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Old 02-07-2013, 11:15
zoepaulpenny
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HI which free program can i download that will back up all the files. and programs on my pc? and is simple to use. and is reliable? the one i have built in to my vista OS is not good, and fails every time.. thanks...
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:27
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AOMEI Backupper is meant to be good. Take a look at these alternatives: http://www.techradar.com/news/softwa...ommend-1137924
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:28
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I started out using Macrium Free

http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

but moved on to the paid for version

The free version can be used to image your drive(s) and create a bootable CD to recover the image in the event of disaster. The paid for version is a bit more sophisticated and has more back-up options.

But I find it perfectly good at it's job. As long as you are able to click a mouse you'll be able to "drive" it Obviously a back-up is only as good as the place you store it. Best advice is not to rely on a single back-up if you have any data you cannot afford to lose. So perhaps make separate back-ups to a USB or network hard drive and DVD disks so you have two recovery options if the worst happens.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:31
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thanks for all advice .. looking into it now...
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Old 02-07-2013, 13:24
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Sorry; inadvertent reply; pls ignore

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Old 02-07-2013, 13:27
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Paragon Backup & Recovery free seems quite good, matter of fact just downloaded it and backed up my Laptop...seems quite quick and reliable, cannot say yet whether recovery will be as reliable
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Old 02-07-2013, 14:34
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My suggestion would be for the OP to try some of the freeware suggested to see what they personally find the easiest to get on with as what suits one doesn't always suit another. I personally use the free version of Macrium Reflect but I have a friend who swears that FBackup is just as good.

Horses for courses etc.
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Old 02-07-2013, 15:42
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My recommended summary:

Macrium Reflect Free and Easeus Todo Backup Free are very good.
(Macrium faster than Easeus).

Make an Image to external drive and create a boot CD/DVD (option in whatever you use)..

Backup failures are often caused by bad sectors (annoyinglly after a substantial part of the process)

Fix your source and destination partitions (right-click c\: etc) or run chkdsk c: /f /r.
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