Backup in lieu of Windows software.

bobbyscot

Member
I have been unable to carry out a backup of my computer as Windows appears to have a severe fault. Restore point is also affected. I note a third party, AOMEI backupper is available, how reliable is this software?
 

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townsbg

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Vista Guru
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I know nothing about that software but there is no point in backing up a corrupt install of Vista because the backup will be corrupt. You only want to back up when you aren't experiencing any issues. You should be able to perform manual backups of your personal files provided you aren't experiencing any hard drive issues.
 

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bobbyscot

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Thank you for response. All software files are saved to HD's. My main worry is that from indows 7 and revert to Vista, Windows Backup/Restore point have always been unable to complete. I agree that a Backup will still have the error, at least I will be able to restore a reasonable working computer. What is a reasonable Backup/Restore software, easy to follow and just able to Backup/Restore point without any add ons?
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Presario CQ5115 uk
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 @ 2.33GHz
    Motherboard
    PEGATRON Corp. Benicia (CPU 1)
    Memory
    8.0 GB DDR2 @ 399MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Viseo 230Ws ([email protected])
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Packard bell
    Screen Resolution
    [email protected]
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD5000AAKS-65AB2
    WS Elements 107C USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    Toshiba External USB 3.0 USB Device
    PSU
    750Watt
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    HP Presario CQ5115 uk
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    Internal fans
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    Microsoft Comfort Optical Mouse 1000
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    Logitech K400r Wireless
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whs

Vista Guru
Gold Member
AOMEI is a good program. There are 2 versions - the Backupper and the Onekey. The latter does not require a recovery medium but is of no use when the disk goes south.

My favorite is free Macrium Version 5 (Version 6 is not free). Here is my tutorial.
 

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bobbyscot

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WHS, many thanks for your response, appreciated. I will certainly look at Macrium 5. Bobbyscot.
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Presario CQ5115 uk
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    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 @ 2.33GHz
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    PEGATRON Corp. Benicia (CPU 1)
    Memory
    8.0 GB DDR2 @ 399MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Viseo 230Ws ([email protected])
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Packard bell
    Screen Resolution
    [email protected]
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD5000AAKS-65AB2
    WS Elements 107C USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    Toshiba External USB 3.0 USB Device
    PSU
    750Watt
    Case
    HP Presario CQ5115 uk
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    Internal fans
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    Microsoft Comfort Optical Mouse 1000
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    Logitech K400r Wireless
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    Broadband 50M

MilesAhead

Eclectician
Vista Guru
Gold Member
I also use Macrium on Windows 8.0. On Vista I had good luck with EaseUS ToDo Backup Free

If Macrium doesn't work for you give EaseUS a try. Also Macrium Reflect Free will upgrade to 6.x eventually. I just checked their web page and they claim it will be v. 6 "soon." :)
 

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bobbyscot

Member
MilesAhead, thanks for your response. At the moment using BackUpper 2.5., but still have to check how successful it backups on my computer. It appears to save each backup separate on the selected HD, that means it will through time clutter the HD. I may have not correctly installed BackUpper 2.5.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Presario CQ5115 uk
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 @ 2.33GHz
    Motherboard
    PEGATRON Corp. Benicia (CPU 1)
    Memory
    8.0 GB DDR2 @ 399MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Viseo 230Ws ([email protected])
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Packard bell
    Screen Resolution
    [email protected]
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD5000AAKS-65AB2
    WS Elements 107C USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    Toshiba External USB 3.0 USB Device
    PSU
    750Watt
    Case
    HP Presario CQ5115 uk
    Cooling
    Internal fans
    Mouse
    Microsoft Comfort Optical Mouse 1000
    Keyboard
    Logitech K400r Wireless
    Internet Speed
    Broadband 50M

bobbyscot

Member
I downloaded Macrium Reflect 5, and notice it is Free trial only. Is there another download that is Free?
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Presario CQ5115 uk
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 @ 2.33GHz
    Motherboard
    PEGATRON Corp. Benicia (CPU 1)
    Memory
    8.0 GB DDR2 @ 399MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Viseo 230Ws ([email protected])
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Packard bell
    Screen Resolution
    [email protected]
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD5000AAKS-65AB2
    WS Elements 107C USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    Toshiba External USB 3.0 USB Device
    PSU
    750Watt
    Case
    HP Presario CQ5115 uk
    Cooling
    Internal fans
    Mouse
    Microsoft Comfort Optical Mouse 1000
    Keyboard
    Logitech K400r Wireless
    Internet Speed
    Broadband 50M

richc46

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Free is on lower right side of screen
I give you both the download and my endorsement of Macrium. If has saved me several times.
Macrium Reflect Free
 

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MilesAhead

Eclectician
Vista Guru
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There are many good image backup programs. You may find more on
TheFreeCountry Whichever one you choose be sure to make the rescue CD or USB and try booting it. Short of actually doing a restore if you can see the backup image you made and your system disk you are usually OK. Now and then a particular one has a problem with a particular hardware setup.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion m9515y
    CPU
    Phenom X4 9850
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Some Radeon Cheapie with 512 MB Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CRT
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    750 GB SATA 3G
    2 SIIG Superspeed docks w/WD Caviar Black Sata II or III

bobbyscot

Member
Thank you for responses, will try out.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Presario CQ5115 uk
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 @ 2.33GHz
    Motherboard
    PEGATRON Corp. Benicia (CPU 1)
    Memory
    8.0 GB DDR2 @ 399MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Viseo 230Ws ([email protected])
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Packard bell
    Screen Resolution
    [email protected]
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD5000AAKS-65AB2
    WS Elements 107C USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    Toshiba External USB 3.0 USB Device
    PSU
    750Watt
    Case
    HP Presario CQ5115 uk
    Cooling
    Internal fans
    Mouse
    Microsoft Comfort Optical Mouse 1000
    Keyboard
    Logitech K400r Wireless
    Internet Speed
    Broadband 50M
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