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    Default Backup or clone win10

    I'd like to install win10 afresh, but I have lots and lots of stuff I just wouldn't want to lose. I guess the obvious is just to back up the various directories etc. to my linux server (kinda like a NAS on steroids), and I already do "fluff" around with this - photos, some documents etc. But what I'd like to do, for my own feelings of security, is do an image backup, so absolutely everything is there. I believe the inbuilt windows backup utility is good, but individual directories can't be brought back. Apparently Macrium and Acronis do a very good job at this - but only the paid versions. The current size of this is 1.06TB on a 1.82TB drive.
    Anyone got any thoughts on this?

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    Default Re: Backup or clone win10

    You can use Active@disk Image http://www.disk-image.com/download.htm The free version will create an image over a LAN or to external Drives (USB or internal on the computer). The Trial Paid version allows you to create a Bootable CD. ( the 21 day trial actually doesn't run out on the CD)

    You can also be double sure, dont make it complicated --- copy/paste to another location all the data as well. That way if one fails it would be really bad luck if both did.
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    Default Re: Backup or clone win10

    yes - active@ is great, and you can navigate the image and restore any files or complete folders to anywhere you want - all with the free version

    I don't use anything else - in fact I used to use Acronis a long time ago, but found I had quite a few failures with the images when restoring a drive

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    Default Re: Backup or clone win10

    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    You can use Active@disk Image http://www.disk-image.com/download.htm The free version will create an image over a LAN or to external Drives (USB or internal on the computer). The Trial Paid version allows you to create a Bootable CD. ( the 21 day trial actually doesn't run out on the CD)

    You can also be double sure, dont make it complicated --- copy/paste to another location all the data as well. That way if one fails it would be really bad luck if both did.
    Thanks, I'll give that a go. I'm currently using SyncbackFree to backup my documents and photos. I had a look at it just now and noticed it hadn't done a run since June 17 - so I'm taking steps to correct that. Like you say it's reaasuring to have that data backed up too

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    Default Re: Backup or clone win10

    If you are dual booting Windows with Linux or Chrome OS use "Clonezilla" (free Linux download, runs on a USB stick), it will make images of all the partitions, regardless of type.

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    Default Re: Backup or clone win10

    I'm not dual booting. But if I booted into clonezilla on the windows machine, then maybe I'd have the option to make an image of the partition (drive) that windows resides on? I guess I'd have to find out for myself, but would clonezilla be able to see other drives on my network? - here I mean my linux server, which has a wired connection (through router) to my windows machine

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    Default Re: Backup or clone win10

    Active @ will connect to Linux LAN devices.

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    Default Re: Backup or clone win10

    Active works and is very easy to use, it can image over a network to a server without any issues at all

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    Active@ will not make an image of a Linux ext4 partition, it does a sector by sector clone and takes forever. Clonezilla makes an image of any type of partition, Linux, Windows, and Chrome OS. I have not tried operating it via a network.

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    Default Re: Backup or clone win10

    I use both because cloning can take quite a bit of space and you need updated versions. So I have one clone updated maybe after a year. Then I use syncback and I backup or sync my folders. My folders I have move them elsewhere so it's a lot easier. My C: SSD is system only. My standard D: is my data drive.

    Cloning - C:
    Sync - D:

    I don't use specific backup software maybe later I get compatibility issues. So with synching if my computer is broken like the mainboard I can plug my HDD to another system and I can read the contents even if the OS is different.
    I also have an extra HDD internal which does a (automated) daily sync.
    Then I have at least 1 other HDD external for backup. I also have one in a custody box offsite.
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