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Old 05. Sep 2016, 07:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Third party backup vs Windows 10 system backup

Forgive my ignorance and may I ask:

What are the advantages of using a third party backup & system restore app like Paragon, instead of the Windows 10 system backup tools?


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Old 05. Sep 2016, 11:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Personally, there is one main advantage: speed which means less time.

The backup and restore processes take less time. Windows Backup and Restore and its predecessors have traditionally much slower.

Using the programs will save you time because it is easier to setup the options exactly the way you want them. Then when you have to restore, you have way more options for restoring just the files or images that you need.
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Old 06. Sep 2016, 01:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd suggest you try the two and compare. I personally use the built-in backup and restore on Windows 7. I can't really complain about speed - on the other hand, I don't know how quickly other backup programs take. The first backup will generally take longer anyway. When I had a 320GB HDD in my system, backups would usually take an hour or two - although I was only running it once a week there. Now I have a 1TB SSD and backup daily, and it regularly takes around 20-25 minutes, while every once in a while it takes a couple of hours when it creates a new backup set or backup image.
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For your data outside of the system drive/partition (which I assume you're imaging), Windows File History can be very useful if you have the space.

Personally I use that..

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Old 06. Sep 2016, 10:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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#4 - #5

Thanks fellows for your advices.
I was enticed to take advantage of the Paragon free offer in the review by rhiannon despite my very limited computer skills.
In the past I kept backing up my documents, music, photos files in an external HHD by copy and paste.
Obviously the backup tools, both Windows and third party have a much larger scope wich I'm trying to learn and implement.

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Old 18. Mar 2017, 10:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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On this topic, I need to have a full system backup for my XP machine (yep, have all files and emails covered, but not apps for a system restore as such) but just want a full backup to a new external drive from which I can restore

I have Genie timeline 9,and can get my hands on the free versions of AOMEI and Comodo

In the opinion of others, which is the best and easiest to use even if it's a different application?

Thank you

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I am a big fan of Macrium Reflect. It has a free version which is excellent. I happen to use the paid version, but many, many people use the free version. It is one of the fastest and most reliable imaging apps available. I strongly encourage you to consider giving Macrium Reflect a try.

Here are a couple articles that you might find useful:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/cont...-or-synchroniz

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...g-software.htm
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Thanks for that ... appreciated muchly

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Try looking for a DISK IMAGE package as well as a backup package.
Even a Linux based one will do the job since you really should be using a bootable stand-alone solution.
I happened to get the True Image deal when it was on GiveAway of the Day and run that from a bootable USB.

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