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Data Only or Full Image

Backups: Data Only or Full System Images?

Busted backup

The difference between simply backing up your data versus using full system images is that with full system images you can completely restore your system to the exact state of when it was backed up. The software backs up the state of your operating system, all of the data on the hard drives, and all of the programs installed with their settings maintained. Backup software that creates images essentially creates takes a snapshot of your system that can be restored.

The three main contenders in the image based backup arena are Norton Ghost, Acronis True Image, and StorageCraft ShadowProtect. The main advantage of True Image and ShadowProtect is that they can restore your system to another computer with different hardware. Restoring to dissimilar hardware isn't always foolproof however, we have had the highest success rates using ShadowProtect and definitely recommend it to our clients before the other solutions.


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