT budget is minimal (non for profit company).
     
  7. Sparky
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  8. piccadilly

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    I will look into it. Thanks for the suggestions all.
     
  9. Toasty

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    You could try Allways Sync to backup your data, it's free up to 20,000 files.
     
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  10. SimonD

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    If you don't have a budget then I would start looking at something like PING, it's a linux based disk imaging utility that will do what you want it to do.

    As far as Non Profits go, they have to realise that they have to spend money on IT, ask them how much their data is worth and how much time they are willing to spend rebuilding the PC should the worst happen, if they can afford the loss and cost of rebuilding the pc then go ahead and don't invest in decent software, if however they can't afford to lose the data for even a couple of hours and the days it would cost to completely rebuild the pc and install the software then surely just buying the software to back it up now is a good idea?
     
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  11. piccadilly

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    Thanks for all your replies. Might try Windows backup and see how it goes.
     
  12. supernova

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    So if they have a bad year then they don't buy insurance because it costs too much?

    ... i think they need to get there priorities right.

    70 percent of companies go out of business after a major data loss (Source, UK DTI)
     
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  13. Brian_geek

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    Try Handy Backup, it's easy and reliable backup software. I have used several backup programs for years, and I recommend Handy Backup.
    Hope it will work for you too.
     
  14. greenbrucelee
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    A lot of businesses are tightening their belts at the moment but there are costs which are paramount and a total neccesary.

    Say to your bosses that do they want to damage the integrity of their systems? Do they want to incurr possible major expenditure by not having a proper backup solution? or do they want to incurr a slight expense and have total piece of mind?

    It's that simple or as the secretaries put on notice boards at my place Its thats simples :D
     
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    i really like clonezilla, very good and works just as well as ghost
     
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    I'd use Ghost, doesn't cost much for 1 license.
     
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    Have a butchers over here
     
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    Even though the thread is 6 months old I'd put a vote in for Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image.
     
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  19. JoeAllen

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    Acronis is ok, I used it for several weeks but we had to buy new computers for the office so I had to switch to a more inexpensive tool. After some googling we chose Praetorian Guard. It hasn’t failed me so far.
     
  20. frankcastle

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    Well Every One here has given their idea of every other software for backing up data.
    Why look for it outside when you have the best back up software from windows.
    with windows back up utility you can take a
    1. Normal backup.
    2.differential backup.
    3. Full backup

    It is one of the simplest method and reliable method.

    In addition you can take a system state backup which will backup all system settings and user profiles.
     
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