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    Default How good is Gigabyte's Xpress Recovery 2?

    I finally got my system stable and would like to try overclocking when I can find the patience.

    But before I take that step, I want to be able to back up my C: drive with the OS, drivers, software, updates, tweaks, etc...just in case something gets corrupted in the overclocking process. I looked into the Xpress recovery2, but it appears that it will only backup at the end of the drive and not on another drive, USB drive or even DVDs. Is that accurate? That doesn't really help if there is a hardware failure.

    I've used Drive Image and Ghost in the past and wondered what people thought was the best program? Fry's has a Norton bundle that includes Ghost 14 for free (after rebate), so inclined to go that route unless you guys ahve some really good things to say about Xpress recovery 2.
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    Default Re: How good is Gigabyte's Xpress Recovery 2?

    Upon further review, Norton doesn't seem to play well with Vista 64 bit and I'm almost certain the Xpress won't allow you to save an image to another drive (other than the one being imaged)

    Kinda leanig towards NovaBackup now...

    Thoughts?
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    Default Re: How good is Gigabyte's Xpress Recovery 2?

    I use Acronis True Image Home 2009 12.0.0.9709 on x64 Vista Myself, works great and I have used it to backup and restore on several drives across several RAID Arrays.

    One thing you could try you have not mentioned is Vista's Complete PC Backup feature

    Another Program I have used it Norton Save and Restore 2.0, worked fine as well for Vista x64.

    Sorry, I have not tested Xpress Recovery. The above programs cost, so not sure if you plan to buy something or not? I do think Drive Image XML works for x64 as well and is free, but I have not personally tested it. I do think you will need to use the Plugin and create a BartCD With it to do Vista, but again not sure. I would try it without all of that first and see how it acts, then if no luck try it in Compatibility mode for XP

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    Default Re: How good is Gigabyte's Xpress Recovery 2?

    I had the latest version of Xpress Recovery2 (January 2009) but had problems.
    It wouldn't work with SATA Port0-3 Native Mode enabled.
    When it worked, it took a long time but generated an error at the end.

    Possible reason: My existing boot partition had about 16GB of files.

    I had 45GB of un-partitioned, contiguous free space available for the backup..

    I'm going to try Lsdme's free-ware suggestion. I'll post back with my results.

    It did work a year ago on my backup system (P35-DS3L) which had less than 10GB of files. I didn't check the integrity of the backup because I didn't have a spare HDD to test with.

    **edit** no can do, windows 2000 pro isn't supported
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    Default Re: How good is Gigabyte's Xpress Recovery 2?

    + 1 for Acronis True Image Home 2009. I use it and its Simple and creates a perfect Clone of 1 drive to another. Perfect if you want to upgrade to a bigger HDD. I used it only the other day on Vista X64 and its perfect. Just click a few times go and have lunch come back and its done. I tried Norton Ghost 14. What a joke that was. Cant even do what I wanted to do. Plus I hate Norton.
    You can get the Free Trial Of Acronis true Image. i dont know if it lets you clone, it may but its got like a 30 time lock on it. but who cares if you just wanna clone your drive as a one off. Acronis True Image 2009 Home
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    Default Re: How good is Gigabyte's Xpress Recovery 2?

    Thanks guys!

    The built in Vista funtionality doesn't exist in Home Premium...just for non-system files.

    Heard good things about Acronis and I can buy it locally. I was leaning towards NovaBackup, but I would have to wait 3-7 days for that to ship for free from Newegg

    Do any of these programs allow you to sync locations? Essentially, I'd like a live cloned backup of each drive in my system (Files, Music, Video). However, I don't want to have to backup hundreds of GBs each time I backup, but instead only update and backup those files that have changed.
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    Default Re: How good is Gigabyte's Xpress Recovery 2?

    Thanks guys!

    The built in Vista funtionality doesn't exist in Home Premium...just for non-system files.

    Heard good things about Acronis and I can buy it locally. I was leaning towards NovaBackup, but I would have to wait 3-7 days for that to ship for free from Newegg

    Do any of these programs allow you to sync locations? Essentially, I'd like a live cloned backup of each drive in my system (Files, Music, Video). However, I don't want to have to backup hundreds of GBs each time I backup, but instead only update and backup those files that have changed.
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    Default Re: How good is Gigabyte's Xpress Recovery 2?

    this one is free and works fine for me
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    Default Re: How good is Gigabyte's Xpress Recovery 2?

    I'm actually leaning towards Migo PC backup software now.

    It's one of the few that not only supports Vista 64 bit, but also has bi-directional backup capabilities (sync).

    Anyone use this?
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    Default Re: How good is Gigabyte's Xpress Recovery 2?

    I agree about Ghost - I supported network services while teaching industrial logic programs some years back - maintaining the systems we used for the students to use was a major headache, as industrial programs seem to be in a continual 'beta' state, and a system that would run one would often not run another from the same manufacturer (back then, I recall, a lot of it was MDAC version incompatibilities); to make it worse, these were 'systems guys' (read professional smart-a$#es) whom you could count on to diddle around in the operating system on any machine they were assigned for the week's classes. I'd work on getting a system stable enough to run all this junk (this week's version), image it to the network, and then, Friday afternoon, after the classes, I'd Ghost the working image back to sixteen machines in each classroom, for three classrooms, from a simulcast - take, maybe, fifty minutes for the whole shebang. Now, I run five OSs on alternating partitions (OS & swaps) of two RAID0 pairs, and consider the OS partitions 'volatile' - wanted something to image the RAIDs to a 1.5 backup on the same machine - DLd a copy of Ghost, recalling how I used to love it - COULD NOT get it to even DO what I wanted - has been turned into a POC aimed at idiots running 'toaster' machines - no technical understanding either required, or tolerated!

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