What is a good backup utility?

Started Feb 24, 2008 | Discussions thread
Guy Scharf Contributing Member • Posts: 895
Re: Recovering from Acronis now

Vernon D Rainwater wrote:

I appreciate all the replies to my inquiry. I want to be Certain
that I understand the various comments correctly -- so:
May I ask (and to verify) if I understand properly.
1) The "Folder and File" backup feature has NOT been reliable.

Not for me, with Acronis 10. I suppose it works for most people or the feature wouldn't be there. I've had enough problems that I never use file backup feature. YMMV.

Does this feature HAVE to use an Acronis Created Partition (as
Discussed in one of Ben's post). This (as far as I am concerned)
regarding creating a Partition seems VERY unusual for ANY program
other than those for initially preparing a Hard Drive for use.

No. I have never used an Acronis Created Partition (ACP). An ACP is effectively a hidden partition for your backups. "Hidden" in the sense you can't access it normally from Windows. So that provides a slight degree of extra protection from someone deleting your files. I've never thought it provided me with any benefits and have never even been tempted to create one.

2) Cloning the complete Partition C: to another hard drive works
correct.
Some comments were regarding using EIDE as the (TO) drive, Does
it also work properly when using SATA as the (TO) drive.

Mostly I create images (to .tib files) and restore them rather than using the direct clone process. I have restored using both the Acronis Windows program and the Acronis Rescue CD--a bootable CD. Restore works perfectly to SATA drives. I imagine cloning would work too, but I can't remember whether I have ever cloned to a SATA drive. The two times I tried cloning, it was to a PATA drive.

3) Does Acronis handle Backing up the C: Partition as a backup to an
IMAGE file? (This is definitely different from Cloning a
Partition)
If it works properly, does it work when using either EIDE or
SATA Hard Drives.

I think you are asking whether you can back up the C: drive as a partition image? Definitely Yes, I do that all the time. Both EIDE and SATA work fine. I've never noticed any difference between EIDE (aka PATA) and SATA in how Acronis works.

Guy

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