What type of backup?

  Housten 16:55 15 Apr 2012

Good Afternoon, Everyone,

I know I am being thick and stupid, but I am having a problem with what sort of backup I should be doing! What I hope is that someone will read what I wish to do and then tell me – exactly – what I need to do in order that I have the sort of backups that I want.

I think my needs are not great as all I want to do is a backup at the start of every month and then a differential one thereafter – whether daily, twice-weekly or just weekly - for the rest of that month and than start again. What I have found is EaseUS to be very good, I thought it did incremental/differential backup but the version that I had did not. I looked on their website and found their forum and found a lot of very unhappy people as Version 3.5 did these backups, but as I had the new improved 4.0.5 version this did not. On the forum a site was listed and from that I downloaded 3.5. I find it very good but – and this is where I am having a problem – I am confused as to what I should be doing. I know, I know read the manual, but I have and all it has done is confuse me even more!

I have seen a comment lately that the ‘best’ backup is a ‘system image’ backup, which should be done quite quickly and if it has to be used to recover a crashed disk it is also very fast to re-install. That is all very well and good but, as far as I can see, EaseUS doesn’t do this so another question is raised in my mind, should I now have to go through another round of trials of backup programmes to find one which will do this or not? I spent quite a long time to find this programme and I would rather not have to do that all over again, but if that gives the ‘best’ backup I suppose that that is something I should, at least, consider. Or perhaps EaseUS does do this ‘system image’ and me being thick and stupid just doesn’t recognise because different phraseology is being used.

So with all my confusion does anyone know what sort of backup I should be making? I am not in favour of having any sort of compression so that if there is a problem I can find the file(s) that I am having a problem with and just either copy them or recover them – that is something else I don’t really know which is better!! Also is it worth having the integrity of the backup checked? Some programmes seem to infer that it is not necessary, whilst state that it is worth doing – just adds to my confusion!! If there is someone who could inform what or which I should be doing I would be very, very grateful.

Many, many thanks in advance for any and all comments.

  Nontek 17:34 15 Apr 2012

Personally I would forget the Freebies if you want total security.

Acronis True Image is not expensive and IMHO is easily the best, it will do everything you want and more!

  johndrew 17:48 15 Apr 2012

I agree with the above suggestion to use ATI. I have two full backups and simply overwrite the older once a month.

Additionally for any current files that change greatly you can backup the file only either on a, say, daily basis.

Have a look at ATI and its features here and its not expensive, look here.

  john bunyan 18:09 15 Apr 2012

I would partition my HD into - say - 100 gig for programmes and balance for data. For the programmes I fully agree with ATI. For data either Freefileshynch or Synchtoy are quicker, IMHO. Have a read here: Older thread

  Snrub 09:56 16 Apr 2012

Chronus quote 'I use a small boot/program's'

Can you explain this in a bit more detail please?

  Snrub 10:35 16 Apr 2012

'I use a small boot/program's SSD harddrive'**

Can you explain this in a bit more detail please? Still not with it!

  Snrub 12:20 16 Apr 2012


Thanks understand now, interesting alternative to imaging.

  Housten 14:16 16 Apr 2012

Good Afternoon to all who replied,

I hope no one will think I am being rude ( and I am referring to you when Nontek and johndrew, in particular )when I say that I would not touch ATI with your bargepole, never mind mine. ( For a fuller description of what this is about, if you check an earlier post of mine you will find out why! ). I must say that your suggestion, john bunyan, is a very good idea and I will have a look at your further suggestions. Chronus what is NAS? And I am using EaseUS though NOT the latest version but have gone back to version 3.5, as it has incremental and differential backups as well.

My only query, gentlemen, is that no-one has commented on my point about 'system imaging', how to do it and is it worth doing. Nevertheless many thanks to every one who replied.

  johndrew 09:38 17 Apr 2012

System Imaging.

To do this successfully and safely you will need at least one spare drive of similar size to that your current OS and data is on, you will also need a good piece of software to carry out making the image. Again I would suggest ATI for the task but you have made it very obvious that you dislike the software.

For information about system imaging, you could read my link. For producing a system image using W7 there is a reasonable link here. If you use another OS you will need to select your software, perhaps by Googling 'System Imaging Software' - some is free others are commercial.

You may also consider cloning your drive on a regular basis as a form of backup if so there is information here and a list of software here.

  Housten 10:35 23 Apr 2012

Good morning, everyone.

Many apologies for not coming back sooner but we have been having a bit of a nightmare recently, and this has taken up much of my time.


I do not know how to do a link, but the post I was referring to is 'Information on backup programmes', which I posted on 21st November. I know many, many people do texting, can't get on with that, so I suppose I am a dyed-in-the-wool old fashioned reactionary. If some wish to think that - or anything else, for that matter - that is their prerogative!! Me, I am too old to bother or care.


Many thanks for your advice, which I will check out when I manage to get some free time. As I said above, things are not going well but hopefully this period should not last much longer.

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