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I am running most of my main programs on my SSD along with the OS and I am trying to find a way to schedule a backup of the SSD to one of my 1TB data drives.

Thanks,
Chris
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Do you need a data backup or a total system image?
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Do you need a data backup or a total system image?

I am thinking just data. What is the difference?
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You can use Acronis to do a data backup.
Setup a recovery disk, for when you need it.
You can load a recovery from last backup if the drive decides to crap out.
    
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A system image would allow you to restore your system to the moment in time that the backup was created in the event of catastrophic failure. Basically, the difference is in recovery. Assume your OS drive were to explode. You get a new OS drive and install it in your PC. Now what?

With a system image:
-You restore your system back exactly like it was with all programs, settings, and data preserved exactly as they were
-Individual file restoration (like in the case of accidental deletion/saving over something) is generally not possible
-Takes up more space
-Takes longer to complete and some programs make you do a full backup every time instead of just the changes

With a data backup:
-You must first install Windows onto your new OS drive
-You must then install all of your apps, programs, and change all your settings to your preferences
-Then, you manually move all of your documents, pictures, and videos back to your new OS drive
-Generally takes up less space
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Do you need to be able to boot from your backup or do you just need all of your personal files and applications?

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Originally Posted by coachmark2 View Post

A system image would allow you to restore your system to the moment in time that the backup was created in the event of catastrophic failure. Basically, the difference is in recovery. Assume your OS drive were to explode. You get a new OS drive and install it in your PC. Now what?

With a system image:
-You restore your system back exactly like it was with all programs, settings, and data preserved exactly as they were
-Individual file restoration (like in the case of accidental deletion/saving over something) is generally not possible
-Takes up more space
-Takes longer to complete and some programs make you do a full backup every time instead of just the changes

With a data backup:
-You must first install Windows onto your new OS drive
-You must then install all of your apps, programs, and change all your settings to your preferences
-Then, you manually move all of your documents, pictures, and videos back to your new OS drive
-Generally takes up less space

Sounds like I want a system image. Any good freeware that I can use?
post #8 of 12
Windows offers free imaging built in. You can back up your current OS to a System Image file and then restore from that if ever needed in the Windows pre boot environment, it generally comes up when your computer fails to start.

If you using Windows 8.1, search for File History in the Metro start menu, then let the Control Panel load. When it's done loading at the bottom left look for System Image Backup. Let that look at all of the drives connected to your computer and it will let you choose what drives to backup to images and where to backup the image to.

Let me know if you need help!

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Originally Posted by -tPg- HeadShot View Post

Windows offers free imaging built in. You can back up your current OS to a System Image file and then restore from that if ever needed in the Windows pre boot environment, it generally comes up when your computer fails to start.

If you using Windows 8.1, search for File History in the Metro start menu, then let the Control Panel load. When it's done loading at the bottom left look for System Image Backup. Let that look at all of the drives connected to your computer and it will let you choose what drives to backup to images and where to backup the image to.

Let me know if you need help!

Nick

awesome, thanks!

running it right now
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Just so you know, this is a very basic tool that is there "to get the job done" but I don't know much about scheduling with this tool. I know some enterprise tools, but as for freeware, we generally use Acronis as was mentioned earlier.

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