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Hi guys,

I'm running a RAID0 setup on my system and want to have some software that can make pretty frequent, automated backups of all my data. I'd like to be able to have an image of my RAID0 setup so I can restore it if when it fails.

What would you guys recommend? I'm thinking of buying Acronis True Image Home 2012 for $50 but am open to any other suggestions.

Thank you!
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You could try this out for starters before you buy anything. Mess with it and see if it does what you want.

http://www.todo-backup.com/products/...p-software.htm

You can also do what is in my sig....just no system images.
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You could set up a RAID 10 array, that way if one of your drives fails, it can be restored.

Although, I would recommend RAID 6, since it also requires four drives, but allows you the privilege to lose any two drives, where as with the RAID 10 array, if you lose the main drive and its back-up at the same time.. all your data is gone.

But if you want to just use image back-up software, I can say I've had good luck with Acronis.
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Thanks guys. I was *THIS* close to pulling the trigger on Acronis True Image Home until I just happened to see the reviews for it on

. It seems as if this year's version has become complete junk.

I would be fine using the Win7 backup and restore but for some reason it seems that I'm unable to choose for it to backup 3x a week. It only gives me the option to do it once a week or every single day.
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Originally Posted by GasMan320 View Post
Thanks guys. I was *THIS* close to pulling the trigger on Acronis True Image Home until I just happened to see the reviews for it on Amazon. It seems as if this year's version has become complete junk.

I would be fine using the Win7 backup and restore but for some reason it seems that I'm unable to choose for it to backup 3x a week. It only gives me the option to do it once a week or every single day.
Don't have any personal experience with it, but I really don't think that once a day would bother you any. If it's automatic, it would be like installing updates - it will happen when you're away from the computer.

I would, though, install a third internal HDD (size depending on how much you have to back-up and the corresponding size of the image), as an external would make things even slower (unless you're using USB 3.0, but why deal with the cutter on the desk anyway).

And with a third 1TB drive (you should basically not buy any drive under 1TB these days), you're only 1 away from RAID 6 for completely and full-proof protection.

Hope this helps
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Thanks for the reply! Yeah, daily backups are a bit too cumbersome, as they do take quite a bit of time.

My 2x1TB drives are in RAID0 so I would need to get another 2 1TB drives just to be able to backup internally. I have a 3TB USB 3.0 external under the desk that it is currently backing up to and it works well (get writes around 145MB/s).

I just wish Win7 would let me set it up so I could backup on Mon/Wed/Friday only.

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Don't have any personal experience with it, but I really don't think that once a day would bother you any. If it's automatic, it would be like installing updates - it will happen when you're away from the computer.

I would, though, install a third internal HDD (size depending on how much you have to back-up and the corresponding size of the image), as an external would make things even slower (unless you're using USB 3.0, but why deal with the cutter on the desk anyway).

And with a third 1TB drive (you should basically not buy any drive under 1TB these days), you're only 1 away from RAID 6 for completely and full-proof protection.

Hope this helps
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Volume Shadow copy should be on Windows 7.
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I've used Acronis True Image Home and though it was crap personally...I ended up just using robocopy myself. It only updated changed files and folders and keeps a 1:1 back up of anything you set for it. And it can be set to any schedule you want.
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Originally Posted by GasMan320 View Post
Thanks for the reply! Yeah, daily backups are a bit too cumbersome, as they do take quite a bit of time.

My 2x1TB drives are in RAID0 so I would need to get another 2 1TB drives just to be able to backup internally. I have a 3TB USB 3.0 external under the desk that it is currently backing up to and it works well (get writes around 145MB/s).

I just wish Win7 would let me set it up so I could backup on Mon/Wed/Friday only.
Hmm, I see.

Did you check whether you could create two instances of Windows Back-up and Restore? Set each one for once a week, and you'll have two times a week.
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I've used Acronis True Image Home and though it was crap personally...I ended up just using robocopy myself.
Sean, your robocopy tutorial is awesome! If I didn't need to have imaging done also, I would use that exclusively with Windows Task Scheduler.
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