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What's best -- back up or cloning?

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by JoeE, Aug 11, 2005.

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  1. JoeE

    JoeE Thread Starter

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    I recently bought an external 80GB hard drive. Which is the most prudent way for protecting my primary drive. Should I get cloning software or just backup or both. Which brands are recommended.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
  2. edbro9

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    Depends. They do different things. I use both.

    For having a complete image of a drive, imaging is the way to do it. You can also incrementally add to it for routine backups. I use Acronis True Image but Ghost 2003 (not the latest) is also good.

    For daily backups, I use SyncBack SE. There is also a freeware version that is extremely good. Syncback is very quick and easy, perfect for a daily backup solution.

    One suggestion I have is to image your drive right after an OS install. I tend to start fresh every so often with a fresh install of XP. (I know, it's anal). What I did was to do a fresh install, tweak it just the way I like it, install just a few core utilities and then image it. Now all I have to do is apply the image and I can be back at a fresh install in just a few minutes.
     
  3. JohnWill

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    Imaging and cloning are two different things. IMO, except for creating a bootable second drive, imaging is superior. It produces a compressed file that only takes up the minimum of space necessary, while cloning consumes more space for the same information.
     
  4. JoeE

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    Thanks for the information. I'll look into the products you suggested. I am over a year and about 30GB of data (many hi res photos) and would not to go back to reinstall. The more I tinker, the more problems I cause.
    JoeE
     
  5. JoeE

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    Thank you for the insight.
     
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