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.