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Computer backup software. - June 7th 2010, 04:13 PM

I've recently bought myself a back up drive, and I'm wondering what the best way is to back up files from my computer. I know I could just paste all that I want on there, but I wondered if there was any software to keep it organised.

I've tried it with windows back up software, but when opening the drive, it's just one file that I have to restore to see the files. What I want is to be able to view all the files that I have on the drive. And also, when it comes to putting more files on the drive, I want to be able to only put on the new files, rather than override all the existing files, and then put the new ones on also.

I'm probably not making a lot of sense. But if anyone can offer any advise and reccommendations for software etc, then I'd be greatful!

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Re: Computer backup software. - June 7th 2010, 11:56 PM

Unfourtionatly, backup software is traditionally not free, and the free versions that are out there, simply do not stack up to the reliability or comprehensive backups that most commercial products carry.

You're likely going to be looking at around $50.00 US for an entry level backup application that is capable of fully restoring a volume. There are however, semi-reasonable free backup solutions out there. There is a free product out by Microsoft, called SyncToy. It allows you to basically have files that are synced between more than one hard drive, which is what it sounds like you're trying to do. The downside is that you can not restore an operating system should it go down, but rather only the files saved, such as photos, music, documents, and such.

Another product, is Allway Sync. It's also a free product, however, it is essentially the same as SyncToy in regards to what it does, and can do.

As for actual backup software, you'll want to look into Easeus Todo Backup, FBackup, or Cobian Backup. Other than those, you're going to really end up in the commerical product range. If you need something that you can really rely on, it's not going to be free.
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Re: Computer backup software. - June 8th 2010, 12:26 PM

I've got an external back up drive. All I want to do it be able to back up all my music and movies from my computer.

If there's no decent free software that will do the job, I'll just have to manually put all the files on the drive myself. And update it when it needs doing. I just want to be able to view all the files that I've got on the drive. And what I've done already doesn't allow me to do that.


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Re: Computer backup software. - June 8th 2010, 06:09 PM

There are plenty of free programs, do a search for "open source backup windows" or "OSS backup windows".

Here's one: http://www.educ.umu.se/~cobian/cobianbackup.htm V8 is free I think...
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