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I'm sick of doing copy+paste manual backups, and I figure it's time for something more advanced. A couple more details:

  1. I'd like a solution which can handle different types of backups. In other words, something that can image my OS and programs as a drive image and back up my files using delta compression techniques, separately. Most of the backup solutions I've come across can only do one or the other, which either results in huge backup files (making a drive image of 1 TB of data isn't fun) or the need to reinstall from scratch should the OS be hosed.
  2. In addition to the above, I'd like a solution that can do backups on multiple schedules. For example, I want the backup system to image my OS once a month but back up my data every night.
  3. The backup solution should also have some sort of mechanism to guarantee data integrity, whether that be through the calculation of checksums against files or whatever.
  4. Finally, the backup solution needs to support storing backups on a network drive.
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post #2 of 6
Acronis True Image might be just what you need. I've used the simple version that WD gives out with their drives and it was decent but the full version looks to have pretty much everything you need.
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Finally had a chance to try it out...

Acronis is still a terrible product. It saddens me whenever I think back to how it used to be the gold standard for drive imaging frown.gif
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What's wrong with copy and paste? LOL, jks.

I'm not really familiar with delta compression or any compression for that matter, but I use a couple of lines for 7zip and then xcopy in a batch script which is then scheduled in windows. I'm sure there are command line OS imaging backups out there which you could add to a separate batch and have that scheduled to be done monthly. I know it's probably a pretty primitive method for some but I just find full blown backup products to be cumbersome sometimes and usually offer more than what I need.

Not sure if that helps.
Edited by nooboc2012 - 11/1/13 at 12:03am
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I'm using the term "delta compression" rather loosely here, in the sense that it should only create backups of new/changed files, rather than create a full backup of all my data every night. If I were to create a full backup nightly, I'd run out of disk space on my file server within a week at best, which in turn means that I wouldn't have access to any backups more than a week old.
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I guess it depends on the data you're backing up. For me it's just small bit and pieces of spreadsheets, code, text files, word documents, a couple of photo albums. I would be devastated to of course to lose my 3 TB media collection but much more devastated to lose files that I have invested hour and weeks on.
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