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Acronis WD edition (for free) doesn't come with the drive, but you can download it from WD's support/downloads site.
I use it and prefer it over W7 backup: it is faster and works better when you need to use it to recover the OS.
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Do you have to backup to a WD device or do you just need a connected WD device for the WD acronis to work? I have several drives of different brands.
    
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Do you have to backup to a WD device or do you just need a connected WD device for the WD acronis to work? I have several drives of different brands.
As long as you have at least one WD drive you can use it on that system, no matter if you backup to or from the wd drive, or even if that drive is not involved.
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I have played today with Windows 7 backup, and it seems to work fine for my needs. The first time you run it, it does full backup, and then incremental backups. Periodically a new full backup is created. You can restore files to their original or alternative location, either the latest version or whatever other version you need. It can also perform a full system backup, suitable for a full system restore.

Things I don't like:

It seems like you can't select the destination folder for your backup. It just sits in the root directory of the drive.
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I have played today with Windows 7 backup, and it seems to work fine for my needs. The first time you run it, it does full backup, and then incremental backups. You can restore files to their original or alternative location, either the latest version or whatever other version you need. It can also perform a full system backup, suitable for a full system restore.

Things I don't like:

It seems like you can't select the destination folder for your backup. It just sits in the root directory of the drive.
Things I don't like:

Takes a looooong time to backup.
Like some 30 mins or more, while Acronis do it in 8-10mins max.
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Things I don't like:

Takes a looooong time to backup.
Like some 30 mins or more, while Acronis do it in 8-10mins max.
The duration of the backup depends on the size of the backup. Of course it will take hours if you're backing up a 3TB drive.
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The duration of the backup depends on the size of the backup. Of course it will take hours if you're backing up a 3TB drive.
Sure.
But I was talking of backing up the same drive (c300 SSD with 110GB used of 256) just changing the backup software: Windows 7's built-in backup or Acronis 2011 (or is it 2010?...), to the same HDD (a 2TB Cav. Green, EARS, although I've also done it to one of my Cav. Blacks and the result doesn't change at all). One takes 30-45mins (w7) and the other does the same work (on a different way) in under 10 mins.
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CrashPlan is good: http://www.crashplan.com/
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Clonemaxxx and Clonezilla are both good, free tools. They run in command line, though. I use Clonezilla to back my OS drive up.
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Macrium reflect free edition. Works great.
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