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    What backup solutions are 'non-Metro' users of Win 8.1 using?

    I'm one of the traditional type of Windows users, (Win8.1 64-bit), who boots straight to their desktop and uses third party software almost exclusively, (I don't use the Metro screen at all). Although I am aware of, and do use, the resident backup and imaging tool, 'file history' obviously doesn't include 'app data' which I'm just copying onto an external HDD at the moment.

    I'd like to get a backup program that is compatible with 64-bit Win 8.1. I'd really appreciate, therefore, knowing which programs users like me are using.

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    I use Macrium Reflect (free edition) which does it all it says on the tin. I have restored from an MR image as well. Note that you should verify your backup (which has to be done manually in the free version).

    Oh, just reread the title. I use the Start screen (not Metro), it's so much better than the start menu. However, this doesn't alter my recommendation for MR.

    N.B. All the above is my personal opinion.

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    If you're looking for imaging, I think Macrium Reflect is quite popular because the free version includes the ability to image GPT type disks. Most file backup programs are going to work with W8.1 without issues.

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    I use copy and paste

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    I use Image For Windows from TeraByte Ulimited. Not free ($38.94 US), but there's lots of free stuff that goes with it.

    You can try it full-featured free for 30 days. I have no use for the Metro (Start Screen) interface, either.
    Create a new drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    EaseUs Todo Backup Home version works for me. I have it set to run on schedule on three of my machines and it backsup flawlessly, as it should do.

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    My personal preference is for Macrium Reflect Pro paid version. I like the fact that I can tell it to verify the image then just lit it rip and return when the message pops up on the screen that the Image was made & verified successfully. I've had to do many restores ( I mess around a lot!) and I've only had a problem once and I'm pretty sure that was my fault! If you watch for sales you can usually get it at 50% off or less. HTH
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    I use file history to a local networked drive for hourly backup and Macrium Reflect Free for weekly image backups. I keep a month or so of the weekly images.

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    I have a couple of programs for which I created data folders, then added the folder to a created library, and File History takes care of the rest.

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    I use Acronis True Image Home 2014. It has lots of capabilities and options--partition images, rescue disk, file backup, partition backup, constant backup, all kinds of scheduling, all types of backup schemes, etc. You can get it pretty cheap if you shop around. They've improved the interface continuously over the years. Perhaps the large number of options and advanced functionality may be a bit off-putting to some, but they've managed over time to provide a pretty easy to use interface. I would read all the PC Mag and PC World Best of 2014/2013 and Editors' Choice reviews to get a better feel for what appeals to you. A lot of people swear by Carbonite--inexpensive, cloud-based etc. I was very disappointed in Easeus's terrible documentation written by the Chinese manufacturers who clearly didn't bother to hire a skilled English-speaking editor to clean up their mess. Nothing against the country of origin or its people, but their documentation is riddled with confusingly written sentences and misspellings. But, hey, it's FREE!

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    I also use Acronis True Image Home 2014 which is set up to simply image my partitions in a grandfather/father/son system. Luckily I haven't had to restore from any image yet.

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    Automatic, always on, trouble free backup! I use bvckup2. Excellent!

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    Easus Todo Backup Free 6.1.

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    I'm a throwback. I only just upgraded from Win XP to Win 8.1. I carried my old Win XP solution with me to the new PC, and that is Karen's Replicator. I use it to copy from my internal drive to an external drive on the schedule that I want. It's not fancy and it has limitations as you have to set up a "job" for each folder tree and there are some other limitations. Nonetheless, it works for me. I like having a back-up set that I can access and restore from simply by using File Explorer. Oh, and it is free.

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    Why not use the built in back up software in Windows 8? You say you are familiar with File History, so

    - Access File History through Control Panel-> System and Security -> File History
    - In the lower left corner of the window is a link “System Image Backup”
    - Click this entry and a dialog box shows up asking where you want to put the system image. (an attached external hard d
    - Click “Next”
    - Follow the directions in the “Create a System Image” wizard that opens.

    IF you want to put a shortcut icon on the desktop to get to the Control Panel:

    1. Right-click a empty spot on the desktop
    2. From the context menu, select “New”
    3. Select “Shortcut”
    4. In the box labeled “Type the location of the item”, enter
    explorer shell:::{5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}
    5. Click “Next”
    6. For the name, enter “Control Panel”
    7. Click “Finish”

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