Good free backup options? Need advice

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by Ceph92, Oct 28, 2019.

  1. Ceph92

    Ceph92 n00b

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    Hi - I'm looking for recommendations and advice for backup software. I used to use Ghost and Drive Image from bootable CD to USB drive for decades, but I'm not sure those are going to work anymore. I actually bought Drive Image, didn't receive the rebate, then lost the media and I'm all pissy about that so free/open source is my direction.

    My wish list:
    1. to back up windows 10 and linux (mainly centos) machines
    2. in-OS backup and/or bootable backup
    3. incremental backups
    4. some kind of background automatic backup
    5. good control over what's backed up (drive / folder selection or exclusion)
    6. backup to USB drive or SMB/SAMBA file share
    7. encryption to prevent machines from accessing other machines' backups
    8. compression
    9. trustworthy (eg, doesn't call home or install other stuff)
    10. browseable backups, in case I need to access files
    Any help / insights / warnings / rants / anecdotes would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. David-Duc

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    https://www.veeam.com/free-virtualization-software-vmware-hyper-v.html
    1. to back up windows 10 and linux (mainly centos) machines - check
    2. in-OS backup and/or bootable backup - kind of... no backup from a bootable (bootable rescue disk - yes).
    3. incremental backups - check
    4. some kind of background automatic backup - check
    5. good control over what's backed up (drive / folder selection or exclusion) - check
    6. backup to USB drive or SMB/SAMBA file share - check
    7. encryption to prevent machines from accessing other machines' backups - check
    8. compression - check
    9. trustworthy (eg, doesn't call home or install other stuff) - check
    10. browseable backups, in case I need to access files - check
     
  3. Ceph92

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    This seems to be specific to virtual machines. Also, it's only a free trial, then it looks like they want money.
     
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  5. David-Duc

    David-Duc [H]ard|Gawd

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    There are multiple version of Veeam, backup & replication is the "server/virtualized environment" oriented one. For end user's need (like yours), this is the one:
    https://www.veeam.com/windows-backup-free-download.html?ad=in-text-link
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  6. Ranulfo

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    Look into Macrium Reflect. Though I think the free version does not have a few items you want.
     
  7. Ceph92

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  8. Ceph92

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    It's still a possibility. Thanks for the suggestion.