Reminding you to make backup images
I thought this would be an interesting little project for Excel.
Keep a record of Image Backups for multiple machines on multiple devices and warn when a given machine's latest backup is 2 weeks old.
The top sheet is the status sheet which shows at a glance the status of the different machine's Images.
The bottom sheet records the Images for a given machine and where the Image is located.
The only really required field is the Date since it is used to calculate if a the Image is too old.
Set up one sheet for each machine and use a dynamic range name for the date column then add a computer the the status sheet copy the formula and replace the range name and you're good to go.
Here's the workbook if you're interested. :cheers:
P.S. Put a shortcut in the Startup folder and you'll get a reminder every time you boot.
Imaging from within Windows
I snagged the spreadsheet - it'll come in handy for me, if I can manage to work it into my routine. Thanks!
I use Image for Windows from TeraByte Unlimited (as I've mentioned a number of times). I go way back with TeraByte, and have never been disappointed in any way. An email to tech support gets an answer in less than 24 hours, and it's generally right on target. If I'm confused, I'll reply to the tech, and get an answer back almost immediately.
All that being said, Image for Windows uses PHYLock, a driver that locks the drive when Windows has stopped writing to it, and that enables Image for Windows to make an image as if one is booting from a CD. In this thread and this thread what I was trying to do led to lots and lots of imaging and restoring, almost all done from within Windows to and from NAS, and not a single problem either way. I also used a TBWinRE bootable USB to restore an image from NAS to an empty hdd converted from MBR to GPT, and then booted that drive without issue.
Drive imaging will literally allow one to completely disassemble the software side of a PC and rebuild it to suit. I went from MBR to UEFI/GPT on my laptop and recreated a dual boot setup using drive images (and some other software/partition machinations because of the way I like my Windows setup). I did do a "seed" reinstall of Windows at one point (to save a gob of time that would have been spent editting the registry), but quickly wiped it out with an image restore. There is so much security and flexibility in drive image backups that it allows one to let the creative juices start flowing.
I am comfortable and confident with Image for Windows in creating and restoring drive images from within Windows. But I still have the bootable CD (Image for DOS - same image files) and the TBWinRE bootable USB that has networking capabilities. I store images on both a dedicated 1TB internal hdd and a networked 3TB NAS. I do a test restore frequently (and sometimes several times in one day!) and when I don't do a test restore I do an image mount. Additionally, I backup my financial files to DVD religiously, and from time to time do a restore with them, too.
So yes, the spreadsheet will come in handy for me to keep up with a desktop and two laptops. Thanks again, RG.