Any positive or negative experiences on either product would be appreciated.
I use Macrium on my server. Every Sunday night it does a backup to HDD.
It's set to do a full backup on the first Sunday of a month then incrementals for the remaining Sundays. It keeps the three most recent sets(*).
It does the job reliably and I've performed several restorations to confirm that the resulting images work and can be resized to different HDDs. My only (slight) complaints are that for clever stuff you often have to write a script in Visual Basic. The editor is built-in though and there's always been examples to modify on their web site. And the UI sometimes isn't intuitive. It took me several attempts to work out how to configure the email notification service.
Other software I've used: Acronis. Horrible UI. Klunky operation. Crashes in use (although it never failed to actually create a backup).
Windows Backup: Couldn't work out how to get it to remove older backups and I want a set up and forget arrangement. I don't want to have to manually remove old sets.
Actually now I think about it it might be a differential rather than incremental but I can't remember. Either way the restoration UI just presents you with choices and it's simple enough to just choose the most recent.
(*)Where a set is full+inc+inc+inc.
Edited by Andrue (Wed 04-Jun-14 14:35:16)