need recommendations for Windows 7/8/10 incremental backup software (Acronis?)

My PC has three partitions. C (SSD) for system, D (SSD) for programs and E (HDD) for data. The system could be Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows 10. Now I need to backup C and D partitions in E or another external portable hard disk or a NAS. The backup can be triggered either automatically (always running in the background) or manually. Would you please recommend any software towards this purpose? I am thinking about Acronis True Image for PC. What do you think about it? Or do you have any other recommendations?
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awawadaCommented:
We used Acronis, Symantec, Paragon, StorageCraft and many more. Now we have changed to Windows Backup in a very large environment. It is free and supported by MS.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Acronis is ok. Will do what you need. All backup tools of this class are similar.
Have a look on free Paragon Backup & Recovery: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/download.html
Or Home edition of the same Backup & Recovery which allows you taking backups both full and incremental on schedule.
What I would recommend is not storing backups on SSD drive. Put them always to external drive. If the data is really important then have two copies of backups on different drives. Like Monday to disk 1 and Tuesday to disk 2.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
always remember the 3-2-1 rule 3 copies on 2 different media and 1 copy offsite. Always test your backup solution to find any problems before the day comes when you "HAVE" to restore and find out it fails.

Windows Backup with 7/8/10 (using the windows 7 backup) does a full every 15 days and incrementals in between.

The problem with incrementals is you have the base and you need to do each incremental in sequence and this increases your RTO time especially if you have a long period between full backups.
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condor888Author Commented:
Hi David and awawada, is there any weakness of Windows Backup compared to other commercial  backup solutions (like Acronis). They must have some difference in order to charge a price, right? Thanks.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Oh yes, they do. WSB solution takes only first backup full and then the rest are incrementals. If you backup to network then it will always overwrite the the same backup - full one. Plus you cannot backup to sub folders. Means you need to backup,to root directory of the drive.
And WSB does not compress the backup image like Acronis or other commercial tools do. And finally restoring to dissimilar hardware is not the strongest part of WSB, the weakness which commercial tools don't have.
And plus simple and easy to use interface of commercial products.
If it is ok for you to live with the listed pros and against then WSB is a good solution.
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WORKS2011Austin Tech CompanyCommented:
Acronis is horrible, forget about support they don't have any and restores take three times longer than other backup solution.

Very familiar with StorageCraft, Symantec Backup Exec, and AppAssure. Hands down StorageCraft best product out there.
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