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      • #2379965
        John18
        AskWoody Plus

        I have run ShadowProtect (from Storagecraft) for years, and  upgraded to SPX a few years ago.  My subscription will be coming up soon and I am wondering if there is another image backup program that I should be looking at.

        I am a home user.  My image backup is inside the same computer as the main drive.  I also have an iDrive cloud account for my important data, but I limit that account to data that I would really need in the case of a big problem.

        Thoughts?

        TIA

      • #2379974
        Susan Bradley
        Manager

        Storagecraft has an excellent reputation in the small biz area.  One thing I’d recommend is that you backup to an external hard drive – a usb connected western digital works great for this.

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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        • #2380004
          John18
          AskWoody Plus

          Hi Susan,

          My prior external drives had failed but I ordered a new one this morning and it will be here today.

          Thank you for the reply.

          John

      • #2379975
        PKCano
        Manager

        My thoughts (whatever backup program you choose to use):
        If you lose the computer\it no longer boots, you may have lost the backup image(s).
        If you are infected with ransomware (for example), it can infect anything it sees – other internal drives, other devices on you network or connected to the computer.

        IMHO, it would be better to run your backups to an external HDD, or even multiple rotated external HDDs, that can be disconnected in between backups, and/or stored at a different location in case of disaster.

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      • #2380140
        John18
        AskWoody Plus

        BTW, I just wanted to let you two know that I do (occasionally) listen to advice.  I already bought a 4TB WD Elements drive and have done a full image backup.  Maybe I will run these once a month on this drive just for a fallback if my main image backup fails.

        Thanks.

      • #2380712
        TechTango
        AskWoody Plus

        Good see another Shadow Protect user. Rare. I’ve been using SP 5 for desktop (not SPX) for probably 15 years. It’s never failed me or any of the many friends and family that use it.

      • #2380927
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        As a home user I recommend one of the free backup programs, with a view to paying for additional features if you want them.

        My current favourite is MiniTool ShadowMaker because it’s easy to use. Amoei, EaseUS and Paragon are good too.
        If you want ransomware protection, try Macrium Reflect paid – it’s not the easiest interface but it works well.

        As Susan said, backup to an external drive.
        Simple and cheap data backup and storage @ AskWoody

        cheers, Paul

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