Simple Backup

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by ChrisL, Mar 26, 2007.

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  1. ChrisL

    ChrisL Registered Member

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    I am thinking about getting this product but I am wandering if it suits my needs. All i need is a piece of software that will provide daily backup of all my files and folders from my f: data drive. I have an external hard drive and I need all these to be backed up to the external drive. However I do not want just one back up file like XP can create .bkf. i want all the files and folders saved as is on the hard drive. This is so i can use it remotely. It would also be useful if the software recognises which files have been changed on my PC each day and only back up those files and not everything every night as this is wasteful.

    Can anyone tell me if this software fulfills these requirements?
     
  2. shieber

    shieber Registered Member

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    Why don't you just use the copy command or drag and drop?

    ATI is going to backup to sa single file. However, you can access the contents, including the files contained within.
     
  3. ChrisL

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    It needs to be automated to happen every night how do i use copy or drag n drop to do this? Or can this be scheduled somehow with XP?

    So ATI creates a single file for backup like the XP Backup utility. Can you just double click on it to open and access all the files on as with XP you cannot open the file and it can only be used for restores?
     
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    This looks to me like a job for a file synchronizing program. I would recommend you search or post a query on this forum, https://www.wilderssecurity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=48, looking for recommendations. I'm using ViceVersa, it has a good selection of options for automating.

    I would recommend that you also consider True Image for disaster protection of your operating system partition.
     
  5. ChrisL

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    Thanks I have software for creating drive images so i have the operating system partition backed up. This is software i need to for simple file & folder backup to an external hard drive. I also have the drive image backup files saved on this data partition so in effect im backing up everything.

    Does your ViceVersa software do what I need - ie backing up files and folders as is, at scheduled times (or immediately) and only the files that have changed? I need to be able to remove the hard drive and take it to other computers so i can access my data. Might also be useful if my main PC also synchronizes whn i reconnect it to change its files in light of the changes iv made on the hard drive.

    I also found AJC Active Backup which looks similar.
     
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    I'm sure it will handle the scenarios you've stated, including syncing automatically when you connect removable drives. I have the Pro version, I have found it to be fast and very versatile. You can download a fully functional trial here: http://www.tgrmn.com/.
     
  7. ChrisL

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    Hi I have tried ViceVersa and it seems to work correctly. I can synchronize files from my Data drive to my external hard drive, you can use windows scheduler to schedule it to synchronise at night to avoid taking up time during the day, it copies read only files, and it also provides as many archive versions of changed/deleted files as you want. Im playing about with that function just now to see if I need it switched on.

    Thanks for all the suggestions.
     
  8. Menorcaman

    Menorcaman Retired Moderator

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    Hello ChrisL,

    I've transferred your thread from the Acronis True Image forum to here, where it sits more comfortably.

    Regards

    Menorcaman
     
  9. ErikAlbert

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    With ATI you can recover file by file. You have to MOUNT the image first and then you have access to each file inside the image. If I can do it, everybody can.
     
  10. Capp

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    You could try a service like Remote Data Backups (see my signature). I use it and love it.
     
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  12. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    You could also write a simple script in BASIC (txt > bat).
    Then schedule it to run. Sounds like what you need?
    Mrk
     
  13. gerardwil

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    I like this one and it is free:

    Gerard
     
  14. WSFuser

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    for a synchronization software, id choose SyncBackSE.
     
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