Win 7 best backup software

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I am running Win 7 and wondered what is the best backup software? Use a TCC command? Windows Backup? Robocopy? something else? What I am lookin for is a full drive backup, includoing every file / folder included.
 
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I am running Win 7 and wondered what is the best backup software? Use a TCC command? Windows Backup? Robocopy? something else? What I am lookin for is a full drive backup, includoing every file / folder included.
In my opinion You might consider an off-line backup to do an image of the disk.
One is at "http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/index.htm".
If You read newsgroups at "www.grc.com" there are people that say good things about macrium.


Regards

Rodolfo Giovanninetti
 
#3
I am running Win 7 and wondered what is the best backup software? Use a TCC command? Windows Backup? Robocopy? something else? What I am lookin for is a full drive backup, includoing every file / folder included.
I use Disk2vhd;

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/disk2vhd

Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk - Microsoft's Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. Disk2vhd uses Windows' Volume Snapshot capability, introduced in Windows XP, to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to include in a conversion. You can even have Disk2vhd create the VHDs on local volumes, even ones being converted (though performance is better when the VHD is on a disk different than ones being converted).
These scripts can be used to mount/unmount the VHD from the command line;

https://jpsoft.com/forums/threads/mountiso-add-support-for-vhd-vhdx-files.8902/#post-50329

Joe
 
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For my boot disk, I've been using the free version of Macrium Reflect (link) for a few years. You need to use the GUI to create the configuration files, but once they are defined, it can be invoked from the command line. I have a cron job that runs every night, and once a week it creates a full image of my C: drive, and writes it to a file on my D: drive.

On the day when the cron isn't imaging the C: drive, it does incremental copies of my D:, E:, and other drives to a Samba file server using the free version of SyncBack (link).

Once a month, I plop a 4TB drive in an external dock, and run a TCC script to image the C: drive, and incrementally copy all the other stuff to the external disk. That disk then gets tossed in a safe until the next month.

For both SyncBack and Reflect, once you're configured them using the GUI, they can be controlled by TCC from the command line, which makes them great for doing backups in scripts that kick off at 4am every morning.