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Dec 08, 2013 19:02 as a reply to  @ post 16501534 |  #16

After doing a bit of research, I think I'm going to try the free version of Macrium Reflect, then buy the pro version if I like it. Possibly get a Seagate 2TB Backup Plus Desktop Drive.

Thanks for the inputs. I'll take more :)


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Dec 08, 2013 21:57 |  #17

I don't see any need to get the pro version personally, unless you want differential or automated backups.


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Dec 09, 2013 12:47 |  #18

If you ever think you'll need to restore to different hardware, you'll need the Pro version.
Standard won't do that.




  
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Dec 09, 2013 20:48 |  #19

Oh interesting, even for say a different make/model/size SSD? I guess better to buy it in advance, you can't really buy once your PC goes down. Well, less easily.


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Dec 09, 2013 22:46 |  #20

tim wrote in post #16514991 (external link)
Oh interesting, even for say a different make/model/size SSD? I guess better to buy it in advance, you can't really buy once your PC goes down. Well, less easily.

I've never seen backup/restore software care what drive it was restored to. The exception would be if your original drive were slightly larger than the new one (ie both are nominally 1TB, but not not exactly the same) then you could have a problem restoring.

Older versions of Windows would fall over and die if restored or transplanted to a different motherboard but starting with Vista, its much more tolerant of such changes.




  
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Dec 10, 2013 11:20 |  #21

By new "hardware," typically that means motherboard/system.
There shouldn't be any issues with different hard drives/ssd.




  
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Feb 22, 2014 10:19 as a reply to  @ Merlin_AZ's post |  #22

Okay, so I bought a 2TB WD My Book Essential, and downloaded Macrium Reflect (free), and created an image of my computer.

Then I went to back up folders and files, only to find that you can't do that with the free version. I'm running Windows 7 Backup and Restore right now.

I'd like to back up my programs; are those included in the image, or is that mainly for the OS? Do you just have to re-install programs from scratch after a HD crash?


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LV Moose wrote in post #16708724 (external link)
I'd like to back up my programs; are those included in the image, or is that mainly for the OS? Do you just have to re-install programs from scratch after a HD crash?

A disk image, by definition, includes everything on the disk.




  
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Feb 22, 2014 11:26 |  #24

mike_d wrote in post #16708817 (external link)
A disk image, by definition, includes everything on the disk.

Cool. Thanks!


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Feb 22, 2014 16:39 |  #25

Also, make sure you create a boot disk from inside Macrium.
Boot to the CD, and make sure you can see both your backup images, and your system drive.




  
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Mar 12, 2014 21:09 as a reply to  @ Merlin_AZ's post |  #26

I am mostly concerned about things that cannot be replaced. Raw files, light room catalog ect. The free western digital can help with backing up specific directories and SyncToy from Microsoft is another free option.

One of my favorite software programs that is relatively inexpensive (Free trial / $30) is Beyond Compare by www.scootersoftware.co​m (external link). I used this at work for a project and the cool thing here is it will compare files and directories and also tell you if the files are the same or different even if the dates don't match by doing a binary comparison.


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