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Drive backup software that lets you access the files in the backup? free?

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    dentaku

    I'm looking for a free product that can backup an entire drive AND still let you access the individual files in the backup.
    Win7 can do an image of your drive but there's no official way of accessing the files in that image so it's only useful if you ever need to restore onto the same computer. I tested this feature out on an old computer and it worked fine and I do have an image of my Win7 drive on an external drive but I'd be more comfortable having a backup that I can access the files off of just in case. 

    The last time I installed Win8 (an older beta, I don't remember which one) and tried to access the files on my Win7 drive it started doing something to my file permissions so when I rebooted into Win7 it took forever repairing them and messed up my start menu and desktop.

    I finally bought Win8 Pro and I'm going to install it on a separate drive but I'd like to make a good backup of my Win7 drive in case it does the same thing or worse.

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    Hometoy

    While I don't know how well it works with currently active/open or system files FreeFileSync allows synchronization based on one of 4 options

    1. Synchronization of two locations (add/edit files on one location and the same will be done on the other)
    2. Mirror the source onto the destination so the destination is a copy of the source
    3. Update the contents of the source that is not located in the destination, even if the destination has files the source does not
    4. Custom

    It could be set up for "real time" so at some determined number of seconds (like 10 seconds, the default) after a file is added/edited/deleted, FreeFileSync will scan the two directories and perform whatever you chose to do.

    Or you can set it off manually or add it to a Task Schedule.

    It is like Dropbox or SkyDrive except you can choose whatever directories you want and it can easily back up to a mounted external drive.

    On the destination, the files will be exactly as they are found on the source so grabbing single files is available.

     

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    dentaku

    @Hometoy:That's an interesting looking tool but it doesn't seem to be able to make a backup that would let you restore an entire bootable drive with an OS on it if you needed to.

    It's more of a file sync tool.

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    dentaku

    I'm testing out Acronis True Image WD Edition on an old computer right now.
    I will make an image of the used space on your drive (or the entire drive if you want) and will also let you mount this image so you can access the files on it in case you don't want to restore the entire drive.

    It's seems more useful than the image backup built into Win7.

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    JoshRoss

    You can mount a WIM file using the imageX tool. Or is that not what you wanted to do?

    -Josh

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    dentaku

    The built in Win7 image backup tool makes a .VHD file, not an .WIM file.

    I've tried mounting the .VHD file before but it doesn't work. According to this site it's supposed to be mountable but I haven't been able to do it.
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-system/how-to-restore-vhd-file-backup/f3ed3ca5-3079-40cd-a959-835caeba80a7

    , JoshRoss wrote

    You can mount a WIM file using the imageX tool. Or is that not what you wanted to do?

    -Josh

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    dentaku

    Well, I just plugged in my 2TB external drive that contains a large .VHD file of my main computer into an older computer and I'm actually able to mount it through Disk Management. The drive shows up as K: and I can see all the files EXCEPT for all the important stuff inside the /users/dentaku/ folder.
    The green bar at the top of the Explorer window just keeps moving but I can never see any of the files in it.
    "You don't currently have permission to access this folder."

    This has happened to me before when I try to access files on another drive (not just virtual drives) that also has an OS installed on it. You can access everything except for the stuff in the most important folder.

    The test I did with Acronis True Image WD Edition is called a .tib file and I can mount that one and access all the files just fine.

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    dentaku

    Following these instructions gave me access to Users/dentaku/ but WOW does it take a long time.
    Most of my stuff is there and it has to change the permissions for every file.
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-networking/error-mapping-network-drive-between-vista-and/24bdf172-2dbc-43b8-995d-a99b6a81413c

    Acronis True Image WD Edition is quite allot simpler.

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