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What do people here at OCN like to use to provide "windows" backups or image back up to internal HDD's?

I ahve 3 internal HDD's besides the SSD I am about to get and Windows back up will not use an internal HDD. what software options are available for internal HDD back up?
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post #2 of 11
i use Macrium reflect free. it also lets you create a boot up disc from the linux kernel to restore images. i've had to use it once on my old laptop and it worked great.

And what do you mean by "windows backup will not use an internal HDD?". as long as you are creating a disc image on a HDD other than the one you are cloning, it should work. (i have never had any experience with windows backup/disc image though)
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in windows 7 when I go through the back up utility in windows it will only allow you to select external drives. I guess it assumes if something happens then your other internal drives might be shot also.... but the image is to big for DVD's (takes something like 40+ DVD's) and I dont have an external drive that is large enough either (only have an older 120 Gig USB drive). but I have two 1 TB HD's that have plenty of space but can not use since they are "internal"
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post #4 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Magus2727 View Post
in windows 7 when I go through the back up utility in windows it will only allow you to select external drives. I guess it assumes if something happens then your other internal drives might be shot also.... but the image is to big for DVD's (takes something like 40+ DVD's) and I dont have an external drive that is large enough either (only have an older 120 Gig USB drive). but I have two 1 TB HD's that have plenty of space but can not use since they are "internal"
that's interesting. i guess it only allows backups to external sources. give macrium a try. it should work on internals. i'm not sure though. i use a 50GB external HDD for my disc images i make about every month and then delete the older one. my images are about 15-20GB (macrium compresses them on medium setting by default.)
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post #5 of 11
Windows 7 Pro x64 (with Service Pack 1) *recommends* an external drive for backups but will let you select an internal drive.

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Originally Posted by Magus2727 View Post
in windows 7 when I go through the back up utility in windows it will only allow you to select external drives. I guess it assumes if something happens then your other internal drives might be shot also.... but the image is to big for DVD's (takes something like 40+ DVD's) and I dont have an external drive that is large enough either (only have an older 120 Gig USB drive). but I have two 1 TB HD's that have plenty of space but can not use since they are "internal"
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post #6 of 11
clonezilla

Free. I use the bootable usb version and create a picture of my partition on my hard drive, then save it to the other partition.

Kind of confusion but with some thinking you can get it done.
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post #7 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by proximo View Post
Windows 7 Pro x64 (with Service Pack 1) *recommends* an external drive for backups but will let you select an internal drive.
Humm... I will have to look.. I dont think i have tried it since SP1 came out... that must have been something they have added for you to do.
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post #8 of 11
Windows home server, the best hassle free back and restore program that just works.
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post #9 of 11
I've used Windows 7 pro X64 Backup to my 2nd internal HDD since the original Windows install. Just upgraded to SP1 and it works exactly the same.
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I use Fbackup.
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