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I've been using Acronis True Image Home 2012 for a while now, but I've never actually been in a situation where I needed to restore my operating system. I've recently read reviews of people saying they were unable to restore their operating system off of a backup, along with how bad the software is. I've looked at some other 3rd party software, but none of them really stood out like a program such as Carbon Copy Backup (which is only available on a Mac and would sell like hotcakes if they developed a Windows version).

I then looked into the built in Windows Backup and it looked like it would work pretty well. However, the fact that you can't' browse the backup and extract individual files kind of turned me off. Though, I found that it was possible to mount the .VHD file on your computer via Disk Management allowing you to restore and browse individual files.

Does anyone have any feedback on if this method of viewing the .VHD would work well and copy the files at an adequate speed? For example, when restoring individual files in Acronis's .TIB file format, it took forever to extract even with no compression. If anyone has other backup alternatives or 3rd party software recommendations, please post them. It's been a while since I last backed up my computer, so I'm hoping that I'll soon find something better than ATIH.
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I've only used Macrium Reflect Free. Here is a good tutorial on how to use Macrium Reflect) on my Win 7 machines with excellent results (I used Norton Ghost on my XP machines). My decision was based on the number of complaints I had seen on other forums on Win 7's imaging and the good results people were having with Macrium Reflect. Macrium Reflect is able to mount its images as well as restore them.
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Acronis True Image Home 2012? Why don't you update to its latest version?
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