I do not wish to sound very 80s but I have lost confidence in bare-metal recovery especially when recovery to very different hardware.
Most of us may not purchase same hardware (in my case, Dell Laptops) especially for corporate use. Anyway, for office notebook, I would just clone the same notebooks as we purchase in batch and have to re-install Win7 Pro to Win Ent. So If I recover, I would just clone the OS back, rename and recover files.
Furthermore, at home, my Dell workstation has RAID1 and I faced issues "cloning", "ghosting" or even BMR with the "RAID"ed drives.
Then I do have notebooks that are shared among a few users, sadly I used to only want to backup 2 folders (my documents & desktop), but since VEB free have the personal files option, it may seem less complicated. This is mainly due to us using ultrabooks and/or notebooks with SSDs of limited size. And of course, there are users who manage to use up whole HDD creating very large ppt or word files.
So I am trying to make a difference between "DR" and backup for notebooks such that :
- DR or complete HDD failures, we can still recover weekly backups that are stored on SD cards or NAS (location to be decided)
- recovery of files due to accidental deletion or virus attacks, the 3 hourly backup on SD cards or HDD partition "2" (Split a 512 GB HDD to 300GB + 200GB) may suffice.