Backing up the Windows side of things

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Thunderbird8, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. Thunderbird8 macrumors regular

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    I have an entire 500GB hard drive in Bay Two dedicated to Windows, on which I am running Vista 64 business.

    As the drive fills up, I am aware of Time machine backing up my Leopard drive but my windows drive remains not backed up (obviously).

    What are the options here? Is there a similar utility in Windows to Time Machine (I'm suspecting not).
     
  2. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    There isn't something like time machine, how ever there is a program in there called NTbackup. This can be configured (when your booted into windows) to backup your data to a network share or external HDD. You can set schedules to back the drive up on certain days / times etc

    There are other programs simliar to time machine, Norton ghost acts like Carbon cloner . The windows versions of ghost i believe allow you to back up changes as you go
     
  3. JNB macrumors 604

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    Best bet is WinClone. It's a Mac application and does not need anything from Windows to do its thing, and makes a perfect copy every time. I've used it to backup as well as make a clone to let me move & resize my Windows partition to a different drive.
     
  4. kevlong macrumors newbie

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    What about just using the Vista Backup software that comes with it?

    Not sophisticated, but will happily do a full backup, then incremental?

    Kevlong
     
  5. aki macrumors 6502a

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    i use winclone and it is best for me simple fast works
     
  6. DARKJ3DI macrumors regular

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    doesn't winclone backup the whole hard drive as an image? a 500 GB image is huge!
     
  7. neilhart macrumors 6502

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    WinClone only backups what is there, plus it drops out things like the swap partition (I think) and the image is smaller then the total space used on the copied partition. However, the speed is something to think about... my experience is that the backup runs about two minutes a gigabyte! A 30 gig image takes me about an hour on a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo MBP. Do the math. Also you need the space on a file system that OSX can write to.

    With WinClone, you can do a restore and/or resize and restore. I am not sure it is a great answer for recovery of a single set of files.

    I also use Acronis to make images which can be mounted and single files can be recovered. Now if the Acronis CD would boot on a MB or MBP, it would be a good BootCamp backup and restore solution.

    Neil
     
  8. majordude macrumors 68020

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    Have you tested this to see it Acronis works? I own it too but haven't tried it on a Mac.
     
  9. robotica macrumors 6502a

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    last version of acronis i tried didnt work :( due to efi

    hopefully they will update that because that is truly the best backup solution
     

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