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Recos for (non-image) backup/restore (Windows 10)

Postby ohaya » Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:18 pm

Hi,

Frankly speaking my backup data "strategy" has been somewhat haphazard. Mostly, I have a 4TB drive attached to one of my routers, and I occasionally (if I remember) backup what I think are important files or dirs to it.

However, I just got a new 8TB USB drive, so now I am thinking that I want to try to be a little more disciplined about data backups, for all of my machines. Mainly these

My main laptop (a Dell Inspiron 1500)
A more portable laptop (a Dell Inspiron 13")

I always configure my machines with at least:

C: - Windows
D: - A partition for swap/pagefile.sys
E: - Data drive

I use TBI IFW or IFD to backup my Windows/C: drives occasionally, but have not been consistent at all with the data drive, so I was thinking that I should use some kind of backup application and do scheduled incrementals for both laptops, with the new 8TB USB drive either locally attached (I'd move it between machines) or over network (if I get lazy :)!).

So I've been looking around and there seems like TONS of free versions that might work well, and I am curious what you all use/recommend? I'm also not unwilling to consider a non-free product, but probably it would have to be "worth it" (vs. free offerings).

I guess since the 8TB drive is pretty large, I'd like to use it to hold the backups for both/all my machines, so whatever product I end up using should be able to maintain backups for multiple different machines. I'd also like to be able to restore individual files or dirs on-demand.

If there are other criteria that are important, I'd be interested in those also.

Thanks,
Jim
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Re: Recos for (non-image) backup/restore (Windows 10)

Postby TeraByte Support » Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:02 pm

Image for Windows scheduled to backup every night in simple operations mode.


"ohaya" wrote in message news:16012@public.tech.misc...

Hi,

Frankly speaking my backup data "strategy" has been somewhat haphazard.
Mostly, I have a 4TB drive attached to one of my routers, and I occasionally
(if I remember) backup what I think are important files or dirs to it.

However, I just got a new 8TB USB drive, so now I am thinking that I want to
try to be a little more disciplined about data backups, for all of my
machines. Mainly these

My main laptop (a Dell Inspiron 1500)
A more portable laptop (a Dell Inspiron 13")

I always configure my machines with at least:

C: - Windows
D: - A partition for swap/pagefile.sys
E: - Data drive

I use TBI IFW or IFD to backup my Windows/C: drives occasionally, but have
not been consistent at all with the data drive, so I was thinking that I
should use some kind of backup application and do scheduled incrementals for
both laptops, with the new 8TB USB drive either locally attached (I'd move
it between machines) or over network (if I get lazy

![:)]({SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_smile.gif)

!).
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Re: Recos for (non-image) backup/restore (Windows 10)

Postby Brian K » Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:03 pm

Jim, I use Robocopy to make a mirrored backup of my data. The target can be a local or network folder. It is fast and only takes seconds to make a "backup" if nothing has changed. Add time to backup changed files. The backups can be scheduled.

Towards the end of this page...

https://www.terabyteunlimited.com/kb/article.php?id=554
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Re: Recos for (non-image) backup/restore (Windows 10)

Postby ohaya » Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:27 am

Hi,

What is "simple operations"?

Also, I did look at using IFW, but it doesn't look like it can selectively choose or ignore (not backup) directories or files? For example, I keep a E:\ziptemp directory on my E: drive where I put files that I am working with temporarily, and I don't want to backup any files in that dir.

Thanks,
Jim

TeraByte Support wrote:
> Image for Windows scheduled to backup every night in simple operations
> mode.
>
>
> "ohaya" wrote in message news:16012@public.tech.misc...
>
> Hi,
>
> Frankly speaking my backup data "strategy" has been somewhat
> haphazard.
> Mostly, I have a 4TB drive attached to one of my routers, and I
> occasionally
> (if I remember) backup what I think are important files or dirs to it.
>
> However, I just got a new 8TB USB drive, so now I am thinking that I want
> to
> try to be a little more disciplined about data backups, for all of my
> machines. Mainly these
>
> My main laptop (a Dell Inspiron 1500)
> A more portable laptop (a Dell Inspiron 13")
>
> I always configure my machines with at least:
>
> C: - Windows
> D: - A partition for swap/pagefile.sys
> E: - Data drive
>
> I use TBI IFW or IFD to backup my Windows/C: drives occasionally, but have
> not been consistent at all with the data drive, so I was thinking that I
> should use some kind of backup application and do scheduled incrementals
> for
> both laptops, with the new 8TB USB drive either locally attached (I'd move
> it between machines) or over network (if I get lazy
>
> ![:)]({SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_smile.gif)
>
> !).
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