R2D2

Level 4
I have come to four choices:
1. AOMEI Backupper
2. EaseUS Todo Backup
3. Paragon Backup and recovery 17
4. Macrium Reflect
Which one would be the best choice?
# 4, Macrium Reflect. If you need incremental backups you will need to buy a license. In the past I've purchased licenses for Paragon, Acronis, O&O, Easeus, Storagecraft Shadow Protect. Only Macrium has worked literally flawlessly..most importantly on data restores for the past 6.5 years. I have lost count of the number of times it has saved my skin. Yep, if someone is serious about data backups (as they ought to be) Macrium Reflect free or paid is the way to go.

PS - I bought the home pack, for my 2 desktop PCs and a laptop when MR was on version 5.x it's now at v7.2
 
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monkeylove

Level 3
I am currently using the free version from Paragon which comes with incremental and auto-maintenance. It runs scheduled tasks correctly and without slowing down the system.

Before that, I used Acronis (which I bought) and AOMEI (which I got in a giveaway), but I didn't want to spend for upgrading the first after many years and experienced BSODs with the second a few weeks after using it.
 

jackwilli

Level 3
I also installed Paragon Backup and Recovery but I could not create iso boot file as it said that i don't have ADK installed on my Window.
 
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R2D2

Level 4
Is it ok to keep boot option of macrium reflect as it always comes in action before window boot?
Yes, it is very convenient. I have it configured on all my machines. Set the timeout to 3 seconds instead of the default 10 via This PC -->Advanced System Settings --->Startup and Recovery Settings.

The MR boot WinPE environment helps you backup or restore disk images or data, perform disk maintenance related tasks like checking for errors, command line partitioning, copying/deleting/backing up files just in case Windows doesn't boot. I have set the PE environment to run from my D drive so the Boot (C) drive is not locked whilst booting using MR PE. Select the location of MR PE files in MR's Options -->Advanced ---> MR PE Files.

Hope this helps.

PS - Also make a bootable USB drive or CD/DVD just in case.

I also installed Paragon Backup and Recovery but I could not create iso boot file as it said that i don't have ADK installed on my Window.
Make sure these backup programs do not run at the same time and access the same files. You may see VSS related errors.
 

jackwilli

Level 3
Yes, it is very convenient. I have it configured on all my machines. Set the timeout to 3 seconds instead of the default 10 via This PC -->Advanced System Settings --->Startup and Recovery Settings.

The MR boot WinPE environment helps you backup or restore disk images or data, perform disk maintenance related tasks like checking for errors, command line partitioning, copying/deleting/backing up files just in case Windows doesn't boot. I have set the PE environment to run from my D drive so the Boot (C) drive is not locked whilst booting using MR PE. Select the location of MR PE files in MR's Options -->Advanced ---> MR PE Files.

Hope this helps.

PS - Also make a bootable USB drive or CD/DVD just in case.



Make sure these backup programs do not run at the same time and access the same files. You may see VSS related errors.
Is it necessary to select another drive instead of /C drive.
 
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jackwilli

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Yes, it is very convenient. I have it configured on all my machines. Set the timeout to 3 seconds instead of the default 10 via This PC -->Advanced System Settings --->Startup and Recovery Settings.

The MR boot WinPE environment helps you backup or restore disk images or data, perform disk maintenance related tasks like checking for errors, command line partitioning, copying/deleting/backing up files just in case Windows doesn't boot. I have set the PE environment to run from my D drive so the Boot (C) drive is not locked whilst booting using MR PE. Select the location of MR PE files in MR's Options -->Advanced ---> MR PE Files.

Hope this helps.

PS - Also make a bootable USB drive or CD/DVD just in case.



Make sure these backup programs do not run at the same time and access the same files. You may see VSS related errors.
I installed Paragon before Macrium but uninstalled it.
 

R2D2

Level 4
Is there any need of data recovery software after backup software?
Well, if you set up MR to backup regularly (my C drive is incrementally imaged 4 times a day) you don't but data recovery software is nice to have. Suggestions are Get Data Back or Stellar Phoenix both licensed solutions. However, Stellar had a give away in Oct and you may get a free license here: Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery. The site is in German, not sure if the offer is still valid but no harm in trying.

My bootable USB has the option to fix boot which I have used a few times instead of restoring the full image.
That's only if boot failure is limited to BCD related problems.
 
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jackwilli

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Well, if you set up MR to backup regularly (my C drive is incrementally imaged 4 times a day) you don't but data recovery software is nice to have. Suggestions are Get Data Back or Stellar Phoenix both licensed solutions. However, Stellar had a give away in Oct and you may get a free license here: Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery. The site is in German, not sure if the offer is still valid but no harm in trying.



That's only if boot failure is limited to BCD related problems.
That was most precious software giveaway. Thanks.
 
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