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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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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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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?
Yes. To save the space on storage it uses a chain of full plus increments.
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ok thanks.

What software would you recommend for a Synology NAS?
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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?
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.
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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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.