What to use to backup files/computers

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  1. Drifter87

    Drifter87 Yippi-kay-ay, Motherfucker

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    Right now I manually backup files, but I just acquired a 1TB External, so I was wondering what is a reliable way to automatically backup an entire computer or just some select folders (I have multiple computers to backup).

    I have access to Windows Server 2003 & 2008 (Gotta love being a student) and as of now I run Windows XP & Vista.

    So what do you guys suggest?
     
  2. klr

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    I just use the native ntbackup on XP to back up critical stuff and have it do incrementals. Its nothing fancy, but does the job. There's no icon for it, so you have to run it from the run dialog.
     
  3. Drifter87

    Drifter87 Yippi-kay-ay, Motherfucker

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    I just played around with it a little. It says for a full system backup you need a floppy disk... I don't know about you, but I haven't used a floppy disk in years.

    Is there a chance to burn the information to a CD, DVD, or Flash Drive?
     
  4. WHY2KONE WS6

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    I use a MS powertoy called SYNCTOY... works well enough for me... and have had no problems with it.
     
  5. klr

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    Are you running the wizard? If so, I think the "All information on this computer" option uses a floppy disk to bootstrap the process so that you can do a bare metal restore. I've never done it before, but my understanding is that you'd start an install with your XP CD, then tell it you want to do an ASR restore (which it needs that floppy for).

    If you just want to backup selected data, start ntbackup, click on the "Advanced Mode" hyperlink on the first dialog. That will launch you into the app where you can select folders, etc., and backup to a file on any destination media that you want.

    I've also used a freeware app called SyncBack which works really well.
    http://www.2brightsparks.com/downloads.html
     
  6. Drifter87

    Drifter87 Yippi-kay-ay, Motherfucker

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    Thanks for the help, I am going to explore these options more.
     
  7. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i use syncback to back up my drives. does a good job for me :dunno:
     
  8. cmsurfer

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    I use a similar app called Second Copy.
     
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    +1 on syncback. it's free and it works well.
     
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    robocopy, deadly reliable ( but you have to set it up yourself )
     

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