What is a good backup utility?

Started Feb 24, 2008 | Discussions thread
Vernon D Rainwater Forum Pro • Posts: 14,463
Re: Recovering from Acronis now

Ben_Egbert wrote:

I downloaded and installed the 15 day trial of Acronis 11 home. After
three reboots, in the try and decide option, it manages to create a
save zone on my external HD.

Next I tried a simple back-up, but it was garbage. First of all , it
does not want to just back-up, it wants all sorts of bells and
whistles. Then it creates them in a stupid format that is not human
readable. But worse of all, it needs to have a back up folder at the
destination. Whatever for? It should just copy the folders I wanted
copied. No matter, I sent it to one of my test folders and lo and
behold, gibberish.

So next I attempted to uninstall it. Took two uninstalls to get rid
of the program, but it left behind its safe zone. Thats a 100GB chunk
of my external that is worthless to me now.

So I am attempting to recover this using tools in the control panel.
It looks like I will end up with a 100gb partition, hopefully one I
can access.

Ben, it has been several days since I reviewed the Manual for Acronis 11 so I may not remember the details. Your description sounds like you may have set up a Secure Zone by your comments about the Partition.

Also, did you select some type of Compression or just accept the default. The best I remember in that area of setup, there is a choice for NONE (for NO Compression) regarding Compression which of course would use more disk space but who cares about that in order to be able to read the Folders and Files normally with Explorer, etc.

I agree that most of these type programs have so many optional features that seems to only make them more confusing when NOT needing to use them.

The Manual provides a LOT of discusses (and pages) regarding different Backup Types. What usually is needed for any of the various (do it all) software is to review the Manual and identify ONLY those features (or functions) that you want to use and concentrate ONLY on those features and (unfortunately) usually do not accept any Defaults without being cautious to review if they are what you want to use -- for your needed purpose.

Good lesson here, I don't need a system recovery program thats this
unintuitive to use.

The built in Vista system recovery Will have to do. Now I Will try a
simple (is there a simple) back up.

I also tried the Sync Tool, but it would not download for some
reason. Probably the web site was too busy. However, that one did not
appear to have the ability to schedule back-ups.

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