advice for a backup software

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by blacknight, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. blacknight

    blacknight Registered Member

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    Naturally there are a lot of backup softwares ! I need one very light, to backup only flies from C to the other two partitions of my hard disk.
     
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    If you're talking about file replication/synching rather than imaging your System partition, Bvckup2 is one of the best out there as far as footprint and speed are concerned. It's not FREE (occasionally SALEs are available) but it is solid and has some of the best SUPPORT I've ever seen with a product.

    ...and pls remember, if your TARGET partitions are on the same Hard Disk as your "C" partition, that's no backup at all when it comes to disk failure.
     
  4. Minimalist

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    If you want to backup your files, I would suggest Cobian. If you want to backup your system - Macrium Reflect.
     
  5. Joxx

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    What you want is not backup software but file synchronization software; the latter will keep two sets of folder/files in different partitions/disks/locations always equal and always accessible.
    From the various ones that I tried I use and highly recommend SyncBackFree: light, effective and easy to use. In fact it puts to shame many paid alternatives.
     
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    I agree with Froggie! Don't forget to keep backups somewhere else besides the main HD.

    As for a file backup program, I use GoodSync http://www.goodsync.com/ It's not free but it's very reliable and fast. I use it daily and it's never failed me.
     
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    +1 Great Program!
     
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    Using here FastCopy.

    Easy and fast.
     
  9. Alexhousek

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    Here is a good link that describes the differences between file/folder sync, file backup, and imaging applications: http://www.techsupportalert.com/con...-disk-imaging-file-based-backup-or-synchroniz

    And, if you are looking for a good, free, file sync program, see here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-folder-synchronization-utility.htm
     
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    Yes, the article is somewhat outdated. Suspicious? I don't get it. How in the heck can it be suspicious?!

    However, if you would have spent a minute or two scrolling down the page, you would have seen a lengthy discussion about various types of sync programs and resources. There is a lot of helpful information in the comments following the article.
     
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    My post was not directed at you. It was directed at the original post. That individual appeared to not understand the differences between file backup, file synchronization, and imaging. I was attempting to provide some education to him and direct him to a link that might enlighten him; not you.

    And, I don't appreciate your sarcasm and telling me to "wake up". That was flat our unnecessary.
     
  14. blacknight

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    Sure, I know it, I use Acronis since many years for external backup. But I collect landscapers and nature pictures, and I like to organize them in my pc. Also, Often I try softwares on C, and if I don't like a program then I restore a previous image.
     
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    Ya, naturally, I mean synchronisation. Some years ago i try Cobian effectly, as Minimalist suggests, and SyncBackFree, but time is changed and I don't know the news in matter.
     
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    Essentially I am a person :) and I know the differences, I only posted quickly. Thanks to all for your advices. :thumb:
     
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    There are dozens if not hundreds of sync/backup options out there - I would just install a bunch of them and see what you like. File History would likely do the job without having to install anything, but I don't think it will back up to the same disk.
     
  18. Joxx

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    In that case accept my apologies.

    It's not the only example of a techsupportalert article not listing programs vastly superior to the ones advised.

    yeap, and if the OP does that he'll fall in love with SyncBackFree.
     
  19. MerleOne

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    There is a nice solution called either Ocster Backup Pro 8 or SuperEasyBackup offered today on TopsoftBargains (http://www.topsoftbargains.com/?add-to-cart=75279) that does both system and file backup, alas in proprietary format. File backup is fast and efficient and only stores the differences between versions of a same file, so that speeds up the process. It is present in Ocster Pro 8, not sure about SuperEasyBackup but the latter is free currently.

    For free imaging I would recommend Macrium Reflect Free version.
     
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    Timely thread for me. I've just been to techsupportalert website and seen the comments and what not on free file sync. I'm giving that a VERY huge miss. Open Candy etc etc.:( This excess baggage-ware is infuriating just by being included, let alone defaulting to on.

    Will take a look at syncbackfree. Hopefully theres a portable version.

    Edited to add: No portable that I can see but doesn't use a proprietary format. :thumb:
     
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