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    Now that I've moved to Windows 7, I'm using the built in Backup and Restore after using Retrospect with Windows XP. Retrospect wasn't very easy to use, particularly when it didn't require attention for a few months, it was easy to forget how to do thngs. But it did a great job The Windows 7 backup is easy to use, but too simple. My biggest gripe is that I can't find a way to look at any history, other than when the last backup was, and that might have not even been a successful backup. Is there a way to get a more detailed backup history?

    I'm running Window 7 Professional & backing up to an external eSATA hard drive.


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    Beware that it is just like all of the earlier versions, it will ONLY be able to restore to a drive with the SAME OS as that when the backup was made.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Yes, and I'm OK with that. It's just that I have no peace of mind not knowing exactly what state my backups are in. I wonder if Retrospect 7.0 will work with 7?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Pratt View Post
    I wonder if Retrospect 7.0 will work with 7?

    You can check Microsofts Windows 7 compatibility center.
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    Frank, I have been using Acronis True Image 2010 with Win 7 64 since October. No problems at all. I have actually tested by restoring from the backups twice, 100% successfully. the Images are stored on an external HDD, USB.

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    Frank:

    Saint Download is absolutely correct. There isn't a better backup program out there than Acronis True Image 2010 (that I'm aware of.) It has all the features you could want and is very reliable. Check it out at www.acronis.com/ and they may have a Christmas special pricing promo come up within the next week or so. You might actually get a deal on it just by keeping tabs on the site over the next week or so.
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    I'll 3rd the consensus on Acronis! I've been using Acronis for several years, both for corporate backups and for personal PC backups, and I haven't found anything that beats it. Run a full backup the first time and incremental baskups after that to save space. You can setup a batch file that will rotate your images also, this will give a new full each week to make your incrementals from. I let Acronis run a full backup of my computer so I can re-image my machine if I need to OR I can just pull a single file. Overall it's much better than Ghost or anything else I've used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad Ehorn View Post
    ...You can setup a batch file that will rotate your images also, this will give a new full each week to make your incrementals from....
    Acronis 2010 will do this for you automatically, just tell it to create a new Full image after each 6 incremental/differential backups.

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    Perhaps he does not want to spend the dollars for Acronis. If you are looking at simply seeing when the backups completed, then a date can be appended to the backup name. Beyond that I do not know of a way to check what data was backed up during each subsequent backup. You could always create a file and manually add the info on what was backed up each time. Sorry that this is not much help.
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    It seems worth pointing out that Shadow Protect does much the same task as Acronis, and also has its adherents. They are just quieter, and more refined!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post
    They are just quieter, and more refined!
    Hear, hear!
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    Actually from what I read, all Windows7 versions have a built-in volume image backup tool. Follow this link

    http://www.intowindows.com/using-win...e-backup-tool/

    Regards, Teunis

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    Good for basic use only
    The Windows 7 image back is very decent and workable, if not too simplistic. I've used it several times already
    with good result; Does what it says it will do and creates an image one can restore from.
    Now beyond that, there is little in terms of fine tinkering.
    For one there doesn't appear to be anyform of compression option.
    No verification of images backed up.
    No way to name one's image, defaults to a timestamp name.

    Wait around awhile, there could very well be a 3rd party add-on that provides some fine control
    with more options somewhere over the horizon.
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    In a quick response to "I don't want to buy Acronis".
    You don't have to. That is, if you have either a Seagate or Maxtor hard drive.
    Acronis comes FREE with the Seatools program from Seagate, and,
    with the Maxblast program that comes from Maxtor. Other FREE versions
    of the program may also be available from other sources.

    Speaking of doing backups, in General, I offer this little tutorial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Who View Post
    Other FREE versions of the program may also be available from other sources.
    You can also add Western Digital to that list. Their site allows the download of ATI Home 2009 tagged as a "WD" edition. The writeup says it works with XP and Vista. No mention of Windows 7.
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