03-15-2013 11:54 PM - edited 03-15-2013 11:56 PM
I was wondering what Disk Imaging, perferrably Bare Metal Imaging Back Up you guys use to back up your Lenovo Ideapad. Since I know that the newer computers only recovery via hidden partition, I wanted to know what back up software some of you guys use. I have tried ReDO and Clonezilla and both have failed on me so I am only left with trying to buy a software. My Lenovo Y580 I bought for college and volunteer work already had problems when I was first creating recovery disks. I don't know if it is because of the SSD portion of the hard drive or simply the hard drives themselves. Please I really need your guy's help I have had this laptop for a few months but too scared to use it until I have found an imaging software that'll actually work before starting to use it. This is the most expensive laptop I have ever bought and I am scared that'll probably be my last laptop I can afford before I officially go into debt because of college loans.
03-19-2013 06:00 AM
03-19-2013 07:56 AM
I've been using Acronis True Image 2010.for a while, I skipped version 2012 and jumped to Acronis True Image 2013 and so far it's running smooth.
03-19-2013 10:33 PM
Clonezilla worked perfectly on the Alienware with Windows 7 I have, other than cause me to have to go through choosing the version of windows 7 after installing the image into an empty secondary HDD. I believe that the problem is located on the SSD in the Lenovo Ideapad laptop. I tried to image it just off of the Lenovo HDD and I think it only imaged some of the paritions located on it.
03-22-2013 06:35 AM
The windows 7 system image backup is still part of windows 8.
You have to look for the "Windows 7 File Recovery" link in the lower left side of the File History page (or search for "file recovery"). It's not a very intuitive name, because it sounds like you'd be recovering Windows 7 files, but that's where the legacy backup tools are.
Do a system backup and it the end it will ask you if you want a startup disc. Do this too.
03-22-2013 08:25 AM - edited 03-22-2013 08:27 AM
If you want to do a backup image of windows, then yes, use windows file recovery, I migrated my windows from HDD to SSD using it and I almost didn't have any problems (I had to use some console commands, though). If you want to do a backup of anything else, then, IMO, clonezilla is the best (and also free) choice which works for any filesystem, I've used it a lot for backup and restoration purposes (I played with Mac OS on my ideapad) and it worked perfectly for it.