Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/189452/8-backup-tools-explained-for-windows-7-and-8/
Backups on Windows can be confusing. Whether you’re using Windows 7 or 8, you have quite a few integrated backup tools to think about. Windows 8 made quite a few changes, too.
This article is a perfect example of why you should NOT ever rely on Microsoft tools for backing up. Notice in this article how often Microsoft changes it's mind about how to backup or what tools are available through them to do so. They have a long history of changing the backup tools regularly, often leaving the user in a lurch when moving to a newer version of Windows. Find a stable tool like Macrium Reflect, do local full image backups and sleep better at night.
No backup article seems to want to mention the use of Windows Recimg utility. It recovers everything, including installed Desktop programs. The image file size is only 20% or so of a full "normal" backup image.
I do wonder why no one ever mentions the fantastic backup tool, Casper 8...I have been using Casper for years now...once the backup is done 250 gig in 42 mins..USB3, and then I do the incremental backup 4 times a day on each of 2 drives...the inc. Backup takes 2 minutes..this backup can be used as a perfect Clone of your C drive, so just swap the drive...nothing could be easier..the backups are fully accessible for someone to go to the backup to retrieve Thunderbird profile files or Firefox profile or what ever you want from the last incremental backup..it fully open and available just as C: drive is
Or put the Casper start-up disk in and boot PC and then when Casper loads, copy the backup Drive to C Drive and you are good to go with a perfect clone of your C drive
I use a NextStar dock with a hard drive in it for backups, it works just fine
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