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Jabbit 11,042 1,387 April 2, 2016 at 03:49 PM More Amazon Deals
I bought a WD My Cloud NAS - http://www.amazon.com/Cloud-Perso...B00EVVGAD0 - and I'm looking to perform full image backups to it on a weekly basis. I tried to schedule a backup with Macrium Reflect Free and it didn't work. This will be backups from 4-7 PCs, some wired, some wireless.

Any advice on better software? I want it to be extremely user friendly, if possible.

Reps for help. Thanks!
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Acronis True Image can do this probably. Relatively cheap and sometimes even free on sale after rebate.
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Trying to always do a full backup may be impractical. Incremental makes more sense.

Here are some options, a few are client server and incompatible with your nas:
http://cobiansoft.com/cobianbackup.htm
https://sourceforge.net/projects/nasbackup/
Tools built into windows: http://lifehacker.com/how-to-back...1762867473
http://www.todo-backup.com/
http://www.aboutmyip.com/AboutMyX...taCopy.jsp
http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/unison/
https://www.getsync.com/
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Last edited by jkee April 2, 2016 at 09:31 PM
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Macrium Reflect will backup to any drive that it has rights to write to. I use at client sites to backup servers to NAS every night. Does the WD box have a way for you to create accounts? Setting it up with a Synology NAS is quite easy.
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FWIW, I use this personally to LG NAS (other destination options too) and its pretty good once you set it up & create bootable recovery program ISO. Flexibility in restore - files, volume, image. Actually I'm surprised this is free as well known (subjective) for backups in the VMWare platform ;-) YMMV

https://www.veeam.com/endpoint-backup-free.html

datasheet: https://veeampdf.s3.amazonaws.com...BIon09A%3D
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Quote from jkee View Post :
Trying to always do a full backup may be impractical. Incremental makes more sense.

Here are some options, a few are client server and incompatible with your nas:
http://cobiansoft.com/cobianbackup.htm
https://sourceforge.net/projects/nasbackup/
Tools built into windows: http://lifehacker.com/how-to-back...1762867473 [lifehacker.com]
http://www.todo-backup.com/
http://www.aboutmyip.com/AboutMyX...taCopy.jsp [aboutmyip.com]
http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/unison/
https://www.getsync.com/
Agreed on this. Doing a new image on a weekly basis is an insane waste of space. I'd probably be more tempted to do incremental backups of the user folder. Unlike a server, it's a wee bit harder to perform an accidental deletion from your own desktop.
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Agreed on this. Doing a new image on a weekly basis is an insane waste of space.
it would also radically shorten the life of the backup hard drive.
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Quote from takosan007 View Post :
FWIW, I use this personally to LG NAS (other destination options too) and its pretty good once you set it up & create bootable recovery program ISO. Flexibility in restore - files, volume, image. Actually I'm surprised this is free as well known (subjective) for backups in the VMWare platform ;-) YMMV

https://www.veeam.com/endpoint-backup-free.html

datasheet: https://veeampdf.s3.amazonaws.com...BIon09A%3D
Veeam is great stuff, Use it at work and have used the endpoint on a home PC. Planning to use it for this reason on a new PC and NAS when I get them built.
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Do any of these options offer advanced retention options? Currently using Windows Server Essentials and it does incremental backups and keeps daily backups for a week, weeklies for a month and monthlies until it runs out of quota space. I've looked at some other options (like Easeus which I use often for cloning drives) and most of them just offer things like "keep X number of backups".
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Ever since I started using Windows 7 I have been using Robocopy [smccme.edu] to backup certain folders that are important to me [documents folder including photos]. It is blindingly fast and you can save your backups to a network shared drive and yes Robocopy will copy compressed files. I have a script that runs at night as a scheduled task and the last thing the script does is to power down my computers. When I get up in the morning if I need to turn on the computers again I know that the backup(s) was/were successfully accomplished.

I do use Acronis 2010 for weekly system backups, yes 2010 is 6 years ago but Acronis made some really amazing imaging software back then, I don't need anything different for my purposes.
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Do any of these options offer advanced retention options?
If interested to look at Veeam Endpoint Free then Page 20 - 22 of User Guide found here https://www.veeam.com/veeam_endpo..._en_pg.pdf explains about the retention policy they utilize ... I dunno if it is "advanced" enough ...

Anyways, I actually found this manual to be pretty detailed for the tinker ... I need to RTFM because there are more features that I should be using Smilie
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For you guys that do incrementals, how long do you keep before you create a new full seed and start again? Any preferred/easy to use software that you guys use and not off a website?

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EaseUs (even free version) works fine for my NAS.... I just put the IP in the destination dialogue.
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EaseUs (even free version) works fine for my NAS.... I just put the IP in the destination dialogue.
Are you using EaseUS Todo Backup Free?
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Are you using EaseUS Todo Backup Free?

yes.

easy as just using \\IP\directory

it does take some time to "resolve" the IP (e.g. confirm the directory I guess) but works just fine.
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