I'm currently looking for a backup or disk imaging solution for my system. I have two lines of enquiry...
1) Utilise my DVD burner. In which case does anyone know some good software? It needs to support single/dual layer DVD and be as comprehensive as possible (I'd like something more elegant than my current method of 'drag n drop' files to the DVD).
2) An external Hard drive. In which case, anyone got experience of these? What software do they come with etc. Is 'one touch backup' that some claim really as easy to use as it sounds?
The obvious advantage of the hard drive method is that it's got a much bigger capacity, so in theory I could back up my entire hard drive easily. Advantage of the DVD method is that it's cheap and I've already got the burner.
In the past I've used Norton Ghost for re-imaging hard drives, but this was many years ago - so I'm a bit out of touch about what levels of compression I would get - i.e. Could I fit a 120GB hard drive image on a 9.4GB DVD?
Ideally the back up software on either solution (if it can't do reimaging) would be smart enough to ferret out common and critical files/settings that require back up - example, systems settings, IE favourites, Firefox Bookmarks, in a perfect world even back up my email folders! Also what sort of disaster recovery does the software/hard drive incorporate?
Thanks in advance for any advice, comments and opinions.
I would recomend Acronis True Image click here I use True Image 7, but the latest is True Image 8. They have a secure Zone which partitions your hard drive keeps an exact copy and gives you the alternative to revert to that on boot by pressing F11. You can also back up to wherever else you choose either full backup or incremental with schedule facilities. I have found Acronis support very helpful.