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Just had to reformat laptop because of problem here, not happy at all and is causing me lots of work to move files here and there and set everything back up again.

I’m just happy it didn’t happen to my rig but this has me thinking that It can happen at anytime so I’m asking for advice on what to do here;

I want all the computers in my house (around 6) to automatically do a system image backup that can be resorted if something like that ever happens.
I want recommendations on hardware/software that would be good to achieve this.

I assume Windows 7 built in backup would be acceptable as it can restore its system image backups in recovery console if I cannot boot into windows.

All the computers in the house run windows 7 and we also have an Imac, Its not rely important to back that up but if I can there’s no real reason why not to.

Help appreciated, Thanks!
Edited by Rian - 4/30/11 at 7:03am
   
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I would ask this in the Server section to get more correct responses.

I have a server I built and am using Windows Home Server to do exactly what your asking.

It all depends on what you want to spend on what you can do. The bulk of my server (AM2 Mobo and CPU, cooler, DDR2 RAM, PSU, 2 HDD and case) were old parts I was not using. My biggest expense was the 2 2TB HDD. If your just doing storage, an Atom ITX board may be all you need, and will use very little power.

Windows Home Server does nightly backups of each computer and it can also be used for central storage of files or media. Their are also a few free options (Ahmani?) out there, as well as setting up Windows 7 to be the server. Their is also a thread here about Free Server 2008, but don't know about that (I got my WHS from my Technet account).
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I would ask this in the Server section to get more correct responses.

I have a server I built and am using Windows Home Server to do exactly what your asking.

It all depends on what you want to spend on what you can do. The bulk of my server (AM2 Mobo and CPU, cooler, DDR2 RAM, PSU, 2 HDD and case) were old parts I was not using. My biggest expense was the 2 2TB HDD. If your just doing storage, an Atom ITX board may be all you need, and will use very little power.

Windows Home Server does nightly backups of each computer and it can also be used for central storage of files or media. Their are also a few free options (Ahmani?) out there, as well as setting up Windows 7 to be the server. Their is also a thread here about Free Server 2008, but don't know about that (I got my WHS from my Technet account).
Ah yes didnt think about that, Hopefully a MOD will move this.

+1 rep though for help, I will probably gather a few parts together and build myself a mini ITX system with at least 6TB of storage.

Is WHS an OS by iteslf or an application?
   
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It is it's own OS.
WHS is built on Server 2003 (32 bit only).
WHS 2011 is built off Server 2008 R2 (32 bit only). It has been RTM, but only OEM. It should be for sale to the general public within a month or so.

Google them to see the pros (and cons) of each. WHS 2011 has a huge disadvantage, since they removed Drive Extender from it (it allows you to just add a new drive to the system and it automatically adds that drives total space to the available space, no raid setup or having to have identical drives and such).
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Backup frequencies depend primarily on how much the data on your pc changes and how important it is to you. If you use your computer randomly, only once or twice per week, then a monthly back up if more than sufficient. If you use your computer daily, you should consider a weekly back up. If you use it for work, and therefore add important data daily, you should back up your data daily to minimize any potential damage to your work.

Businesses typically do weekly full backups on the weekends and nightly incremental backups Monday through Friday.

One option of an network backup is installing it in its own networked enclosure. The other option is to install the drive in a networked computer and share the drive on the network for others to access. This has both advantages and disadvantages. Advantages are that more people can access it, but with that, the risk of file corruption increases.
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