I am trying to figure out the best way to create a bootable clone of the system hard drive on my 64-bit Vista Dell laptop. I have tested two different methods of doing this, both of which support continuous updates in the background: Intel Rapid Recover Technology (IRRT) (http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&ProductID=2101&DwnldID=17412&strOSs=164&OSFullName=Windows
) and Bounceback Ultimate by CMS Products (http://cmsproducts.com/products/backup_software/bounceback/default.html
I started by using BounceBack Ultimate, but found that the Continuous Data Protection feature would slow my system down a bit and intermittently result in my being unable to access my IMAP mail in Outlook (note that when I contacted CMS Products Technical Support they were unable to replicate this problem. It may have been due to the large size of my Outlook .pst file).
I then started using IRRT with an external eSATA drive (in a StarTech Combo eSATA and USB HDD enclosure) and have found that the Continuous Update feature uses very little system overhead. I now have a clone of my hard drive that I can access easily from another system using USB, but unlike with BounceBack I have not figured out an easy way to encrypt the data since the recovery drive encryption state must be exactly the same as the Master drive on the system.
I have attached documentation on both methods for anyone who is interested in reading more about them. I would like to hear from people who have experience using these or other comparable solutions for creating a bootable clone backup disk that can be updated in real time. My specific requirements are:
1) Easily bootable for Disaster Recovery
2) Continuously updated with minimal system performance impact
3) Secure encryption without too much drag on performance, ideally in a way that can protect both the master and the recovery drives (since Dell helpfully make the system hard drives easily removable for servicing, data protection is a concern)
4) Can switch easily between eSATA and USB ports
5) Can mount on another system without too much fuss required to unlock encryption
Looking forward to hearing comments and suggestions.