Backup advice needed
15/04/2018 18:33
Hi, I just picked up a 160 GB external hard drive and I want to startbacking up my main computer on a regular basis.

This morning I had a big scare when I couldn't boot up after a powerfailure. Somehow I got it to boot up again, but I am very motivated toget a backup system in place.

Someone told me to just use ntbackup. I want something that can run ona scheduled basis like every night at 3 am without me having to domanual backups.

Should I just use ntbackup or should I buy some software to handlethis? I am mostly concerned with data files but I guess something that couldhelp me out in the event that the main OS becomes corrupted would benice. I guess a dual boot might be an option to think about.

I'd appreciate any advice on this topic.

Thanks in advance,Steve

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15/04/2018 18:33 - OK, I just purchased TrueImage.

Seems like I have some setup work ahead of me.

If you don't mind, seeing as you are an experienced user, where shouldI start other than of course reading the user manual.

Did you create a secure zone first? Thanks,Steve

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15/04/2018 18:33 - Ok, I did that and now I have a backup on my external drive. The thingI am worried about is that drive is not bootable. So if the os on mymain drive goes down I'm still in trouble although I will have my dataof course.

Did you do anything like Create Bootable Rescue Media? I think thereis something that I need to do so I can access Acronis via F11 Setupduring bootup in the even that the system becomes corrupted and I can'tboot.

I'll keep reading the manuals but if you remember if you did anythinglike this I'd appreciate any feedback on it.

Thanks again! At least now I am backed up.

Steve

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15/04/2018 18:33 - I do Backup, which creates an Image

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15/04/2018 18:33 - That is what I am going to do also. What is the first thing you triedto do? I tried clone disk but it gave me an error message saying Iwould not be able to boot from the external drive since it is not abootable device.

The choices available are Backup, Recovery, Clone Disk, or Add NewDisk. Clone Disk seems like the best thing to have available so I canboot in the event of some major problem but it seems like I am missingsomething here.

Sorry to keep bugging you but if you remember what option you picked toget started I'd appreciate any advice here.

Thanks,Steve

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15/04/2018 18:33 - Your choice. Ntbackup is a very primitive program compared to almost any of the third-party choice, but the good ones cost money and ntbackup is free. I personally like Acronis TrueImage.

I recommend creating an image of the entire main drive using TrueImage. In my view, it's not so much that the main OS might become corrupted, but that all sorts of things (severe power glitches, nearby lightning strikes, user error, virus attacks, even theft of the computer) could cause the loss of the drive or its contents. If that happens, it's much easier and faster the restore that image rather than install the operating system, install all your software, configure all your software, restore your data backups, etc.


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15/04/2018 18:33 - Good! Very little. It's very easy to use.

As I said, I find it very easy to use, and you can pretty much just follow its prompts.

No, since I back up to an external drive not used by anything else.


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15/04/2018 18:33 - You have all your data and everything else on the drive. If you lose the contents of the original drive, you restore the backup and you are back where you started on the day you made the backup.

Yes. Sorry, I forgot to mention that.


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