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Posted November 21, 2011 at 4:01PM
I have been trying out various backup programmes on my computer, especially after I had bought a Seagate 500 GB portable computer, and they include a cut-down version of Acronis which seemed to do the backup quite quickly. This was of my 'C' partion, only about 44 GB. In the end I bought Version 2011 from them as Seagate had not included differential or Incremental backups in their version. However a few days later I was offered Version 2012 of Acronis True Image Home for free as I had just bought 2011. We - that is Acronis staff and I - have spent something like 3 months trying to sort it out. NO go. I mean I only wanted it to do the backup in under 40 - or better 30 minutes - but the final straw was when it appeared to have done less than half and the remaining time was shown as one day and 41 minutes!! So I have tried some others since but the one I have been impressed with is Macrium Reflect Free. The programme can do a full back up - on my computer - in less than 24 minutes. Exactly what I want? Well almost!! To get either Differential or Incremental backups it is necessary to buy the whole thing. So what I am hoping is that someone knows a programme - preferably free - that is as fast as Macrium AND which also does Differential/Incremental backups. If the worst comes to the worst then I will have to buy Macrium but I do somewhat resent having to buy the whole programme when they release most of it for free but fail to include a very small part of it that - as far as I am concerned anyway - would make a vast difference.
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Posted November 23, 2011 at 4:02PM
Yes, I did - eventually - get the refund. Because I got 2012 as a free upgrade they wanted ALL the purchase details when they said I could have the refund. When I managed to get them 2011 purchase details they then turned down the refund!!! After going after them I eventually persuaded the bloke that I had been given the 2012 because I had so recently purchased the 2011. This then enabled me to get a refund. I was, actually, refunded the same in dollars not pounds and as the dollar had fallen - marginally - against the pound I got back an extra 65p. Certainly not worth it, I don't care how many pages of changes/errors/mistakes they list I wouldn't touch them with your bargepole never mind mine and can only suggest that anyone contemplating a purchase be very, very wary.
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Posted November 23, 2011 at 4:33PM
All these Times to do a Back-up are irrelevant.
Primarily because you are not comparing like with like.
Firstly: The actual USB Connection. Not all USB2 Connections operate at the same speed, let alone USB1 and 3.
Secondly: The rotational speeds of the 2 Hard Drives involved.
Thirdly: The Number, Type and Volume of Files involved.
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Posted November 25, 2011 at 4:54PM
I take your point, but to make certain in my own mind the time taken by each I used the same portable hard drive connected to the same USB port. So I am certain that the conditions were identical - it was just the programmes that were different.
All I want is a programme that will do a fast backup - which I will do at the start of the month - and then differential backup weekly thereafter. This seems impossible, but Macrium does come closest and at just over 23 minutes for a full backup it is not too tardy!! I will continue with the free version for a few more weeks - also to see if there is a programme that does what I want - but I will then, probably, buy it. It has the speed - and I know I am being sad about this point - and this means I can go get a cup of coffee and come back to my computer and the backup is done! I am hoping this will continue and the paid for version IS the same!
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