Which is the best way to back up?

  Housten 15:27 01 May 2018

Good Afternoon, Gentlemen, I use Macrium Reflect 7 to back up and I have just noticed a different way of doing so. I used to do a full back up at the start of a month and then an incremental every week. Then I changed to doing a full back up every week. I have a 'C:\' and 'E:\' partition with my C having my Windows 7 Home Premium start on it. But I have just noticed that reflect 7 allows you to do both of the partitions in one back up! Is this wise? In that if my C partition goes down - it is an SSD - then would I not have to restore both partitions when I replace the SSD? Also is it worth doing incremental back ups?

Many thanks to anyone who replies to this query!!

  wee eddie 15:34 01 May 2018

What are you backing up to and what are the sizes of your partitions?

  caccy 15:40 01 May 2018

I only ever clone my hard drives for a full back up. Then there is no problem with corrupted Windows etc. For data/emails only I back up on a daily/weekly basis using a batch file that I wrote specifically for this purpose and just save to a memory stick.

  Ethanr007 11:50 03 May 2018

There are many ways to take backup

Back Up to an External Drive:

If you have an external USB hard drive, you can just back up to that drive using your computer’s built-in backup features. On Windows 10 and 8, use File History. On Windows 7, use Windows Backup. On Macs, use Time Machine. Occasionally connect the drive to the computer and use the backup tool, or leave it plugged in whenever your home and it’ll back up automatically. Pros: Backing up is cheap and fast. Cons: If your house gets robbed or catches on fire, your backup can be lost along with your computer, which is very bad.

Back Up Over the Internet:

If you want to ensure your files stay safe, you can back them up to the internet with a service like Backblaze. Backblaze is the well-known online backup service we like and recommend since CrashPlan no longer serves home users, but there are also competitors like Carbonite and MozyHome. For a low monthly fee (about $5 a month), these programs run in the background on your PC or Mac, automatically backing up your files to the service’s web storage. If you ever lose those files and need them again, you can restore them. Pros: Online backup protects you against any type of data loss–hard drive failure, theft, natural disasters, and everything in between. Cons: These services usually cost money (see the next section for more details), and the initial backup can take much longer than it would on an external drive–especially if you have a lot of files.

Use a Cloud Storage Service:

Backup purists will say this isn’t technically a backup method, but for most people, it serves a similar enough purpose. Rather than just storing your files on your computer’s hard drive, you can store them on a service like Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or a similar cloud storage service. They’ll then automatically sync to your online account and to your other PCs. If your hard drive dies, you’ll still have the copies of the files stored online and on your other computers. Pros: This method is easy, fast, and in many cases, free, and since it’s online, it protects you against all types of data loss. Cons: Most cloud services only offer a few gigabytes of space for free, so this only works if you have a small number of files you want to back up, or if you’re willing to pay for extra storage. Depending on the files you want to back up, this method can either be simpler or more complicated than a straight-up backup program.

  Housten 17:09 03 May 2018

Good Afternoon, wee eddie,

Apologies for taking so long to reply but I have not had any emails. Anyway my 'C:|' partition is 119 GB with 36.1 free. My 'E:\' partition is 931 GB with 838 GB free. I use a "2"TB USB external hard drive - it only has 1.81 TB available. My 'C' partition has mostly my programmes on it and my 'E' partition had some programmes and a lot of data. My computer has Windows 7 Home Premium with SP1.

Good Afternoon, caccy,

So I have come round to your thinking that a full back up every time is better than a monthly full back up and then weekly incrementals! With regard to my daily changing data I use GoodSync which copies my data very quickly. I used to write lots of programmes buy have grown out of the way over the last few years which is why I use a commercial programme.

Good Afternoon, Ethanr007,

I assure I mean nothing personal but I do nor trust Microsoft or its iCloud and much prefer to use someone else's programme.

Many thanks to all of you for your replies, I am extremely grateful for all your time and effort.

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