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Back up advice

I currently have (2) 320GB drives in a raid 1 array, (Partition C: for my OS (xp pro) and programs and Partition D: for data. My third and forth drive are set up in a raid 1 partitioned as above and used solely for back up storage. I use Acronis and Genie back up manager Pro.

The system seems fairly stable now but I have done a lot of add/remove programs over time. (Programs and utilities that didn’t like each other) I have a "Basic Image of Partition C" that I restore when things get sluggish, and it work well except for outlook. After I restore my C: partition with acronis I update and patch than go to my outlook backup which is done daily using Genie back up manger and bring the outlook image current. When I open outlook all my folders, email accounts are duplicated (1 old image folder and 1 new up to date folder from Genie restore) instead of just updating the original folder. Any insight to what I am doing wrong?

On a side note I have acronis set up to do differential backups of my O/S weekly. They tend to always run about 13G even though I don't think I change that much weekly. (O/S drive is 22g used) When space gets low I delete all the backups between the image base and last differential. Is this smart or safe because it always makes me nervous?? My other thought was to just set up a full image backup to overwrite the old each time but I fear I might be left with a bad image if its schedule back up take place before I realize a problem. Do you have a better backup protocol I should use? You advice on this would be a great help.
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khe-kheCommented:
Well everything seems good. But here are some recommendations:
1) You can use Acronis Secure Zone for image storing. The advantage of ASZ is its ability to clean itself automatically.
2) Download the latest True Image built (4942 as far as I remember) which fixes an Outlook backup feature.
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