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gsander
03-03-2010, 07:19 PM
I try to do a backup of the systems I work on before I do anything. When working on XP I use NTBackup to backup to a external drive. Vista home does not have a good backup tool so I am hoping someone knows of a free third party equivalent. I read that I could install NTBackup on Vista so I followed the instructions but I have not been able to make a successful backup yet.

thecoldone06
03-03-2010, 07:49 PM
MS has taken NTBackup out of Vista + OS's. You can however create a vhd and attach it in computer management. I haven't had a problem doing it that way.

kagman
03-03-2010, 08:07 PM
If you are looking for a free backup / imaging program you can look at
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp and http://www.todo-backup.com/

Both very nice programs and you can make a recovery cd to.

gsander
03-03-2010, 09:13 PM
I do not see how to mount a VHD in Vista. Also how do you create the VHD in the first place? I am familiar with VMware Server but I assume you intended to create the VHD in Vista.

kagman
03-03-2010, 09:18 PM
Vista cannot mount a VHD. Only windows 7 can do it.. Also if you wanted to create a virtual computer from a physical computer you can use VMware converter or use a tool from sysinternials called Disk2vhd http://www.microsoft.com/windows/enterprise/products/mdop/default.aspx
The VMware does a nice job of it.. lol.....

gsander
03-03-2010, 09:26 PM
Thanks kagman. I am looking for a Vista (esp Vista Home) solution. The VHD in Windows 7 looks good though. I have not run into that need yet. What I have used so far in Vista home is Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery. I can create the images and browse them using their recovery point browser. That would work fine because it creates an image and file lever restores can be made from the image. The problem is the file level restores are very slow. I need a simple backup solution (like NTBackup) for Vista file level restores. Thanks again

gsander
03-03-2010, 09:41 PM
Kagman - I have had a chance to scan the websites you mentioned (http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp and http://www.todo-backup.com/). One of them might be the answer. I need to see how fast they are at file level restores. Thanks for the suggestions.

kagman
03-03-2010, 09:47 PM
Hope it works out for you.. I just have way to much crap in my head which is why I am always here giving out my information to anyone that wants it :)

thecoldone06
03-03-2010, 09:58 PM
I don't have a Vista machine to test this one but can you not go to Computer management > highlight disk management > then click action menu > attach VHD. I'm 95% certain i have done this in Vista on my old build.

gsander
03-03-2010, 10:02 PM
I don't have the 'attach VHD' option in my Vista Business PC. While Googling this I did see some of what you are describing but it appears to be limited to Windows 7.

Markus
03-04-2010, 03:11 AM
If you are looking for something along the lines of NTBackup look at Cobian Backup, Fbackup, and Backup4all. These are the backup programs I find useful and recommend to clients.

thecoldone06
03-04-2010, 02:11 PM
I don't have the 'attach VHD' option in my Vista Business PC. While Googling this I did see some of what you are describing but it appears to be limited to Windows 7.

That's nuts I could of sworn I did that in Vista. Damn you 5%! lol Well in any case, you should be able to install MS Virtual PC and attach the VHD in there.