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First time reformatting, need backup software.

Question: First time reformatting, need backup software.

I'm using Windows 7 32-Bit at the moment and was looking for a good backup solution besides copy and paste. I purchased a Seagate FreeGate GO 500 GB Portable HD today and need a software (money not an issue, I want the best possible software) that will backup my entire hard disk. Here's my situation

1. Windows 7 has multiple issues, Action center and Network and Sharing center display "page could not load" so I want to reinstall.

2. Windows 7 is currently 32 bit and I want to reinstall as 64 bit, since I have 4 gigs of RAM

3. I have multiple games installed, all of which I don't have the DVDs to anymore, I need the games intact and working with game saves

4. I have multiple Pics and Medical related work (I'm a medical resident)

Hope this helps, thanks.

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Preferred Solution: First time reformatting, need backup software.

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: First time reformatting, need backup software.

Softrescue Will handle what you are looking to do.

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Please tell me if you know following Features including "Free Backup Software"
Real time backup.
Fast backup.
Lower Ram using.
i tried "FBackup",Yadis! Backup 1.9.15 and "Beyond Sync' software they are not satisfy my needs.

I expect Favorable Reply soon!

Answer:Free and Real time Backup Software

  
Quote: Originally Posted by killer bee


Please tell me if you know following Features including "Free Backup Software"
Real time backup.
Fast backup.
Lower Ram using.
i tried "FBackup",Yadis! Backup 1.9.15 and "Beyond Sync' software they are not satisfy my needs.

I expect Favorable Reply soon!



killer bee,

Just a friendly piece of advice -
There is no need to shout at us. We aren't deaf!
Using Caps doesn't guarantee immediate attention.
In fact it may have the reverse effect.

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Hello,

I'd like a really simple backup solution. It should take a backup of the folders I select, and always run in the background copying whenever there's a change. Of course only when the computer is idle. I don't need revisions of the files - I just want the latest version of the files. So it's just a mirror of the current content.

It should be the same folder structure and all, so I don't need to have the software in order to restore - just copy it back over.

And suggestions?

Answer:Simple real-time backup software (around 1 TB of files)

I'm not sure about the exact software for this for 'real time' there are many solutions to do this function on a backup schedule though (i have used windows built in backup and syncback as well as my own batch files).

Real time might be an issue on the grounds that if you deleted a file, that would replicate to your backup and therefore wouldn't be able to restore it unless you have the backup one way (so it doesn't delete anything in the destination location) but you would then need to make sure you have plenty of space on the backup location.

You could look at SyncBackFree V7- SyncBack Free - freeware version of the ultimate data backup software





? Backup
? Synchronize: Copy files in both directions
? Restore backup files easily
? Email logs
? Run programs before and after profiles
? Schedule backups
? Unicode enabled for non-English filenames
? Process unlimited filename lengths
? Simple and Advanced mode
? Runs on Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP
? Extensive Help Documentation & Support
? Completely Free!





Regards,
Jamie

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Hello. Over the past few days the various software programs on my HP laptop have been slow to respond. For example, I click on a bookmark in Firefox and nothing happens for a few seconds when in the past it always reacted instantly.
 
Could this be some sort of malware? I do have Idrive backup running but I've had that for a long time and it's never caused such slowness.
 
Many thanks for any assistance.

Answer:Very Slow Response Time: Infection or Backup Software?

Do you have some antivirus program? Scan and you may have find the answer.

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I plan to reformat my hard drive. My operating system in XP Home. I'd like to keep the music that I've collected over the years (about 2 GB). Should I copy the music to a slave drive before I reformat? Will it be accessible after the reformat since I'm using NTFS? How about burning the music files to a DVD-R? Which freeware would I use to do this? Any disadvantages to this method?

Answer:Best way to backup music before reformatting with XP Home?

Either way would be acceptable.

I personally would just back it up on a slave drive...but I don't own a cdburner, and have a bad tendency to lose cd's (and at 2GB it would take about 3 cd's).

The slave drive would have to be converted to either fat, fat32, or NTFS. It wouldn't matter what file format the OS is on (as long as it isn't linux). XP home can read fat, fat32, and NTFS.

Just make sure you don't accidently format the slave drive instead

However, either way is acceptable, and it's all a matter of preference.

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after a disc reformat how to copy back data

Answer:need to copy from a backup cd data after reformatting my har

That depends on how you made the backup. Most backup software has a built in restore function.NigelWind slow

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heres the deal
i have a 250gb harddrive thats had alotta stuff taken off and put on it, i want to reformat it.
i have some things id like to save, so i have an old 40gb harddrive sitting around. unfourtunately it has stuff on it and i would like to wipe it clean so i can put it in the computer and have it set to a slave drive so i can just copy and paste all of the data from one harddrive to the other. then i can wipe the 250gb harddrive, reinstall windows, plug in the 40gb, and transfer the data back.

with all that said, how exactly do i do that? i tried putting the 40gb in but either my computer wont boot (no message, the screen never changes from all black) or it boots from the 40gb harddrive and doesnt recognize the 250gb.
 

Answer:harddrive reformatting/backup data

Welcome to TSG!
It's possible that the 250 gig HDD has been jumpered to standalone which is not (edit: not always) the same as Master. You need to set both drives' jumpers. The 40 GB to slave, and 250 GB to Master.

If the 250 GB HDD is SATA, then it should be recognized no matter what IDE drives are present... In this case I would go into BIOS and check if they are recognized OK, and then check boot order. Besides boot order of different device types (floppy, CD, HDD, etc.) in some BIOS-es there's an option for setting boot priority of HDDs present in the system.
 

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Yesterday night I scheduled a disk check before I went to bed and when I woke up I found my computer stuck on a loop of loading to the end of the green bar to a blank screen then flashing to a c000021a system error blue screen and then it proceeded to repeat this. I tried booting into safe mode the next time and it would load the wall of files/text then hit a
blank screen, blue screen with the error, and then restart. I was sick of this so I decided to backup
my files using the system recovery tool on startup, but my harddrive only says it has space after you put in the password which I can't do using the system recovery tool. I'm stumped as to what I can do to fix this or at least get my important files before I reformat. I've also thought of taking out my normal harddrive and plugging it into another computer, but I don't have any available computers to do this with. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
 

Answer:Bluescreen bootup, ext hdd backup, reformatting and more. HELP.

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Once I reformat my hard drive, will I be able to selectively restore my backup so I only put back a few programs instead of all?

Thx,
Gini
 

Answer:Restoring backup after reformatting hard drive

I personally think that is not a good idea. Better restore all programs, then uninstall them properly via Add/Remove Programs. Otherwise you will have uncount registry entries, program settings, and whatnot left behind.
 

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Good day everyone..

I am new in this forum and eventually in this site. I have a problem regarding on my HD reformation. I was able to reformat three PCs already but this unit that i am supposed to reformat gives me headache. My problem is I could not locate the boot priority option. This unit is using the Award Medallion Bios v.60. I already consumed my whole day figuring want went wrong and what is in the set up that i could not find the options. Please for those who have experienced or for those who have done reformatting well please do help me. thanks.
 

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Hello,

I've decided that it's finally time to re-format my computer, 2 years after I bought it. I want a fresh "out of the box" start so I've heard this is the best way to do it.
I have the Fujitsu-Siements Windows Media Center 2005 Recovery CD that came with this PC and have a few questions.

I came over this help topic: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313348 and are those the steps I should follow for a clean start?

How do I know which type of partition I want:
Format the partition by using the NTFS file system (Quick)
? Format the partition by using the FAT file system (Quick)
? Format the partition by using the NTFS file system
? Format the partition by using the FAT file system
? Leave the current file system intact (no changes) ?

By deleting my current partition, I will delete all the files on the hard-drive , including Windows XP. After I create this new partition, I will be able to re-install Windows XP from my recovery CD, am I correct ?

Thanks
 

Answer:First Time Reformatting Questions!

http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/OS/InstallXPPro/installxppro1.htm

This is visual guide for Windows XP from Black Viper's web site.
 

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Alright, so I'm trying to install a fresh new Windows XP x64 bit on a new 1TB Western Digital internal Hard Drive I bought the other day but for some reason it won't recognize it. This happens before I even get to the Agreement, so I went out today and replaced the 1TB and tried again and it gives me the same message about not having a Hard Drive installed but it clearly shows it's reading in the BIOs. I've tried just about everything I can think of, switching RAM, changing CD/DVD Drives, fiddling around with the BIOs and I just can't figure it out, if someone can help or has the answer to this, it would be greatly appreciated.

Regards, Cross.

Answer:Having a hard time Reformatting

Installing XP on a SATA drive requires an additional step:

http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how...ws_xp_on_a.htm

However, Most newer BIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the bios and check the "Sata Operation" setting,

change it to "Raid Autodetect/ATA if it is not already. Now try to install XP ( could be IDE Mode, Compatibility Mode or Legacy Mode - different BIOS use different terms )

some will say IDE instead of ATA)

If there are no such settings you'll need to slipstream the sata drivers on the XP CD, follow the instructions in this guide :

http://www.digitgeek.com/how-to-slip...rs-into-xp-cd/

or

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...-installation/

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Alright, so I've for the first time, completely cleaned my computer and started from scratch. It's gone pretty well considering I've never done it before. But I've still got some BSODs that creep up every few hours or so. Usually when loading something like a video or a web page. I've attatched a zip of the 3 Minidumps I found, so hopefully this will be as simple as downloading more drivers.

Specs
Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
Intel Core i7 CPU 920 @2.67ghz
12GB DDR3 Ram
AMD Radeon HD 6770

I should also mention that Catalyst Control Center has been giving me fits aswell. At first, it would say "Catalyst Control Center has stopped working and needs to close" in good ol' Vista fashion, on startup. And trying to open it again has the same result. Then without changing anything, that issue stops but I still cannot bring the interface up. Now, again without making any changes, it just doesn't attempt to open at all. Not sure what that is all about.

Answer:[BSOD] - First time reformatting

Do I need more information? Or did I upload the file wrong? Eh... Easter, right...

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For some reason when I formatted this PC for the first time the HDD got split into 2 partitions, at the time it would not let me create 1. C:// drive ending up at 123GB and the other G:// drive becoming 170GB.

How can I make sure I can have my HDD format into a single partition? Would the SATA port it went into make a difference? I plan to update the BIOS before the format. Its a SATA HDD and my motherboard is the ASUS commando.

Another question is after the reformat. What are the first drivers I should go about installing? Last time I stuck in the CD that came with the MB and just installed everything then installed video card drivers. Good idea?

I plan to then OC my E6300. I have 2GB Dual channel OCZ memory PC6400 800Mhz. I don't know how to go about OC'ing the memory as well for maximum performance between the memory and the processor. I want to crank the E6300 up quite a bit because I have heard lots about its OC potential. Up to 2.5Ghz+ possibly? I have a Tuniq Tower 120 which cools it really nicely.

So yeah.. any advice on what to do about reformatting my HD and OCing.

Thanks
 

Answer:Reformatting and then OC my PC I built, want to do it right this time.

any help?
 

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Hello, I've tried a number of things to try and fix the various problems on my PC, but to no avail. I've decided to reformat. I've never done it before. I was hoping to get some basic info. I'm running XP Pro. I have the upgrade disk. I don't have the original OS disk as I bought the PC second-hand. I guess I just want the logistics on how to get the process started.
 

Answer:Reformatting? First Time Please Advise

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 3:03:33 PM, on 9/14/2008Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16705)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Stardock\Object Desktop\WindowBlinds\wbload.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Analog Devices\Core\smax4pnp.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exeC:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnd.exeC:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exeC:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Logitech\QCDriver2\LVCOMS.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswctrl.exeC:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools\daemon.exeC:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\LogMeInSystray.exeC:\Program Files\... Read more

Answer:Viral Infection - Not Reformatting This Time

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Hi all,Ok - I've recently made some upgrades to my PC and they haven't gone as well as I'd hoped. I'm going to use these issues as an excuse to do something I've been promising to do to myself for ages - namely, reformat my main system HD and install Windows again so that I've got a nice, clean, fresh install that should, hopefully, run quicker and more smoothly than my current install.Now to the crux. What things do I need to ensure that I do to make sure that I get my system up and running with the minimum of fuss after I reformat?I know that I don't need to back up the entire contents of my HD even though I've got the room to do so on my new 465Gb SATA HD. All the programs I have installed I either have the CDs for or the install/setup programs are stored on my data HDD so I'm planning on backing up the My Documents folder only at the moment.But is there anything else I need to backup? I want to save me e-mails and my address book for both Outlook Express and Thunderbird for example so do I need to do anything extra to make sure I can restore the e-mails/address books afterwards?Would it be a good idea to back up my Program Files and Games folders as well?I plan on writing down the product registration keys for all the programs that I have bought and downloaded via the net where I don't have the key already stored in in e-mail from the company but is there anything else I need to bear in mind regarding programs that I've bought in this fashion?I plan on having all the CDs ... Read more

Answer:Fun and games time - reformatting my system HDD

Quite a few questions there, and probably the reason why nobody has come back to you sooner!Basically, backup your documents and your emails/address book, drivers.For the internet connection, how are you currently connected? The information that you need to go back online should be easily provided by your service provider (be it wireless router, wired router or dial up).If you only have an XP Upgrade disc, you will need to install 98 first.Do you have any music libraries on software such as SonicStage? If so, you will need to save the libraries as the software (particularly in the case of SonicStage), may not allow you to play your tracks after a fresh Windows install. (It will see the install as a new/different computer - Google Digital Rights Managent or DRM for further details).Finally, if you are going to reformat, use this:click hereIt's a free full formatter that I have used dozens of times without any problems.If you have any other queries, post them here, but one at a time would probably be more helpful to you and to the advisors!

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Alright guy's, I'm not a complete idiot when it come's to computers, but I can easily screw things up as fast as I could probably figure something out. That being said, I'd like to make a checklist, double check it and make sure I have everything so their are no run-ins and I can have a clean, easy reformat and install. As I stated I'm sure this has been answered several hundred times so, I'll give a few details and I would greatly appreciate it if someone could lead me in the right direction. First off, I need to point out, I have Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit, but I don't have the original CD used to "build" it but I do have the CD Key / Serial that they used to build it (its a custom computer but I lost the cd). My wife's uncle owns a PC Repair shop and sent me a few versions of Windows 7 Ultimate OEM CD's. Will my CD Key work or no? If not I guess we just stop here. If not I will continue.

EDIT: I was Belarc Advisor if anyone would like more details about my system. Also I do not have any software for my drivers after I reformat, which may be an issue.

Answer:First time reformatting/restoring. I know! It's one of those post again!! Sorry!

and welcome to the Forum

The Vista key is not going to work with Windows 7.

Google and run the Windows 7 upgrade advisor to see what is compatible and what is not. If you post the Belarc Advisor here, be sure to delete the keys it reports

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Hi
I need to reformat my C drive because of a trojan. I have mcafee internet security suite which I purchased via download. When I reformat I will no longer have AV protection until I have gone on-line and downloaded again. What is the best way to protect my computer while downloading security suite?

Thanks

Answer:Reformatting - Need Av Software.

If possible, download the .exe file and save it to a disk. Then you can install from there.
If you install a firewall first, then JUST go to the download site directly (do not pass go, do not collect $100), you should be fairly safe.

Regards,
John

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I'm preparing to upgrade from Windows 2000 professional to XP. I would like a perfect backup of my C: drive in case the worst happens and XP kills my computer (so I can revert back to 2000 and my old system without a problem). I have 2 hard drives so I have the room to put an exact image of my C: drive onto the slave drive. Just wanting to get some feedback as to the best way to do this.

So far I just used the "backup now" option in Windows 2000 and saved a .bkf file of my entire drive to the slave. It actually didn't take up that much space--the .bkf must contain some sort of compression.

Anyway, is this the best way to go about protecting myself or would it be worthwhile to instead invest in a 3rd party backup program instead before undertaking this? There are tons of programs out there of course, Norton Ghost, Backup Now, GoBack, or what have you. If Windows' option works well I don't know why people would buy a 3rd party program but I hear about it a lot so I thought I'd ask. Anyone ever restored an entire system from a windows .bkf file before and had difficulty? Protecting myself is pretty important to me.

Any advice would be helpful.
 

Answer:Computer backup before upgrade to XP--backup software suggestions,.bkf files,etc?

With the windows backup you have to reinstall windows and then restore the backup to get back to where you were. I use and love ghost because it makes a 100% exact copy of EVERYTHING and all you have to do to get it back is to restore the image and you're up a going again - no need to reinstall windows. Is also fast and can clone one drive to another or create an Image file.

GoBack I don't like and Backup Now needs windows to be installed to restore the backup
 

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I have a new HP Pavillion Elite HPE with 920 GB of memory running Windows 7. I am an average computer user. I have a WD external backup drive with 1TB memory. I don't like the backup software that comes with the computer. I can't access anything to see how old the files are. The only option is to restore. Thank God I haven't had to do that. I have the files important to me backed up manually. I tried Nova backup but all I had was a bunch (really- a bunch) of files again that I couldn't access. I had a copy of Norton Ghost that wouldn't work with my old XP computer so I tried it on this one. After days with support manipulating my computer, going through three people to the software engineer, they could not make Ghost work on my (64? whatever) computer.

I don't know if I need a mirror or clone or whatever I've been reading about that I don't understand. I have plenty of room on the backup drive and have CD's and DVD's that will restore, I think. Best Buy made me some when I bought it and the computer made me make some as well when I got home. I can manually do a system backup less my files that doesn't change. So what I really want to do is to find a software that will enable me to choose the files I want to that sometimes change (My Documents) and have those backup on a regular basis. I also want to have those so I can go to my M drive (backup drive) and see my files just like in windows explorer. That way, if anything does happen, I know my files are alright and if I have ... Read more

Answer:Is there a backup software that transfers files I can read on my backup drive?

and welcome to the Forum

I use Syncback for that:

SyncBack Freeware - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

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G'day everyone

Does anyone know of a simple backup program that is capable of backing up large files incrementally by splitting the file and backing up only changed parts of the file? The files I'm talking about are files that get altered by appending stuff at the end of the file, e.g. log files or mailbox files, so it's generally possible to split a new version of the file at the exact point where the old version stopped, purely by file size.

Specifically, I want to back up Thunderbird and SeaMonkey mailboxes without having to create additional subfolders within those programs.

I understand that if something had changed near the beginning of the file, then the whole file will have to be backed up, unless the backup program is capable of some very clever searching, but mostly the files will change only by having data appended to it.

Thanks
Samuel

Answer:Backup software that splits large files for incremental backup

You may want to rethink incremental backups. Where I worked, until I retired, we first used incremental backups for our servers. That seemed like a good approach - make an initial full backup on one day of the week and then only incrementals the rest of the week. That allowed smaller backups however when it came time to restore it was a nightmare making sure the incrementals were installed in the proper order, and it took much longer to restore. A decision was made to only do full backups every night and although the backup was bigger if a restore was needed there was no confusion on order of reinstall and it took less time.

I do the same thing with my own PC backups. I use Acronis True Image, which has incremental backup ability, but I only do full hard drive backups, to a separate hard drive.

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How come the built in Vista backup utility doesn't backup software? Does anyone know of a way to do this, or know of any software that will create an image of my harddrive? I seriously need to reformat my computer and I can't do it without this.

Thanks.

Answer:Vista Backup Utility Doesnt Backup Software?

Norton ghost or Acronis True Image... the latter is the easier of the two apps IMO.

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I have tried to create a batch file to backup our important data from our program to our server(drive letter Z)on our network and cant seem to get it to work.Could someone look at it and be able to tell me what is wrong with it. We also decided to include backing up our my documents folder too.

@echo off
:: variables
set drive=crocare.win
set backupcmd=xcopy /Z

echo backing up procare data
echo please wait...
@pause

xcopy "Z:\Procare\DB\*.*":\\dataonserver01\users\Jeannie\Procare.win"

echo Backing up My Documents
%backupcmd% "userprofile%\My Documents" "%c%\My Documents"

echo Backup Complete!
@pause
 

Answer:Software doesn't backup so trying batch file backup

I guess it depends on what you're backing up. I use Beyond Compare to sync files between machines.
 

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I am looking for a good Backup Software - for a full backup. I have 3 that i may decide on1. Macrium Reflect (free/paid)2. Acronic True Image 2012 (paid)3. [email protected] (paid)I am leaning toward Macrium Reflex is that a good backup software All 3 do a Image backup I just bought a Seagate Go Flex 1TG External HD. There is software included on external HD, but it doesn't do a full backup.

Answer:Looking for a Good backup software for full backup

Seagate HDD's ship with Acronis...Although Network and NAT imaging and scheduling are all disabled in that version it DOES do full backups...If Free is an alternative then Macrium is a fine app for your needs.

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I'm looking for a better backup software. I have togeather ideas of what I am looking for in it and which ones I have used.

To multiple locations (USB Drive, Network, FTP)
Run when not logged in (service?)
Backup active files?
weekly full backup
incremental - Daily
keeps 5-7's of backup files
Beable to go back 5-7 days to get a file
FTP SSL
Files stay in readable state. - not in some proprietary state


Tried:
Recent - Cobian Backup - had issues backing up files that were open.
Recent - Live File Backup - had issues getting FTP over SSL working. Was no that user friendly IMHO.
Syncback Free
Synctoy
Idlebackup

Thanks
 

Answer:Good File backup backup software?

Server or workstation?
 

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I'm on the hunt for a piece of software, or a function within Windows 7, that will allow me to:

1. Schedule a backup of just a single folder
2. Automatically overwrite (or ignore unchanged files) at the destination

Aaaaaand . . . . that's it. I poked around with a couple of different applications, but I wasn't able to select a directory as a source, only a disk drive. Anyone know what I should do?
 

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For the past couple of years I've regularly backed up all my stuff using Regen (XP version) onto a Tosh PX1266E external drive, and have always been able to restore files using the Regen file restore wizard.

The disk in my laptop failed recently, and since then I've been trying unsuccesfully to restore my files from the PX onto my new laptop (runs Vista).
I've tried using both the original XP version and the downloaded Vista version of the Regen driver, but I can't see my back-up stores in the restore wizard window, although I can see the back-ups and snapshots are still on the PX when I browse it.

Any suggestions, please, on how I could get them back?

Answer:Regen backup software won't restore the backup

Have you full access to saved stuff on this external HDD?
I mean does Toshiba HDD works properly or there is some problem with HDD functionality?

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After a heavy-duty malware infection that wreaked such havoc that, on advise I got here, I decided to nuke-and-reinstall.

Also , I was subtly tipped that perhaps I should consider backing up the system against future incidents using, say, Macrium Reflect.

I did as I was told, but only remembered today that I had tried MR before, with not-so-impressive results which soured me on them at the time (2013):



perhaps the software has gotten better since, but I remember thinking then that I would henceforth not so to speak leave the (encryption) key to my data to anybody else, but make straight, unencrypted backups.

Also, the cost of storage is very low now even as compared to then, and in my case incremental backups or other such finesses, are not necessary.

What, then, would be the argument for using backup software in my particular case?

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Hi,

Because the amount of data stored on my drives is continuously increasing, I've decided that it's time to find a way to backup the most important part of it.

So, I'm looking for a software capable of making a backup copy(on a secondary HDD) of certain folders and of certain files(from certain folders) and keeping it updated.

I'm also interested to make a backup copy of files that are locked, if possible.
I have some VMs and I'd like to back them up too if possbile.(I'll check to see whether VMWare Workstation can backup itself by taking snapshots on a different HDD at certain moments).

The software really needs to be able to cope with paths longer than 255 characters, it has to be able to retain all the file's attributes(creation date, modified date, attribute fields, etc), and it has to ba able to do bit-by-bit checking in order to prevent corruption.

Also, there are some large files that I can't backup(it would take too much space), and in this case I'd like to have a list of their names and sizes, and if possible a checksum(TTH or emule's MD5), in order to redownload them easily in case of a disaster.


What software would you advise me to use?
BTW, I'm also very interested about your backup methods for your sensible data.

PS: Neither RAID nor a ZFS NAS box are solutions for me at the moment, and I'm not looking for a software that does backup to an entire partition.

Regards,
Nick

Answer:Looking for a good backup software/backup plan

You dont want much do you Nick?? Im not aware of any program that will do 100% of everything that you have listed ... that would require custom software ... the easiest solution IMO would be a program like Acronis/Macrium image, backed up to an external 2tb hard drive ... it may not be the most elegant solution, but it would work...

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After a heavy-duty malware infection that wreaked such havoc that, on advise I got here, I decided to nuke-and-reinstall.

Also , I was subtly tipped that perhaps I should consider backing up the system against future incidents using, say, Macrium Reflect.

I did as I was told, but only remembered today that I had tried MR before, with not-so-impressive results which soured me on them at the time (2013):



perhaps the software has gotten better since, but I remember thinking then that I would henceforth not so to speak leave the (encryption) key to my data to anybody else, but make straight, unencrypted backups.

Also, the cost of storage is very low now even as compared to then, and in my case incremental backups or other such finesses, are not necessary.

What, then, would be the argument for using backup software in my particular case?

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GFI Backup 2009 – Home Edition, a freeware backup solution which has just been launched. GFI Backup 2009 allows you to back up all your important documents, photos, music, emails and program settings using a simple but smart wizard-driven interface to nearly every storage device, including local and external disk drives, LAN, CD/DVD, removable devices, remote FTP servers, etc.
HomePage : GFI - Fax server, Exchange anti-virus, anti-spam, vulnerability management and email archiving software

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I just bought a USB 3.0 3 TB external drive for making backups. After some searching, I decided to use EaseUS Todo Backup because CNET rated it highly. I plugged the drive into a 3.0 port and did a backup. It was a file backup, not an image backup, but it still puts everything in one file (.PBD) and then apparently modifies Windows Explorer to be able to browse the file. Windows Backup (the one that comes on Windows 7) seems to work similarly, though you need to use a wizard to restore things. The backup took twice as much space as my data takes up on my internal hard drive. Also, it took 8 and a half hours, which I calculated to be 20 MB/s. So my questions are:

1. Why doesn't it just put things in the drive in a normal folder/file structure?
2. Why did it take up twice as much space?
3. Why did a USB 3.0 backup go so slowly? (Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it took up twice as much space, but that's still slow considering I've gotten speeds of 75 MB/s, and I do realize transferring a lot of small files will take longer.)
4. Am I just better off with using Windows Backup (or is restoring a pain with the wizard)?

Thanks for any advise!
 

Answer:Backup Software (EaseUS/Windows Backup)

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Please let me know any backup software this is free or retail of backup software... i need to collect my college USB work (128 MB) and backup them..

Then im looking for secure backup online... Size about 130MB is okay

Thanks for help.
 

Answer:Backup? Sercue Backup Software needed!

I like the free version of Syncback for continous backups, though if you only have 128mb and its basically one time or infrequent why not just copy it to a backup?

Online, 2 gigs or less, I'd recommend Mozy for free secure backup.
 

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Is there any software for scheduling WinNT Backup or is there an alternative backup package available. Using a tape streamer so no drive letter available.


Thanks

Colin
 

Answer:Software for scheduling WinNT Backup software

is this a workstation or a server environment.
 

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hey can u backup your data (or an system image)to an internal and external hard drives at the same time? thanks

Answer:backup at same time

Hello soulfood,

Yes, but only if you are creating a separate system image to one HDD, then create a Windows Backup without a system image included to the other HDD.

Hope this helps,

Shawn

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Question: backup time?

How long does it take to back up about 60G, from hard drive to external drive?I know this may be like asking how long is a piece of string.... but some idea would be helpful.Thanksgeedad

Answer:backup time?

Depends on your backup program USB connection and your choice of compression. At normal I would guess 1 hour

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Question: UPS backup time

I want to know, suppose ur fully charged UPS giving 15 min backup normally but if u run a very high processor intensive application (usage 100% of processor) then the chances are that your fully charged UPS give some less backup time like 8-10 min aapprox or it doesn't matter.

Normally usage - 300MB RAM, 17 inch monitor, 400w smps
High usage - 1 GB RAM, and every thing same
 

Answer:UPS backup time

That would be my opinion. Anyime there is more load on a battery, it gets used up faster. Best thing to do is when you lose power, finish what you are doing as quickly as possible, shut down the computer normally, and wait until power is restored. There are larger UPSs that would last longer, but cost more.

The processor doesn't use a lot of power, but other devices in action (hard drive, CD drives. etc...) suck up a lot more.
 

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Question: X300 Backup Time

Using Windows XP on my old Sony, I could do a backup for a later restore in a few minutes.  Why does the ThinkVantage backup utility take 5 or 6 hours to backup the system?  Am I doing something wrong?Thanks for your help,Faz













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Answer:X300 Backup Time

Now that I decided to let the "backup" finish, it turns out that it created a system backup image, not a system restore point.  Who would have thought that ThinkVantage would choose to backup the SSD to the SSD?  Every system failure that I have ever experienced involved the disk, and to fix the problem I needed a backup on removable media.  So, I deleted the "backup" and got some of the SSD space back.  I have already created recovery disks, and I will back up to CD or external drives as required.Is there a simple way to use ThinkDisadvantage to quickly create a system restore point?  I like to do this before I install any new software, drivers, etc., but I can't wait 5 hours for it to take place.Thanks,Faz

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i mistaken didnt know about this forum until today and im happy im here now

my mistake was today i got the back message and went ahead and configured it for the first time... i got an error at the end, so i figured i'll do again but this time leave out some folders that i didnt want..

the problem is my backup of my primary drive C: is being back up into my secondary drive D:
so after it did the backup and failed, there were several folders in my D drive, i deleted them all, i believe like 4... now my D drive is missing around 30GB of space.. i only have 2 folders in my D drive, both totally 200GB. the total space of my drive is 931GB but now it shows 699GB, does anyone know why its missing 30GB of space.

i attached a pic of what is shown in my control panel for back and restore

is there a way to restore what i did today and go back so i can properly configure it again and choose the right folders to backup..

i do appreciate any help

gracias!

Answer:backup for the first time failed

This might help:

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/conten...windows-7.html

You can also go into the drive and enable showing hidden folders:

Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide

As far as an effective backup solution I suggest using a third party program such as Macrium Reflect. It'll allow you to create a system image (basically a copy of your drive) and once you create a boot disk you'll be able to revert to that system image.

http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp

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Although originally working, now W7 backup will not work.
I am running 32bit Ultimate

I have emptied the backup drive, the back up starts ... runs to about 80% of progress bar ... then fails with message Backup failed to complete.

The error code is ox81000015

This says that Windows could not zip a file ... and remove any of 3 listed programs ... none of which I have installed.
To be safe I also removed 7zip (even though not listed) another 2 Hr attempt and again fails.

Anybody any idea how to resolve ? ... W7 was supposed to be better at backup compared to Vista

Answer:W7 backup fails every time

Hello Sargan,

You might see if the KB article from Microsoft below may be able to help."0x81000015" error message when you back up files in Windows 7
In addition, you might also download and merge the ZIP option in the tutorial below. It will reset the associations for ZIP files back to default, and hopefully help.Default File Type Associations - Restore
Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I am using the following script to backup my system drive using the Windows scheduler.

"C:\Program Files\Runtime Software\DriveImage XML\dixml.exe" /bc /tD:\Driveimage\%date%_Backup /r- /s- /c- /v

Although the HELP instructions state that the size of the backup file will be reduced by about 40% and that the backup will take a little longer. My experience is that the file is smaller and it takes about 15 times longer to backup. 10 hours is way too long for me so I am using the above script although the files are larger than I like.
Also I found that using the log file was next to useless because there were no times associated with the various events.
Can anybody offer any help to speed up the backups?
Bill :cry:cry
 

Answer:Long time to backup

I haven't used DriveImage XML before so I can't offer any specifics, but data backup can be a very time consuming process, especially if you're performing full image back ups of a large hard drive. If you have a 250gb drive that's half full, that entails moving 125gb of data to another location (usually an external drive), and if DriveImage compresses the data, it will take even longer.
 

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Is this normal or something is wrong?  It's my second time trying to backup my C drive that is a bit over 1TB in size.  The first time took about four days before my computer shut down on its own.  It does that from time to time, and that's a different story I need to figure out why (It usually does whenever I have too many apps open).  Anyway, the second time, I reformatted the external drive (because it was corrupted when the computer shut down unexpectedly) and started the backup process again. It's now on the third day and is only 42% complete.  How long should it usually take to back up 1TB on a 2.0 USB external drive?
 
Computer
Pentium Dual-Core @2.6 GHz
RAM: 8.00 GB
Windows 7

Answer:Backup time too long?

Yesterday...I backed up (cloned one hard drive of 1TB and made image backup of another 1TB drive) and the total time to do both ops using Macrium Reflect was about 6 hours, with some delay due to fact that I had to change the destination of the backup file when my choice ran out of space.
 
I don't use USB drives, all drives are connected directly to motherboard.
 
Louis

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Hi there,
I recently bought a WD My Passport for Mac 1tb backup. I'm trying to back up my macbook (OSX 10.5.8) using time machine, but haven't yet been able to complete the first backup because I get this message from time machine: "unable to complete backup. an error occurred while copying files to the backup volume." It usually backs up about 20gb/80gb before failing. I've tried reformatting the hd, and done the disk repair stuff, but nothing is working.

Any suggestions?
 

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I have an automated backup set up; it doesn't create a system image, just backs up my personal files. The problem is that I always have an error flag in my systray telling me that there is an error from my last backup :


Code:
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\My Dropbox. Error:(The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002))
Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\spoovy\Downloads. Error:(The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002))
These are from my first and second backups. The first one doesn't exist (dropbox doesn't/shouldn't put anything in there to my knowledge), but the second definately does exist. So why haven't they backed up?

Thanks in advance

Spoov

Answer:Error messages every time I backup

Hi spoovy, Make sure you have permission to write to the specified files , try adding this shortcut Take Ownership Shortcut

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I'm currently researching upgrades/alternatives to our server backup. I'm
looking for something as close to "Real-Time" data replication.

Replication should do the following:

1. Replicate only the file changes
2. Replicate file permissions/ownership (NTFS)
3. Replicate all other file attributes: File creation, File modification,
etc.
4. Replicate files regardless of lock/open status
5. Ability to detect when a server has died and "take over" the share.
6. Ability to postpone replication of file deletion until, at least, a
backup has ran.
7. Ability to detect when a server has died and run a custom batch script.
8. Ability to specify what to replicate (Not have to choose an entire
volume, but, instead, certain folders/files)
9. Ability to create separate replication instances (being able
to replicate different files in different ways)
10. Notification of problems with replication via e-mail.
11. Ability to specify bandwidth limits
12. Failover capability

If your backup setup is somewhere in these lines, please share what software
and hardware you're using. And if possible, overall cost $$
 

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Ive been jarring around the idea of going to raid, for performance reasons. Im not a gamer and things. 90% of my work involves video and photos. I would like stuff that loads better and faster from the drives. Ive gotten some mixed answers about going to it. Ive decided im going to try it and see for myself how it does so changing my mind about doing it or not isnt the question here. Heres the issue.

Currently I have a C: and a D: both the same size and same type of drive and even same age (wd raptors 150gigs). My C: is the main drive (windows, software etc..) my D: is my backup work and other stuff that I dont have on dvd etc..

Now I would like to make C: and D: raid 0 (im guessing) I would like to add a third drive in the system and use it for what my D: is now.

Heres my idea
C:/D: - Raid 0 (windows, programs etc)
E: - (odds and ends)

Now can this be done .. So if I was to lets say format the raid drives it wouldnt effect the third drives info. (Now the third drives info is not a backup of the raid it would be like odds and ends).
Ive tried to read some info on it on some sites but its a bit complicated. I have all new stuff with the lastest bios and things and windows vista premium.
 

Answer:First Time Raid / Backup Questions

I think for maximum performance you should increase the amount of memory in your computer. I don't think that the Raid 0 is going to give you that much of performance boost for what you are planning to do. Also with Raid 0 all of your data is striped across both drives, so if one fails you lose everything. Also if any sectors on your drive fail, the corresponding sectors on the other disk are also lost.
 

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Hello to all.
I noticed that the Windows 7 Backup is an incremental backup and does not delete. I would have that if i restoring a backup to a certain date let me see the folders exactly as they were on that date, but I do also see files and folders that I previously deleted.
Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks

Answer:Windows 7 Backup Time Machine

It's a backup - meant to recover files and folders. It wouldn't be a very good backup if deleted items were not preserved.

What I think you're looking for is something like: To create a new, full backup in Back up your files - Microsoft Windows Help

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My PC IQ ranges greatly depending on the subject. But at best I'd consider myself a financially challenged 'Intermediate User' ...I have an 8 yr old Dell desktop tower running XP SP3 with 1G RAM and a Pentium 4 processor. Two internal HDs -- (a) an 80G C with my OS and some data ...(b) my F drive which is 100% data and downloaded program installers. Neither is over 50% full.

I'm maintenance savvy, so no malware and my WinXP SP3 continues to be stable.I run chkdsk regularly as well as having a solid anti-malware schedule. Used to run MyDefrag (also optimizes) but not recently because I rely on System Restore and was told it could disable the points (as Zone Alarm had done previously). But the My Defrag matter is not my primary question..

I need to ask about beta-testing as I'm a virgin in such matters.

I had been relying on external HDs with built-in back-up programs, but after my last died on me with no notice, I bought a 1T Western Digital that lacks backup software. (Advised that separate backup app is more reliable). I formatted my new G drive as NTFS to match my PC's internal HDs.

I then tried over 1 dozen backup apps (free and fee with free trial) and most never completed making a backup for a variety of different reasons.

I am in the midst of the free trial period of 2nd Copy Version 7 which seems the best fit for me. It completes backup operations. But it can't backup over 100 files because of their character filenam... Read more

Answer:First-Time Beta Tester for BackUp App

Hi

Beta testing is a good way to get your hands dirty so to speak with how an application is developed and you can also with feedback help change the way the software works or looks, I have been doing beta testing for Microsoft for many years.

All you need to do in the main to test an application is to use it as you normally would, then if the application breaks or crashes, make sure you write down the steps to re-create th ecrash, the error message and take a screenshot of any error messages to feedback to the test team.

They may give you scenarios to try, do run through them and feedback any issues you have, like are the menus easy to use, do they flow in a logical order, are their any GUI faults, icons wrong or text spelled incorrectly etc

But basically use the software as you normally would to do your backups and if things go wrong feedback as much info as possible, aslo fo you see things that could be made easier suggest them to the team in a DCR (Design Change Request).

Any good developer will try and get not only professional testers onboard but the average user, so just give it your best shot.
 

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Currently using Cobian 8 for incremental scheduled backups, but my PC isn't on full time, so I'd like a solution that could monitor specified folders for changes/additions and back up on the fly. I've been looking at some other apps, but none describe this kind of capability (so far as I've seen, anyway)

So, any thoughts?

EDIT: This is for XP, by the way.
 

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I've got to format reinstal an XP machine...for my first time, and I'm a little bit intimidated...anyone got any advice, or sites/tutorials I should have a look at first?I'm doing it Thursday (tomorrow) night, so rapid advice is appreciated!!!Thanks chaps

Answer:Backup, Format, Re-install XP SP2 - My first time

Hi Sid,Don't be intimidated by this process... Once you've done it you wonder why you were worrying.How are you going to back up your existing data? DVD, External HDD...?Once you have backed up your data, its just a matter of setting the bios to boot from CD first and follow the instructions. What are the specs of your system at the moment? ... And why do you have to format/re-install?

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Hello smarties of the internet. I was wondering if someone could recommend something like Time Machine for my windows 8 computer. I saw the new feature called 'file history', but that only backs up a very small portion of my hard drive. Is there a good way to make it back everything up? Would I be better off using the old Windows 7 File Restore? Alternatively, is there a good 3rd party app (preferably for free) that can do the same? Thanks in advance!

Answer:A 'time machine' like backup for windows?

It's changed in Windows 8:

What happened to Backup and Restore? - Microsoft Windows Help

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I manage IT for a small company, and company management insist on a backup solution befitting of a much larger operation. After days of research and testing at least a dozen different backup systems, I can't seem to find an almost idiot-proof solution that will do what they want.

The brief is this...

There is 1 Win Server 2008 R2 server to be backed up. There are 2 USB hdd's, to be rotated daily, the most recent backup being taken offsite overnight. The server is also always-on, our accounting system, user's Outlook profiles, etc, are all stored on there, so it must be able to backup open files.

Day 1 (Disk 1): Perform full backup of system drive. Swap out Disk 1 for Disk 2.
Day 2 (Disk 2): Perform full backup of system drive. Swap out Disk 2 for Disk 1.
Day 3 (Disk 1): Backup incrementally, in real time (or near real time intervals) from where it left off when Disk 1 was last removed.
Day 4 (Disk 2): Backup incrementally, in real time (or near real time intervals) from where it left off when Disk 2 was last removed.
Day 5 onwards: Repeat days 3 and 4.
I'll be leaving the company soon, and they will no longer have an in-house IT manager, so the drive swap will be performed by one of the other company managers. Therefore it needs to be idiot-proof, so at most the user has to hit a stop button, swap the drives, and hit start again.

I know this is a very specific set of requirement, but this is what I have to work with. So far every package I've te... Read more

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My iMac crashed, tried everything to get it back up and running, all to no avail. I do have a very current Time Machine backup. I need to move the files to our only other computer, which is a Windows 7 laptop. When I plug the backup drive into my laptop, it does not recognize the Mac backup portion of the drive. How do I convert the files in the Time Machine backup so that they can be recognized on the Windows 7 laptop?Thanks in advance for your help.

Answer:convert time machine backup to windows 7

You will need to do this using a Mac machine. There may be a way to do it through Windows but I very much doubt it.

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Hi everyone!
It's that time of the year again when we get money to upgrade some of our servers!

Below is what we currently have, and where we want to be when this is over.

Currently: 100 Users

One Windows 2003 SP2 DC at our main location, 300GB of total space, 80GB free mostly My Documents, and Department Shares. Backup is to an LTO2 Drive

Second DC, Win 2003 R2, Secondary location, 146GB total, 100GB free, backed up to the 1st DC. Used for remote user's My Documents

One Old Windows 2000 Server hosting our Creative Dev files, 360GB total space, 40GB free. Backup to a 500GB drive.

One Windows 2003 R2 Application Server. 74GB Backed up to the 1st server


Goals:

Build a large file server to merge the Users data and the Creative Dev files together to provide us with enough space to grow over the next 3 years.
Have a better backup solution that can scale upwards (Autoloader?)

How do most small/medium sized companies with 3 or 4 servers manage backups? A tape drive on each box is just silly... We also need to send full backups off site every week.

Comments, Suggestions? I was looking at Dell's AX150 unit along with an autoloader LTO3 drive... good, bad?

We have ~20K for this project.
 

Answer:Upgrade the Servers time! Storage/Backup Mostly

Good plan if you have to send tapes offsite.
You may want to look at the next SAN up I forget the model number as it takes snapshots during the day. This obviously takes care of the backup for the servers (if you have the servers booting from the san)
 

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Hi i am going to purchase HP Notebook - 15-ay503tx and i would like to know the battery backup time during watching an video . . .

Answer:Battery backup time during watching video

Dear Customer, Please go the below document for more understanding:http://support.hp.com/us-en/product/HP-15-Notebook-PC-series/12229013/model/13673661/document/c01297...   Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee

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A friend recently encountered problems with his Time PC. At boot up there was a registry error message followed by various error messages that appeared once Windows ME had loaded.On contacting Time customer support he was asked to go into the BIOS settings and reset them to the default settings. He was then asked to go into safe mode but could get no further than the scandisk screen which had frozen up. The Time support person said that he could go no further without purchasing a "Reload Backup CD" at £60 a shot and left it at that.The PC in question, will not even boot up into the desktop now, as it did before. Is there any other way around this problem or can the CD in question be purchased elsewhere at a more reasonable price? Even if he does have to buy the CD will it gaurantee full recovery for his PC?Also, will he lose all the files he had on his PC?

Answer:Is Time Reload Backup CD Needed for Recovery?

If this is WinME then does your friend not have the reload disk? if not you could try a system restore without opening Windows...Start the machine by using the Windows Me Startup disk.At the Startup menu, choose Minimum Boot.At the command prompt, type edit c:\windows\system.ini,press enter.Edit the shell= line so that it looks like this:shell=progman.exe Press ALT+F, and then press S to save the changes to the System.ini file.Press ALT+F, and then press X.Remove your Windows Me Startup disk, and then restart . When the machine restarts, Program Manager should start. On the File menu, click Run, type msconfig in the Command Line box, and then press enter.Click Launch System Restore and go back .

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I have just setup my external HDD. I haven't yet decided to start the backup process yet.. can I backup entire OS? and instructions said it will create a system image too, I don't have any disks setup yet. I want to make sure everything goes without a hitch before initialize the backup

and this, its set for hourly backup..should I change that? I don't want to leave it plugged in while pc is in sleepmode or shutdown mode

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Hi there,
I recently bought a WD my passport for mac 1tb backup drive. I've been trying to back up my macbook (OSX 10.5.8) using time machine but haven't managed to complete one full back up because I get this message from time machine: "unable to complete backup. an error occurred while copying files to the backup volume." i've tried reformatting the hd a few times (with the help of WD technical support) and tried repairing the disk, but nothing has worked. Usually, the hard drive will back up about 20gb/81gb before failing.

I'm not especially literate when it comes to computers, and I would love some help making this work!

Thanks!
 

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I have had Acronis True Image Home 2010 installed for several months now, and when I ran my Weekly Image backups, they used to complete in about one hour on to an external hard drive. The size of my "C" drive is around 50 Gb. However, recently, this weekly backup has been running, completing successfully, but taking around 13 hours!! I am certain that I have not added any new programs, etc., which might have such an effect as this, so wonder whether anyone has any ideas? Being fairly inexperienced, I just cannot see what sort of event has caused this huge variation in running time. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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My system keeps reminding me its time to do a backup, but when I try to do it, it cancels itself without doing anything. I've tried increasing the space available for backup to the max of 99GB, and my whole C-drive has only got 80GB on it. I've just downloaded and installed 400+MB of Lenovo updates, and it still won't work. What am I doing wrong?

Answer:X100e backup via Lenovo tools self-cancels every time

hey jkcrundallcould you use your thinkvantage tool and do a system update? Once done, see if the backup does the same thing





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Why does Change settings in W-7 Backup & Restore start a backup rather than show backup settings? I want to change the scheduled time the backup is run, which is currently Fridays at 9pm. But when I click Change settings an automatic backup begins, and I get no access to settings of any type. Backup device is an Ext. Hard Disk, and all else seems to work OK.Is there another way to change the scheduled time?

Answer:W-7 Backup/Restore Does Not Give Access to Time Settings

Look in task scheduler, start>all programs>accessories>system tools>task scheduleror in win 7 you can type task scheduler in the search box and it will show up.

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I want to back up a 20GB website to my 500GB Lacie d2 Quadra external hard drive. Currently I run Time Machine on it to back up my macbook OS 10.5.6. I don't have enough room for the whole thing, so would have to do this in pieces. Can I do this without partitioning the hard drive? Can I do part of it in one backup, then another piece in another backup. I'm a beginner so steps would help, if I don't have the correct concept of this backup business. Thank you.
 

Answer:Backup of 20GB data files with Time Machine

7zip archive software can help you with this. It is available for Mac. You can also chop it up into small pieces.

The Mac I mean. HAR HAR HAR

Sorry...I really was referring to the file, but we PC fan boys tend to get carried away sometimes.

What you would do is download and install 7zip to your Mac and follow the onscreen instructions. It really is a pretty simple program to use.

If you're at all afraid you'll screw something up, just experiment with a few copies of small files you care nothing for until you master the process (it's EZ). Then you'll be 7zipping just about everything in sight. Just...if you set passwords, be sure to keep track of them.
 

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This is just for information, so that we the lenovo users can know what to expect from our battery. Please post your1)Laptop model with Processor, RAM, Graphic card, HDD details2)type of battery (6cell or 9cell)3)backup time and type of usage4)total charging time  If possible post information about your battery and charger(adapter) specification. Well first i post my details:1) Laptop model : Lenovo IdeaPad Z570, Core i5, 8GB RAM, 2GB nvidia GT 540M, 750 GB HDD (5400 rpm)2) 6 Cell battery, 4400mAh3) Backup under various usage:    4 hours under full charge for wordprocessing,reading pdf files (under super energy saver mode)    3 hours for video watching,  songs on medium volume, browsing for sometime.    1 hour for playing NFS hotpursuit with NVIDIA graphics (shocking backup time, laptop gets hot too)4) approx 2 hrs for full recharge. I have 90W adapter, I mostly use my laptop under AC power so i use "Best battery health" plan under lenovo energy management utility. Guys... if possible you post your details in the above mentioned format. Computer geeks, and techies.. please contribute here.

Answer:Post your battery backup time and your laptop model

1) Ideapad Y560, i3, 6gb ram, ati 5730m, 320gb 7200rpm2) LENOVO L09L6D16 57WH/6-Cell 11.1V Li-ion laptop battery3) 3 hours of normal usage( browsing, reading news etc)*40-50 min gaming at full power4) ~2 hours for recharge5) battery wear after 1.5 years is 8%*i disabled switchable graphics so ati runs all the time*battery is always set to extend battery lifespan-charging to 80%

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Hi,

I am new to windows 7 Back up feature. Is it similar to Time Machine for apple?

So for instance, I would like to Create a copy of the current data of my laptop on day 1.....then by 14 I have modified several of the files (deleted + added + modified) and backed it up once again. If my hard drive fails on Day 15 can I retrieve the Back up, from my external drive, to as it was on day 14?

Sorry, I am just trying to figure out what the back up is really doing.

thanks for your clarification.

Answer:Windows & backup similar to Apple Time Machine?

Windows Backup is very similar to Apple time machine however it is not designed for a manual Recover so if you want to keep something synced then you may want to use Synctoy as this will only add New files, Modified or deleted files and folders to the specific location

Works with Network, USB and SATA locations

Download details: SyncToy 2.1

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What is the best backup utility, and is there a program similar to OS X's Time Machine for Windows?

Time Machine is a backup program that automatically copies every file, unless I exclude them, to an external hard drive. I can remove the hard drive, and when I plug it back in it automatically copies over any changes I made. Then, if my computer fails I can restore everything from the backup and it will be exactly as I have left it.

I love Time Machine, but I also love Windows. As I'll be in college, using OneNote and doing homework, if I dont have my data on my laptop always backed up, if something goes wrong I could be in a lot of trouble.

Also, if no such program exists, what is the best backup utility for Windows?
 

Answer:Best Backup Utility - Program like Mac Time Machine for Windows?

http://www.symantec.com/norton/ghost
 

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Hi
I have a DELL Touch screen Inspiron running Windows 10. While doing the Factory recovery media for the first time, after I connect a USB extrenal hard disk and choose that the continue button does not get active even after 1 hour. Please help!!!

Answer:First time Dell backup of factory recovery media

Please list Dell model number. Example: Dell Inspiron 3543
In the meantime, you might be able to download factory recovery media from the link below.
www.dell.com/.../OSISO

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Question: Backup software

Hey, I'm looking for a program to backup my existing hard drive, I have SyncToy but doesn't do what I need it to.

What I have is 2 X 1.5 TB drives.

I want a program that will match Hard drive B to A, so everything from A will be copied to B, files on B that are not on A will be deleted from drive B. Folder name differences will be corrected ect.

Suggestions?

Cheers.

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Cooldude,

What operating system do you have? If you are using windows XP or newer depending on the version, you can follow this guide http://www.pcworld.com/article/132877/RAID.html?page=2 In order to let windows sync the drives into a software RAID. Which from what I am reading is what you are looking for. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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I am looking/Needing a backup solution. I would like to do an offsite file server (at my house). I am looking for the right backup software that will handle everything I need it for. Is there a software package out there that will let you backup to an offsite location with CRC checks and incremental backups? The software will also need to be able to backup SQL Databases and exchange as well. I know someone has to make it and itís got to be fairly easy to set up because there are a lot of Online Backup Solutions out there. Iím looking to set up the same thing as these Online Backup Solutions for our business. How much will this software cost? Is there Free-Ware software that will work just as good?

Thanks in advanced,
Jess
[email protected]

Answer:Need Backup Software

Is there something that will work on both windows and linux? What's best for just windows, what's best for both windows and linux?

Thanks again.

Jess

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Are you any of guys aware of any baremetal backup software that can be used on multiple servers for multiple companies? Like a technician's license? I am asked to find information for my lazy boss. I'm having no luck finding anything. The best I could find was driveimageXML commercial edition or Server 2008+ builtin backup. (Some companies have 2003 but I suppose we could do ABR on them...)
 

Answer:Backup Software

maybe

novastor
 

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i used to use nero back it up, it was just perfect, when i am on it, it displays a folder tree, i just select which i want to back up, i select the whole user folder and that's it, the software it ask me where do i want to sae it, if i choose a HDD it will create one or two files, one the main file and the other the index or something like that, or if i wanted to save it to save it to DVD's, no problem, the software tells me how many dvds i am going to need and thats its it just ask me for each DVD, one by one until it finish burning them all. if i want my data back, i just go to the index file (the last dvd, and open ALL the data i have backup, i select the files i want, and the software only ask me which dvd to insert, he will extract it for me.

the problem is that in windows7 nero back it up throw some errors while selecting files, AND when installing nero, it ask for directx9, many says that it does not overwrite the directx11 that came with Windows 7 but IT DOES because despite the dxdiag still says directx 11 is installed, there is a decrease in video performance on games.. a

so what back up software you recommend me?

i have reviewed several ones on google, i decide to try comodo back up, but i don't like it, i want a back up folder that show me my files EXACTLY as they are contained in my user folder, where it let me choose with a simple mark which one go or not to be backed up, and to save in a simple (uncompressed could be, i don't care) or few fil... Read more

Answer:I need a backup software

I use Disk Wizard to image my dual booting hdd. It's fast and easy. DiscWizard | Seagate diskwizard - How to Install How to restore individual files and folders from a diskwizard backup

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would i be able to use wd backup software for a hard drive with a non-wd hard drive?

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Do you mean the software that comes loaded on a WD External hard drive?Western Digital does have software you can use if you have a Western Digital drive in your system.Acronis True Image WD Edition Softwarehttp://support.wdc.com/product/downloaddetail.asp?swid=119Key Features of Acronis True Image WD Edition Software: Drive Cloning - Copies the source drive to a new WD drive, leaving all data on the source drive. Drive Migration - Erase the source drive after the new WD drive has been imaged. Drive Deployment - Enables users to prepare a WD drive so that selected folders or partitions can be excluded from the destination image. Drive Image Backup - The long-term usage of the Drive Kit software will be to provide full drive image backups of a source drive at any time. Backup drive images will be stored as a file, which can be copied to any direct attached drive, network attached storage drive or optical media (CD/DVD). Drive Image Recovery - The Recovery Manager enables users to restore a drive image from a direct or network attached drive. The Recovery Manager can also either erase just a portion of the drive to be used for the restored drive image, or all of the previous OS. Create a Bootable Standalone Recovery Manager - With the Drive Kit software, users can create a bootable ISO image file, which contains the WD Drive Kit Standalone Recovery Manager software. Recover a Drive Image from the Bootable Recovery Manager Software - The bootable Standalone ... Read more

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Just wanted to let everyone know I found a free source for backup image software. I am providing the link below. I downloaded it and used an external hard drive. I chose the drive to drive option and it created an exact backup of my hard drive. No problems while using XP. Hope some of you can use it. Like Ghost and Acronis True Image.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/DriveImage-XML.shtml
 

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My company was using Bounceback, but it's awful, freezes up the coputer, and cause one to completely crash.Any suggestions on a good, well-priced, back up software?Edit: Moved topic from Windows 7 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:Best Backup software?

Acronis True Image is the best of breed imaging software, but it's not free. Macrium Reflect is the best free alternative.

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Hi all,

What's the current recommended network backup software? I've been through a few in my time and i'm looking for alternatives I could go to.

So far I have used the following:

Backup Exec - Major Solaris backup agent problems and rubbish tech support (bought via Dell)
Arkeia - This has come a long way but previously it would disown its own tapes and the tech support was terrible so because of that i'm reluctant to try again.
Amanda / Zamanda - Pretty good, However there is no Vmware agent I can see I also don't like the fact you need to also backup the tape index file.
Netbackup - Good but the cost is a bit much
Emc / Legato networker - Pricy and a bit complex
Tivoli - I found this very complex

So i'm looking for something opensource, and free ideally. Has any one tried bacula? I've herd it is quite complex. Other requirements are supporting backup to disk. Agents for; Windows Server 2003, 2008, Vmware ESX, Linux (CentO/S and Ubuntu) Solaris (Sparc and x86). Possible backup to Amazon S3.

So, can any one come up with any suggestions?
 

Answer:Backup software

We use BackupPC for all of our systems.
 

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I use an external hard drive to back up my important files. I've been using FBackup for quite sometime and it works well by allowing me to choose which folders I want to backup to my external drive. The only feature it is missing is a sync functionality where if I delete a file on my computer it will also delete it from the backup as well. My backup drives fill up quite quick because of a lot of extra files from previous backups that aren't removed.

what other software is out there that will allow me to essentially sync specific folders to my external drive?
 

Answer:pc backup software

Robocopy and some cloud backup services can do this. A custom Powershell script could also do the same. Even some manual diff'ing utilities, such as Beyond Compare, could handle this.

Edit: If this is a Windows machine, you could remap your My Docs folder to the external drive. Then any changes would be propagated immediately.
 

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Hey Guys..

I am currently using the software that came with windows to make scheduled backups, however i am finding it to be unreliable, most of the time it does not complete the backups and i am just not trusting them.

Can anyone recommend a good piece of backup software that is very well known (can be paid for or free, ideally i just need a very reliable one)...

It would be great if the software had a feature that would alert users (preferably by Email) if a backup has not been completed successfully, this way it can be checked...

Thanks very much in advance!
 

Answer:Best Backup Software?

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I own a Dell Dimension E510. I have a 250GIG hard drive and just added a 640 GIG hard drive. My OS is Microsoft XP Media Center Edition Version 2002 Service Pack 2. I want to back up the old 250 to the new 640 using Windows Backup Software. Will this OS back itself up so that if the 250 crashed I'd have the current OS on the new 640?
Thanks!
ErnieO

Answer:Backup Software

The Windows ntbackup program isn't so much a direct drive copy tool or image backup program as it is an incremental backup program. It's more for making backups of selected files than for transplanting an entire OS onto a new drive. For this you're better served with a program like Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image. There are a handful of free programs that can pull this off also, although they require certain amount of computer knowledge to use.If you'd like, Acronis is offering True Image Home 2009 as a free download. This is beta software, meaning software that may not be fully stable in some cases. Use at your own discretion.http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/suppo...ng/atiHome2009/

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Last Saturday I asked everyone what software they use for registry cleaning/repairing.

registry cleaner/repairer

This Saturday I'd like to ask which software do you use to backup your computer.

Thanks!!

Answer:Backup software

Acronis True Image 8.0


so when the mother of all crashes comes .....and it will I'll be ready!!

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I am looking for some free software that will backup my selected data, compress it and then burn that file to CD-R when it is scheduled to run. Does anyone know of such software? Please let me know.

Answer:Backup Software

Check out the Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps topic, under the File/Folder Utilities heading, at the bottom of Post #1.You might find something, there.

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hello guys!
please tell me what backup software do you use and why?
Acronis, Paragon, Norton- which is the best?

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Hi,I foundc the independent reviews at TescSupportAlert most useful. For some reason I could not get Acronis to work on my Vista so I went with Macriumhttp://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-...ing-program.htm

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I have "NovaBackup", V 7.2, and "Norton Ghost"

I like the ease-of-use of the NovaBackup. My son insists I use Norton Ghost.

My son fixes my CPU when I screw it up; but, I have a problem getting him to answer questions, for small fixes. He keeps saying I have too much installed in my system, and some programs are affecting the use of other programs. I am fairly good at reviewing programs, and I get a lot of input from the forums before I purchase them. I figure if several different members use/recommend programs, that the programs I buy should perform well.

The forums have helped me learn a lot, so I am going to try to learn how to do as many operations as I can.

Just a little information is listed below, to give an idea of what I have on my CPU.

I primarily restore old phonograph records, using DCart and WaveLab. I use "Acousta" software for my burning & label making. I also have "SureThing" label maker on my system, because I started using it, and I have to keep it on my system so I can have access to the files. I use "Clone CD" for duplicating, mostly because it does not dump anything into my Windows library file. I also use Wordperfect, Excell, and Homecraft OYC (for cataloging my music library), and Quicken.

Well, back to my original statement about back-up programs. Do you have any preferences regarding which program to use? For me the NovaBackup has many features, and seems easier to u... Read more

Answer:Backup Software

Ghost isn't really meant to be a backup program in the manner that your Nova is. Ghost is more of a drive, partition, etc, image backup system for tranferring to new or other hardware.

If you like your backup software then by all means use it.

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I am looking at software to do a backup of my computer onto an external hard drive. I want something reliable but hopefully free. Can anyone recommend one that is simple to use but very reliable.

Thanks

Answer:Backup Software

The best way is to create hard drive image.Acronis True Image: http://www.acronis.com/ - not free, but the bestFree alternatives:- Macrium Reflect: http://www.macrium.com/ReflectFree.asp - DriveImage XML: http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm (tutorial: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/backup-your-computer-with-driveimage-xml/)- SelfImage: http://www.excelcia.org/modules.php?name=N...icle&sid=21- Paragon Drive Backup: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/

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I have no access to an external harddrive at the time and have sold my computer to be shipped thursday. I really need to backup a large amount of data, and am guessing that dvd is my only option. What is the best possible software to ensure that my data will be backed up correctly and be easily recoverable on another harddrive?

Thanks
 

Answer:Best HDD backup software... to DVD...

Are we talking just a data backup (meaning your personal files, pics, movies, etc) or an entire hard drive image so you can restore that later on and pick up right where you left off?

It sounds like you just want some data backup software, not imaging stuff. Honestly at this point I just use Nero personally, for regular data backup duties. When I acquire enough stuff that fits on a DVD (DVD5, meaning about 4.3GB of data) I then burn it off on a DVD+R blank and label it accordingly. I've got BACKUP_01 through BACKUP_42 so far, tons of stuff that I go back to on occasion for various reasons, but those 42 DVDs were done over the course of the past 2 years or so.

My philosophy, based on 3 decades of using PCs of various kinds (including Macs recently), and most every OS ever made is: if it's worth having on the computer, it's worth backing up, so I do it nearly religiously. If I download something, then it gets burned either to DVD+R or DVD+RW. If I thought it was worth getting, it's worth backing up.

I'm sure others can offer more advice on specific software since I don't use that stuff. Veritas was the last "backup" software I did use but that was years ago, and I'm not even sure if they're in business anymore. Retrospect is another name I hear quite often, also.
 

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i was just wondering if any of you guys knew of some type of software that basically takes the copyright off of dvd's so you could burn them. i know of one but, just seeing if there are any other,better programs outthere that can do this
 

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I currently backup my documents to an external hard drive. However, since the external drive is just a copy of what's on my main drive, if I delete a file from my C: drive, it also goes from the backup the next time I run it.I'm looking for some backup software which can do incremental backups and allow a retention period for old files, so that if I accidentally delete something, there'll be a time period in which I can retrieve it.Can anyone recommend any such software? Thanks,Gary

Answer:Backup software

Either Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image. I use both and recommend both, but then I am a backup fanatic. Either will do what you want.

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Does anyone have any recommendations for good backup software?

I have a network attached storage and I would like to have certain folders auto backup instead of me having to manually go through each time and figure out what files are missing.

I found a couple options through google but they are expensive and I can't find any reviews.
 

Answer:Backup software

The software from Crashplan.com is pretty good even for doing local backups. If you want a more 1 to 1 type backup instead of an encrypted data file, try Karenware Replicator. It's basic but does a great job at folder copy/compares.
 

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Hey guys!
I wanna tell you about what i've found.
Acronis give us a chance to decrease the price for the backup software to as low as $30 .
All we have to do is to register.
one registration=one cent out
 

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Was wondering if people here use Easus Todo Backup or Macrium Reflect Free Edition to back up their systems?

I've used both, and right now Todo seems to have more options for the free version than Macrium, however Macrium has a better UI IMO.

Has anyone been able to make a successful ISO of a Win PE 3.0 disk? I've looked up the instructions, but they are way beyond me. Does anyone have an ISO ready to go I could use?

Thanks
 

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HelloI would be grateful of any advice on which Backup software to chose and use.Many thanks

Answer:Backup software

I use drive image.easy to use menu's & help pages if needed. backing up to seperate partition /second hard drive /cdr disk (disc's}

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Question: Backup of software

I have Age of Empires II and the way my son handles it it is not going to last going to last much longer. Using Nero I tried to copy it and it failed. Tried Alcohol 120 on advice froma friend and that fails as well. Basically i get message that CD is copyrighted so fairs fair but am i allowed to copy it and how do i do it if i am?

Answer:Backup of software

Best way is to use CD drive emulation software so it copies the CD to Hard drive and you run from the program you do not need to keep putting the CD in. click here

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