Now regarding backup/restore/recover...
I've never used Acronis, but the guy who runs a very successful custom PC shop in my city swears by it using it both at home and for his business systems. It gets good reviews and it's been "on my list" to check out/buy but I've been busy with other things and my PCs don't crash too often.
It looks like the 2010 version features "Nonstop Backup" that will backup your system every 5 minutes similar to Mac OSX's "Time Machine", so I think I better look into Acronis sooner than later.
I did have a USB drive with GBs of important stuff that fell out of my pocket too many times a few years ago and became "unreadable". I tried several free and commercial file recovery software packages and ended up buying R-Studio
which was able to recover all of my data. Also the same guy who wrote CCleaner has also written a free file recovery software, Recuva
, and I've heard good things about Pandora Recovery
Other backup options
I do use WinZip to back up some things and you can define back up "jobs" (.WJF file extension
) that you can easily repeatedly run them as needed. Here's my WinZip job to perfom a "full" backup of my Awasu installation:
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<item>C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\My Documents\Awasu\</item>
<item>C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Application Data\Awasu\</item>
<item>C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Local Settings\Application Data\Awasu\</item>
<folder><^24>\My WinZip Files\</folder>
I've got a similar WinZip job to perform a "differential" backup.
Also, at the simplest level you can write a batch file (.BAT file extension
) to backup your files, here's an example of a simple batch file I can use to back up my portable version of Awasu running on my USB drive:
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for /F "tokens=2-4 delims=/- " %%A in ('date/T') do set Today=%%C-%%A-%%B
echo Backing up Awasu directories...
xcopy E:\MyAwasuData\*.* %AwasuBackupDir%\%Today%\MyAwasuData /D /E /I /F /H /R /K /O /Y
xcopy "E:\Program Files\Awasu\*.*" %AwasuBackupDir%\%Today%\ /D /E /I /F /H /R /K /O /Y
echo Backup of Awasu directories complete
It creates a new folder with today's date each time I run it.
Of course you'd need to change some of these file paths to get them to work for your system.
If you need any more details you know where to find me.