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August 23, 2012 10:28 AM Subscribe
What are the best backup solutions for Windows 7 these days? Looking at all types of backups - whole system restores including installed programs, manually/automatically copying data to a second hard drive/flash drive/SD card, and cloud storage.
posted by danceswithlight to Technology (6 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Now that I'm finally buying a swanky new laptop (the ThinkPad X1 Carbon) and upgrading to Windows 7, I'd like to overhaul my backup habits too. What are the latest and greatest backup/restore technologies? I'd like to hear about as many different options as possible. Caveat: I will not have a CD drive in my new laptop, so flash/USB options are best.
I'm specifically wondering about:
- options for a complete system restore, in case of hard drive failure or a bad virus, preferably that can run via USB (I currently use a bootable CD program called ShadowProtect, which is an IT-professional-level tool that makes a complete image of your hard drive including all installed programs and settings and data files, and can write this image onto any hard drive to restore a system to exactly as it was at the time the backup was made in about 20 minutes - is there something like this that works from a flash drive?)
- options for storing lots of music & photos & documents that I'm not changing/editing (I have about 200 GB worth, and currently I just have a second copy of it sitting on a portable hard drive - is there a better option?)
- options for storing existing files that I edit frequently and new files that I create (I currently work with about 5 GB of files regularly, scattered over 3-4 different folders, and I don't have any automatic way of backing it up - would SugarSync or Dropbox work well here?)
- options for partitioning my hard drive, if at all (I'm currently used to a setup where all programs are on C:\ and all files and documents are on D:\ which makes it easier to do a system restore [just rewrite the C drive] and a data restore [just rewrite the D drive] - is this still a useful method to follow?)