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    maltaron
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    Default Windows 8 Backup

    Am I the only who thinks that Microsoft is insulting our intelligence, by telling us what to backup. I do not use libraries, preferring to direct all my data to drive D, but I am not given the option to backup this drive (as in win 7 backup) . Has anyone discovered a work around for this problem?

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    Default Re: Windows 8 Backup

    Duh! NEVER use Windows to back up Windows..... that's rule #1.

    There are too many GOOD Backup programs out there and many are FREE, to ever trust MS to handle your backups.

    I just finished backing up my own HD with GHOST 2003. But then, I'm using Windows XP, not 8 or 8.1.
    For those I'd just use Ghost 11.5.

    There is also Acronis True Image and ToDo Backup, for starters!

    Get off the MS bandwagon!!!

    A man with experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.
    Backup! Backup! Backup! Ghost rocks!

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    Default Re: Windows 8 Backup

    Tried Magnum Reflect & actually bought it. However could never get the right settings to work for me (I wanted incremental backups alternating on 2 external HDs). Even got my cousin who is a computer whiz to check my settings.

    Finally formatted one of my ext HDs and started over with Acronis. All is good now.

    But I absolutely agree with your sentiments about MS. Most of what Windows does is fine, but backups = no way.

    Janice

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    Default Re: Windows 8 Backup

    I've been doing this stuff for over 34 years and I've had just about every PC failure known to man, including the theft of my PC, and out of all that I've come up with this final conclusion.
    When your hard drive goes south and you have to replace it with a new, blank, drive, partial backups just don't get it.

    What you need is either a full drive backup on some removable media, or a total Clone of your main drive, on a second hard drive.

    Keeping a backup of your data files, like daily, is not a bad thing, but that won't get you going again if your main hard drive shoots craps!

    I personally do a full C: drive backup at least once a week and I backup all my data to two USB drives, daily or at least when any data changes.

    I use a DOS Batch File to do all my data backup, so I just have to click on the shortcut to that batch file to back up all my data. Very simple and easy.

    Wishing you all the best, and a Happy Thanksgiving

    TechnoMage
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