The Best File Backup Application

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Stigg, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. Stigg

    Stigg Registered Member

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    I would like a file backup application that can automatically detect any new files or changes, then copy the files to another drive.

    I want the application to do exactly what OneDrive does, but to a local drive.

    Any suggestions?


    Thanks. :)
     
  2. cloggy49

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    Have you ever looked at BVCKUP2?
     
  3. paulderdash

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    Have a look at Bvckup 2?

    Edit: @cloggy49 beat me to it :)
     
  4. taotoo

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    I'm happy with File History.
     
  5. TheRollbackFrog

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    +1 for Bvckup2...
     
  6. Peter2150

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    Question about Bvckup2? Can it copy accross networks. I currently use AJCSync. which works well. Would I see much of a gain.
     
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    Across networks... do you mean like FTP copying to machines on a different network? It has no trouble copying to other shared machines and/or NAS-type devices.

    Gain... you'd have to try it and see, TRIAL available. There's even a FREE BETA (I use it on a lot of machines) that's excellent, but, of course, missing some of its latest features. Crude version backup capability, better coming. An excellent and very speedy piece of software and a very responsive developer (@angstrom here on the Forums, best support I've ever seen for a product).
     
  8. Peter2150

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    I was talking accross a lan network, I am guessing it should work.
     
  9. kC_

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    I use robocopy to keep my lan files synced..

    basic robocopy script

    robocopy "source" "destination" /MIR /MON:1
    the above will mirror the source to the destination, and run automatically if 1 change is seen (change teh value to your liking)
    or

    robocopy "source" "destination" /MIR /MOT:1
    the above will mirror the source to the destination, and run automatically if every 1 minute


    plenty more useful switches
    http://ss64.com/nt/robocopy.html
     
  10. Stigg

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    Thanks guys.

    I think I'll give Bvckup 2 a try.
     
  11. Stigg

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    Which Bvckup 2 mode do you use?
    Desktop Mode or Service Mode?

    Also, when I went to add new backup, I expanded it to display advanced settings, but I can't see how to collapse the advanced settings back again.
     
  12. paulderdash

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    Not sure what version of Bvckup 2 you have there.
    I don't have a desktop or service mode option, but presumably I am using the former.
    Also no advanced settings under File>Add new backup ...
    Perhaps someone else can help?
     
  13. Stigg

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    I'm using the latest version Release 76.16.

    If you go to: Options > Preferences > User Interface and tick the box "Show Switch Mode Option", you'll then find "Switch Mode" under the Options menu.

    Here is some support forum info about it, but I still don't know what's best.
     
  14. paulderdash

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    Ah OK.
    I haven't ticked that option, I use it pretty much out of the box and it works like a charm.
    Maybe try the basic functionality first, then experiment later?

    Edit: Their support is also good. RF is very knowledgeable, see his post above.
     
  15. Stigg

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    Good idea, Paul.
    I'm really liking this program, though.

    Do you know what happens if the computer is off or asleep when the scan is due?
    Does it attempt a scan the next login?
     
  16. paulderdash

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    TBH I don't know, but I think so.
    I did edit my previous post, you can talk to the dev and other experts, like @TheRollbackFrog or @Brian K, here on Wilder's also: https://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/bvckup-2.365783/
     
  17. Stigg

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    Oh good.
    There is a dedicated Bvckup 2 thread.

    Thanks again.
     
  18. paulderdash

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    I saw you were there in 2014 ;)
     
  19. Stigg

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    Was I? :argh:
    I've had a lot of sleeps since then. :rolleyes:
     
  20. angstrom

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    In the service mode the backup engine is set up and runs as a system service, so it's (a) machine-centric deployment and (b) the backups are run regardless of any user being logged on or not. The UI runs as a separate process (under a user session) and it can started/stopped at will without affecting the engine/service.

    In the desktop mode the engine and the UI run side-by-side, in the same process. So they are both started and stopped at the same time.

    The primary caveat for the service mode is that the engine runs under a separate user account (betas and earlier versions will run under LocalSystem account, newer releases will run under "Bvckup 2 Service" account), so if you are backing up to/from a remote share, you will need to provide share access credentials or have a matching user account on the remote side.

    If you want a quick and dirty advice - just tick "Launch at logon" option in Preferences and stick to the desktop mode.

    HTH
     
  21. Tadoussac

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    Best is a very subjective requirement. A truthful answer would be "It depends on your requirements".

    You're OK with the products already suggested here if you're only backing up over LAN. However, if you have a mish-mash of local, LAN, FTP, SFTP, and multiple cloud destinations, take a look at Duplicati.

    Open source, actively developed, and provides encryption and detailed scheduling options.
     
  22. Deckard

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    Bvckup do exacty what asked.
    I will add that Bvckup 2 is a gold nugget; better, a diamond.
    Not with hundreds options (especially compared with a 'SyncBackSE') but what is done is really well done.
    2Mbytes in memory, X64, very fast, a clean and elegant GUI.
    What is done by Pipemetrics SA, so far, is brilliant.
     
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    LOL. Windows Explorer does this backup job pretty good for me, although manually
     
  25. Brian K

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    I like Bvckup 2 but I didn't buy it as Robocopy does what I need. Automated from Task Scheduler.
     
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