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Buck_W
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Nov 10, 2010, 09:13 AM
 
I'm on the board of a local non-profit interested in backing up their Windows PC's. I use Time Machine with an external HD to back up my Macs, but I am totally out-of-the-loop with regard to what's available on the Windows side. They are considering Carbonite. What services/options would you guys suggest and why? Thanks!
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Nov 10, 2010, 03:10 PM
 
How many PCs? It might be worth getting a Windows Home Server and having them all back up to that (even the Macs can Time Machine to it.)
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Nov 10, 2010, 08:51 PM
 
About 3 or 4 PCs for now.
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Nov 10, 2010, 09:26 PM
 
Windows 7 by chance? It has some good backup options. Windows 7 Features: Backup and Restore
     
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Nov 11, 2010, 08:41 AM
 
If you've used the backup options with Windows 7. . . Are they similar to the simplicity and ease of Time Machine. . . i.e. just plug in an external HD, etc.?
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Nov 11, 2010, 11:39 AM
 
Yeah, I've used the win7 backup options and they seem to work well for backup and even scheduling an entire system imaging. Seamless in my experience. However, I've never needed to restore so I haven't tried that.
     
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Nov 11, 2010, 01:17 PM
 
What is the difference between imaging or backing up your system and restore? If Windows 7 backs up everything on the PC like Time Machine on the Mac, then wouldn't that be a much cheaper route to go, as compared with a service like Carbonite?

I guess being off-site (Carbonite), you would have the additional protection from fire or theft if your external HD (or server) used for back up was stored in the same office as your PC. With regard to off-site backup, are there other services that any of you would recommend?
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Nov 11, 2010, 01:28 PM
 
I don't know anything about carbonite. It really depends on how much data needs backing up and how often. You could use a service like dropbox. Have your backups copy there, then they'll be auto-synced to the cloud, securely, up to 2 GB free. This is a great way to keep seamless backups "off site" accessible even via the web, iphone, and other computers.

Or just make the dropbox folder your common place for files, documents, etc., and all saves and changes will always be immediately updated and synced (like a continuous, rolling backup).

To answer your first question: imaging makes a clone of your entire hard drive. This is good if you want to restore an entire system exactly as it existed at the time of the clone, or if (in a volume-license setting) one wanted to create a standard system, generalize it, and deploy it across an enterprise.
     
   
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