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Free Backup Software on Windows 7 PC with 4TB external USB HD

I would like to get some recommendations for "Free" Backup Software that willrun on Windows 7 PC with 4TB external USB HD.
Since Windows native backup software can't back up to the partition bigger than 2TB, I am looking for 3rd party solution.
Thanks.
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rindiCommented:
Paragon's free version of backup and recovery is one product I can recommend, but it must be for private use only. If you are using it on business PC's, you need the payed for version.

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/

If you need something free that can also be used in commercial environments, I suggest CloneZilla, it is OpenSource.

Once thing about cloneZilla, you can only use it from a booted CD or USB stick, it doesn't work from within Windows:

http://clonezilla.org
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Tim PhillipsCommented:
Cobian is free (open source) and works really well.  I would recommend that over Clonezilla as Clonezilla requires you to boot to it.  http://www.cobiansoft.com/cobianbackup.htm
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
@Tim,
 
 If you used Cobian in the past, if Windows 7 OS/HD crashes completely, can you restore a complete OS image of the hard drive directly from the backup or I have to install Win7 first and restore files and folders?
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rindiCommented:
Cobian only does file backups, it doesn't do images like the other products do. It is only meant for data, and not the OS or installed software. Besides that it more or less only copies the files, but you can backup into zip archives.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
Does Cobian do incremental backup?
Also does it erase older data (as the hard drive space become full) to write the new data?
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rindiCommented:
Incremental, yes. It also erases old data, if I remember correctly you can tell it how many backups or weeks etc to keep until removing old data. But I don't think you can define that based on space. It is rather long that I've used it, so I don't remember all options, and there may be a new version with other options. But as I mentioned above, it can only be used for data, not for system recovery.
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nobusCommented:
i recommend using syncback free, it handles normal, and incremental backups, on all kinds of drives :
http://www.2brightsparks.com/freeware/freeware-hub.html
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
As said by rindi, Paragon is a right solution for you here. It takes complete image of your system including all data and you can schedule backup task. It will erase old images and replace them with new ones.
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nobusCommented:
the keyword here is what is meant with "Backup"
is it the data backup?

or is it the whole disk, and software; aka image backup ?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
In his answer to Tim the asker mentioned "complete system image". Means HDD backup for me.
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nobusCommented:
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
Let me clarify. I like what native windows backup program does - incremental backup of files and HD image which can be used when your HD crashes. The only limitation with it is the fact that I can not use HD bigger than 2TB.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
I will try Paragon to see how it is.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
For Paragon there is no limit on 2TB as far as I know.
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rindiCommented:
No there isn't, it works on 4k sector drives. But I'm not that sure whether Windows 7 backup won't work with those either. I know it's a limit on the Server OS's (2008 and r2), but that backup tool is different from the Desktop backup tool used in Windows 7.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Windows 7 backp and recovery has the same limit as Windows 2012. They are using the same core. The problem with 4K was resolved on 2012R2 only which is Windows 8.1
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rindiCommented:
Windows 7 has 2 backup tools, one does a folder backup and that goes into zip files. That would work with 4k sector disks. The other tool that makes an image backup uses a VHD file, and VHD files don't work on 4k disks, so for that backup you'd be limited to 512 sector disks.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
Can I do this?
If I get a 4TB Ext. USB HD, I will create two partitions in DiskMgmt.msc and label them F: (2TB) and G: (2TB) drives. Then in Windows Backup program, can I tell it to backup to F: drive which is 2TB partition? If that is going to work, then I can use G: drive for something else.
However usually when you select the hard drive as backup destination, Windows seems to take over the entire drive, erasing the drive letter.
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rindiCommented:
Only if you are using the Folder based backup tool, not with the Image based backup tool. Drives of that size use 4k sectors, so the windows image based backup tool won't work with those disks.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
"windows image based backup tool won't work" --> That is what I was afraid of.
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Not enough information to confirm an answer.
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rindiCommented:
I answered the Question.
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