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What is a good backup program?

I need to get backup software for 2 desktops, one running XP Professioal X32, the other running 7 Professional X64.   The XP machine has critical software that was bought from a vendor that is no longer in business, so I want to be able to have a reliable backup that I can use to restore to a different computer if necessary.
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houssam_balloutCommented:
use acronis:
www.acronis.com/
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Subhashish LahaCommented:
You can use StorageCraft ShadowProtect 4 Desktop Edition, which will give you option to perform Bare metal restore.
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shatterstormCommented:
I would recommend using a ClickFree backup drive.  We have acquired the drive for our key executives, and they love the solution.  It will remember multiple machine profiles, and once you have completed the initial setup, all you need to do is plug the drive in and the backups start within 30 seconds.  You can restore between machines, so data transfer is a breeze.  The drives also do incremental backups, so after your first full, everything after will only grab the changes, and you can recover to the changes.

Another solution, if your drives are not encrypted, would be to take an image of the machines.  We utilize CloneZilla for this.  The only potential drawback is you would need to restore to like hardware.  So, if the machine running your critical software craps out, you would need either a like machine, or if it's just the hard drive, replace the drive and drop the image back on to the machine.
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Wayne BarronCommented:
Paragon is a great one, that I use to restore my system every week, so that it is clean and without issue.
www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/
It is FREE and works really great.
There is a paid version, but have not checked in on it yet to see what the difference is.

It takes about 30+ minutes to backup a 20gb C:\ drive with 10.5gb used
With a 6gb restore file created.

Takes less than 45 minutes to Restore the system.

It also restores your system back to Validation, so that you DO NOT have to worry about re-validating Windows. That is a HUGE plus for me.

Carrzkiss
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DoctorK12008Author Commented:
Dear carrzkiss:

Can I use the Paragon software to restore to bare metal?   Does it do incremental backups?
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Wayne BarronCommented:
If it is going to the same hardware I am pretty sure it will.
BUT, if would not Validate, as the Validation is only for the system it is originally installed on.

You can give it a shot.
Steps to take

When you launch the program
Step #1: Click on: Recovery Media Builder (This creates the CD that is used to boot the system with)
Step #2: Click on: Back Up
To backup JUST the C:\ Drive, then put a check on the following
First Hard Disk Track
Master Boot Record
Local Disk (C)

Then do you back up.
This is on a multiparition setup like I have.

Give it a shot and see if it works.
The program is FREE and without limits.

Good Luck
Carrzkiss
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jcimarronCommented:
DoctorK12008--Windows 7 Backup and Restore does an excellent job.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/backup-and-restore
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Back-up-your-programs-system-settings-and-files
Win XP comes with NTBackup.
http://www.winxptutor.com/ntbackup.htm
It is not clear how you want the backups from each OS to interact.
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nobusCommented:
if you want incremental backups - try syncback free : http://www.2brightsparks.com/freeware/
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DoctorK12008Author Commented:
Thank you.   Worked fine.
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nobusCommented:
not sure why you left me out - i gave you the option for incremental backups - just as you asked
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Wayne BarronCommented:
Glad it worked for you.
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