2017-05-28 04:42:18 UTC
I am currently using EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation to perform weekly
backups of my Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-bit workstations. I recently started
using symlinks to support some work I do with PhotoShop. I tested
backups by restoring a few symlinks (and hardlinks) and noted failures.
I contacted the makers of EaseUS and they confirmed the issue in the
version I'm using as well as their later versions. Therefore I am
looking for a better backup solution. Note, freeware is great but I am
willing to pay for a solution that does what I want.
I run backups once a week. Two GPT partitioned disks, one a boot SSD
(with a boot partition and a C disk partition) and the other a 4TB
single partition HDD are completely backed up each time. I have no
particular need for incremental backups. The backups are placed on a 4TB
internal HDD. All three disks are high speed SATA and directly plugged
to the motherboard. Once every two weeks I copy the latest backups from
each machine to a USB 3 external disk. Every month or so I exchange the
external disk with one kept in a safety deposit box.
The backup software I want will have several features:
1. Backups can be scheduled for off hours, e. g., I currently run them
unattended at 4:00AM Wednesday nights. If necessary, I will cause the
computers to exit S3 mode at that time.
2. I want a backup format that allows me to restore individual files,
including symlinks, as well an entire disk.
3. It is okay if the software causes a reboot before initiating the
backup. If this is done, I'd hope that software would reboot into
Windows when finished forming the backup.
4. That software must be able to restore files and/or disks from a USB 3
disk even if the backup must be initiated outside Windows, e. g.,
booting from some sort of rescue disk.
Over the last few years I have read about several free solutions as well
as some toys for sell. The show stopper for most was bullet 1 above.
Most did not use the Windows' scheduler so couldn't drag themselves out
of sleep. As best I could tell, it was a matter of hacker pride not to
use Windows' mechanisms so the result was kludge. I never dreamed, until
recently, that symlinks might be a problem so the degree of difficulty
is raised. I threw bullet 3 in since it is one way around a host of
difficulties including the use of shadow copy, etc., and might appear in
some software package. And lastly bullet 4 is just a minimal requirement.
Any recommendations would be most appreciated particularly if you know
with some certainty that the bullet list is satisfied. And don't forget:
I'm willing to pay for a decent solution.