How to backup properly?

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  1. subzero macrumors newbie

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    I just started using Parallels Desktop (installed on a separate partition). I have a Windows network drive which I would like to backup to.

    Preferably, I would have two backup sets:
    1) Daily incremental backup of just specific folders on the Windows drive (NTFS). Parallels might not be started and hence the drive is not necessarily mounted.

    2) Weekly full backup (image) that I can restore later. I believe WinClone can do this, although it does not seem to be possible to schedule this task?

    Any clues welcome:)
     
  2. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    Just curious: Why you are using a physical partition instead of a Virtual Disk Image as this would give you marginally better performance and give you the image/snapshots for "free."

    For the first task, I would suggest Chronosync. http://www.econtechnologies.com/pages/cs/chrono_overview.html

    For the second, I'd switch it over to a virtual drive.

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  3. subzero thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I had the idea that using a physical partition would give me better performance, and yield less disk read/write operations.

    I will be moving to a SSD soon, so the fewer write operations the better.
     
  4. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    All evidence points to the contrary. The performance advantage goes to the virtual disk. (Think of it as the native "hardware" for the VM, accessing the physical disk requires another layer of virtualization.)

    e.g. http://forum.parallels.com/showthread.php?t=92835
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