Solved Replacing HDD - Need Plan and Backup Plan plus software

AndyTampa

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Please don't run away because this appears long. I'm just providing as much background info as possible to pre-answer any questions someone might have. I've been through so much stuff in this forum and on the internet that I'm now thoroughly confused. I've been trying to figure this out for several months now and it's driving me crazy. Here's what is going on and what I need to do.

I need to replace my O/S HDD. I have a new larger HDD to install. I need software that will do the following:
  1. Move at least two of the three partitions to the new drive. The third partition is a recovery partition put there by Gateway. I have a CD that will do the same thing so I don't think it's needed, especially if I don't want to ever use it.
  2. Create full backups of two computers
  3. Perform automated differential backups
  4. Run the backups while windows is running
  5. I'd prefer that it also let me restore a single or several files from the backup file, but it's not a requirement.
  6. Must be free. If I have to buy it, then I'll have to buy one for each computer and I can't afford that right now.

In my computer, my current HDD is 500GB and I'm replacing it with a 1.5TB HDD. My girlfriend has a much smaller HDD that has started whistling, so I need to backup her drive ASAP and replace it. I have an external 2TB drive that I've shared on my network. I want to install the software on each computer to back up to the external drive. After the backups, I need to replace the drives and restore the O/Ss to their respective computers.

Q1) I've been looking at DriveImageXML, Paragon Backup and Restore Free, Macrium Free, and EaseUS Free. So far, EaseUS looks like it has the most options, but I'm not sure if it will work while Windows is running. Does anyone here know?

Q2) They say that only the Workstation version (2 for $59.20) will restore to different hardware. Does that mean it won't do what I'm looking to do?

Q3) In their comparison chart, for Scheduled Backups, all versions have checkmarks but the Free version also says (Part) where the paid versions say (Full). I don't know what that means. Does anyone here know?

Q4) If there is another software that I don't know about that will do the above, please tell me.
I've been trying to figure this out for months.

If you've managed to read this far, can you help me? If not, do you have any tips on where I can turn for help?
 

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Patonb

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I used Acronis to take my laptops platter drive and put it on my new ssd. Infact you can do all the drives on your system and put them back as they were.

It was fairly easy and quick.

I believe "Hardware" doesn't include hard drives.

In the "free" or "trial" versions they limit what you can do... obviously. With Acronis I could use it for 30 days, and pretty much only create my back image and a limited use usb boot stick.
I did buy it eventtually, and the paid version allows me to create automated backup in 4 ways plus more
 

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AndyTampa

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I used Acronis to take my laptops platter drive and put it on my new ssd. Infact you can do all the drives on your system and put them back as they were.

It was fairly easy and quick.

I believe "Hardware" doesn't include hard drives.

In the "free" or "trial" versions they limit what you can do... obviously. With Acronis I could use it for 30 days, and pretty much only create my back image and a limited use usb boot stick.
I did buy it eventtually, and the paid version allows me to create automated backup in 4 ways plus more

Thanks, but I need a more permanent solution. I had downloaded the Acronis Trialware, but then other things came up in life and I wasn't able to use it before the trial period ended. While I realize there are plenty of trial softwares, I can't afford to be forced to buy it right now. I'd have to buy a license for both computers. And even if I must buy it, EaseUS also appears to be the most affordable. Are you familiar with that one?
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows Vista Home Premium SP2, 32-bit
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    Retrofitted Refurbished Gateway
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    ASUS M3A78-EM
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    4 GB
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    Logitech M705 Wireless Mouse
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Patonb

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I'm not familiar with EaseUS.

What kind of backups are you looking for? File backups or entire OS and drie backup?

I picked up Acronis for $19.99 on a sale, so it was relitivey cheep.
 

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  • CPU
    Dual L5639 // i7 950 @ 4.0Ghz
    Motherboard
    Evga SR-2 // Gigabyte x58a-ud3r
    Memory
    12Gig Corsair XMS3 // 6Gig OCZ Gold
    Graphics Card(s)
    gtx 560 ti // gtx 260-216
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual 22" // Headless
    Hard Drives
    OCZ aGILITY 3, 120Gig + Seagate 500Gig x 2
    PSU
    Silverstone da700 // Corsair 520hx
    Case
    Rosewill BlackHawk Ultra // Antec 900v1
    Cooling
    Twin CM Hyper 212+ // Noctua NH-u12
    Other Info
    Acer 8930 laptop with x9100...

AndyTampa

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I need to do full drive images to restore to new drives of a larger size.
I need to schedule regular full image and differential backups.
 

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  • Operating System
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    AMD
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    ASUS M3A78-EM
    Memory
    4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 22-in Flat Screen Monitor
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    Logitech M705 Wireless Mouse
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    Logitech K350 Wireless Keyboard

Patonb

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Ah. Okay.

I'm thinkig you'll want to be buying the full version of whatever you decide on.

I do know Acronis is cheaper y the bundle, but 3 pc's will cost you $80 vs $49.99 each.
 

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  • CPU
    Dual L5639 // i7 950 @ 4.0Ghz
    Motherboard
    Evga SR-2 // Gigabyte x58a-ud3r
    Memory
    12Gig Corsair XMS3 // 6Gig OCZ Gold
    Graphics Card(s)
    gtx 560 ti // gtx 260-216
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual 22" // Headless
    Hard Drives
    OCZ aGILITY 3, 120Gig + Seagate 500Gig x 2
    PSU
    Silverstone da700 // Corsair 520hx
    Case
    Rosewill BlackHawk Ultra // Antec 900v1
    Cooling
    Twin CM Hyper 212+ // Noctua NH-u12
    Other Info
    Acer 8930 laptop with x9100...

AndyTampa

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Money is a problem, especially $80.
 

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    ASUS M3A78-EM
    Memory
    4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 22-in Flat Screen Monitor
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    Logitech M705 Wireless Mouse
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    Logitech K350 Wireless Keyboard

Patonb

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Yha I figured so.

Have you tried setting up a reoccuring task to run windows backup?
 

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  • CPU
    Dual L5639 // i7 950 @ 4.0Ghz
    Motherboard
    Evga SR-2 // Gigabyte x58a-ud3r
    Memory
    12Gig Corsair XMS3 // 6Gig OCZ Gold
    Graphics Card(s)
    gtx 560 ti // gtx 260-216
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual 22" // Headless
    Hard Drives
    OCZ aGILITY 3, 120Gig + Seagate 500Gig x 2
    PSU
    Silverstone da700 // Corsair 520hx
    Case
    Rosewill BlackHawk Ultra // Antec 900v1
    Cooling
    Twin CM Hyper 212+ // Noctua NH-u12
    Other Info
    Acer 8930 laptop with x9100...

AndyTampa

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No I haven't. I want to make the image so the file will be smaller. I don't think Windows Backup does imaging.
 

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    AMD
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    ASUS M3A78-EM
    Memory
    4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 22-in Flat Screen Monitor
    Mouse
    Logitech M705 Wireless Mouse
    Keyboard
    Logitech K350 Wireless Keyboard

wither 3

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You must have a really good looking girlfriend if the HDD is whistling at her. :)

I'm not sure how to do it- file sharing etc., but if you can set up one system to see both your hard drive and hers on the network, then you would only need back up software on one system to backup both drives to the external drive. That would save you money, but I think you're going to need to spend some bucks to get all the functionality you want.
 

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    NVIDIA 780i
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    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
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AndyTampa

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I'm not sure how to do it- file sharing etc., but if you can set up one system to see both your hard drive and hers on the network, then you would only need back up software on one system to backup both drives to the external drive. That would save you money, but I think you're going to need to spend some bucks to get all the functionality you want.

That kind of networking is beyond my capabilities. I can't even get the folders to share properly, let alone sharing an entire drive to do a backup.
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows Vista Home Premium SP2, 32-bit
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    Retrofitted Refurbished Gateway
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    AMD
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    ASUS M3A78-EM
    Memory
    4 GB
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    Acer 22-in Flat Screen Monitor
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    Logitech M705 Wireless Mouse
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wither 3

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Is her OS Vista?
 

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    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
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    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
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    Viewsonic VG2436
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    Samsung HD 105SI
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    Apevia XJupiter
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AndyTampa

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No, her computer is XP.
 

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    4 GB
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    Acer 22-in Flat Screen Monitor
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wither 3

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That's okay. I don't think you can share a drive (I'm not positive). Maybe one of the more experienced guys can help.
 

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    NVIDIA 780i
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    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
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    Viewsonic VG2436
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    1920x1080p
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    Samsung HD 105SI
    WDC WD20
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    Apevia XJupiter
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    Logitech MX 600
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AndyTampa

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I would think, with so many knowledgable people here on Vista, that someone would have an idea where to get what I need. Anybody?
 

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Fiery

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I can tell you which imaging software to stay away frrom ............ Paragon.
 

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    NVIDIA 780i
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    4 GB
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    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
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    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
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    Viewsonic VG2436
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wither 3

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The problem is that he wants to use one piece of software to backup two different computers on a scheduled basis. We're trying to figure out how to do that.
 

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    Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP2
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    Intel Quad CPU Q6700 2.67 GHZ
    Motherboard
    NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VG2436
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung HD 105SI
    WDC WD20
    Case
    Apevia XJupiter
    Cooling
    air
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    Logitech MX 600
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    Logitech MX 3200
    Internet Speed
    30 Mbps

AndyTampa

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Basically, I want one FREE backup and restore software that will also do incremental or differential backups. I don't need to worry about networking the computers if I can install FREE software on each of them that does what I need to do. The reason for scheduling is so that I don't have to remember to do the backups on both computers each week. I'm trying to make things easier, not harder. I want to set it and forget it until I need to recover it.
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows Vista Home Premium SP2, 32-bit
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    Retrofitted Refurbished Gateway
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    AMD
    Motherboard
    ASUS M3A78-EM
    Memory
    4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 22-in Flat Screen Monitor
    Mouse
    Logitech M705 Wireless Mouse
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    Logitech K350 Wireless Keyboard
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