Should imaging software be used instead of backup software?

For an SME setup (e.g. 7-8 computers), do you think that imaging software should be used instead of backup software?

Reason: There is always one user who forgets that certain files need to be included in backup set.

So should imaging software be just used instead of backup software?
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rindiCommented:
Imaging software is fine. Besides, the builtin backup tool of Windows already does imaging, as do most 3rd party backup software.

One thing though, you should teach your users to save all their data on the servers. That makes backups centralized and easier to manage, you don't have to setup each PC to backup, and hope it works. If the users don't save on the server, then they have been warned...
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Do you mean backup of entire system and backup of  files? Because imaging and backing up is pretty the same.
Taking backup image of entire system with full+increment approach is a correct way of saving the system and data.
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furunoAuthor Commented:
Yes, I mean for example whole, if Win OS, whole of "C" drive
So, full+increment which is then backed up to a central server right?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Yes. To save the space on storage it uses a chain of full plus increments.
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furunoAuthor Commented:
ok thanks.

What software would you recommend for a Synology NAS?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
It depends on you requirements. You can use inbuilt Backup & Restore feature of MS Windows or you can use third party backup tool, one of these: Symantec System Recovery, Shadow Protect, Acronis or Paragon.
They have a desktop version of backup tools and also a centralized backup tool where you can manage the backups of workstations from a single machine via backup agents and console.
I am personally keen on using Paragon Hard Disk Manager or Protect & Restore tools.
You can have a look on the interfaces of each tool and select one which you like and find convenient.
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furunoAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your suggestions noxcho.

Are some backup applications designed for local backup (i.e. to a USB drive) WHEREAS others are more designed for
backup over a LAN?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
They are all for both local and network storage backup. Means you can use either usb/internal drive or network share.
Think about the way you want to use it. Either locally configuring backup on each machine or from a central console remotely.
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rindiCommented:
With Windows built-in backup, depending on your Windows version, you can only use 512 sector disks if you are backing up to USB. Disks greater than 2TB are generally 4k sector disks which wouldn't work for example with Windows 7 or server 2008 r2. This limit has been fixed from Windows 8.x/Server 2012 upwards.
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furunoAuthor Commented:
Thanks rindi and noxcho.

Backup to a central server (when possible) is definitely the way to go.

I have tried Paragon Hard Disk manager and so far is proving to be a very neat tool.

Thanks once again.
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