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Re: Windows Vista Backup and Restore Center

John Barnett MVP
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      18th Dec 2006
Acronis True Image Home 10 is my choice of backup. The backup application in
Vista deosn't have any compressions, so if you have 30GB of data, programs,
operating system etc, and you come to backup with the Vista complete PC
Backup application, then you need 30GB of space (or whatever amount of space
you are currently using)
I dual boot windows XP and Vista, in order to use Vista's Complete PC Backup
it needs to backup 'both' drives - this is because Vista places certain
files on the C: drive (windows XP) and cannot perform without them, so i'm
not backing up one drive. If you don't have enough disk space, then you may
be looking at 5 or 6 DVDs to backup. The DVD supply is not the problem, it
is the time it takes to burn them.
While Vista's backup application may be useful, third party applications
will certainly give you more control. There is a big difference between
backing up 30GB with Aconis (which can reduce the backup size to 17GB or
less depending upon compression) and Vista's backup which needs the full

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"Stan" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Does anyone else think this app sucks? Maybe it's just limited.
> I want to be able to choose what gets backed up on my laptop, not have
> Microsoft decide what to backup.
> ie: I keep ALL my data, and I do mean all, in a folder called My Data on
> the C drive. I have been doing this for years.
> And that is all I want to backup. I don't do complete system backups, if
> that anything ever happens to my hard drive, I will reload the OS and then
> restore my files. It's a way of keeping my hard drive fresh and clean if
> anything should happen to it. I may not want to recover my entire hard
> drive.
> Thanks.

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