Whats your Windows 7 backup solution

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by dimme, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. dimme macrumors 65816

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    I have been using winclone to backup my windows partitions. I have had a few problems with restores. I have been trying out Acronis True Image and it works well with bootcamp. It also allows me to create a bootable CD. It looks to be pretty bullet proof.
  2. Mort2412 macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2009
    O&O DiskImage Professional Edition v3.5.26

    Good bit of kit however has not been tested with BootCamp Windows

  3. 4ester macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2009
  4. Rad macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2006

    Easy, free and works. I replaced a messed up Vista bootcamp installation with an older XP installation without any problem. I have found Windows-based backups unreliable when you actually use then, including Acronis products.

  5. VenusianSky macrumors 65816


    Aug 28, 2008
    I use a couple tools. For the system disk, I use the Windows Image Backup tool that is included with Win7 and back that up to a USB disk. WIB uses the Volume Shadow Copy service to take a snapshot image of the disk. The image file is in VHD format, that which can be mounted later using the updated Disk Management MMC. You can also perform a full restore of the system using the recovery tools on the Win7 DVD. Also note that WIB runs differential backups.
    A scheduled task can be created using the command line tool wbadmin.exe to backup the disk regularly. I've been using this method to backup Win2008 servers at work and it works great.

    For my data (music, picture, documents), I use robocopy.exe and back that up to my Time Capsule. I don't need everything on my data partition and that is why I use robocopy instead of WIB. Plus I can conveniently access my music and pictures from other computers on the network. since it is stored on the Time Capsule. Microsoft updated robocopy in Windows 7 to include multi-thread support.

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