Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Acronis TrueImage

I am having some serious issues these days with my 3 year old custom built computer.  I have not nailed down the cause yet, but it is a fairly safe bet that it is either the hard drive(s), the motherboard, or the RAM.  The Event Log is reporting disk errors, but the motherboard is reporting memory errors.

Regardless of what the actual issue is, I decided it would be a great time to actually backup my data in case it was the hard drive and it decided to up and die.  I have been living dangerously for some time without a decent backup.

I found Acronis TrueImage on NewEgg for only $29 downloadable.  That seemed to fit the ticket well, so I gave it a shot.  It is a brain-dead simple to operate and seems to give pretty good results.  It managed to compress my C: drive from ~56GB to ~38GB, taking just under 2 hours.  Once the full image is done, you can simply add differentials each time which is much quicker.  Now, it is time for me to start automating this and getting into the habit of backing up regularly.