Need third party backup utility for SBS 2011

Need to backup SBS 2011 to either one spare internal HDD or external USB HDD.
The inbuilt backup wizard is not working by any means so have decided to go for some third party backup tool that could do block level snapshots backup.
If in the case of server failure, I must able to restore full server using the backup.

Have already tried to fix internal backup wizard & gave up fixing it. So won't like to discuss it further. :(

I would prefer either free or low cost backup tool for the same.

Thanks in advance :)
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAsked:
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
We use BackupAssist ( and this can backup pretty much anything to anything and takes imaged-based backups.

Reasonably cheap and very flexible - not cheap / free unfortunately, but it will do a damn good job.

Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
BackupAssist does not list SBS 2011 or exchange 2010 as a supported platform.
I guess they are not updating themselves.
Most SBS backups are in the $500 buck range.

Acronis, Storagecraft ,Novastor,Retropect and Paragon all make decent products.
All have free evals.

Beware of Symantec as their last few releases have been garbage!

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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
I can guarantee that it will work - I use it happily on SBS 2011 and it will purge the Exchange logs at the same time the backup runs, so disk space will be kept tidy.

Trial it and see if you like it / see if it works for you.  You have 30 days to see if it does what you want. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

I think BA uses the same block level engine that the built in backup uses .

And that has issues with the newer 4k drives and the .vhd format that it is used in that block level backup.

I would make sure that it can use 4k drives.
I've been bitten in the butt by the M$ backup utilities wayyyy too many times.

The last one was Symantec System Restore 2011 not being able to see the local drives for backup because they were 4k.
Saw the 4k USB drives fine,just not the local ones that need to be backed up in the first place.
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Paragon  Hard Disk Manager 12 Business
Price per license: $179
(Licensed per Seat)

It cost least. will it be ok?
Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Not much in it really price-wise.  $179 vs about $217.  Never used the Paragon one.
Akash BansalIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Now dont need the 3rd party software.
Here is the solution to fix native backup.

wbadmin delete catalog

I guess this was the solution... wld update you soon more abt this.

After executing this command, backup software starts behaving as it shld... let me finish the backup.. wld update u.
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